CM Punk has surprisingly revealed that Vince McMahon asked him to make fun of his daughter Stephanie during his “pipe bomb” promo in 2011.
Heading into WWE Money In The Bank in July 2011, CM Punk stood as the number one contender to John Cena’s WWE Championship. After revealing that his WWE contract was expiring on July 17th, the same day Money In The Bank, Punk took to the stage on the June 27th edition of Monday Night RAW to get a few things off his chest.
Sat cross-legged at the top of the ramp, Punk delivered a scathing monologue taking aim at WWE Superstars such as John Cena and The Rock, WWE management and WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Towards the end of the promo, Punk also took aim at Stephanie McMahon and Triple H, making reference to Vince’s “idiotic daughter” and his “doofus son-in-law.”
Speaking in a new interview with SPORT1 Wrestling, CM Punk reflected on the legendary promo. The former WWE Champion revealed that he wrote a version of the promo for McMahon which was approved, before going in a different direction entirely. In addition, he noted that his barbs towards Stephanie came at the request of Vince himself.
“All of it,” he replied when asked how much came from him. “I had to make an outline for Vince and I didn’t say anything I wrote in the outline, I just know that I needed him to agree and then I went out there and said whatever I wanted. I knew what I wanted to say, I knew I wasn’t stepping over the line and I knew nobody was going to be pissed at me. The thing with live television is, it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. If I would have asked him to say all that stuff, he would have been like, ‘Don’t mention Brock, don’t mention Paul Heyman.’ Those guys, at the time, were persona non Grata. He would have been like, ‘What the hell is Ring of Honor? Don’t mention New Japan.’ I knew to make it the special piece of art that I wanted it to be, I had to go out there and say all of that. I wrote up a mock draft of it and he said, ‘Yeah, this is great.’ He asked me to add something making fun of Stephanie. I was like, ‘Okay.’ I went out there and I did it and it was good so it doesn’t matter.”
Punk was then asked about the lack of creative follow-up to the promo. The former WWE Champion explained that the decision was down to management, while also pointing to how much content WWE produces.
“I think because certain people in management wanted it that way and I also think they have a lot of content. They are a content company. It’s a lot and when you have that much, quality slips. It’s constant. You have to be on everything. When Rock came back on the first Raw, I was on like eight segments on that show. That’s oversaturation with a capital O. To rely on me that much and then to say that I wasn’t really that good is a little bit ridiculous, but they like their revisionist history. I think there’s a happy medium somewhere that we’re finding with AEW where everybody doesn’t need to be on every show and we have tons of main event talent that can fill those other gaps.”
Punk was later reinstated at the behest of John Cena before continuing his march to Money In The Bank. At the event Punk famously captured the WWE Championship blowing a kiss to Vince McMahon on his way out of the arena.
Over the course of the next three years the Chicago grew increasingly frustrated with WWE eventually leaving the company in early 2014. Punk remained away from pro wrestling until debuting with AEW in August 2021.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.