In the world of professional wrestling, unexpected moments often take center stage, captivating fans and generating buzz. One such moment involving The Rock and the infamous CM Punk chants during a WWE Raw episode in 2017 has resurfaced, shedding light on Triple H’s reaction behind the scenes.
After CM Punk’s controversial departure from WWE in 2014, his name continued to echo within the wrestling community, as fans voiced their discontent by chanting his name whenever the product failed to meet expectations.
The Rock, a WWE legend in his own right, encountered this phenomenon firsthand during his appearance on WWE Raw. Rock was present to film segments for the upcoming biopic “Fighting With My Family,” centered around Paige (also known as Saraya). As he stepped into the ring, the crowd erupted with fervent “CM PUNK” chants, prompting an unexpected reaction from the charismatic Hollywood star.
Armed with his phone and a microphone, The Rock playfully attempted to dial CM Punk, amplifying the excitement in the arena. This gesture caught the attention of Triple H, a prominent figure both in the wrestling world and backstage management.
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Brian Gewirtz, a former WWE writer and Senior Vice President at The Rock’s Seven Bucks Productions, offered insights into the behind-the-scenes dynamics of that memorable moment. Gewirtz revealed Triple H’s candid response during an episode of The Masked Man Show:
“As The Rock stood in the ring, phone in hand, entertaining the idea of calling CM Punk, Triple H’s reaction spoke volumes. Amid the chants and Rock’s playful antics, Triple H turned to me backstage in Gorilla position and quipped, ‘Someone wanna remind him we’re in a f****** lawsuit with this guy!’ The situation was tinged with irony, as the backstage tensions between Punk and WWE were known to be complex at that time.”
Gewirtz clarified that Triple H’s comment wasn’t fueled by genuine anger, but rather delivered in a tongue-in-cheek manner. The lawsuit reference pointed to the legal disputes between CM Punk and WWE, a situation that added an intriguing layer to the playful gesture made by The Rock.
Since that moment, CM Punk’s wrestling journey took unexpected turns, culminating in his return to the ring in 2021 as part of All Elite Wrestling (AEW). His resurgence in the wrestling world continues to spark conversations and debates among fans and industry insiders alike.