The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of CM Punk

“A whole bunch of people told me that if I went to WWE, I’d never make it. But it’s like I never heard them. I never listened. To me, I’m exactly where I belong. I feel like I was born to do this. Whatever your walk in life is, you pick what you want to be, then go ahead and be the best one.”

Ask 100 different people what they think of the man known as CM Punk and you’ll get 100 different answers. You’ll hear people call the man arrogant, quitter, one of the greatest of all time, so many different labels. Truth is, CM Punk is more complicated than most people. His life has been one of chaos and I don’t think he’d have it any other way.

Punk wanted to inspire change. He wanted to give other wrestlers the chance to succeed. Something that he didn’t get. Punk said he failed as a pro wrestler, but did he really? He says so because he didn’t main event Wrestlemania. But I think differently. I grew up watching Punk, I was about 8 or 9 when he first debuted in WWE. There was something about him I was drawn to.

Punk inspired change, he inspired hope. He was telling kids like me that it’s okay to be different, it’s okay to stand out and not be like everyone else. Without him, we wouldn’t have gotten one of the greatest Wrestlemania moments of all time (Daniel Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship), we wouldn’t have the in ring product that we have now.

With his history of injuries and being nearly 40, Punk has the guts to step into the octagon. You can call him a quitter, you can call him an asshole (which he himself admits he is), but at the end of the day, he has changed so much in pro wrestling. He made wrestling fun again and he sacrificed so much for us. Win or lose in the octagon, Punk will prove to everyone that he is truly the best in the World.

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