CM Punk gave a warts and all interview yesterday, finally revealing details of his time in the WWE after 10 months of silence.
In it he lamented the WWE for consistently placing their business and live events over his health and safety - signalling out WWE doctors for their mistreatment and negligence.
As you might expect it hasn't taken long for Vince McMahon and co to respond to such serious accusations with the WWE having today provided their own statement.
The WWE provided the following to Yahoo Sports less than 24 hours after CM Punk went live with his claims:
"WWE takes the health and wellness of its talent very seriously and has a comprehensive Talent Wellness Program that is led by one of the most well-respected physicians in the country, Dr. Joseph Maroon."
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Throughout Punk's interview with Colt Cobana the Chicago native made reference to several occasions where he felt Vince McMahon and the WWE hierachy were putting intense pressure on him to return to the ring before he was fully recovered from injury.
CM Punk also claimed that, when he was attempting to come back from both elbow and laser eye surgery, the WWE simply bypassed normal protocol to clear him to wrestler despite the fact he hadn't visited a doctor to get the all clear - describing their form of medical work as "witch-doctory bull***t."
This, alongside his accusation that one particular doctor, WWE's senior ringside physician Dr. Chirs Amann, failed to properly diagnose a staph infection before refusing to remove the painful mass despite CM Punk pleading him to do so on several occasions, certainly does not paint the WWE in a good light.
Money or health?
Vince McMahon has always been seen as a ruthless business man, it is partly why the WWE has grown to be such a global business. The claims made by Punk this week however raise questions about the decision making process in the company and whether, at times, those in charge have forgone the safety of their wrestlers in order to ensure big names are on the card at live events.
With Punk recalling several occasions when Vince McMahon would ring him almost immediately after surgery in order to inform him of his expectations regarding a quick comeback these sort of accusations certainly need answering.
The WWE's statement today has gone some way to doing that but with McMahon due for an appearance of Stone Cold Steve Austin's podcast this Monday it will be interesting to see if the CEO responds to CM Punk directly himself.
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