CM Punk cut a historic promo on June 27th, 2011 and it lives on as the Pipe Bomb Promo. He had a lot more creative freedom than some might think at first, but Vince McMahon wanted to make sure that he left Kevin Dunn out of it.

Punk is now a part of AEW and his promos are not scripted. We have not heard about any limitations that Tony Khan laid down for Punk yet, but that is not the way Vince McMahon handles business.

During the Dropping Character podcast CM Punk discussed his famous pipe bomb promo. Vince McMahon approved what he was going to say, but he asked him to nix a line about Kevin Dunn in the process.

[Vince McMahon was] like, ‘Write some stuff down and let me approve it’ and I’m not gonna name names but I got with some people who were writers and I started talking about things that I wanted to say and they said, ‘Oh he’s not approving any of this. He’s not gonna want you to mention Brock’ because Brock Lesnar was gone and they had a tumultuous relationship with lawsuits and stuff that I would soon experience myself. You know, so, in my mind, what I did was I immediately just shut down and I went with the flow and I let them write stuff down and hand to Vince and Vince went, ‘Okay, this looks good.’ He gave a couple of notes, some of which I used. One was don’t mention Kevin Dunn who is the guy in the production truck, don’t mention somebody else. ‘Okay’, and then I went out and said whatever the f*ck I wanted.”

Punk also revealed why he wore a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin shirt during that famous promo. He said that was the first shirt he saw in the crate that he liked since they didn’t have any CM Punk t-shirts available.

We’ll have to see if CM Punk has any more pipe bomb promos left in him. Odds are it will take a lot for him to get frustrated with AEW enough to bury them on television. It just goes to show that Vince McMahon is very protective of Kevin Dunn.

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Felix Upton

Felix Upton has been writing professionally since 1989. His first writing job was penning advertisements for local newspapers around New York. After selling his grandfather’s pinball repair shop back in 2017, he was hired on for publish news for Ringside News.

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