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5 reasons why CM Punk might return to WWE & 5 reasons he won't

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Phillip Jack Brooks, better known to the world as CM Punk, is without a shadow of a doubt one of the greatest personalities to ever enter a wrestling ring.

Hardcore wrestling fans appreciate Punk's technical acumen and stiff strikes, while the more casual fans enjoy his work on the microphone. He is the rare talent that is over with nearly all aspects of the wrestling audience.

Punk began his career in an unlikely fashion; Backyard wrestling. He eventually transitioned to true pro wrestling when his backyard promotion collapsed due to embezzlement by Punk's own brother.

Trained in the Minnesota wrecking crew style of old-school grit and modern techniques, Punk quickly stood out from his peers and became a sought-after talent. After reigning as ROH champion and having classic matches with the likes of Samoa Joe, Punk ended up working for the WWE.

Punk initially debuted on the ECW brand and carried that promotion for most of its existence. After transitioning to the main roster he quickly ascended the ranks and became world champion. Feuds with John Cena, the Undertaker, and Triple H continued to cement his marquee status.

Then Punk became dissatisfied with his role in the company, and blamed WWE doctors for misdiagnosing an injury he'd suffered. Despite the fans being loudly appreciative of his talents, WWE did little to keep him under contract.

To this day, there are chants for his return at WWE events around the world. But how likely is that to happen? Here are five reasons CM Punk might return and five he's done with WWE forever.


Might Return: WWE is emphasizing talent over size

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For the longest time, WWE sought out only those wrestlers at least six foot two and at least two hundred fifty pounds. Exceptions to this rule were rare and usually involved talent that was already established elsewhere.

These days, however, there are a plethora of smaller, faster wrestlers making a huge impact in WWE; AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Dolph Ziggler for example.

CM Punk has never been the biggest man in the ring, but he's always had the biggest heart. A new emphasis on talent over size would serve him well if he chose to return.

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Christopher Scott Wagoner is a fiction writer and freelance journalist from Austin, Texas. Dune is his favorite novel and Dean Malenko is his favorite wrestler.
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