CM Punk shocked the professional wrestling world when he confirmed up on the finish of WWE’s “Survivor Sequence: Battle Video games” on Saturday night time.
Punk obtained a loud pop from the followers in Chicago as he returned to the WWE for the primary time in practically 10 years. Whereas his presence was cheered on by his hometown followers, it didn’t seem to take a seat effectively with everybody.
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Seth Rollins, left, throughout WrestleMania Goes Hollywood at SoFi Stadium on April 1, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Photographs)
Seth Rollins was seen on the finish of the premium stay occasion irate as Punk appeared on the high of the doorway ramp, and on Monday, he spoke for the primary time in entrance of a stay crowd. The followers in Nashville, Tennessee, cheered Punk’s title, and Rollins instructed them to get it out whereas they may.
“Get it out of your system as a result of I’ll inform you what, I don’t wish to spend another second, another ounce of power on that hypocrite,” Rollins mentioned. “So as a substitute of speaking about somebody who don’t matter in any respect. Why don’t we discuss concerning the factor that issues essentially the most? Why don’t we discuss concerning the title that for the final six months I’ve constructed into an important championship on this complete trade?”
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Rollins referenced the World Heavyweight Championship. He was then confronted by Drew McIntyre, who wished a title match subsequent. Nevertheless, Rollins knowledgeable him that Jey Uso was subsequent in line, which led to McIntyre headbutting Rollins. Punk’s title was not talked about once more in that phase.
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Whereas Rollins is engaged on display screen, the feud that seems to be constructing between him and Punk is rooted in some actuality.
Punk left WWE in 2014 and made his first professional wrestling look since then on the firm’s rival promotion, All Elite Wrestling, in 2021. After two controversies surrounding Punk and different AEW wrestlers, he was let go earlier this yr. Punk has ripped WWE prior to now and has had tiffs exterior the ring prior to now.
Rollins at one level known as Punk a “most cancers” but in addition admitted Punk helped him out in his profession at factors. He instructed “Covino & Wealthy” that he simply was not a fan of him after his conduct during the last six to seven years.
At the same time as Punk had been extremely essential of WWE prior to now, Paul Levesque urged after “Survivor Sequence” he was able to let bygones be bygones.
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“You already know, loads of time has passed by, nearly 10 years, proper? If you’re the identical individual you had been ten years in the past, 10 years later, you’ve tousled,” mentioned Levesque, the previous wrestler referred to as Triple H. “Everyone grows. Everyone adjustments. I’m a special individual, he’s a special individual, this can be a totally different firm. We’re all on the identical even beginning floor.”