CM Punk Update: Chris Jericho Issues a Video Response, Says Punk a ‘Close Friend’

December 1, 2014 Updated: December 1, 2014

After CM Punk publicly criticized the WWE for its policy on injuries, Chris Jericho responded to some of the comments Punk made about him, saying that “Punk and I are very good friends.”

“I was a little surprised by what he said,” he said, adding: “I never asked him to do my podcast when he quit.” He said that he asked him to do his podcast “back in December” before he quit in February.

Jericho then said he never asked him to do the podcast after that, adding that Punk didn’t respond to him when he texted him.

“I still consider to him to be a close friend,” he said.

And according to Bryan Alvarez on Figure Four Daily Radio, citing sources in the WWE, Triple H “wants to kill Punk.”

Punk gave a lengthy, wide-ranging interview on Colt Cabana’s podcast on why he quit the WWE earlier this year.

WWE head Vince McMahon wasn’t happy with some of Punk’s comments, but he didn’t appear too fazed by the whole matter. His daughter, Stephanie McMahon, didn’t take Punk’s comments lightly, saying, “Hunter and Stephanie have such an abject hating of CM Punk. They are fuming,” Alvarez said.

“While Vince [McMahon] is mad, the guy who’s furious is Triple H. ‘Triple H wants to kill Punk’ was the exact text message … Hunter and Stephanie have such an abject hatred for CM Punk,” reads his whole message.

Punk claimed that the WWE turned a blind eye to some of his injuries. “I remember when I was supposed to go back to Birmingham and get cleared before I came back to wrestle from my elbow,” he said on the podcast. “WWE doesn’t do anything to protect the wrestlers, they do things to protect themselves. … They don’t let everybody know that they’re doing all these fantastic things for concussions for ‘the boys.’ “

Meanwhile, wrestler Ryback responded to Punk’s comments about him kicking him in the ribs and being a “steroid guy.”

“Continue to bust my ass study matches every chance I get, cut promos when driving and push myself for hours on end even when hurt. Thank you,” he tweeted. “Going day in and out. Slander is a powerful thing and to state complete made up nonsense for no reason shows his insecurities. I will.”

“For the record if I quit for being fragile and insecure I would make up excuses too. Things didn’t go my way for a long time and I kept,” he added.