JBL Reveals What He Told To CM Punk First Time He Saw Him After He Finished His MMA Career

JBL respected what CM Punk did in the world of mixed martial arts.

During his appearance on this week’s episode of WWE’s The Bump on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, the WWE Hall of Fame legend revealed what he told to “The Best in the World” about his decision to leave his proven ground in the pro wrestling world for the uncharted, dangerous territory of MMA fighting.

“CM Punk, I got to wrestle him a lot when he came in,” JBL started. “I liked him then, and I like him now, and I’m glad he’s back. I’m proud of his journey. I thought his journey was awesome. I saw him for the first time last year in Vegas, and I pulled him aside. I said, ‘I’m really proud of what you did in MMA.'”

He continued, “That took a lot of guts to stop doing something that you’re best in the world at, and go do something completely different, and put all that effort that he did into that. I mean, that was ballsy. I was really proud of him for doing that. I thought it was wonderful, what he did. Then to come back and the crowd’s going crazy, I hate that he got hurt right when he comes back, but I’ve always liked CM Punk, and I think he’s deserving of everything that he’s done. He’s worked his butt off for a lot of things.”

Check out the complete interview via the YouTube player embedded below. H/T to Fightful.com for transcribing the above quotes.