By Pete Sailer and Jeremy Konrad
CM Punk aka Phil Brooks appeared on The Nerdist Podcast at the Balboa Theater in San Diego last night. Since leaving WWE after the Royal Rumble in January, CM Punk has been the top of wrestling fans' debates. Will he return? Is this just part of a storyline? In the months leading up to his contract expiration, Punk stayed out of the public spotlight with a few memorable appearances on The Talking Dead and Blackhawks games. Now, officially retired, Punk, happy, relaxed and confident, was at the top of his game, trading jokes and obscure references (everything from Wayne's World to Wilford Brimley) with Chris Harwick, Matt Mira and Jonah Ray. I thought I was well-versed in pop-culture, but Punk truly is the best in the world.
If you thought Punk could never top of his infamous 'Pipebomb promo,' listen to "Mile 18." An epic piece of spoken word comparable to Homer and Virgil about the time Punk almost shat his pants during the Chicago Marathon. I don't want to give away too many spoilers, but it involves a blueberry muffin.
While it's sad we won't see Punk in a ring again (or at least for a very long time), it's comforting to know he's able to enjoy his retirement by attending Comic Con, conversing with fans and nerding out.
Look out for the SDCC Edition of The Nerdist soon. It's so entertaining it might have caused a future marriage!