McGregor says he respects CM Punk, despite his loss in UFC 203 to Mickey Gall.
Fair play to him, ‘cos he got in there and fought. And not a lot of people do. Not a lot of people have the balls to make that walk. He got his ass whooped. God bless. He got his ass whooped. Those WWE guy’s are pussies, I told yous all, but he isn’t. He got in and fought. So fair play to him. Respect.
On a UFC 203 media conference call CM Punk says that, while he doesn’t care what McGregor said, it hurt other WWE wrestler’s feelings.
A lot of feelings were hurt, though, I can tell you that much, which I thought was a little strange. You’ve gotta leave the emotion out of it. These guys still don’t know…It’s a hard thing to comment on, because the amount of people who responded to him made me feel like they were told to respond to him. [McGregor is] the biggest name in sports at the moment. There’s always grey areas when you involve that whole scene and you’re wondering, is this a work, is this not a work?
Punk appears on ESPN SportsCenter to discuss the differences in Dana White and Vince McMahon.
Their similarities are that they are both driven, set in their ways and have a good idea of what is best for their companies. As far as differences are concerned, it’s a generation issue. McMahon is very old school while White is more open-minded.
Punk appears on Fox Sports 1 to discuss coming to UFC and if he feels he deserves to work for the company.
I’m not really going to say that I do deserve it. I think time will tell if I deserve it or not. Respect has to be earned, not given. I very much understand that, and I understand the perspective of a lot of the fighters. Some of them are just trying to jump on the bandwagon too, you know, like call names and pick fights. That’s the fight game, I appreciate that. I just roll with the punches. I’ll take all the positive stuff and leave all the negative stuff behind.
Punk talks to Rolling Stone magazine about his new career and his wife’s reaction to his UFC signing.
Trust me, whatever nerves I’m gonna have stepping into the Octagon will pale in comparison to the nerves I had when I had to bring this up to my wife. I was honestly terrified. I was like, ‘She’s gonna shut it down, and I’m gonna have to figure out a way to smooth it over so I can do this, because I don’t take no for an answer, she doesn’t take no for an answer, and this is something I really wanna do.’ Right off the bat she recognized that. She’s been around me long enough to know that, ever since the first day I met her, this is something I talked about doing, and she’s not somebody that’s gonna step in front of her husband trying to accomplish something that he dreamed about.
Sonnen talks to MMAMania about CM Punk’s upcoming UFC debut and teases that he knows who his first opponent will be.
Well, he is not a bottom-tier guy, I can tell you that. You will know who he is and he will be a pretty-heavy favorite to win. Punk is not going to come in as the favorite.
Punk signs with UFC fighting. He is set to make his fighting debut sometime in 2015. At 185 pounds, he will fight as a middleweight. Punk comments:
This is my new career, 100-percent. I’m going to go full steam ahead, all systems go after today, and it’s going to be fun. My professional wrestling days are over, it’s awesome to be here. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
White comments on Punk’s signing with UFC and his first bout.
He wanted to fight here. He wanted to give it a shot, so we gave him an opportunity. It’s not like Brock Lesnar. We’re not going to throw the kitchen sink at him. Lesnar had a wrestling background. (CM Punk) going to fight a guy who is 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 — something like that.
Punk returns to The Art of Wrestling to answer fan questions and give closure to his controversial exit from WWE. He discusses his health and the possibility of ever returning.
It’s way too f—ing early. I have no interest in going back. The difference in my appearance, my mental stability, and everything across the board from now from nine, ten months ago is so drastically different.
Punk is a guest on The Art of Wrestling to discuss his WWE departure for the very first time. The two hour interview includes details on his injuries due to working with Ryback and his last conversation with Triple H. Punk also reveals that he did not quit but was actually fired.
The day of my wedding I got a FedEx in the mail … it was my termination papers. I was fired. On my wedding day. Very calculated. Very deliberate. … As much as I kind of chuckled at it and didn’t let it affect my day, I was like, ‘Once again, you pushed too f****ing far. You pushed the wrong guy.
Marvel announces that Punk will write the story for Thor Annual project. Punk comments on the deal:
I think I just pestered all the right people and the right things kind of popped up. How exactly it came up, I can’t really, exactly remember. I can’t remember who said, ‘Hey. Wanna do Thor?’ You know what I mean? That pretty much blew my mind. I have to say, it’s been a long process.
Punk’s attorneys send 22 page letter to WWE legal over Punk’s likeness and name being used in the upcoming release, WWE 2K15.
WWE reveals the roster for the upcoming video game installment, WWE 2k15. The roster includes most of today’s top stars and stars of the past including Sting, Triple H, CM Punk and Shawn Michaels.
Punk takes the charity Ice Bucket challenge with AJ Lee.
Punk is interviewed at the AP Music Awards. When asked if her will ever return to WWE, Punk comments:
No. Never ever, never ever, never ever. They are going to go crazy on Twitter and hold me to it.
Punk marries Lee during a private ceremony. The event is attended by close friends and family. The pair met while working for WWE as performers.
Punk and Bryan defeat The Wyatt Family in tag team action at WWE Survivor Series. Punk picks up the pinfall victory at sixteen minutes and fifty-four seconds.
Lesnar defeats Punk in no disqualification singles action at WWE Summerlsam. Lesnar picks up the pinfall victory after delivering an F5 to Punk on a steel chair at twenty-five minutes and fifteen seconds.
Punk talks to CBS Chicago about Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon.
There are a lot of people back there who say me and Brock are very very similar. Unapproachable, bad attitude. A kind of cloud hanging over our heads. But to me, he’s a sweetheart. I have no bad stories about Brock, yet.
Orton obtains the Money in the Bank contract briefcase to claim a shot at the WWE Championship anytime over the next year. Orton ascends a ladder and grabs the briefcase hanging above the ring for the victory at twenty-six minutes and thirty-four seconds.
Undertaker defeats CM Punk in singles competition at Wrestlemania 29.
Punk talks to Marvel.com about wrestling The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29.
Well yeah, I mean a match against the Undertaker any other day of the year is still a big deal but not as big of a deal when you’ve got the opportunity to do that nobody’s been able to do for over 20 years this week at WrestleMania.
Punk talks to Ashbury Park Press about using Paul Bearer’s death in his storyline with The Undertaker.
Everything is designed to push people’s buttons – so it’s unfortunate that Percy had to die for him to be a part of this story – but trust me, he would have loved it, he really would have loved it.
The Rock defeats Punk in singles competition to retain the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber. The Rock scores the pinfall victory after delivering a Rock Bottom on Punk at twenty minutes and fifty-five seconds.
The Rock defeats Punk in singles competition at Royal Rumble to win the WWE Championship. Rock picks up the pinfall victory at twenty-three minutes and nineteen seconds.
WWE Champion Punk defeats Clay on WWE Monday Night RAW in a nontitle match. Punk applies the Anaconda Vice for the submission victory at three minutes and forty seconds.
Punk retains the WWE Championship by defeating Cena and Ryback in triple threat competition at Survivor Series. Punk picks up the pinfall victory over Cena at seventeen minutes and fifty-eight seconds.
Punk defeats Ryback in singles competition contested inside the Hell in a Cell cage at the pay-per-view of the same name. Punk picks up the pinfall victory at eleven minutes and twenty-two seconds to retain the WWE Championship.
Punk retains the WWE Championship by fighting Cena to a draw at Night of Champions. Both men’s shoulders are on the ground as the referee counts the pin, thus ending the bout in a double pinfall at twenty-six minutes and fifty-five seconds.
Punk retains the WWE Championship at Summerslam by defeating Cena and Big Show in triple threat action. The match ends and is restarted due to Big Show submitting when both men had him on a hold. Punk ultimately picks up the pinfall victory over Show at fourteen minutes and twenty-five seconds.
USA Network airs the 1,000th episode of WWE Monday Night RAW live. The special features appearances By The Rock, D-Generation-X and Brock Lesnar as well as Christian vs Miz, Lita vs Slater and Punk vs Cena for the WWE championship.
Punk and Cena fight to a no contest when Big Show enters the ring and attacks Cena causing a disqualification victory. Due to the circumstances of the loss, Punk still retains the championship. The match ends at eleven minutes and fifteen seconds.
Punk defeats Bryan in a singles bout contested under no disqualification rules at Money in the Bank to retain the WWE Championship. Punk picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a German suplex through a table at twenty-seven minutes and fifty-five seconds.
Punk takes over as host of the podcast to interview regular host, Cabana. The pair discuss wrestling , Chicago and the podcast’s 100th episode.
Colt interviews me something like, two years ago. I approached him and said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if for the 100th episode I interview you?” And I’ve known Colt the longest in this crazy world of wrestling so, who better to do it?
Punk defeats Bryan and Kane in triple threat action at No Way Out to retain the WWE Championship. Punk picks up the pinfall victory over Kane after delivering a GTS at eighteen minutes and fifteen seconds.
Punk retains the WWE Championship by defeating Bryan in singles competition at Over the Limit. Punk picks up the pinfall victory despite being locked in a Yes Lock submission hold by rolling over on Bryan at twenty-four minutes and two seconds.
Punk defeats Jericho in singles competition contested under Chicago Street Fight rules at Extreme Rules to retain the WWE Championship. Punk picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a GTS at twenty-four minutes and fifty seconds.
Punk defeats Henry in singles competition, contested under no disqualification rules, on Monday Night RAW to retain the WWE Championship. Punk picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a top rope elbow drop with a chair at thirteen minutes and ten seconds.
Punk defeats Jericho in singles competition at Wrestlemania 28 to retain the WWE Championship. Punk picks up the submission victory after applying The Anaconda Vice at twenty-two minutes and ten seconds, forcing Jericho to tap out.
Wrestlemania 28 is held at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The event features Kane vs Randy Orton, Big Show vs Cody Rhodes, The Undertaker vs Triple H, CM Punk vs Chris Jericho and The Rock vs John Cena.
Punk defeats Ziggler in singles competition at WWE Royal Rumble on pay-per-view to retain the WWE Championship. Punk picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a “GTS” at fourteen minutes and thirty seconds.
Punk defeats Del Rio in singles competition at WWE Survivor Series to retain the WWE Championship. Punk picks up the submission victory by locking in the “Anaconda Vice” at seventeen minutes and fifteen seconds.
Wrestlemania 27 is held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia. The event is hosted by The Rock and features Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan, The Undertaker vs Triple H, Cody Rhodes vs Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton vs CM Punk, John Morrison, Trish Stratus and Snooki vs LayCool and Dolph Ziggler and The Miz vs John Cena.
Ziggler defeats Punk in singles competition on WWE Monday Night RAW via count out. Due to the circumstances of the victory, Ziggler does not become the champion. The match ends at thirteen minutes.
Wrestlemania 26 is held at The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The event features Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes vs Ted DiBiase, Triple H vs Sheamus, Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk, Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon, Chris Jericho vs Edge, John Cena vs Batista and The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels in a retirement match.
Jericho defeats The Undertaker, CM Punk, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, and John Morrison in an Elimination Chamber Match to win the title.
Punk cashes in his Money in the Bank title shot to win the World Heavyweight Championship in his first appearance on WWE Monday Night RAW. He cashes in the shot on Edge, pinning him after an attack from Batista leaves him unconscious in the ring.
Punk is drafted from the ECW brand to begin appearing on WWE’s flagship program, Monday Night RAW as part of WWE’s 2008 draft pick lottery.
Punk defeats Jericho, MVP, Benjamin, Morrison, Anderson and Carlito at in the Wrestlemania 24 Money in the Bank ladder match to claim a WWE title shot any time over the next 365 days.
Punk loses the ECW Heavyweight Championship to Guerrero in singles competition on WWE’s ECW brand. Guerrero picks up the pinfall victory after Edge interferes and spears Punk.