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Backstage news on Vince McMahon’s reaction to Daniel Bryan and CM Punk signing with AEW

As many of you saw last night on AEW Dynamite, CM Punk was teased for the AEW Rampage at the United Center on August 20th.

There have been no teases yet for Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) but it’s widely believed that he is on his way sometime within the next couple of months.

WWE worked hard to try to keep him on board but they were not able to work out a deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling. On the Mat Men Pro Wrestling Podcast, Andrew Zarian said that there are people in WWE management that are upset that they lost Bryan. Management is said not to be too upset about not signing Punk.

Zarian said, “There’s a lot of rumors that Vince is very upset and management is very angry, how could they these two go? I think Daniel Bryan is the disappointment for them, CM Punk not so much. There’s no buzz that I’m hearing coming from the office side that ‘we f’d up by not signing him.’ There’s a lot of people that think his stock is not what it normally would be. They think his UFC losses hurt him. A lot of people worked with him when he was very unhappy and I think that’s the memory that they have. I’m saying from management, I’m not the talent. I think the talent knows what a big deal this is.”

Zarian also noted that one of WWE’s TV partners is not happy about Punk signing with AEW.

“A certain network is not very happy [about] the CM Punk stuff…WWE, they are not very concerned about CM Punk. They know it’s a big get for AEW but they were not negotiating to bring him. However, I would say that Daniel Bryan is a big hit for them.”

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