If you say the name CM Punk to a bunch of wrestling fan in 2018, you'd probably get more than your fair share of responses. Some would look back fondly of the second-city savior, some would chastise the former WWE Champion. Some may never have even seen him compete.
For those not in the know, Punk was one of the most popular stars in WWE, until he walked out the night after the 2014 Royal Rumble. Since then, Punk had made his feelings clear on the former company, who actually fired him on his wedding day, though McMahon has claimed it was just a coincidence.
A few days ago, a writer on this site gave his reasons why Punk should return, which you can read here. But I feel Punk should stay away from the fed, and here's why.
He's an MMA star (and not a winning one)
When Brock Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012, he was a kick-ass powerful MMA success and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion.
Similarly, when Ronda Rousey joined earlier this year, the company rightly presented the Olympic medalist as a fighter, who destroyed opponents in seconds during her time in the UFC.
When Punk joined the UFC, many fans were excited for his first match, waiting with baited breath. And then they waited some more, then some more, and then some more. It got to the point where the date of Punk's first match became a recurring joke online.
This wasn't helped that when he did finally fight, he lost, and subsequently lost his second match. Punk is not known for a lackadaisical attitude. Punk will want to win a UFC bout, even if it is just one.
Returning to the WWE without that win would surely eat away at Punk, and be another 'what could've been' for him and his fans to mull over.
It'd be too awkward
In his article, Aaron says that Punk would make a fortune if he returned. This is hard to disagree with, if the two were able to sign an agreement, the WWE would have to pay the big bucks to Punk.
But the second Punk would step on to the ramp, we'd all remember. We'd remember every negative word shared between Punk and the company. We'd remember the libel lawsuit and the subsequent lawsuit between Punk and long-time former friend Colt Cabana.
In his initial run, Punk spoke about how much he loved wrestling and did so for the fans. If the only reason he returned was for a payday, well, every single fan would be able to see his heart wouldn't be in it.
We have moved on
The 2014 Royal Rumble not only saw the last match of CM Punk, but also the first main-show match of (Alexander) Rusev.
Rusev was just the start, as, over the 4 years that have passed, more and more stars have come from the company's developmental brand, with the majority of champions currently in WWE competing in NXT at some point in their life.
If Punk was to return, he wouldn't be a young man. Similarly, he wouldn't be the scrappy underdog who is wanting to establish himself. The fans have simply moved on from Punk.
To Daniel Bryan, to Kevin Owens, to Johnny Gargano, to Asuka. Fans just don't care about Punk like they used to.