CM Punk left the WWE in 2014 for a variety of reasons, but one thing that at least disturbed Punk about his time there was that he never got the chance to be the main event at WrestleMania. The closest he came was having a 434-day reign as WWE Champion going into WrestleMania 29.
The Rock vs. John Cena II was chosen as the main event, therefore Punk was forced to settle for a bout against The Undertaker to end his WrestleMania streak in the undercard. Foley talked about Punk’s challenges in taking on The Undertaker and his dissatisfaction with the lack of respect he received during the main event.
“Phil, you choose the major event,” he said. The audience makes the choice. Since we were in no way, shape, or form promoted as the main event at WrestleMania 22 in 2006, I believe Edge and I had a right to claim that our match was the highlight of the evening,” “Foley clarified, mentioning how close he was to Punk at the time. “You venture out and attempt to steal the show.” “We do have the ability to select our own memorable moments in both wrestling and life.”
The Undertaker at WrestleMania
Following his controversial separation from WWE, Punk spent several years away from the wrestling world before making a comeback with AEW in 2021. Yet, according to Foley, if Punk had seen his match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania from a different angle, he might still be competing on television right now, most likely for WWE.
In Foley’s opinion, Punk should have been able to appreciate having the match of the night over the main event at WrestleMania if he could enjoy being the featured act on the WWE’s secondary pay-per-views. He thought Punk ought to have had access to that frame of mind.
On the most recent episode of The Hall of Fame Podcast, Booker T said, Anything’s possible, man, especially in this business. The subject was CM Punk’s potential return to All Elite Wrestling following his ostensibly ignoble departure from the organization following All Out in September. Punk can make a comeback, but Booker T thinks it would take a lot of work.