Daniel Bryan was urged by Stephanie McMahon to follow the lead of CM Punk and ‘quit’ from WWE. Stephanie was speaking at the Payback event in Chicago at the weekend, where she attempted to order Bryan to relinquish his world heavyweight title.
Bryan is under pressure to hand over his belt, which he won in dramatic circumstances at WrestleMania in April, because the WWE superstar will be unable to defend it due to the neck operation he recently underwent.
Stephanie in particular has attempted to order Bryan surrender his championship, and made this clear at Payback. But, as Stephanie went on her tirade, she began to drowned out by chants from the crowd, with fans calling for CM Punk.
This particular PPV was in CM Punk’s hometown, of course, and these calls from his supporters clearly got under Stephanie’s skin on this occasion. It is not the first time she has had to contend fans yelling for Punk, and this time she decided to acknowledge them.
As the arena filled with noise, McMahon became more vocal in her argument with Bryan, yelling: "The fans want you to quit just like CM Punk did!”
CM Punk left WWE following the Royal Rumble in January, and it is unclear if he will ever return.