There has been a lot of optimism among fans and talent about the changes coming to WWE now that Vince McMahon has resigned. Triple H is in charge of creative, while Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan are co-CEOS.
While speaking with the Absolute Geek podcast at Comic-Con, CM Punk shared his belief that McMahon's retirement will lead to a culture change in WWE.
"You think because [McMahon] tweeted that 'I'm retired' that he's not going to be hands-on?" Punk asked. "I don't think the structure there... I don't think the culture there changes at all. I think it is what it is."
Punk pointed out the parallels between his walking out of the company in 2014 and Sasha Banks and Naomi walking out in May. Punk stated that WWE treated their situations much differently than when Brock Lesnar walked out of last week’s SmackDown and later returned.
"People are going to be real f------ mad about this, but f--- it. Mercedes [Banks] and Trinity [Naomi] leave, and they announce on SmackDown that 'Gosh darn, we're so disappointed in them, they really let our fans down.' Brock splits, comes back obviously, I think he worked the show [SmackDown], but where was Michael Cole saying 'Man, Brock Lesnar really let these fans down.'
Punk recalled how when he walked out, WWE called him a quitter and questioned what changed and what’s the difference. Vince McMahon had Corey Graves call Banks and Naomi unprofessional on Raw the night of their walkout.
Punk commended Banks and Naomi for handling their business the way they did.
"You're going to attack these two f------ poor women who just kinda had enough and they walked? They've [Banks and Naomi] got bigger balls than everybody there. So what's changed? There's nothing much that's changed.
Punk continued, "People who lick the boots and have the audacity to go on live television and say that about those two women? They're f------ cowards and bootlickers. That s---- ridiculous. Why didn't they do it for Brock? They did it for me. I don't know. It's none of my business.”
H/T to F4Wonline.com for the transcription