…To say Phil Brooks’ UFC days are now numbered is an understatement. After a frustrating loss in his fight fight in UFC, Dana White (UFC’s Founder and President) recently revealed some details of a phone conversation he had with the former WWE Superstar after he lost his first fight in the octogon. White basically said Punk begged him for another match without actually saying it but that’s prettymuch what he wants folks to know how his second match came to be.
Phil Brooks–aka CM Punk–left WWE in 2014 due to physical and emotional stress because of his grueling schedule with the company. Last week, the former WWE Superstar unemphantically and definitely said he’s closed the door on pro wrestling period. So, for those who wanted to hear the man himself say it, now he has.
The statement came on the heels of Punk winning a lawsuit filed against him by WWE earlier in the week. WWE sued Punk for Defamation because of comments he made on Colt Cabana’s Podcast in 2014 (after he left) about his former employer and a physician employed by the company he mentioned by name in the podcast. Defeating the lawsuit was a huge accomplishment on Punk’s part as most would look to settle out of court.
Punk dug in and didn’t back down knowing WWE has going to do everything within its power to destroy him, more so because of the way he left. Back in 2014, Punk walked out on the company after the 2014 Royal Rumble. He wasn’t fired or asked to be released. He woke up one moring and decided not to report for the next RAW Taping. He ignored all attempts WWE made to reach out to him and it was to the point Triple H–then the Executive President of Talent Relations–got involved and personally paid him a visit. Punk was officially released by WWE shortly afterward.
When CM Punk left WWE, he turned his back on alot of people who considered him a good friend. Corey Graves, who was in in NXT at the same time as Punk took a swipe at Punk on Twitter after his second UFC loss. Punk went apeshit when he learned Colt Cabana had posed with WWE Staff during a RAW Episode two years ago. Cabana, who was originally one of the co-defendants in the lawsuit was dropped last year. Punk also cut ties with former WWE Superstar Hornswoggle out of concerns he might leak information to WWE and hurt his chances of winning the lawsuir,
It would be fair to say his imfamous Pipebomb Segment–now considered one of the Promos ever done in Pro Wrestling History–forced WWE to think twice about releasing talent that is Over with the WWE Universe. His exit from WWE also forced the company to end the Super Cena Era and
Even to this day, many fans still believe Punk will one day return to WWE. Most of them either don’t know why he left or about the lawsuit and those that do think WWE could make him an offer he wouldn’t be able to refuse. Punk candidly said in 2015 he couldn’t return to WWE even if he wanted to, making reference to the lawsuit against him by the company at the time.
Punk has obviously now come to terms with his exit from WWE compared to four years ago. He’s matured and moved on. Anyone who calls themselves a fan of his needs to do the same and accept the fact Punk’s “Cult of Peronality” Entance Music will not play in WWE ever again. Plus it’s obvious WWE has no hard feelings against CM Punk. All of his matches can be seen on WWE Network. CM Punk was the cover Superstar for WWE 2K13, which was released on the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Phil Brooks, 36 married fellow former WWE Superstar AJ Mendes (AJ Lee in WWE), who left the company in 2015 so she could be with him. The two share an apartment in Chicago. which Punk highlights as his favorite part of his post-WWE life: Having the stability of a home to go to almost every night.
This is a stark contrast to his schedule as a WWE Superstar in which he was always on the road and had almost no downtime because he would be traveling from place to place. Some can handle it and some can’t. Mind you, Punk left WWE BEFORE Superstars were tapped to create original content for WWE Network so…yeah.
While his UFC days are certainly numbered, you can be sure he will look to do MMA fights in another promotion. Because of his age, it’s more likely he will look into doing something outside combat sports and wrestling entirely.