CM Punk’s Health A Serious Concern Heading Into Wrestlemania 29

CM PunkGoing into Undertaker vs. CM Punk at Wrestlemania 29 much has been written about the health of The Undertaker. Will he be healthy enough to work? Will he still be able to go at a high level? Undertaker had his own doubts so he worked a live event match on February 23rd in Waco, Texas to test his 47-soon-to-be-48 year old body.

With Wrestlemania nearly three weeks away would you believe perhaps the bigger concern is the health of CM Punk? Punk, almost 14 years younger than Undertaker, is going into the match with a myriad of bumps and bruises. In a Tweet on February 23, 2013, Punk said he feels 80 to a fan that said he looks 40. Let’s take a look at the recent injuries the former 434-day WWE Champion has sustained:

  • On December 4, 2012 Punk underwent arthroscopic knee surgery under Dr. James Andrews. While the procedure was considered minor, it was also considered emergent, even pulling him from the WWE TLC pay-per-view main event.
  • Punk returned on January 7, 2013 to blowoff his program with Ryback and defend the WWE Championship on the first episode of Raw of the year. Punk later said he was “stupid” and probably returned from injury too early.
  • At a WWE Raw live event on February 9, 2013 in Springfield, MO, Punk was dropped on his head when The Miz botched a stalling suplex. The former WWE Champion was knocked loopy and was examined that night immediately. Many believe Punk downplayed the injury where he continued to work and went on to challenge The Rock at Elimination Chamber.
  • Now Punk finds himself with yet another ailment. During his main event match against Kane on this week’s episode of WWE Raw, Punk suffered what we’re being told is an arm/elbow injury. The injury wasn’t believed to be serious but was serious enough for WWE to hold him out of Friday’s show in Bridgeport, CT.

Even the biggest Punk hater will admit the guy is tough.  Punk is a guy that fractured his skull early in his career and not only did he not tell anyone, he never took the first pain pill.  He’s a guy that’s committed to working through pain and has a reputation for downplaying injury.

I have no doubt he was held out Friday at the word of WWE officials and not his own.  They are aware Punk won’t admit how bad he is hurting, even if he does call himself stupid a month later.  Not only is Punk’s a health a concern heading into Wrestlemania but it’s a concern following the pay-per-view as well.

Punk has teased a 2015 retirement date and while some will argue he’s too early in his prime to start talking the end, it might be closer than any of us realize.  This life isn’t easy and CM Punk has shown success comes at a price.

  • Drew

    I sure hope you are wrong. Punk is the best thing to happen to wrestling in some time.

  • sexypugsynn

    Hopefully people will now stop pushing for him end the streak. It pointless to end the streak then retire shortly later.i believe ive said this before that he said in is own words that he was retiring sooner then you puck is great worker in every way he just as a plan for is life and wrestling past what he view is is prime is not in it.

  • Andy Singh

    I'm not the Punk's biggest fan because I REALLY can't stand him shows how good he's developed his character. I really hope that he's ready by WM but the last thing we want to see if another wrestler being critically injured or worse.

  • Nick Riviera

    He should take it easy from now till WM , do the job to Taker then take time off and heal up as much as he can! i admire Punk for his work ethic but hes been going none stop since 2006!

  • Ken

    CM Punk has proven to be the definition of a workhorse in every sense of the word, working through injury after injury and not popping one pill. But he's only human and sooner or later, he'll have to take his long term health into consideration. Hopefully, he'll be good to go come WrestleMania but like I said, he's only human.

  • Ste

    WWE is boring and non-entertaining.
    The Rock, John Cena, C.M. Punk, Undertaker, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Ryback, Big Show, Mark Henry, etc…no, all of a sudden it's being said that this guy or that one is a workhorse or is working through injuries or whatever. May or may not be true but everyone's supposed to buy into this stuff, mind ya.
    I don't exactly admire anyone in WWE anymore because all they do is get paid to behave dishonestly,dishonorably,wrongfully and antagonize each other and people watching WWE and people watching WWE and who used to believe that WWE was good, moral, respectful and honest, had integrity and honor are being let down. FACT is: WWE doesn't have those qualities like it should anymore. That's hatefully despicable and wrong.

    • Chris Surrency

      Ok, seriously, what are YOU smoking?

  • Rusty

    This guy is a machine theres no holding him back, don't forget he put on 1 of the best matches seen on raw a couple of weeks ago with jetlag and the flu so I doubt his gonna let afew bumps and bruises hold him back to put on the best match at WM and the raws leading upto it but hope WWE give him afew weeks or even months off after WM he deserves it after everything he has done in the last 12 months

  • Stevie

    Headline next years Wrestlemania against stone cold Steve Austin in New Orleans,then hang those boots up Punk. You’ve achieved all you can&all you set out to do. #bestintheworld :-)

  • ALbert

    i'ts ALL a story lines they have to follow, it all preset way before and you guys buy onto it
    all they care is about being paid , and it is getting BORING with the same wrestlers week in and week out
    NOThing NEW ..different week …
    so NO thanks save your money PEOPLE…this is REALLY BORING , Rock, Cena , Punk etc.etc..

    • Chris Surrency

      Troll on Trolly.

  • Tony

    Can't wait for Austin vs. Punk next year in New Orleans…