Steve Austin & Chris Jericho Have Different Opinions About CM Punk/Paul Heyman Segment From Raw

Arda Ocal of The Baltimore Sun reached out to Steve Austin, Chris Jericho and others regarding the controversial CM Punk/Paul Heyman segment on this week's WWE Raw. Below is an excerpt featuring comments from Austin and Jericho:

Steve Austin - "I believe in pushing the envelope in an aggressive fashion. But when a guy damn near dies at ringside, let it go. You look at all the contributions Jerry Lawler has made in this business: from a work standpoint, a promo standpoint and then as a broadcaster. I think that's pushing the envelope in the wrong direction. There's better ways to go get real heat than that."

Chris Jericho - "I think it was pretty obvious, don’t you? I kind of expected it. Punk’s promo was awesome. It’s wrestling so you knew it would end up as an angle sooner or later. I got the same complaints when I did the alcoholic angle (earlier this year with CM Punk). It would be like being mad at "Breaking Bad" because the dad was a drug addict or something. It’s just a TV show, after all.

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Wrestling News World reader Ranfery sent in the following radui interview Arda did with Steve Austin:

  • Patrick Peralta

    I agree with Austin NOT Jericho.

    • Ken

      I agree with Jericho NOT Austin.


  • England87

    I agree with Jericho, but really the only opinion that matters is jerry lawyers and he obviously didn’t mind that much.

  • Alex H

    I agree with Austin!!! Jerry didn’t need. That

  • Lloyd clarke

    Agree with jericho for me

  • H.M.

    Both stances are rather respectable.

  • n1ck

    Jericho is right and If lawler had no issue with it then who cares? today’s world is pathetic, everything is so controversial and we have to protect everyones feelings yet we just reelected a president that can have anyone killed whenever he wants. I just don’t get it.

  • [email protected]

    I’m gonna share a little secret about that promo from Monday night. Something that will probably shock a lot of people.

    Jerry Lawler loved that promo.

    F*cking loved it.

    And you want to know why?

    Because despite the character he is portraying on television, in his heart of hearts, Jerry Lawler is a heel.

    The promo was a thing of beauty regardless of what you may think of the subject matter. CM Punk did his job perfectly, and even if he was uncomfortable with it, his job is to make you hate him. And to be perfectly honest he is the only heel in this business who doesn’t seem to be afraid of making people hate him.


  • Adam “Swipe”

    Has Jerry released his thoughts\ feelings about the angle?

  • eddie27

    I can’t believe anyone was surprised by this. To be honest I completely expected it. They used his mother’s death in a storyline, So why wouldn’t they use his heart attack?

  • AnacondaVise

    I'm going to do something I don't normally do and disagree with Jericho. I'm sorry it's not even close to the same thing as his alcoholic angle or a TV show like Breaking Bad. The man dam near died FOR REAL and it's not like Punk isn't good enough to draw heat with out going there. I'm actually kinda surprised Punk went along with it.

  • Christopher K.

    I agree with Austin as Well-No Way they shoulda allowed that..Jerry is an ICON and in no way shoul that have aired…such disrespect to a great man…with more than 3 times the experience as CM Punk…for what he did i will never respect or like CM Punk again..he is a dick to 10th degree..also,unrelated subject..anyone know if that guy sued CM Punk and WWE when Punk punched him a few weeks back on RAW>?

    • Gary

      C.M. Punk plays a character, you clown. Not to mention he's told what to do by creative…he doesn't go out and do whatever he wants. I'm amazed people still exists that think this is all off the cuff.

    • Jamie S

      Congratulations you've bought up the Heel Character of CM Punk, You've just like everyone else has done what was supposed to be done and thats hate Punk.

  • Dave Barton

    Mission acomplished by WWE, ppl are talking…

  • Ross Perot

    I agree with the white guy!

  • Simon Veitch

    I agree with Jericho, it's an angle, not legitimate and despite Lawlers heart attack, if he was cool with the angle then no one else should have a problem with it, he's lucky to be alive and im sure just wants to enjoy his life to the fullest and make light of the darker times. I can totally see Austin's point he's making about how there are better ways to get cheap heat, but in saying that, this is one that hasn't exactly been flogged to death in the industry.

  • garrett

    The king of the attitude era has a problem with that angle… nice.

  • snap

    Like Jericho said, it should have been expected. WCW did an angle where Ric Flair was portrayed as having a heart attack in the ring and WWE has had more than its fair share of tasteless angles.

    I didn’t watch the segment as I haven’t gone out of my way to watch WWE since they pulled that stunt with the elimination match, puling Punk and Ryback out, but the question I would like to pose is if such an angle was directed towards a performer people hated, would they be so offended by it?

    So… I agree with Austin AND Jericho, it was low class and in poor taste, but it’s WWE so it should have been expected. What’s funny is WWE has done worse during the Attitude era, yet people keep whining that WWE should bring it back.

  • Evonreese

    Way to go stone cold. He’s absolutely right

  • Andrew

    The promo was a disgrace and shocking. Enough for me stop watching WWE. The shows have been poor for 12 months now and this was the final straw for me.

    • Gary

      and yet you'll tune in next week as you always do

  • ceedot

    If Jerry had no problem with it, I'm not sure what the problem is for everyone else. Offense is taken, not given.

  • Jericho >>>>>>> Austin

  • Doug

    Wouldn't it have HILARIOUS if the Heyman/Punk segment started as a work then suddenly, horrifically became a shoot? How could they have a contingency plan for THAT? Heyman is a physical wreck and could conceivably have a heart attack for real. The Punk who cried wolf……

  • Ricky Valdez

    Punks the bad guy remember that’s what bad guys do.

  • Bishop

    King signed off on it, he had to have given them the green light. If King is good with it, then so be it. Was it tasteless? Yup, but the WWE received a mass amount if free press from numerous media sites. Why not continue and milk it? It’s not like the WWE is abonafide classy promotion

  • Einar

    There were people at that show and people watching at home who have had loved ones die from a heart-attack. I would make the statement that cursing and nudity is way more family friendly and PG than this.

  • tweakthedead712

    I think this is a good start to getting out of this PG era, however now that this happened you can already point out the hypocrits who can’t handle “attitude era material” yet they call upon it over the recent PG era.

  • Michael

    I agree with both, yes it is just a TV show, but there is also a point when things have been taken too far.

  • Jaryd

    Lawler's opinion is the only one that matters and if he gave it his blessing then it's fair game in my opinion.

    Lawler is old school and if all mention of his heart attack had been swept under the rug by a guy who he was having an extremely bittter TV feud with at the time of his attack then that does make things look very phoney and I can't imagine The King being a fan of that.

    If he had actually passed away and Punk mentioned it then of course that would be disgusting, but he's absolutely fine. Long live The King!

  • samantha

    I love Jerry!!! He is a wonderful man. I am shocked at Mr. McMahon however. Jerry died for a few minutes. They made it into a storyline. Eddie Guerrero died, no storyline. I clearly do not see the difference. They are both well loved men. Who had a storied career. The only difference is one is here and the other is not. Love each man to death (no pun intended). Death is not to be made into a storyline. That is a new low for Mr. McMahon. >[