I’ve got something to admit.
I just bought a replica Money in the Bank briefcase from WWE in the Black Friday sales.
I’m an adult, and I’m not ashamed.
I don’t know what I can cash it in for, though? A sandwich?
Almost exactly two years ago today, a lot of us woke up to a different kind of Thanksgiving treat on our podcast downloader of choice. A new episode of Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast with special guest CM Punk – who hadn’t been heard from since the 2014 Royal Rumble. Kane gives a hell of an elimination.
In the shoot interview, Punk gave his side of the story for the first time on why he quit WWE. He was frustrated with creative, he wanted to main event Wrestlemania and he wasn’t happy with his medical treatment – which is still the subject of an ongoing lawsuit – something about ice cream bars, bringing back Howard Finkel and a load more things.
But, unlike Z-Paks, time is said to heal all wounds. So two years on, a fan has asked CM Punk on Twitter:
“Are the rumors about you returning at Wrestlemania 33 next year true?”
To which Punk replied:
“Yes. I also prevented a Ford plant from moving to Mexico. It’s true. Going to be big. So big. Bigly. Tremendously bigly.”
If you didn’t quite get the tone there, it was sarcastic. Punk is saying the rumours are bogus by comparing them to Donald Trump’s debunked Ford factory claim.
Besides, Punk seems intent on pursuing his career in the Mixed Martial Arts. The question there, though, is which promotion does he pursue it in?
After his devastating loss at UFC 203 (although he lasted longer than Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series) UFC President Dana White said Punk fighting in his octagon again wasn’t likely. But in a recent interview with MMA Hour, Punk revealed:
“I told [Dana] I want to fight again…It’s up to him. He floated me an idea and we’re kinda going back and forth on it right now. I’m at the point where I kind of want to get something on paper. You might hear an announcement in the coming weeks, I really don’t know…I’m pretty confident [my next fight] will be in the UFC.”
Punk went onto say he’ll be ready to fight again by January or February, we just don’t know where yet. It’ll all be down to if Dana sees more money in Punk after the curiosity factor from his debut fight.
The wrestling/MMA talent traffic isn’t just one way, though. After Triple H was spotted at UFC 205 to watch Conor McGregor make history as the promotion’s first ever dual-champion, McGregor’s agent Audie Attar has spoken about whether his client will appear on WWE programming on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast:
“If WWE is going to come with an offer, we are willing to entertain it. We are here. Have their people call his people — which is me. We can have a conversation.”
When pressed if Conor would actually wrestle in a match, Attar again replied it’s all about how much money WWE are willing to pay. So just like the rumoured Goldberg deal, the opportunities depend on how much money Vince McMahon is willing to spend.
Who would you like to see Conor McGregor wrestle in WWE? Tell me that’s how you make 205 Live a must-see Network show in the comments below.