Triple H Talks "Amazing" Relationship With CM Punk: "He's A Pleasure To Be Around"

Triple H Talks "Amazing" Relationship With CM Punk: "He's A Pleasure To Be Around"

WWE Chief Content Officer Paul "Triple H" Levesque has opened up on his relationship with CM Punk, praising a Superstar he once butted heads with in a big way. The Best in the World also chimes in...

By JoshWilding - Jun 17, 2024 10:06 AM EST
Filed Under: WWE

It's no secret that when CM Punk left WWE in 2014, he and Triple H had little love for each other. The Second City Saint refused to work with The Game at that year's WrestleMania and believed he deliberately fired him on the day of his wedding to AJ Lee. 

Following a messy exit from AEW, Punk shocked the world by returning to WWE at Survivor Series: WarGames last November and looked set to headline the Show of Shows before an injury suffered at the Royal Rumble derailed those plans. 

He's continued to appear on television, though, and most recently cost Drew McIntyre the World Heavyweight Championship at Clash at the Castle in Glasgow, Scotland this weekend. 

Talking during the PLE's post-show press conference, Triple H addressed the evolution of his and Punk's relationship. 

"We saw eye-to-eye [back then], but it was angry eye-to-eye. It was opposition eye-to-eye. I cannot tell you how happy I am to have him back. I cannot tell you how exciting it is, for me, to see the Phil Brooks that I wanted to see then. And while maybe my efforts to get that were taken wrong, and it's what led to friction, I always knew the Phil Brooks that I see today was inside there. He just couldn't express it in the right way."

"As much as [WWE] has changed, he has changed, and I have gotta tell you, it's amazing. I am excited for the future, and I'm excited to not just work with him, but to be around him. He's a pleasure to be around in the locker room. He's a pleasure to be around as a performer."

Later during the same event, Punk himself echoed those comments when he said, "The climate has changed. It's a completely different culture. Somebody here...told me that they were extremely happy that I was back to experience the atmosphere and the culture that I started to grow here."

"It's just a much better place. I'm older. I'm wiser. It's a great crew," he added. "The people who like me will know that I'm being earnest and honest and believe me and the people who don't like me will twist [it]."

The biggest difference since Punk returned? Vince McMahon is gone. 

It's good to hear that these two have put their differences aside and, in the years ahead, it looks like Punk will end his in-ring career on his own terms in WWE (a Hall of Fame induction is surely the logical next step once he's done competing). 

You can hear more from both men in the player below.

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