Wrestling legend Jim Cornette has discussed CM Punk’s recent outburst towards WWE over their very different handling of different WWE stars walking out of shows.
In recent months WWE has had to contend with Sasha Banks, Naomi, and Brock Lesnar all walking out of shows. Naomi and Banks’ exit led to them being lambasted on WWE television with them being suspended by the company.
Lesnar on the other hand was obviously persuaded to return as he appeared on the SmackDown show that he reportedly left after hearing news about Vince McMahon’s retirement.
Speaking at San Diego Comic Con (via Absolute Geek Podcast) former WWE star CM Punk – who walked out of WWE in 2014 – commented on the difference in reaction to both events:
“Mercedes [Sasha Banks] and Trinity [Naomi] leave, they announce on SmackDown that, ‘gosh darn, we are so disappointed in them, they really let our fans down.’ Brock splits. Comes back, obviously, I think he worked the show.”
“Where is Michael Cole saying, ‘Brock Lesnar really let these fans down.’ I walked out. They went on TV and called me a quitter. What’s changed? What’s the difference? You’re going to attack these two poor women who had enough and walked. They have bigger balls than everybody there. What’s changed? There’s nothing much that has changed.”
“There’s people that talk about it and people who do it. The people who lick the boots and have the audacity to say that about those two women. F*cking cowards and bootlickers. This sh*t is ridiculous. Why didn’t they do it to Brock? They did it for me. It’s none of my business.” (h/t Fightful)
Speaking on his Experience podcast, Jim Cornette agreed in principle with Punk but went on to break down the situation as to why things might have been different:
“I like what he said. I will not take exception with [it] but will break down one thing. We don’t know with Brock what the conversation was or what the actual statement was before he left. But I have a feeling that they knew they could probably, once he calmed down, once he cooled off, once they got Heyman on the case, whatever they had to do, they probably could get Brock to come back to the building. He’s still in town, he’s answering his phone, whatever.”
“I have a feeling that much like with Naomi and Sasha when Punk left the building that night, they knew there was no reason to waste a phone call. It was not going to be an easily reversed situation. But otherwise, the point is well taken though.”
“It depends on who you are, how bad they need you, and whether or not they think you will come back. If they think that [you will come back], that was Vince’s thing from Vince Senior, get the match in the ring. Do whatever you got to do to fulfil what’s advertised or what your plans are and then figure out a way to get even with the motherf*cker later. So that’s what I think, especially in this situation right now.”
“With Punk 10 years ago, there was no AEW, IMPACT was doing better ratings than AEW is now but still they didn’t consider them competition, and they had a little bit more of a snooty attitude. At this point, they knew with the injuries and the state of the talent pool in the business in general, and as you just mentioned guys being signed up for five years across the street, you can’t get them now anyway.”
“They couldn’t let Brock go anywhere. And let’s face it, you know, Sasha has been a big star and Naomi was with her. They’ve never, neither one been to the level of the star power that Brock has or the leverage he’s got as a result of that.”
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