Fired superstar wrestler Alberto Del Rio opened up this week on CM Punk and gave his view on the most talked about controversial topic in WWE this year. CM Punk left WWE back in January the day after Royal Rumble in what was one of the most acrimonious exits that the wrestling company has ever seen.
CM Punk is believed to have left because he was burnt out after a tough wrestling schedule over the years, but many other reports suggest he had a major falling out with Vince McMahon and WWE.
Many fans and WWE experts have criticised CM Punk for leaving WWE high and dry, but Alberto Del Rio - who was fired a few months ago for slapping a WWE employee - says he's proud of CM Punk for walking out on WWE.
Punk and WWE have never spoken out
Actual details regarding CM Punk's exit from WWE are few and far between. Punk has never really addressed his departure seriously and WWE has never opened up either.
But in an interview with Wrestletalk TV, Del Rio revealed from his perspective how things went down when Punk officially left the building, with the Mexican wrestler halfway through a match on Raw when things got ugly.
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"We did that match and then I said 'what happened?' And then they came to me and said 'well, you know, CM Punk said fuck you, WWE, I'm out of here.' And then I was like 'what happened?' 'Okay, this and that and that and that happened.' And I was like 'that's [Punk] a stand up guy.'
Punk's acrimonious exit explained
"I'm proud of him. He started just as I did, in the independent circuit getting $20, $50 per night driving 1000 miles to get paid $30 or not even that," Del Rio explained.
"And he made it to the big stage at WWE and he succeeded; people loved him. But there was one day when he wasn't happy with what was going on in WWE.
"I remember that day because I had a match against Kofi Kingston that night and it was only eight minutes before Raw. I was in the ring with Kofi Kingston and then Mike Chioda approached me and said 'they want you to do another 14 minutes'. I was like 'yeah, whatever'.
"We did that match and then I said 'what happened?' And then they came to me and said 'well, you know, CM Punk said fuck you, WWE, I'm out of here.' And then I was like 'what happened?' 'Okay, this and that and that and that happened.' And I was like 'that's a stand up guy.'
Parallels between Punk and Del Rio
The crazy thing for Alberto Del Rio is that a similar situation happened for him when he was fired from WWE for slapping an employee in response to alleged racial abuse. These days, Del Rio sees the funny side of being put in a similar judgement day decision as Punk less than 12 months on.
"He is a guy who really believes what he's saying, what he's thinking, and just because of that he has all the respect in the world. And the funny part is that a year later, God or destiny put me in the same position."