Photo: Ryback Spot That Ticked Off and Hurt CM Punk
WWE News

Photo: Ryback Spot That Ticked Off and Hurt CM Punk

By TheMark · Tuesday, December 2, 2014 · 0 Comments


For the first time since bolting from WWE in January, CM Punk addressed the circumstances behind his departure from the sports-entertainment organization in a two-hour interview with Colt Cabana on the "Art of Wrestling" podcast. The podcast was released Thursday and is available here.

Beginning at 51:50, Punk gripes about his experience working with Ryback, who he brands as a dangerous worker and steroid user. Punk says wrestling Ryback "took twenty years off my fu##ing life" and blames him for injuring him on multiple occasions.

“I’m already beat up and I have to wrestle steroid guy," Punk says as he recalled being asked to work a program with Ryback in the fall of 2012 since management felt he could carry him in matches. "I call it like I see it. He’s very hurty, sometimes deliberate. There was one time he kicked me in the stomach as hard he could and he broke my ribs, right at the tail end. I never got an apology for that. He was something else. A real piece of work that guy."

Later in interview, Punk takes a jab at Triple H for failing to elevate Curtis Axel after promising he would. Punk offered to work with the third-generation wrestler, but WWE officials ignored his request. Instead, he was continuously booked in matches with Ryback—now paired with Paul Heyman—who he had requested to management to not to work with. Punk later agrees to work with him and gets injured in their first encounter.

"I go up to Ryan [Ryback's real name] and I go, 'Hey man, clean slate. Let's fu##ing kill this. Let's fu##ing show them that you're better than they think you are. Let's show them I'm better than they think I am and let's turn this mid-card sh## into a fu##ing main event," said Punk.

Imitating Ryback's voice, "'Yeah, I'm really excited, blah, blah, blah.'"

Punk recalls, "First night out, Gorilla Press through a table...fu##ing misses the table. Dumps me on the concrete fu##ing ground. Tilts my fu##ing pelvis, fu##s me up for weeks."

Punk later asks Ryback if he hurt him on purpose or if he's "dumb as fu##."

He continues to Cabana, "I'm compensating because my knee is still fu##ed, both my knees, you know what I mean? The one I just had surgery on six months ago and the one that was fu##ing torn up and I refused to have surgery on. I just wanted to rehab it, which I did. And now it's at the point where I walk up to him and I go, 'You can't tell me you didn't do that on purpose because you've done it so many times now. You either tell me right now you're dumb as fu## and you suck, or you did it on purpose. And he was like, 'I'm dumb as fu##. I'm sorry.'"

Punk says, "At that point, there was nothing I could do. In my mind it was like, 'Great. Fuck, there's nothing I can do.'"

Here is a GIF of the spot in question, which took place at last year's Night of Champions pay-per-view event.

"The Big Guy" fired back at allegations that he's careless, dangerous and unprofessional with an action figure diorama in a message via social networking site Twitter.

Later, perhaps because he's had more time to reflect, perhaps because he's received some guidance from WWE, he's posted a series of Tweets that discusses the matter more thoroughly, if every bit as explosively.

"For the record if I quit for being fragile and insecure I would make up excuses too," Ryback wrote. "Things didn't go my way for a long time and I kept going day in and out. Slander is a powerful thing and to state complete made up nonsense for no reason shows his insecurities. I will continue to bust my ass study matches every chance I get, cut promos when driving and push myself for hours on end even when hurt. Thank you."

A short while later he deleted the series of Tweets.

  • #591 – WrestleMania Weekend Recap, Latest On Bret Hart Attacker

  • Recap of WrestleMania 35 and NXT Take Over, Bret Hart Attacker Felt It Was "The Right Moment" For The Assault, Batista Announces His Retirement, and more. WWE Slam Crate Winner Announced and WrestleMania Grades. Plus your emails, phone calls, and social media.
    WWE Podcast
    Subscribe To Our Podcast
    Listen to Stitcher