On episode 11 of The Ric Flair Show, the 16-time professional wrestling world champion discussed CM Punk's MMA debut at UFC 203, what Punk's future in MMA holds, and Ryback's departure from WWE.
On the topic of Punk, 'The Nature Boy' stated that he felt sorry for Punk after his resounding loss to Mickey Gall at UFC 203.
"I actually felt bad for him. I just think, number one, it's a lot to bite off and he [has] been injured a couple of times, I guess, while training. But you always want to go out there and you hope for the best for everybody because if he wins it makes us look [good], but if you lose like thatů" Flair continued, "but the problem I have, as we discussed before, he [has] been so negative and knocked everybody in WWE, but always treated me [well], so I never had a problem with him. But what goes around comes around."
When asked about Punk's future in MMA, Flair suggested that Punk should try his hand at something else.
"If I was him, I don't know how you follow that. I didn't see it, but I heard it lasted, what, 30 seconds?" Flair continued, "he still has some name recognition because of his success in the WWE, so I'm sure he has options. But, I mean, why would you do that again? It's kind of like, once you get that, it's pretty devastating. I'm sure he had a hard time sleeping that night, knowing he put in all that time and that so many people, because of his brand, were looking at him. Does that make sense? So those are decisions he has to make, but whatever he does, I wish him well. Make no mistake, going out there, just to do that, you get a lot of respect from a lot of people. That's a tough sport, so my hat's off to him for trying, but if I were him, I'd do something else."
As for Ryback, 'Naitch' suggested that WWE is not for everybody and 'The Human Wrecking Ball' saw himself differently than how WWE saw him.
"I haven't heard how he's doing. I haven't seen much of him. If he's out there, I mean, he worked hard. I don't know what the problem was. I do, but I'm not going to comment on it. But I hope he does okay. He's a nice kid and WWE is not for everybody. And he anticipated things that I don't think they had planned for him and when it doesn't work out, it's like Alberto Del Rio. I think he's one of the most talented guys in the business, and he'll be out guest very soon, but they just couldn't come to terms, so he's gone."
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