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CM Punk Calls B.S. On Vince McMahon Apology

It didn’t take CM Punk long to respond to Vince McMahon’s apology. If you expected Punk to have a change of heart after hearing the CEO say he is sorry, you better think again. Not only is Punk still irate, he is calling the apology “bullsh*!”

CM Punk returned for another interview on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast. This week’s podcast featured less pipe bombs but did address two highly anticipated topics. Punk addressed Vince’s apology and Vince’s feelings that Punk would be back in the WWE someday. Vince is sorry that Punk received his termination notice on his wedding day as he told Stone Cold Steve Austin.

“I would like to do this. I would like to apologize. Sometimes in a big corporation, the legal people don’t necessarily know what talent relations are doing and conversely. Punk got his severance papers moreover on the day he got married. That was coincidence. So I want to personally apologize for that.”

Vince also went on to say that he thinks they can work out with Punk as he did with Ultimate Warrior, Bruno Sammartino, Bret Hart, and Hulk Hogan. Now most immediately accused the Chairman of the Board of lying through his teeth. CM Punk is one of them. Punk isn’t buying it and wants to assure all of those fans chanting his name that he isn’t coming back and is closing the door on the WWE.

Me? I’ll go work the fu*cking Young Bucks at PWG. I don’t give a fuck. See, the thing (is) if I say it’s not off the table you’re going to have these people that are holding on to hope that I’m coming back. I understand and it makes interesting conversation, right? I think there’s plenty of guys out there that think they know. Jericho, I think, is one of them. Jericho thinks that I feel exactly how he felt in 2005 and he left for two, two-and-a-half years or something like that. So from his perspective, he felt in 2005 that he was never going to come back. And now he sees me saying that and he’s probably like ‘ah, just wait three years, you’ll feel like it will come back.’ I can see his point of view but then in turn I go ‘motherfu*cker, they didn’t fire you on your wedding day. They didn’t purposely and maliciously try to ruin a day that is supposed to be special to everybody. It’s your wedding day.’ I don’t want to hear ‘oh, it was a coincidence. I don’t want to hear ‘oh, the lawyers didn’t talk to talent relations.’ I talked to Hunter on the 11th, on the 13th Fed Exed overnight I got a document that was dated the 12th. My wife asked for that time off so she could A) get married, B) go on her honeymoon. The weekend after her honeymoon she was back on TV. They knew. I don’t want to hear ‘oh, it was a coincidence.

And you know what, I’ll address it: if the apology was sincere you wouldn’t use it as a publicity stunt on Austin’s podcast. You have my phone number, you have my address. You could text, you could call, you could show up when you’re a 10 minute fu*cking drive from my house and apologize to me like a man. That’s the fu*cking reality of it.

That’s the fu*cking timeline, ladies and gentlemen. I was sick and fu*cking hurt, and sick and tired, and I walked out. And I can do that because I’m an independent fu*cking contractor. And then I was suspended and then nobody contacted me after my suspension to be like ‘you’re unsuspended, we need you at Raw.’ I got those phone calls ‘we need you at TV’ a day after elbow surgery. I got that phone call a day after knee surgery. They weren’t afraid to do it then. So where the fuck was my phone call. Oh, I’m suspended, fine, great, I’m suspended. You know what? Maybe in the two months I’m feeling better and I’m going to come to my senses. But nobody ever found out because nobody ever reached out, you know what I mean?

He also wants to make it clear, he is never coming back.

“Every six months, we had a new head of talent relations, whether it was Jane Geddes, whether it was Sean Cleary. They were all these people who had no business being the head of talent relations. Every six months, somebody new. And you’re supposed to relate to the talent and nobody knew how to talk to these people. I’m a wrestler. I don’t know… The head of the HR department doesn’t know anything about taking bumps, he doesn’t know what a payday is. If I said ‘hey, I’m a blue eye’ he wouldn’t know what the fuck I’m talking about. So it’s hard to relate to these people, you know? I don’t want to hear it was a coincidence. I’m sorry. It was a publicity stunt. You’re sorry. Great. Be a man and call me. I’m sorry. It’s the fu*cking way it is, though, man. It’s the fu*cking reality. And if anybody out there thinks it was a coincidence, come on. Come on.”
“People are asking me like ‘do you accept Vince’s apology?’ And I’ll say I appreciate the sentiment but that was not a sincere apology and he knew about it since June. Why didn’t he apologize in June if he really felt bad about it? He just wanted to make sure a TV camera was on him so he could kind of damage control it and be like ‘oh, I’m really sorry.’ Well, if you were you would have apologized earlier, and if you were, if you really wanted to talk to me, you would have responded after I got a hold of everybody in the office. You would have said ‘you’re unsuspended.’ You would have said ‘we need you back on TV’ like you did when I was walking out of the hospital still anesthetized. … So, yeah, it’s done. We’re closing this chapter of my life.

So one thing I continue to fail to understand here is why he was both mad and surprised. He walked out of the company, injured or not, and was not in any communications with the office. He does mention that he spoke with Triple H but curiously he fails to leave the details of that call out. I think those details are very important. Is it his fault or theirs? I think a bit of both and it surprises me that he can’t see that. What are they supposed to do?

Now as far as being terminated on his wedding day, that is certainly spiteful and intent to hurt. However, here is a guy that leaked weeks before this that he wasn’t coming back when his contract was up. Here is a guy that walked out of the company and wasn’t talking to anyone. It would appear to me, especially from all of the rumors you heard about him being disgruntled, that he wanted to leave. Again, I would think he’d see this as a gift! Let’s face it. The guy is reportedly set for life so it isn’t as if he is going to have to worry about paying his bills. I am not sure what Punk’s end game here was if he was that upset about being terminated, even if it was on his wedding day. From all indications he wanted to leave and they could have extended his contract indefinitely until he returned from injury. The other thing is, he could have had his job back the next day if he wanted it! Yes he was fired but if he was that upset about losing his job, he could have it back in a second. Sure it was caddy, but I just think there is a bit of a drama here that isn’t making sense.

Punk is clear and he isn’t coming back. I think it is time to stop the chants and leave the guy alone and let him move on with his life. Many will disagree but I still think that the door could reopen although that won’t happen for years. Who knows where he will be in his life in 2-5 years? I doubt it but it wouldn’t shock me at all to see him back, but not for several years.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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