The biggest story in professional wrestling this year isn’t The Undertaker’s undefeated streak being broken by Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX nor does it involve John Cena. No, actually, the biggest story occurred way back in January, the night after the Royal Rumble when Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk) walked out on World Wrestling Entertainment. Dirt sheets and speculation among fans was rampant in the days, weeks and months after the event, but we never got Punk’s side of the story – until now. The man who once gave a shout out to his friend Colt Cabana as he did his infamous “pipe bomb” segment on Monday Night Raw recently took part in a two hour interview on Colt Cabana on the Art of Wrestling podcast.
As he pulls back the curtain to the backstage politics and his own dissolution with the sports entertainment giant, this tell-all offers introspection about a man who was truly passionate about wrestling only to have it ruined by the federation he admired in his youth. The silver lining is that he has come to terms, is happily married and has found other passions outside of the squared circle.
You can listen to the entire interview right here for all the quotes and juicy info from the man himself.
Here are some highlights, culled from Cageside Seats.
He says the environment is “creatively toxic” and gives examples of issues like pitching something to Vince, being told “no,” and seeing John Cena doing that exact thing a week later.
He says the Ryback program took years off his life because of how green he is. He also calls Ryback “steroid guy” because “I call it like I see it” and reveals that Ryback kicked him in the stomach so hard during a match it broke his ribs and he never got an apology or call about it.
“I wrestled that match with Undertaker at WrestleMania with the biggest fucking chip on my shoulder because I knew it was going to be better than Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H and The Rock vs. John Cena.” They admitted that he should have went on last and he got “so fucking mad” before demanding that they should pay him like he went on last and they didn’t.
He harps on wrestlers not taking a stand against the machine, going along with stories that don’t make any sense for anyone. He said the only people who say anything are Cena and maybe Randy Orton.
He reveals he called a meeting with Vince McMahon and Triple H initially said he would leave but Punk told him to stay. “I do not love this anymore, I’m fucking sick, I’m fucking hurt, I’m fucking confused, I don’t know as a business what we’re doing anymore, I… every day you tell me this is a team effort but every day it’s a fucking individual effort by me to find what’s necessary to even fucking come here. It’s not fun. I have zero fucking passion for this. I’m fucking concussed, I’m fucking hurt, and alls (sic) you care about is what segment I am and how soon I can fucking get my gear on and when I can pee in this fucking cup. And I don’t want to do it anymore.”
“It boggles my mind how Daniel Bryan has not figured into your plans to be in the main event of WrestleMania because this is his fucking year. Just like two years ago it was my fucking year and I was white fucking hot just like he is now and what did you do? You fed me to this guy (pointing to Triple H).” He said Vince responded to all this by saying it was just the concussion talking and that working with Triple H was like working in the main event. Punk says he turned to Triple H and said “All due respect, I do not need to wrestle you, you need to wrestle me. I do not want to wrestle you. I seriously resent you for not putting me over three years ago when you should have. That would have been best for business but you had to fucking come in and squash it. And then I had to lose to fucking Truth and Miz. It didn’t make any business sense then, it doesn’t make any business sense now, and I am in a position now where I can tell you that I don’t have to nor do I want to wrestle you at WrestleMania. I don’t care if I was supposed to win.
He brings up people saying “oh my god, he walked out on his contract” and clarifies that he’s an independent contractor and he could have walked out whenever he wanted to. Plus, he didn’t do it in the middle of a program and he didn’t hold them up. There wasn’t anything advertised for him coming up. He walked when there was nothing for him.
WWE tried to get him to sign a non-disparagement agreement and he said that he wasn’t the one who was talking, they were the ones who went out in Chicago and called him a quitter on television. He said he would only consider signing the agreement if they went to Chicago and apologized while admitting they lied, that he didn’t quit, and that they fired him on his wedding day.
He says he failed at his goal of wrestling in the main event of WrestleMania but he’s come to terms with it.
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