Few wrestlers have ever been as polarizing as CM Punk. He was the darling of fans while he wrestled on the indy scene and into his early run in the WWE. As he rose to the top, detractors started coming out (as usual unfortunately). When he walked away from the WWE and then joined the UFC, most fans were ready to lynch him.
I find it amusing. I also find it impressive that he walked away from a profession he loved (at least at one point) and pursued another path. He had enough money and he has the right to do what he wants. He doesn't have to live for the fans. He owes the fans nothing.
I have met and talked to him several times at comic cons. He has always been extremely cool in those encounters. I always acknowledge that people will say he should be nice at those events, but it isn't so with every celebrity and Punk goes above and beyond within the constraint of the situation.
Maybe he is a jerk in other situations. I don't know, as I have never met him casually. I can only judge him from what I have experienced. In those instances, he has been great.
Of course, I would love to see him go back to the WWE. I think it would be a huge event and a big paycheck for him. I applaud and respect him even more though, because if he isn't going back, he is passing on that for his own reasons. It isn't all about money and prestige.
CM Punk and me in Chicago, IL-April 2017.