CM Punk has become one of the most globally recognized wrestlers in the world over the past few years, mostly because of the way he departed from WWE.
Punk’s last WWE appearance was at the 2014 Royal Rumble. He then went on to no-show Raw the following night, and fans began to realize that the self-proclaimed ‘Best in the World’ may not be returning to the company where he found fame.
The former WWE Champion remained quiet about his departure until he appeared on Colt Cobana’s podcast in November the same year. This then opened a can of worms when Punk stated that he left WWE because of an injury that was overlooked and the fact that he once again was told that he wouldn’t main event WrestleMania.
Punk was told that he would be facing Triple H at the ‘Showcase of The Immortals’ and he wasn’t open to facing The Game again. He wanted to main event WrestleMania at some point in his career and it seemed that WWE was not going to give him that, so he walked away.
He also had a short match in UFC earlier this year. After almost two years of waiting from the WWE Universe, Punk lost to Mickey Gall in his first ever UFC match in just over two minutes.
Shockingly, WWE still wants the WWE Universe to remember CM Punk, but there are a lot of things that they hope that the fans will forget about the record-breaking star.
15. Forget: The Law Suit With Chris Allman
Following CM Punk’s controversial episode of the Colt Cabana podcast, WWE had to respond to the many claims that Punk made. Punk stated that he was suffering from a staph infection for the last few months he was with WWE and that doctor Chris Allman had given him antibiotics and told him he would be fine.
Punk then went to see his wife’s doctor outside of WWE and they easily diagnosed it as a staph infection and sent him to the hospital to cut it out. Punk also claims that it could have killed him. Obviously, Allman sued Punk for defamation because this doesn’t sound good for him as a doctor to wrongfully diagnose a patient more than once. Allman sued Punk for one million dollars, and it is thought that WWE wouldn’t be happy that this is being said about their main doctor.
14. Remember: His Partnership With Paul Heyman
Paul Heyman has to be the best talker in WWE at the moment. And even though he is best known as the advocate of ‘The Beast Incarnate,’ Brock Lesnar, he also had a successful pairing with CM Punk.
Punk and Heyman were good friends outside of WWE and this then transitioned into their work on WWE TV. Even when they broke up and Punk was pitted against Brock Lesnar, it was still one of the best feuds that the company had going at the time. It was a creative way of splitting Heyman and Punk up and making room for Heyman and Brock to once again reign over the WWE. In reality, Heyman is responsible for a lot of Punk’s success in WWE as Heyman pushed for Punk to rise among the ranks.
13. Forget: CM Punk vs. The Undertaker – WrestleMania XXIX
Technically speaking, CM Punk was the final person to face The Undertaker with his WrestleMania streak intact, but because of how quickly WWE threw together the match and the involvement of Paul Bearer following his death, it is a match and a section of Punk’s career that many fans would rather forget.
Punk was a heel at the time and he used the fact that The Undertaker’s former manager had just passed away to his advantage. Punk managed to gain a lot of heat from it as well. While the match was one of the best on the WrestleMania card that year, it is one that fans prefer not to remember. It is also believed that The Undertaker was not pleased with the idea of working with a smaller opponent like Punk.
12. Remember: The Summer Of Punk
It was perhaps the biggest and most interesting Summer in recent memory, and it was mostly down to CM Punk. ‘The Summer of Punk’ saw CM Punk climb to the top of WWE in 2011 after he proclaimed that he would be leaving the company following the Money in the Bank pay-per-view and taking the WWE Championship with him.
Punk did walk away from WWE with the title, but he came back a week later and ended up fighting John Cena to prove that he was the worthy Champion at the very next pay-per-view, SummerSlam. With the ‘Pipe Bomb’ promo and the fact that it was a reality-based storyline for the first time in a long time, we can believe that WWE would want fans to remember this one.
11. Forget: His Comments About Susan G. Komen
Every year WWE supports Susan G. Komen and the man women who are fighting breast cancer or have already overcome the disease. The problem here is the fact that CM Punk did a little bit of research and found out that most of the money raised by WWE and fans every year, lines the pockets of the people who own the company rather than the survivors and sufferers:
If you're going to give money to a company that claims to raise money for finding a cure for cancer, please do some research.Komen is a scam
— Coach (@CMPunk) October 6, 2015
Punk tweeted this during one of WWE’s shows a few years ago and ensured that fans were aware of what they were paying for. WWE have continued to support the cause ever since, so it seems they didn’t even take Punk’s comments into consideration. However, it’s not exactly something they would like their fans to remember and dig into themselves. They surely would feel better if fans forgot about Punk’s tweet all together.