CM Punk threw one last pipebomb WWE's way.
Punk set fire to bridges that were already smoking in an interview on Colt Cabana's podcast (audio features NSFW language). In Punk's first public explanation of his abrupt exit in January, he told stories of negligence from WWE medical staff and backstage politics that are sure to redden the company's face.
We can stop dreaming up scenarios where Punk shows up on Raw. This rant makes it even clearer that he's never coming back to WWE.
The sting of the shots Punk took certainly worsened his relationship with the company, but more importantly his words show how little he feels he has to lose. If he had a speck of a desire to return, he would have held back some. He didn't.
Punk's interview was the verbal equivalent of a knee to the face.
This isn't Steve Austin walking out in 2002. This was not The Ultimate Warrior leaving in 1992. Punk took his criticisms beyond what those men fired at WWE.
The biggest issue raised by his comments concern the way WWE handles injuries. He trashed the company's concussion protocol, saying that he passed a concussion test despite knowing that he had suffered one in the Royal Rumble.
He said, "I knew I had a concussion. Everyone knew I had a concussion."
Elsewhere in the interview, Punk details a long bout with a staph infection. He claims the WWE doctors refused to take it seriously and misdiagnosed it several times. When he told his own doctor after quitting WWE how long he had the infection, the doctor told him, "You should be dead."
That's the opposite of the kind of press WWE wants to create. It has for so long prided itself on an improved concussion policy and on better wrestler safety. Whether Punk's take is accurate, it's is going to create more scrutiny going forward.
Punk's summation is one that is going to echo in the media for far longer than WWE would like. He said, "WWE doesn't do anything to protect the wrestlers, they do things to protect themselves."
His bashing of the company doctors and the subsequent bad press prompted WWE to send an official statement to Yahoo Sports. It reads, "WWE takes the health and wellness of its talent very seriously and has a comprehensive Talent Wellness Program that is led by one of the most well-respected physicians in the country, Dr. Joseph Maroon."
Should Punk ever decide to try and repair things, WWE will remember the damage his statements caused, not to mention his lawyers sending a 22-page letter regarding royalties or him bringing in his legal team to discuss his removal from the WWE 2K15 video game.
The sudden nature of his exit in the heart of WrestleMania season was enough to have his work cut out for him upon negotiating a return. The interview worsens things in a major way.
According to Bryan Alvarez of F4Wonline.com (h/t WrestleZone), Triple H is furious with Punk following the interview.
That's no surprise. Many of Punk's barbs were directed at The Game. He believed that Triple H ruined what he had going in 2011. Punk says he told him, "I seriously resent you for not putting me over three years ago when you should have."
He talked about Triple H pulling him from doing 12 Rounds 2, even though his appearance in the movie was approved and he was already in the process of signing the deal.
Punk told Cabana that Vince McMahon refused to let him walk Chael Sonnen to the ring for his fight but later allowed Triple H to do the same with Floyd Mayweather.
One of The Straight Edge Superstar's main issues was that he didn't want to wrestle Triple H at WrestleMania 30. He felt he deserved to be in the true main event. Why would he come back for less than that now?
And if WWE wasn't willing to put him in that spot when he was at his peak and he had yet to throttle the company via interview, it's not going to do it now.
That's especially true when Triple H takes over. Punk will have to sit in a room with a man he bashed in a public forum and discuss his spot on the card.
Besides, Punk doesn't seem to want that anymore. He talked at length with Cabana about how unhappy he was with WWE, of how many of his ideas were shot down and of how inconsistent the company was with its decision-making.
He described WWE as a place that stifles creativity.
The flashes fans have gotten of him since leaving the ring have shown a livelier, happier version of Punk.
It's hard to imagine him wanting to go back to a company he had such disdain for, one he felt endangered his life and sent him his walking papers on his wedding day.
Taking the unrestrained shots he did at WWE on Cabana's podcast point to him not caring about how the company perceived him or what his relationship with McMahon and Triple H is like.
Punk says he told McMahon, "I don't care about wrestling." That's evident. He made it next to impossible to make his way back to WWE.