CM Punk’s run in WWE ended with a whimper after the Royal Rumble in 2014 when he was frustrated with the company, leading to walkout. He went on record to say he hated his time in WWE. In fact, he ended up getting heat on Paul Heyman for walking out on the company.

CM Punk was managed by Heyman from 2012 until he was eventually betrayed by Heyman at Money in the Bank in 2013. Fans loved seeing the two pair up, which is why they were sad when Punk left WWE.

While speaking with Inside The Ropes, Paul Heyman recalled the sense of dread backstage just before their first show in Chicago after Punk’s exit. He also claimed that Punk got heat on him after the walkout.

“We had a situation in Chicago, where Punk had walked out, we were heading into WrestleMania. And the audience in Chicago is going to hijack the show, and they’re going to chant CM Punk for three hours. Everybody had to settle with it, the audience is going to take over the show and there’s not a goddamn thing we can do about it.


And because it’s always easy to blame the Jew boy from New York, [Vince McMahon] looks over me and says ‘See the trouble your friend causes?’ So I went out into this passionate, angry Chicago crowd, pissed off that their hero was no longer in the company, and I lured them in.” 

Punk was paired with Paul Heyman for good reason as well. It is highly unlikely the two will ever work together again and fans have simply accepted this fact now.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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