CM Punk Speaks Out: Leaving WWE, MITB, Miz Being Rehearsed, Jericho, New Theme
Source: The B.S. Report
Simmons noted that he had Miz on his show recently, and felt that Miz was very honest and suggested that the reason why many of Miz's interviews may seem rehearsed is because of the interviewer.
He then asked if Punk has a good relationship with Vince McMahon and if McMahon was happy about how the angle was playing out.
"Yeah, I'd like to think so [laughs]," Punk replied. "Ummm, I think everybody is happy, for now. I think this business is also very what have you done for me lately. The hardest thing wasn't getting on top, the hardest thing is staying on top. I think a lot of people would agree with that. But, as far as I know, he's ecstatic with it. It feels fresh. It's something new, and there generally seems to be kind of like something in the air.
"I'm not saying it's 100 percent me. I feel like a lot of people have wanted a lot of change for a very long time. If I was a guy who was a catalyst for it, that's great, but there's a ton of people that are misused and upset and I'm not just talking about the wrestlers. I'm talking about the fans too. There's a lot of people who are invested in what we do. They really want to love everything and sometimes it gets hard to watch the show when you're letdown constantly."
Simmons noted that since WWE bought WCW, it didn't seem like the continuity was there and that everything kind of felt the same. Punk agreed, saying, "I think for a long time that there was nothing that was hot. I think the logo was drawing, probably not as well as it could be. It's been a very long time since one specific person or one specific storyline got people to come to the shows.
"I'm not in it just to make a bunch of money for me, I'm not in it just to make things better for me. I want to change the whole game, you know? I want everyone to be as innovative or creative, or as sought after as me. If everybody's over, if everybody's making more money, then everybody's watch the show."
On influences on his career, Punk said, "the first guy that I latched onto, that took the time to teach me stuff was Eddie Guererro. Growing up, I was enamored with "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, I loved chubby bad-guy Shawn Michaels -- wearing the dangling earnings with Sensational Sherri -- I was of course a huge "Macho Man" Randy Savage fan... those were the main guys.
"Guys like Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels -- they weren't as big as the Hulk Hogan's or whatever -- and that was their biggest criticism, and now I find myself in that same exact position. I think that this business is always going to need guys like myself, guys like Bret Hart... I'm not comparing myself to Bret Hart who's light years ahead of me, he's the greatest of all time, but it's always going to need the wrestlers."
Simmons asked when Punk felt comfortable on the mic to be able to go in front of 16,000 fans and improvise.
"I don't think I can provide an answer that doesn't sound like it's dripping with dripping, ego-maniacal self-confidence. I think since day one I've been ready to do that.
"When I was feuding with Jeff Hardy, I finally got to be me. The guy that says this is my name, and I don't do this and I don't do this and I don't do that is kind of one-dimensional. I wasn't being holier that thou or preachy, but we're catering to pro wrestling fans here. I'd venture to guess that 90% of our fans drink beer and are kind of blue collar. Then here's this guy with tattoos saying I don't drink or smoke or do drugs."