Going 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.