CM Punk Speaks Out: Leaving WWE, MITB, Miz Being Rehearsed, Jericho, New Theme
Source: The B.S. Report
"The funny thing is that I wasn't trying to hold out for a better deal, I wasn't playing my cards close to the vest. I had a gigantic life decision to make and it wasn't easy. It took me a very long time, a lot of sleepless nights, and I still wasn't sure. It's kind of a big deal."
When asked what he would have done if he would have not returned, Punk replied, "sat on the couch."
Simmons noted that Punk is luring casual viewers back in, and Punk said he's getting noticed ten times more since that promo.
Simmons then asked Punk to walk him back through MITB.
"I don't know if I can put it into words, I don't know if I can really describe it," Punk replied. "I think I work better in high pressure situations, and for me at least, there's never been a higher pressure situation. I've been vocal about my spot and where I think I should have been and now, all eyes are on me. We've done it before where we're in my hometown and I try to get them to boo me and a lot of times, to my credit, I got it to work. But this time there was none of that. I wanted Chicago to be Chicago, I was going to be me and John was going to be John. There really was no other way to do it.
"That crowd, they were 100% superstars that night. Me and John could have had a great match in any other city, but Chicago put it over the edge. Somebody described it as the perfect storm, which I can't argue with that description at all. Very exciting, very cool, a lot of people that I know were there. It was a once in a lifetime thing, like lightning in a bottle."
Punk went on to note that he hasn't watched the match with Cena, stating, "I haven't watched it. I'm not going to watch it because I'm positive I'll hate it. I already know what I would've done to make it better, I know what I'll do next time to make it better.
"I can guess what this crowd is going to do, but I don't know to what extent or what volume so why am I going to shoehorn a bunch of ideas into something when... let's just go out there and have fun, and everybody have fun; me, the crowd, John.
"I'm not going to watch it because I'll feel like... it was not good. Does that make any sense?"
Punk noted that he heard from a lot of legends, and "thankfully" nobody had anything negative to say. He said he likes criticism.
Simmons then asked Punk why he hadn't received this kind of push.
"I don't know," he replied. "I think it has a lot to do with I've been the same guy since I came into this company. I've always been critical. I've always opened my mouth, certainly when I never should have and it's gotten me in trouble. I've never kissed ass. I don't wear suits. I don't wear dress shoes.
"A lot of times they like the guys... the guys and/or girls who are more media friendly. I mean, let's face it, I'm not very media friendly. Chances are if you put a guy like Miz -- I'll use him as an example because he's very good at what he does with the talk shows and the media circuits and stuff like that -- in my opinion he gives very rehearsed, corporate answers to everything. It's almost like he's been coached on what to say. I don't work that way. I just can't. My answers are honest and they're organic whether somebody likes it or not. I'm not safe in that regard. So, putting me on Jay Leno or whatever, I'm going to ask Jay Leno why he screwed Conan O'Brien, I don't care what anyone says, I want to know why he screwed Conan O'Brien."