Word within WWE is that Stephanie McMahon “absolutely hates” CM Punk for walking out on the company earlier this year.
As heard Sunday night at WWE Payback, Punk was mentioned by Stephanie during a segment that focused on Daniel Bryan and the state of his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
“Daniel Bryan did not hand over the WWE World Heavyweight Title at tonight’s Payback pay-per-view in Chicago. The segment with he, Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon ended before a decision could be made on the title. Brie ended up quitting, in the storylines obviously, and slapping Stephanie,” Marc Middleton reported on this website.
“Stephanie left the ring before demanding the title from Bryan. During her promo at Bryan, a loud CM Punk chant broke out. Stephanie mentioned Punk and told Bryan, ‘The fans want you to quit just like CM Punk did.'”
According to Bryan Alvarez on Wrestling Observer Radio (available at F4WOnline.com), the remark should come as no surprise since she has been vocal about her displeasure with him behind the scenes. It is said that she completely ad-libbed that line and was “more than happy” to rip on Punk in his hometown.
If Punk ever returns to WWE (and at this point it doesn’t look like he will return, at least not anytime soon) then it would all fall on Vince McMahon because if Triple H and Stephanie have their way then Punk would not be back with the company.
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