CM Punk is officially done with professional wrestling.
Fans of CM Punk as a pro wrestler had a glimpse of hope that the former WWE Champion could return to the squared circle following Thursday's UFC 225 press day. A day later, their hopes and dreams were shattered.
Punk was sure to totally demolish any speculation the following day during an interview with Aaron Bronsteter of TSN Sports.
"I'm done. I'm done. I'm done with professional wrestling. A lot of people like to be mad at me about that. They make fun of me because I lost my first fight, and it's like, that's fine, you're entitled to your opinion. But you do not own me, and I am entitled to do what I want to do, and that's what I'm doing. Wrestling is in the rear-view mirror, I've been trying for five years to put wrestling in the rear-view mirror, and they won't let it go."
After saying yesterday that an offer hasn't come along yet, CM Punk is emphatic about his pro wrestling future: "I'm done, I'm done, I'm done with professional wrestling" pic.twitter.com/xKnW56XHSU— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) June 7, 2018
CM Punk added that the fans what to live his life for him, and as much as he has said "no" in the past regarding returning to pro wrestling, people still think he could come back. However, according to Punk, MMA "is where I live now," and is "his headspace."
This puts an end to any rumors that Punk will return to the ring. Once the former WWE Champion was confirmed to be the feature of a Pro Wrestling Tees autograph signing the weekend of "All In" in Chicago, speculation ran awry that he could be a surprise guest at the event on Sept. 1, 2018. During his press interviews, Punk even commented to MMA Fighting on a potential pro wrestling return, "I don't think so, but it's a hard question to answer."
Although the 2014 Royal Rumble was CM Punk's last WWE match, in which he was eliminated by Corporate Kane after lasting nearly 50 minutes from being the first entrant in the match, perhaps his final WWE match concluded this week. After a three-year dispute, Punk was cleared of any defamation accusations from WWE doctor Chris Amann. Now, he can focus on his UFC 225 fight against Mike Jackson.