CM Punk ‘Burned Out,’ Says Bret Hart

March 21, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

CM Punk is “burned out,” fellow wrestler Bret Hart said, addressing CM Punk dropping out of the WWE recently.

“He’s always given 100 percent in all his matches, and delivered some of the best pay-per-view matches in the past 10 years. And it’s not easy when there are legends who only work part-time, and guys like Punk and Bryan do all the work, and watch someone like Brock Lesnar walk in and take those big matches and big paydays without having to be on the road all the time,” Hart told the Boston Herald.

“I think that had a lot to do with his decision, and rightfully so. One of Vince McMahon’s favorite sayings is, ‘Life’s not fair.’ I don’t see Punk being a factor at WrestleMania, but he still has a lot of greatness left in him. As a fan, I hope he comes back, and as a wrestler, I have a lot of respect for him, too.”

Punk reportedly left the WWE after he got angry because he wasn’t going to be featured in the main event at WrestleMania 30.

Hart also noted that he hopes Daniel Bryan gets a chance to win the belt at WrestleMania.

“He earned it a long time ago, but it wouldn’t surprise me—like Charlie Brown with the football—if they pull it away from him one last time,” said Hart. “I really hope they give him his proper run, as he hasn’t had the opportunity yet to be the champion he deserves to be. Hopefully this year at WrestleMania, it will be a crowning achievement for Daniel Bryan.”

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