Jim Ross posted a blog on CM Punk’s situation with WWE. He wrote he doesn’t think Punk has worked his final match with WWE but he should take time off, even if that means he misses Wrestlemania. Below is an excerpt:
The news of the day surrounds the talented CM Punk unexpectedly walking away from WWE.
Was it really unexpected? Likely not. Punk has not been a happy camper within WWE for quite some time. That point has been made abundantly clear on many occasions. He’s tired, he’s beat up, and he’s not enjoying himself at work.
Before everyone analyzes this matter to death, let’s break it down into a few basic points some of which I can speak on from experience as the former head of talent relations for WWE.
Matters such as this generally concern one or both of the Two C’s….cash and/or creative.
Punk is mentally and physically burned out and he’s not having enough professional fulfillment to work through his issues. He needs a break.
All talents are wired differently which is why they all cannot be managed the same or even treated the same in many instances.
Recognizing when a talent is getting frayed around the edges is management’s job. Once the problem is identified it is incumbent upon everyone involved in the equation to work together to solve the problem through compromise and respect but most of all communication.
If the talent or the company is unwilling to compromise, then, most likely the problem won’t be solved and, therefore, if a problem can’t be solved there’s only one other option to put in play and that is to eliminate the problem.
Punk is a very cerebral talent who has earned his stripes the hard way and has more than paid his dues. He’s earned super star status via having numerous, main event classic bouts in WWE rings on huge stages. Coming to WWE was the greatest thing Punk could have done for himself professionally. He’s become globally famous and has made a handsome amount of money thanks to the WWE machine.
The opportunities that WWE have provided Punk and then Punk maximizing those minutes and opportunities is what the synergy between a talent and a company should resemble.
I do not think that Punk has wrestled his last match in WWE. I do feel that it’s best for all involved for Punk to take much needed time off even if it means that he misses a WrestleMania.
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