Former WWE superstar and champion CM Punk has spoken out in the past week about his acrimonious exit from WWE back in January the day after Royal Rumble.
CM Punk finally revealed in an interview on The Art of Wrestling Podcast with Colt Cabana, and Punk's views certainly made for grim listening if you are Vince McMahon.
McMahon was the man to feel most of the brunt of CM Punk's anger over the way he was treated during his time in WWE. But in and amongst the verbal garbage Punk spat out during the podcast there are some really damning comments he makes about McMahon and the WWE.
Punk reluctantly turned heel
Going back to the time when CM Punk turned heel in WWE, Punk reveals that he did not want to turn heel but was only persuaded to after promises made to him from Vince McMahon. Promises Punk reveals that McMahon didn't keep.
"I worked my ass off when I was champion. I worked every show and I brought my best for every match," CM Punk told The Art of Wrestling Podcast with Colt Cabana. "I remember saying to Vince [McMahon] if I have to drop the title to The Rock, let's do a three-way.
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"I didn't want to turn heel. Vince [McMahon] came up to me and told me The Rock's coming back and he wants to work a bad guy.
"He told me either I turn heel or I drop the title to Daniel Bryan. And I was like 'I would like to work The Rock" because it sounded challenging. I wanted to be a heel anyway rather than a babyface, but my cheques got cut in half because of merchandise sales. He told me that if I did it he would owe me one.
"So I made a huge sacrifice. When you're a babyface and you're making John Cena merchandise sale money and you're beating him in sales. To then say you're going to be bad guy now is a big deal."
McMahon broke his promise
Punk added that he asked Vince time and time again what he was going to get in return for compromising and reluctantly turning heel, but the Indie darling was not happy when McMahon's response was to not grant him the opportunity of competing at WrestleMania's main event, something Punk wanted to do dearly,
"I then started asking what was going to happen for WrestleMania and Vince kept disappointingly telling me that it was going to be the rematch between Cena and Rock," added CM Punk.
"And then he told me that The Undertaker needed somebody to work. But I was like, 'what happens after that?' Because after losing to The Undertaker it's me that is still here. Not him, he wins and goes off again. The Rock wins and goes off again. Nobody wants to hear about the guy who loses and is still here."