The WWE and the McMahon family rarely ever miss a opportunity to take a shot at a former employee, but their criticism of former WWE Champion and current UFC fighter CM Punk intensified this week.
Ever since Punk was stopped in the first round of his MMA debut by welterweight prospect Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in September, the WWE have enjoyed poking fun at Punk’s expense with the promotion staging a Punk-Gall mock rematch in the immediate aftermath of the fight at the WWE event Backlash.
Not content with ridiculing Punk just once, commissioner of WWE Raw Stephanie McMahon fired another shot at Punk on Monday at the promotion’s latest show in Punk’s hometown of Chicago.
McMahon was predictably treated to a chorus of boos by the crowd at the Allstate Arena who routinely chant Punk’s stage name every time the WWE comes to Chicago.
As for Punk, he has vowed to continue his career in the UFC despite a comprehensive defeat in his debut loss to Gall.
Speaking to MMAFighting.com earlier this month, Punk’s coach Duke Roufus confirmed that his fighter has been in discussions with UFC president Dana White about a potential second fight in the promotion sometime next year.
“Definitely. I believe he and Dana are talking,” said Roufus. “I just talked to Punk on Monday and things are looking hopeful. I can’t say yes or no, but they’re looking hopeful.
“We’re going to see. Dana’s always got a good recipe of what he’s going to create and what’s best for the sport, and what’s best for Punk and everyone else.”
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena