CM Punk by no means wrestled in the principle occasion of WrestleMania. The principle occasion is the ultimate match of the evening. Punk basically had 4 possibilities at it throughout his last years in WWE, however Vince McMahon as a substitute opted to go along with John Cena vs. The Miz in 2011, John Cena vs. The Rock in 2012 & 2013, and Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan in 2014.
However it might seem that Punk sees issues otherwise. Showing on on Barstool Sports activities’ My Mother’s Basement podcast to speak about Jakob’s Spouse, his new movie releasing on Apr. 16, Punk mentioned that he really did important occasion WrestleMania 29 towards Undertaker in 2013. Right here’s his rationalization for why that’s his favourite WrestleMania match:
“I believe the final one I did, was it [WrestleMania] 29? Towards Undertaker. Simply given all of the circumstances main as much as that and every little thing that occurred after it. You recognize, to me that’s probably the most defining punk rock second of my total profession…I used to be a person fucking possessed, and I by some means concurrently didn’t give a fuck and cared approach an excessive amount of on the identical time. And I went on the market and I fucking completely destroyed it. And so they couldn’t observe me, it doesn’t matter what they mentioned. Individuals nonetheless to this present day shall be like, ‘Oh you by no means important evented WrestleMania.’ And I say sure I did. Sure I did. As a result of it’s that one. It is best to’ve simply packed it up and fucking went dwelling after that, you realize?”
As somebody who attended WrestleMania 29, I can say for sure that Punk’s match made that present definitely worth the worth of admission and saved the occasion from being a disappointment. Jack Swagger vs. Alberto Del Rio was by no means going to be what WWE hoped for, Fandango vs. Chris Jericho was a misuse of Jericho’s skills, Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar was a plodding affair, and Cena vs. The Rock was largely uninspired finisher spam. Punk vs. Undertaker positively stood out from the pack as the very best rattling factor on that present by a huge margin.
Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply Punk’s show-stealing match was the principle occasion of WrestleMania 29. I don’t even have to clarify why that’s. Simply hearken to Punk clarify it himself again in 2014 throughout his tell-all podcast on why he left WWE. He talked about how he simply needed to be added to the Cena/Rock match for a fast 5 minute elimination just because that will validate his profession work with a WrestleMania important occasion:
“I used to be making an attempt to politic my approach into the principle occasion however it wasn’t like ‘let me beat everyone’ it was ‘hey, let’s do a 3 approach, it is going to be elimination. Have anyone pin me in fucking 5 minutes, I don’t care. After which I’ll be capable of be like ‘ha, I did the principle occasion at WrestleMania’ and I’ll be capable of transfer on. Fuck it, you realize? It gained’t be such a hold up for me anymore, it gained’t be such a thoughts fuck.’”
In that very same interview from 2014, he additionally talked about it being an insult to his intelligence to categorise his match with Undertaker as the principle occasion:
“So Hunter goes ‘you realize, Punk, you had been in the very best match at WrestleMania final 12 months and that was the principle occasion.’ And I used to be like ‘I’m not fucking silly. The principle occasion is the final match. You’ll be able to push it to individuals who purchase the PPV there’s 4 important occasions; there’s one important occasion. There’s all the time been one important occasion, and I deserved it. I nonetheless deserve it. And now Daniel Bryan deserves it. And also you suppose you’re simply going to present it to Batista and Randy?’”
Punk knew that he failed at his aim to important occasion WrestleMania:
“I failed at my aim of the principle occasion of WrestleMania. Although I’ve come to phrases with it and I look again on it like that fucking match with ‘Taker was higher than something on the present and I had everyone from previous Kevin Dunn to Vince being like ‘oh, that was the very best match and it ought to have went on final’ and I used to be identical to ‘yeah, I do know.’”
The phrase “important occasion” pops up a complete of 28 instances in that full transcript. It was clearly a strong motivating issue for Punk; he describes how he labored his ass off for the remainder of 2013 in order that WWE wouldn’t be capable of deny him the principle occasion as soon as once more in 2014 at WrestleMania 30.
CM Punk in 2021 clearly disagrees with CM Punk from 2014 about what constitutes the principle occasion match. Evidently Punk has modified his perspective and now agrees with Triple H about his match at WrestleMania 29 being the principle occasion, and doesn’t see that declare as an insult to 1’s intelligence.
My response to all of that is that Punk actually wasn’t kidding in 2014 when he known as his lack of a WrestleMania important occasion a “thoughts fuck.” CM Punk was arguably the very best wrestler in WWE from 2010 by means of 2013. There’s nothing flawed with accepting that his lack of a WrestleMania important occasion throughout that point isn’t a knock on his skills or star energy, however is as a substitute an acknowledgment that WWE often makes selections that defy the ideas of logic. If Punk was really at peace with that scenario, I don’t suppose he would fake in the present day that his match with Undertaker was the principle occasion at WrestleMania 29.