WWE’s NXT brand wasn’t always doing great on the USA Network every Tuesday night with main roster talent floating through it. During their first years at Full Sail University, NXT was not seen as a preferred destination for main roster talent at all.

CM Punk left WWE in 2014, and he took a long time off from the business. His recent actions led to his termination from AEW following All In London. Fans are still talking about Punk. That also led Ryback to take a walk down memory lane back to his days with Punk in WWE.

In 2012, CM Punk was a major star within the company, holding the WWE Championship for over a year on Monday Night RAW. However, Punk often found himself in challenging situations, regardless of the promotion.

During a recent live stream, the former Intercontinental Champion disclosed that Punk and Heyman once attempted to have him removed from the company by lodging complaints with Vince McMahon. Paul Heyman was apparently part of that situation as well.


John Cena warned Ryback about CM Punk before their program started while they were in the UK. “He’s different. He was letting me know he wasn’t a good person.” Then Ryback got to TV, and he then came across Punk and Heyman in the hallway. They had just left Vince’s office. Ryback said that Punk then smirked at him and said, “good luck.”

Ryback didn’t know exactly what CM Punk and Paul Heyman said to Vince McMahon. The Big Guy then remembered the conversation he had with Vince McMahon, and The Chairman was already angry. As with most of Ryback’s stories, he told it with vivid detail, as it almost led to Ryback taking a trip to NXT.

“I knock on Vince’s office, he said to ‘come in,’ so I went in. He was not in a good mood. Punk and Heyman just left, god knows what they just got done telling him. When I say that, I’m talking about Punk. Heyman was guilty by association, most likely.”

“We sit down and Vince looks furious with me. He says, ‘I don’t know what to do with you.’ I say, ‘what?’ At this point, nothing has been bad. He said, ‘I don’t know, should I send you to NXT?'”

“I’m not playing games. I look him dead in the eyes, right dead in the eyes, and said, ‘well, send me back down to developmental, I don’t give a f*ck!’ Not breaking, not blinking, nothing. Vince puts his head down, and he’s silent for a could minutes as he processed this.”

Ryback went on to say that he knew CM Punk said something to Vince McMahon, as he called him “fragile Phil.” He also remarked that he believes CM Punk hates him so much because Ryback is “everything that CM Punk wants to be in a wrestler from a physical standpoint, but he can never be, because he doesn’t have the genetics to do so.”

Vince McMahon finally told Ryback that he doesn’t want to have to send him back to NXT, so Ryback said, “then don’t.” Then Ryback boiled everything down to a matter of bad communication, and he also blamed CM Punk for allegedly telling lies about him.

Things played out as they did, but you never know what could have been at this point. This is quite a story, and it’s easy to see why Ryback might have beef with CM Punk to this day.

Ryback is still doing his thing, and he also had quite a time commentating on CM Punk’s AEW firing. He also feels a certain type of way about WWE entertaining the idea of letting him come back, one that is shared by several people.

We will have to see when Ryback makes his return to the ring. At this point, he’s just waiting for a green light from his doctor. We can’t wait until that day comes so he can tell people to feed him more again.

What’s your take on Ryback’s story about CM Punk? Sound off in the comments to let us know what you think!

Transcription by Ringsdie News

Felix Upton

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