Vince McMahon Gave Okay For Talent To Be “A Jerk And Be A Total A-hole To People”

Apparently Vince liked having somebody be an “a-hole” backstage.

CM Punk made his return last month at the conclusion of the War Games match at WWE Survivor Series. Punk has appeared on television for all three of WWE’s brands, SmackDown, NXT, and RAW, since returning to the company. So far, Punk’s return has been received well by everyone, he was even training at the WWE Performance Center and holding court with NXT talents earlier this week.

Former WWE Superstar Chavo Guerrero Jr. was a guest on the Rumor & Innuendo podcast, during the interview the topic of CM Punk and his WWE return was discussed. Show Co-host Robert Karpeles, who is a former WWE creative team member stated that he felt that the WWE locker room was likely consulted before CM Punk’s return to ensure that everyone would be able to work together. Chavo responded by telling a story about Vince McMahon asking him why he was so nice, and that Vince gave him permission to be a jerk and an “a-hole” backstage.

“It’s a business but also Vince, and I don’t know how involved he is anymore, but he was, when I was there, he was always the most involved person. I can’t see him not being involved and not still having his fingers in everything. But he really does like someone kind of being an a-hole back there. If you look at old Shawn Michaels stuff, it was almost like he was given the keys to the kingdom because of his attitude. His work, of course, don’t get me wrong, but his attitude as well went along with it.

“And, you know, I’ve talked to many different champions, I won’t name them, but they’re like, ‘Hey, Vince used to tell me, why are you being so nice? I’m giving you the okay to be a jerk and be a total a-hole to people.’ And those guys were like, ‘That’s not who I am. I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to be an a-hole just to be an a-hole.’ So, Punk can be an a-hole to me.

“Now, I get along with him awesome—Phil’s great. I’ve never had an issue with him. I worked with him for three straight months doing the ECW stuff longer, probably half a year. And we never once had one issue in the ring. Never once. Not even like a riff. We always got along so well. So, he’s a pretty misunderstood guy. But you know, Punk can be Punk. It can be difficult. So, I think that only lasts so long in WWE when, you know, I think he’s probably on his best behavior right now.”

You can check out the entire episode of Rumor & Innuendo featuring Chavo Guerrero below.

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