It’s been a tough few weeks for Ryback. CM Punk singled the WWE star out, publicly ripping Ryback for being dangerous in the ring among other things. Ryback has finally responded and according to the Big Guy, none of what Punk said was true.
[adinserter block=”1″]These CM Punk interviews are the gifts that keep on giving to bloggers. Punk has dropped several pipe bombs as of late but no single individual absorbed as much shrapnel as Ryback. Punk went out of his way to rip Ryback apart during his now legendary interview on the Art of Wrestling where he accused Ryback of being so careless in the ring, that wrestling Ryback took 20 years off of his career.
“That took 20 years off my [expletive] life,” Punk says of having to work with Ryback, whom he basically calls unqualified to wrestle in the WWE ring. “There was one time he kicked me in the stomach as hard as he could and he broke my ribs, right at the tail end. I never got an apology for that. A real piece of work, that guy.”
Punk also went on to recount a confrontation he had with Ryback after Ryback dropped him on a table and according to Punk, carelessly injured him in the process.
“First night out, he’s supposed to gorilla press me through a table…f*cking misses the table. Dumps me on the fucking concrete ground. Tilts my f*cking pelvis. F*cks me up for weeks. I walk up to him and go, ‘You can’t tell me you didn’t do that on purpose because you’ve done it so many times now. You’re either dumb as f*ck and you suck or you did it on purpose.’ And he was like, ‘I’m dumb as fuck. I’m sorry.’”
I called bullsh*t on that story the second I heard it. I have no doubt that Punk got hurt because if you watch the spot, it isn’t pretty. What I have highly doubted is that the dialogue between Punk and Ryback went down as Punk described. Guess what? According to Ryback, it didn’t.
Ryback was a guest on Chris Jericho’s Talk is Jericho podcast recently and was asked about Punk’s comments. Ryback took the high road yet clearly the big man is upset about Punk’s recollection of their matches and confrontations. While Ryback takes full responsibility for the spot, he claims that the meeting between he and Punk after the match went much differently.
Ryback said that he felt horrible about the spot. He said that he came up to Punk after the match in the locker room to apologize. Punk told him, “I’m fine”. That was it according to Ryback. The confrontation that Punk claims went down is fiction according to Ryback. Ryback went on to sum the whole experience up.
“I went and heard part of it (the interview). Punk was always good to me when he was here and I felt I was good to him. He was never like that to my face and I felt we always had good matches for the most part on the live events. To leave and say the things he said, I try not to take anything personal anymore. So whatever he’s going through, if he feels the need to say that, I can tell you it’s not true. It’s one of those things, it’s like, come on man. I don’t understand if it’s a personal thing with me. I don’t know but I have no ill feeling towards the guy, I wish him the best.”
[adinserter block=”2″]Ryback also went on to tell Jericho that if he was as careless as Punk claims he is, that he wouldn’t have a job. Jericho has worked with Ryback a number of times and defended the big man. Jericho agreed and said that if Ryback was that dangerous in the ring, he’d be gone. They both have valid points…see Ken Kennedy for more.
All of this has to make you wonder why Punk went out of his way to say what he said about Ryback and yet criticized nobody else. The dig about “steroid guy” also seems a bit tasteless as well. The only explanation I can think of is that Punk had so many concussions that he doesn’t remember half of what he thinks he remembers. The other explanation is that he is trying to come off as some kind of tough guy before jumping into the UFC.
I do know this. Ryback sounded very sincere and a lot more professional in his response than Punk. I’d highly recommend checking out the entire interview with Jericho, which paints a much different picture of Ryback than I had prior to listening. Check it out for free over at Talk is Jericho.