Paul Heyman and Jim Ross held a joint live show at the Gotham last night, and Inside the Ropes was there to capture it on video. Heyman was asked about CM Punk's exit from the company back in 2014, and Heyman, who served as Punk's "advocate" for a while, gave an interesting window into what might have been his true motivations for leaving.
"What do I think of him walking out? He wasn't happy anymore and if you know what drives Phil Brooks more than anything is that he's an overachiever, because he would look at things where he was not physically capable of doing and look at things he was not born to do and that he was not bred to do, that wasn't on the cards for him to achieve and that's what motivated him to defy the odds at all times. So there came a time where he didn't have that passion anymore for WWE and when you get to that point you have two options. You can stay and be miserable or you get out and you chase something else that really entices your passion, so he got out.
"Now he's pursuing something that makes him happy. Whether it makes me happy or you happy or the rest of the world happy , it doesn't really matter. It makes him happy. At the end of the day it's a decision that he made on his own behalf and if that's what he wants then god-bless him, I hope he finds happiness in it."
You can watch Heyman and Ross comment on this topic in the video at the top of the page.