There is no secret that WWE star CM Punk is in bad health and that he almost quit the company recently. You can read the full story here. Punk is now taking a break from the company to heal. I started thinking about CM Punk and how he is the workhorse of the company. In fact, Richard Gray and CM Punk know it themselves. CM Punk can be seen writing it in this article while Richard wrote about it in the same article but his excerpt is below:
There’s no denying he’s a company workhorse, capable of handling intense pain without meds.
CM Punk is the workhorse of the company now, but it makes me remember a conversation I had with Kurt Angle about two months ago. Kurt told me he was the workhorse in the WWE before he left. Vince McMahon told Kurt that he is the workhorse. Kurt said, “It was a blessing and a curse.” Remembering that had me thinking. I know Kurt Angle left the company because he was overworked and needed a break. Punk is also overworked and needed a break. Punk is in Kurt Angle’s shoes. Would we have seen a “CM Punk released” on WWE’s website?
Kurt Angle moved to TNA Wrestling after he left WWE. He became the company’s workhorse. He had a much lighter schedule though. He was able to turn his life around while having the easier schedule. The company used him every chance they got to build them up. That was 2006. Seven years later and we could be seeing the same thing.
I contacted Kurt Angle about this article about him and CM Punk. I don’t mention our conversations publicly, but I asked him if I could use what he said this time. Kurt gave his reaction about Punk. He wrote:
Punk has a lot of ability. His ring work is great. But what sets him apart is his promo skill. You have to have both to get to that level of greatness. I personally don’t like Punk, but I have to respect him. Is he a “Kurt Angle?” Heck no. But he is among the best today.
Certainly that is a lot to chew. Let’s break it down. CM Punk used the phrase, “Best in the world” with his gimmick over the past year or two. The single phrase sold shirts, hats, and more! He was over like rover with the IWC. It didn’t matter if he was heel or face. Punk had a following and those people were fans with him no matter what side he was on. People really thought he was best in the world! Kurt Angle, on the other hand, is known to be the best wrestler in the world. He is known as the number 1 wrestler today amongst many, including Richard Gray. There’s no doubt that Kurt is one of the best of all-time. Quite possibly he is the very best! See the comparison? Kurt’s description of Punk is absolutely right regarding his promo skill. That is what Punk is known for. Just remember his promo in the summer of 2011. That is still being talked about today. Kurt said he doesn’t like Punk, and I can understand why. When I interviewed Kurt in August of last year, Kurt mentioned a particular wrestler, no names were mentioned but he was talking about Punk. Kurt reacted to Punk’s comments on how TNA is an indie company. Kurt showed emotion. He has been with TNA for 7 years. He has been trying to build them the entire time. The company has some of the best talent in the world. Kurt said that you shouldn’t disrespect another company because, “You never know what will happen.” Did Kurt see the future?
What if CM Punk did quit WWE? What if he left? What will happen to him? Where would he go? We can probably guess that TNA would try to sign him in a minute. Would he go there? Someone wrote to me today saying that he could go to ROH or New Japan. I then asked Kurt whether Punk would have quit if he didn’t get a break now. While we know he almost did quit… it was about other reasons. Disregard those reasons though. What if everything was fine in regards to creative, but Punk had serious health problems. Would he be in Kurt’s shoes? Would he have quit? Kurt wrote:
I believe yes. I needed a change. I could have taken a year off and came back. Maybe that would have been a wiser decision, but I enjoyed my TNA matches. But Punk needs to heal. It’s not WWE’s fault. You must decide when enough is enough, and make a decision.
There is a lot to digest again. Kurt believes Punk would have quit. Kurt had to. Could Punk take a year off like Kurt brought up? If Punk didn’t want to go to any other company, that could have been an option. Would Vince McMahon allow that? Would he approve? You would think that he would look out for his employees, right? WWE is in a tough spot though. The Rock is gone. The ratings on last week’s show weren’t hot. WWE needs to keep the momentum going after Wrestlemania 29. Kurt doesn’ blame WWE though. If he is hurting, Punk could easily walk out. He can easily say to give me a year off. We know Vince would hire him back in an instant. Kurt finally knew when enough was enough. Punk hopefully knows the same.
Being a workhorse in a company is great. You are the top talent. You are the one being showcased on every show and pay-per-view. You are the one advertised. You are the main star! It sounds great. It is what everyone wants to be. It very well might be the hardest job in the company though. Your life is work. You eat, sleep, and drink work. It builds up. It affects people mentally and physically. Too much for too long tears you apart. Kurt Angle went through with it 7 years ago. Now it is CM Punk’s turn. Workhorse – “It is a blessing and a curse.”