Professional wrestling is a business. Sure, it can be magical, like CM Punk's return to WWE at Survivor Series, funny, like Booker T's time as King Booker, or tragic, like the oh so many performers who passed too soon outside of the ring or even in the ring, but at its core, wrestling is about making money for the workers, the promoters, the sponsors, and the television networks.
Does Seth Rollins like CM Punk? No, probably not, but as Booker T noted on his Hall of Fame podcast, that doesn't mean they can't do business and draw money, as the former's outburst at Survivor Series proved that he might just be willing to work an angle that puts them both over in a big way.
“I'm not going to try to create an angle or anything like that, or try to predict what the route will be. Seth Rollins is trying to go, because Seth Rollins is a businessman. Seth Rollins has been nothing but business since day one. Talked about Seth Rollins over this last almost four-year run that Roman has had. He could have been a guy that could have complained. He could have been a guy that said, ‘Man, let me get the hell up out of here, man. I ain't got time for this because they ain't getting no shot.' But Seth Rollins knows the big picture. He's smart. I give him a lot of credit for that,” Booker T said via EWrestling News.
Can performers who don't like each other actually do business together? Yes, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, favorites of CM Punk and Rollins, respectively, famously hated each other and yet worked some of the best matches of their era of professional wrestling. Still, for Rollins to get down to business, he has to do some despite knowing he's also putting over someone he doesn't like, which is easier said than done.
Booker T believes that CM Punk is actually happy to be in WWE.
Elsewhere on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T was asked if he genuinely believes that CM Punk is happy to be a part of WWE, as he suggested in his (re)introductory promo on RAW.
While Booker has noted he hasn't exactly been best friends with Punk in the past, he does believe that the “Best in the World” might have realized that, with the right work, he can succeed in WWE.
Can CM Punk make it work in WWE? Well, considering fans now have to wait until SmackDown to find out, it's safe to say the topic will remain hotly discussed among fans in the online wrestling community.