CM Punk’s UFC debut didn’t go very well. In case you missed it, he landed exactly zero punches, was taken down within five seconds of the bout starting, and spent the next two minutes getting pounded by Mickey Gall until he finally (mercifully) succumbed to a rear naked choke.
The following night, the WWE was having their first Smackdown Live pay-per-view, Backlash. During the Intercontinental Title match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler, there was a subtle dig at Punk’s efforts in MMA. Check out how the match began.
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) September 12, 2016
Sooooo, swing and a miss, double leg take down, ground and pound, and rear naked choke. Sure looks familiar. Luckily for The Miz, the WWE has rope breaks.
It was a definite inside joke directed at Punk, who famously walked out of the WWE in 2014 after being one of their top stars. Since then, he’s had many not-so-flattering things to say about his former employer, so it’s probably not a surprise to see the WWE throw some shade his way after an embarrassing MMA debut.
However, the man who beat Punk at UFC 203 thought the whole thing was pretty hilarious.
“That’s cool, man,” Gall said, according to TMZ. “It’s an honor.”
“I think it’s not so much me but their feelings against him … so, I guess that’s kinda crappy. But you know, hey, I loved it. It’s cool, man. Whatever.”
Gall and the WWE may have enjoyed a laugh at Punk’s expense, but Punk took home $500,000 for his first (and maybe last) professional UFC fight. All things considered, we declare the breakup between Punk and the WWE a draw.