– We noted before that CM Punk’s Art of Wrestling appearance with Colt Cabana had a lot of people within WWE upset, mainly officials like Triple H and Vince McMahon. While most everyone kept quiet publicly, except for Ryback and Brian “BG” James, it’s said that most, but not all, WWE talents loved some of the stuff that Punk had to say about the company.
Many people in the company were not happy about Punk complaining about his booking when he was booked better than all but a few talents over the past few years. The feeling among some was that while Punk complained about putting over The Rock, The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, most of them would have loved to been in those positions. One major Superstar that was not named by the Observer felt that most of the interview was “sour grapes.”
Others felt Punk came off bad about complaining that he was booked against Triple H at WrestleMania XXX, noting that he would have been in one of the top matches with plenty of TV time to promote it. Some agreed with the “two sides to every story” cliche but there was also a consensus that what Punk said about his experience in WWE was the same way others would describe their experience, except for the fact that Punk made more money than most, and they admired the balls it took to say what he said publicly.
Regardless if the talents agreed with Punk or not, all were aware that even hinting at agreeing with him publicly would be career suicide unless it was done by one of the few “untouchable guys.”
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter