CM Punk hasn’t been seen in a WWE ring for more than four years, but many fans still have fond memories of Punk’s tenure with the biggest wrestling promotion in the world, which interestingly include the fact that he was screwed out of his World Championship back in 2008.
Rewind back more than a decade to Unforgiven 2008, where Punk was set to defend the World Heavyweight Championship in a scramble match against Rey Mysterio, JBL, Batista, and Kane but ahead of the match, Punk was attacked by Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, and Afa Anoa’i Jr. backstage before Chris Jericho instead went on to take his place in the match.
Jericho went on to win the title and the WWE Universe have been convinced for the past decade that Punk was screwed out of his title and finally, Bruce Prichard has revealed on the most recent episode of Something To Wrestle With that he was, and it was because Vince McMahon wanted Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels to use the WWE Championship as a prop in their ladder match which was already booked for No Mercy the following month.
“They needed a prop. They needed a prop for a Ladder match, okay, but they sure as hell didn’t need the championship. I thought Punk needed the Championship,” he said via Ringsidenews. “I thought that the championship helped Punk. But, at that point, it was needed for a prop… to have a Ladder match. So, as crazy and as many conspiracy theories that people wanna throw out there, it’s as simple as that.”
“Yeah, it did [suck] and also what sucked is, you can see, hindsight being 20/20, you see the interview with Punk where they jump him and Punk’s not even into it. He’s frustrated and probably upset all rightfully so by the way. So you feel before they even jump him its, ‘Okay, I’m gonna do this, it’s whatever, f**k it’, and it did suck because it made no sense.”