In the last week-and-a-half after leaving the WWE In January(the day after Royal Rumble 2014),CM Punk(alias Phil Brooks) has literally rocked the universes of wrestling,the Internet,and MMA in not only breaking his silence on his good pal Colt Cobana podcast(that aired on Thanksgiving Day) and delivering an amazingly compelling and riveting expose on his life in the WWE after he re-signed with them three years ago,exposing the rumored brutal schedules that the wrestlers in that federation have to undertake without taking any medical or overexhaustion breaks(unless their injuries are very severe) and the way both Vince McMahon and his son-in-law/part time wrestler/WWE CEO Triple H treat their employed athletes.
That interview literally crashed the Internet as Colt’s podcast episode received millions of downloads and re-cast on wrestling podcasts for the podcasts’ hosts’ evaluations,which matched those of the fans in ranging from frankly(and shockingly) exposing the way the WWE conducts business to being simply whiny and bitter. Either way,that interview(along with a week later question-and-answer follow-up episode) was only the tip of the iceberg that Punk was going to later fully reveal.
This weekend(as of this writing),Punk revealed that he has signed a contract yesterday in Las Vegas with both the UFC and its CEO Dana White,with his debut match to possibly happen in mid Summer(during UFC Fan Fest season). This is something that comes as no surprise since Punk is not only an MMA fan,but also fights more like an MMA fighter than a wrestler,with his style having to force many of the WWE wrestlers to train and fight in Punk’s style(since Punk as a background in kempo,Maui Thai,and judo,and trains with Rener Gracie). Punk is also rumred to be also training with now ex-champion Johnny Hendricks for his impending future UFC in-ring debut,something that will not only bring in many fans,but will also financially gross an major amount of money,controversy,and much more money.
Punk has always been known as a wrestling talent who surely knows how to shrewdly manipulate and merchandise himself to both the world and the sports fighting industry,therefore gaining himself an enormous amount of publicity and wide exposure while doing so,as well as lots of unwanted scrutiny from the fans and the industry press as some people are predicting that his immediate move to MMA is going to be a monstrous failure. I highly disagree,since Punk already knows how to fight like an MMA fighter and I can clearly seeing him not only winning in his debut match,but also winning the UFC World Heavywight Championship title belt by the end of 2015(alias next year).
No matter what public scrutiny(whether it’s on-line or off-line) or controversy it will bring forth upon him,one has to admit that CM Punk has already carved out his future,a future that will bring him in both a major amount of money and fame,surpassing that of even Brock Lesnar.
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