When word got out last month about CM Punk’s offer (challenge) to Michael Rooker – you know, something about a shot at the title and a championship belt – fans on both sides of the ring jumped on board with the idea. When Rooker himself stepped up to the challenge with his response on Twitter, it seemed like an epic showdown was only a matter of time.
As expected, Michael Rooker and CM Punk came face to face at the Wizard World New Orleans convention. At first meeting, the mood was light and friendly, with laughs all around for everyone.
But when CM Punk made the mistake of bringing forth the belt for a photo opportunity, the gleam in Rooker’s eye said it all.
It was over all too quickly. After a brief tussle, a bit of tug-of-war and exchange of words, CM Punk quickly withdrew and made his escape with the much-coveted belt, explaining that if Rooker wanted the belt he would have to get in the ring and take it.
So there it is again. Another challenge, and here and now another reply from Rooker: “Any time.”
Unfortunately, with no official match set or a ring in which this battle for the belt could take place, WWE and Rooker fans did not see the match they had hoped for. While there has been no official word from WWE about whether or not the fight will actually go down, we continue to watch and wait.
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