In an epic podcast from Stone Cold Steve Austin, he featured WWE President Vince McMahon and discussed a variety of topics such as the bizarre departure of Philip Brooks (CM Punk). Punk walked out on the company earlier this year after the Royal Rumble and has been silent until last week. With some help of transcribing from Wrestlingnewsource.com, this is part of the interview.
Austin asked Vince if he wanted to open up on the situation with CM Punk. Vince replied quickly that he wanted to personally apologize for him getting his walking papers on his wedding day. He said that in a company of their size, the different areas of the company didn’t know exactly what was going on. Vince continued and said that he didn’t want to go through all of the dirty laundry. McMahon stated that there have been others who were annoyed and said things they later regretted. He hopes that they would one day work together again down the road. Vince also said he didn’t listen to the Colt Cabana interview, but heard Punk used a lot of expletives and things were said that were his side of things. He said that he had issues with Austin and Hulk Hogan, but they eventually came back. Vince said he was willing to work with Punk again and admits that he has a big ego, but is willing to put it aside and work with him down the line. Vince later said Punk worked really hard for the company and reiterated wanting him to return.
Austin then talked about working with Vince and them being in a similar situation in the past. Vince said Austin was difficult to work with at times. They talked about Austin walking out when he was asked to put over Brock Lesnar, Austin said he was hard-headed and never returned Vince’s calls. Finally, Jim Ross sent him a card in the mail and offered to talk with Steve. Anytime there was a conflict, Ross put them back in touch. Austin asked if there was someone who could bridge the gap between Vince and Punk. Vince said that unfortunately there is not and Punk is pretty much a loner and has a lack of communication. Vince said that when attorneys get involved it’s going to “hell in a hand basket.”