CM Punk left the WWE in 2014 and embarked on an unsuccessful UFC career while Kingston has stayed with the company for the past 11 years
Back in 2014, CM Punk left the wrestling business behind when he was still at the height of his fame.
He did so for many reasons, but, mostly, because he was sick of the creative and how the talent were treated.
Punk went on to have an unsuccessful MMA career going 0-2 in UFC and with All Elite Wrestling forming, fans continue to wonder if he can be tempted back for one last run – on his terms.
During that time, Kofi Kingston has been grinding away. The New Day man had been employed by the WWE for 11 years by the time he got his WWE title shot at WrestleMania 35.
Kingston finally reached the top of the mountain when he defeated Daniel Bryan last Sunday, but Punk says it should have happened a decade ago.
Speaking to Stadium’s Sauce & Shram, Punk said it took WWE too long to realise what they had with Kingston.
“It should’ve happened ten years ago. You know, that’s what I’ll leave with. And it’s one of those things where yes, I’m stoked that it happened now, but again, be ahead of the curve instead of behind it.”
Also during the interview, Punk was asked how he felt about Shane McMahon using his old ‘Best in the World’ moniker.
“I think he’s been calling himself the best in the world,” Punk said. “And this is the funny thing about the company, is I could say, ‘Yea that’s a little shot at me,’ And you know, it probably is, but they’d deny it until the cows come home.”