When we last heard from Ryback on his feelings regarding CM Punk and comments the Straight Edge Superstar made about him on Colt Cabana’s podcast years ago, it sure seemed like THE BIG GUY couldn’t let it go. At that time, he was blaming Punk for not putting effort into their matches.
Now, he’s changed his tune, as he told Kevin Eck in an interview at PressBox:
Recently, Colt Cabana and myself had a talk, and he was very apologetic, even though he never said anything. But it meant a lot to me because we always got along in the few encounters we had. I will never know why [Punk] chose to say the things he did, and it definitely didn't help my career at that point. All I know is he was very banged up and miserable during the periods we worked together. I think people have to look at it this way: How many other people are out there saying that about me? I was always respectful of him in his time there, and before our runs together, he was always good to me. Working in the WWE, though, has a way to bring out the worst in everybody. I have made jokes [about Punk] over the years via social media, as it is fun to get a reaction from his followers from time to time, but if I were to ever see him, I would tell him, "If I really did ever hurt you [in the ring], I truly am sorry, but I don't think it was the right thing to do to say the things you did." Life is too short to hold grudges, and I truly wish him the best in his life.
Now we, along with Ryback and Punk, can all move past it and be done with it.
Until it’s time to tell a joke referencing it again, of course.