Last night’s WWE Money In The Bank pay-per-view saw some huge twists, big turns, and Reigns vs. Mahal getting booed into oblivion. At least it wasn’t the main event, aye? While all the major talking points took place on the main show, something very interesting actually happened during the Kickoff.
While discussing ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey’s chances against then-WWE Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax, citing the size difference and general transition from MMA to professional wrestling, WWE Hall of Famer Booker T name-dropped CM Punk. In Chicago. On a WWE show. And it was live. So we saw and heard it. I’m still a little in shock.
To be fair to the ‘Five Time, Five Time, Five Time, WCW Champion’ (what a nickname), his point was a valid one in the world of wrestling. Mentioning an ‘other side of the coin’ scenario, Booker stated:
“Look, we saw CM Punk try to run in the UFC, trying to take it over, that boy got the breaks beat off him just a couple of weeks ago.”
For those unaware, Booker T is referencing CM Punk’s loss to Mike Jackson at UFC 225 which has since been regarded as laughable by the likes of MMA-commentator Joe Rogan.
It was really a good bit of insight to show that Rousey might not be as good as everyone thinks in a different environment. This is the storyline they have been running with the different rules angle after all. Considering the look on his fellow panelist’s faces, however, this may have been a tad out of line.
Punk left the company following the 2014 Royal Rumble and has never looked back. He quickly aired his grievances on friend Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast. The pair has only recently won a defamation lawsuit issued against them by WWE doctor Chris Amann.
Since his departure, Vince McMahon has done an impressive amount to erase the Chicago native’s impact on the company. This was recently continued as Brock Lesnar broke the longest World Championship reign of the modern era. A record that was previously held by Punk.
Now that the lawsuit is over, WWE might hopefully feel less inclined to besmirch one of their greatest ever stars. That said, it is unclear whether Booker T’s negative comments towards the ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ were his own or from McMahon. It would not be unlike the chairman to take a jab at his former-champion via one of his many mouth-pieces.