Everyone knows that Ryback and CM Punk have a longstanding history of pretty bad blood. The two have been sniping at one another publicly ever since they were both with WWE, but things kicked into another gear after Punk left town forever, with nary a Boogie Woogie Man to help salve the loss. Since Ryback left WWE himself, the situation has cooled a bit, with The Big Guy thinking about getting into MMA himself, and Ryback and Colt Cabana facing off on the indies in a cheeky “CM Punk on a pole” match.
We’re kind of surprised it took this long, but Ryback finally got around to telling the story of how he and Punk first got to be at odds with one another. On a recent episode of his Conversation with the Big Guy podcast, Ryback spilled the beans. As you might expect, the blood feud began due to … arm gestures. (Transcript via Wrestling Inc.)
“After I had been up there are started doing the ‘feed me more’ chants, Vince [McMahon] took away all my stuff … I wasn’t allowed to do the taunt or anything and I was working heel the whole time. It was taken away from me and everybody in the company knew it was taken away from me, told [to] me not to do it anymore for whatever that whole f*cking period was.
“And he started doing this, ‘CM Punk! CM Punk!’ trying to do the arm taunt with it, and it was both ‘CM Punk’ [chant] and ‘GTS’ [chant], it was both, I believe, but people would do, ‘feed me more’ when he did it and they would try to and it never caught back on again, but I remember it was just so petty, I thought at that time, and it’s not whatever, but it’s something that eventually after him doing it again, I was in the locker room. I saw it on the monitor. I had my boots off. I was getting changed and I said, ‘f*ck this’ and went into Gorilla [position], and when he came back there just said, ‘I don’t appreciate you doing this. That was taken away from me. That was my thing. I got it over’ and he was caught off guard with the whole thing, like, ‘I was f*cking doing that before!’ And I go, ‘you didn’t get it over. I did.’ And he wasn’t happy. That’s when he really started to hate me.”
At last, we know the entire, sordid tale. Don’t wave your arms like someone else does, people. You might get an enormous man really angry at you. And you don’t want that. Because he’s hungry.