Re-Post: Must-Read CM Punk Interview - Rock/Vince Issues, More
Source: The Hot Clicks Podcast
"I was strictly basing it on the fact that I was the best bad guy. In my world, the best bad guy wrestles the best good guy. I was specifically told, 'Hey, leading up to WrestleMania we don't really know what you're going to do yet but you're going to be John Cena's little TV feud.' I was like, 'I'm nobody's TV feud. That's bullsh-t.' They just continued to piss me off."
What made him re-sign with WWE: "The chance to change this place. One of my best friends in the world is Lars Frederiksen. He plays guitar for a band called Rancid. He told me a story about when the Ramones went into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Marky didn't want to do it; half of the Ramones were dead. The Ramones, as a band, were always musically shunned and he didn't want to do it. He didn't want to show up, accept the award. Lars told him, "Look, you have to. It's your responsibility. You paved the way for guys like me. You have to go accept this award because you think not accepting it is this big middle finger to the establishment but actually accepting the award and being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – that's the middle finger.
"Lars and Joey Mercury, two people who are wise beyond their years, told me, 'You can't change the place from your couch.' I said that on television. That was all real. That's the truth. I couldn't change this place from my couch so I resigned and I'm trying to change it."
If he's happy about re-signing: "I'm very happy. I've never been busier in my entire life. I had conversation with Vince McMahon. I was like, 'Look, I'm not holding you up for money. I'm not holding out for this contract but if you're going to sign me you're going to sign me to the best money deal possible and if it's your prerogative to not use me but pay me that ridiculous amount of money. I don't see you being that stupid.'"
His relationship with Vince McMahon: "Honestly, I don't think if Vince ever got me. I don't think he does. I don't know what's not to get but some people just don't see things. I don't know if this is a good example but I don't know if Vince gets The Rock. Vince gets Cold Stone Steve Austin. He gets that guy. I don't know if he gets The Rock but he recognizes that he's a hell of a talent. I might throw myself in that category. I don't know if Vince 100% gets me but he finally has recognized, 'Alright, this kid is the real deal.'
"I've been the same guy since I stepped foot in the WWE. I've always acted like a top guy, not in the regards of, 'I need a limo and first class travel.' I have never let anybody tell me that I can't or I suck or anything like that. I've always had an air of confidence about me, which always rubs people the wrong way. It's like the whole 'best in the world' thing. If I didn't honestly believe that, and it's obviously borderline narcissistic and egotistical but it's like, well, if you don't think you're the best in the world at what you do then you should at least aspire to be the best. Why do you do what you do?"
If Vince likes to knock people down: "I don't try to run the show. It's his company; it's his baby. I think the WWE has knocked me down a peg or two. That's the most frustrating thing about what we do. I don't know if this is the Brock Lesnar legacy. It's just like holy crap, strap a rocket to this guy and give him everything. Then all of a sudden a year later Brock's like, 'Oh, I want to go home.' I don't know if there's a fear that that's going to constantly happen, which is legitimate. I can see that. You put yourself in Vince's shoes and it's like, okay, I get that.