CM Punk WWE Rumors: 3 Reasons Punk Should Return To Wrestling After Failed UFC Debut

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Sep 16, 2016 06:44 PM EDT
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CM Punk
Former WWE star CM Punk. (Photo : Getty Images )

CM Punk's UFC debut didn't quite go as well as he would have hoped.

The former WWE Superstar followed his dreams, stepping into the Octagon with a much younger, much more experienced opponent in Mickey Gall last Saturday.

Most pundits believed Punk would lose, but very few people believed he'd get taken out in just less than two minutes without landing a single blow.

Though the loss was a very public and humiliating one-sided affair, Punk did something most people believed he never could when he stepped into the Octagon.

While the "Best in the World" is likely to continue his MMA career outside of the UFC, here are three reasons why he should consider a WWE return (once his lawsuit with the doctor is cleared up).

1) It's Not Unprecedented

Punk is a very prideful guy and has been very critical of WWE. Perhaps his bravado is rivaled only by WWE owner Vince McMahon. Still, the boss has forgiven and accepted guys back into the fold for much less. Hulk Hogan went to rival WCW and still came back. Bret Hart, another prideful guy, was able to forgive McMahon for the Montreal Screwjob and return. The WWE made a DVD ripping on The Ultimate Warrior, another man who pulled no punches, and he now resides in the company's Hall of Fame against all odds. If all of these people can forgive, forget and move on, there's no reason why Punk can't.

2) Fresh Matches (For AJ Lee Too)

It's unfortunate Punk is gone because there are a plethora of guys he could make magic with in the squared circle who either weren't there or weren't as prominent when Punk walked out in January 2014. The list includes, but is not limited to the likes of AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Punk's wife, AJ Lee, who retired in March 2015 once the lawsuit came to light, would also make a great addition to either brand's women's division now that Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Bayley are all on the main roster.

3) UFC Didn't Pan Out

While Punk deserves credit for trying to make it in the MMA realm, his decimation didn't do him any favors. It also proved that he had no business making his first fight with a big time promotion like UFC. Even if he goes to a lower level, the defeat will make his pursuit hard to take seriously for many. He's one of the best wrestlers to grace the ring, so there would be no shame in going back to what made him a big name to begin with.

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