CM Punk has criticised WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon for refusing to postpone WrestleMania 36 amid the coronavirus chaos. The wrestling giants decided against following the example of other sport franchises, like the NBA, NHL and Premier League, who suspended their season until further notice.
Vince [is] being stubborn
Punk, though, doesn’t agree with McMahon’s choice to go ahead with WrestleMania as he claims he is being “stubborn” and insists the Show of Shows should have been moved.
CM Punk told The No-Sports Report: “Vince [is] being stubborn. What do I know? I know that WWE brace gets hell bent out of shape when I talk about it but I think there should be some sort of a discourse, there needs to be a conversation about it.
“If you look at what’s happening with Major League Baseball and it is, they talk about, they talk about pushing opening day.
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“Even from just a business standpoint, from a fan standpoint, you got to push the date, you got to reschedule. Have it in June, have it in July.
“Maybe you can have it in an open arena in the midwest where it’s normally freezing cold. But to just… it’s like they cancelled, but they’re still doing it. It’s very strange to me.
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“I think it’s completely strange. I hear all the rumors of who’s sick and you got all these guys, whether the culture has changed there or not, that are going to be job scared so then they’re going to show up and get somebody else sick and that’s how the virus works.
“Instead of being a leader and taking charge and being like, ‘Hey, you know what let’s reschedule this, let’s refund everybody their money.’
“I also think as a performer, man that sucks, that’s got to suck. It’s got to totally be the worst thing ever.
“I just thought that every decision that was made, shocking that CM Punk thinks every decision they make is the wrong one, I just thought it was so obtuse and way the wrong decision.
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“Like, ‘Don’t just cancel it, reschedule it. Oh you’re still going to do it? Oh okay, well that’s not what I would’ve done. Oh you’re making it two days instead of one? Okay that’s not what I would’ve done but okay.’
“And then on top of that they pre-taped stuff. So I’m sure there’s all kinds of spoilers out there so what’s the incentive for even watching it?”
WWE taped WrestleMania at the Performance Center in Orlando behind closed doors last week and took essential precautions as all members of staff had to be medically checked before entering the premises.
CM Punk left WWE in 2014 and currently appears on Fox’s WWE Backstage show as an on-screen pundit.
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