It has been a few days since CM Punk laid down his biggest pipe bomb interview yet. Punk finally opened up about his WWE exit, leaving a lot of shrapnel in behind and the WWE Universe is firing back.
Punk made a lot of accusations towards the company, members of the office, company staff, and some former colleagues. Many have responded, some stronger than others. The first one to stand up and shoot back was Ryback who was none too happy with Punk’s comments.
Outside of the office, nobody probably got hit harder than Ryback. Punk blasted Reeves for being dumb, reckless, and made accusations about steroids. For whatever reason, Punk singled Ryback out and cut a scathing promo on him. Why Ryback and nobody else? Who knows, but here is what Punk said.
“I go up to Ryan [Ryback’s real name] and I go, ‘Hey man, clean slate. Let’s f*cking kill this. Let’s fucking show them that you’re better than they think you are. Let’s show them I’m better than they think I am and let’s turn this mid-card shit into a f*cking main event,” said Punk.
Punk recalls, “First night out, Gorilla Press through a table…f*cking misses the table. Dumps me on the concrete f*cking ground. Tilts my f*cking pelvis, f*cks me up for weeks.”
Punk later asks Ryback if he hurt him on purpose or if he’s “dumb as f*ck.”
He continues to Cabana, “I’m compensating because my knee is still f*cked, both my knees, you know what I mean? The one I just had surgery on six months ago and the one that was f*cking torn up and I refused to have surgery on. I just wanted to rehab it, which I did. And now it’s at the point where I walk up to him and I go, ‘You can’t tell me you didn’t do that on purpose because you’ve done it so many times now. You either tell me right now you’re dumb as f*ck and you suck, or you did it on purpose. And he was like, ‘I’m dumb as f*ck. I’m sorry.’”
Punk says, “At that point, there was nothing I could do. In my mind it was like, ‘Great. F*ck, there’s nothing I can do.’”
Ryback is hot happy and responded to these comments on Twitter. Ryback first tweeted a series of tweets in response, which have now been deleted. Here is what he originally tweeted before they got deleted.
For the record if I quit for being fragile and insecure I would make up excuses too. Things didn’t go my way for a long time and I kept – @Ryback22 November 28, 2014
Going day in and out. Slander is a powerful thing and to state complete made up nonsense for no reason shows his insecurities. I will – @Ryback22 November 28, 2014
Continue to bust my ass study matches every chance I get, cut promos when driving and push myself for hours on end even when hurt. Thank you – @Ryback22 November 28, 2014
Ryback deleted these tweets and later posted a more succinct tweet that reads as if it was written from a publicist as opposed to Ryback.
“Last message on this. I will tell the truth about @CMPunk comments in due time. Not once did he ever confront me. Let’s all move on. Thank u” – https://twitter.com/Ryback22/status/538410831051231232
I watched the spot back that Punk refers to in the interview and Ryback clearly slams Punk away from the table. I will admit that it seems like a really dumb mistake when you watch the spot back. That said, I am highly skeptical that Punk’s recollection of the confrontation went down as he said did. Punk may be a hot head and he certainly had every right to be upset, but I can’t imagine him speaking to Ryback that way without it turning into some kind of confrontation. Notice that Ryback doesn’t deny the accident, he just denies the confrontation.
Another strong word used in the earlier tweets was “slander.” I would presume that the slander would come from Punk calling him “steroid guy.” I can’t ever imagine a legal case coming out of this but it was probably a little unfair of Punk to single out Ryback by those accusations.
Next up to respond was the WWE. Punk blasted the company for what he called a “bullsh*t” concussion test and made some very heavy accusations leveled against the company doctor and the attitude of the company when it comes to injuries.
“I got a concussion in the Royal Rumble. It’s pretty god d*** obvious. I knew I had a concussion. Everyone knew I had a concussion. And they were like we want you to take this test and I said your test is bull***. I took the test while texting you [Colt Cabana] and listening to my headphones and I “passed” with flying colors. But then they were like we want you to go to the ring and run the ropes. And I was like but I just passed your test and they were like yeah, but we still think you have a concussion. I was like so your test is worthless. I’m not going out in the f****** ring like a two-week rookie to run the ropes in front of everybody. Let’s just call it [a concussion] now.
“I remember when I was supposed to go back to Birmingham and get cleared before I came back to wrestle from my elbow. One day I was just at TV and it was the same thing … I’ll probably just cut a promo and then Michael Hayes comes up to me and goes, “Alright, you’re working so and so,” and I was like no I’m not. I just got this laser eye surgery and I don’t want anyone f****** up my eyes. And he’s like you really should have told somebody, and I was like told them what … my elbow! And he goes no, I just checked and they said you’re cleared. I was like I haven’t even gone to Birmingham to see Dr. [James] Andrews yet, what do you mean I’m cleared? I talked to Dr. [Chris] Amann and Dr. Amann was like I called him [Dr. Andrews] and I told him how you were and he said OK and he cleared you. I was like what kind of witch doctory bull**** is that? Like I’m going to go see him before I f****** wrestle. Book that s***, I’m not wrestling tonight.”
Maybe more disturbing than any of his allegations was one against the doctor who misdiagnosed a growth on his back. He wound up going to an outside doctor who diagnosed his growth as a full-blown MRSA infection, which could have killed him. The WWE sent a brief response to Yahoo Sports in response to Punk’s allegations against the company and their health standards.
“WWE takes the health and wellness of its talent very seriously and has a comprehensive Talent Wellness Program that is led by one of the most well-respected physicians in the country, Dr. Joseph Maroon.”
Road Dogg is a WWE agent and close friends with Triple H. He is probably the closest to the office who you will hear or read comment on Punk right now. Dogg was asked on Twitter about it. Dogg said there are two sides to every story. However, he says that we probably shouldn’t hold our breath waiting to hear more about it from the company.
“The way everyone is reacting, I don’t believe it’s in the WWE’s best interest to give one.” – https://twitter.com/WWERoadDogg/status/538111450485882880.
Some other notes making their way to the Internet. One report indicates that Triple H and Stephanie are downright furious with Punk where Vince really isn’t paying much attention to Punk’s comments. Colt Cabana is allegedly blacklisted from the WWE for his part in this. Bryan Alvarez on his F4Wonline.com podcast reports that most of the locker room is happy that Punk said what he said, specifically about pay and salaries. Even those that don’t like Punk are happy he said what he said.
I think it is fair to say that we haven’t heard the last of this interview. I would expect more response from the WWE in some form whether it is a leak or a statement. Punk leveled some very heavy accusations against the company in regards to medical. There is potential here for a bigger story and we’ll know shortly how big of an explosion the pipe bomb left or whether it just fizzles out.