|By Raj Giri||August 09, 2012 | Comments|
On his recent comments about the size of today's top guys: "I'm talking about them as wrestlers, I'm talking about them as their wrestling persona as far as visual. I'm not talking about anything [else]. I've stated before, these guys are incredibly great technical wrestlers. All of them. But there's a reason why Christian Bale in Batman has armor on and is bigger than life. There's a reason why in all these Marvel movies if [the guys] don't have gigantic muscles and aren't oversized, they're CGIs. I don't remember Stan Lee when he started Marvel Comics making a 5-foot-7 guy."
On Shawn Michaels succeeding despite not being a 'big guy': "Shawn Michaels was 6-foot-1 and a half and weighed 225 pounds in his prime. That's a big difference between 5-foot-7. That's a difference between a 6-foot-8 power forward and a 7-foot-1 center. CM Punk doesn't have Shawn Michaels' physical ability. I mean, Vince Carter and [Michael] Jordan are the same size."
On the PG Era and CM Punk: "I think the number one thing that hurts still is the fact that they're PG. I'm a huge fan of Punk's [but] I'm sorry, it's hard for me to watch two grown men say they're going to beat the crap out of each other. That's my personal opinion.
"I'm also saying that it doesn't look to me like he spends a lot of time in the weight room. I just think it would enhance his look and everything. We were all drug free and drug tested for years at the WWE, and there were a lot of guys that had great physiques. I think that comes with it."
On the widespread reaction his comments received: "You guys aren't backstage, you guys aren't around when the brass makes decisions. You guys aren't around when they all say, 'God, I wish he was bigger,' [or] 'God yeah, but the guy just doesn't have enough size.' It's their opinion. I'm just stating my opinion. I'm not saying I'm right. But am I not allowed my opinion? I pay taxes, I'm allowed my opinion. In my opinion, that's how I feel. That doesn't mean anybody else has to jump aboard and say I have to agree with him because he says so.
"Number one, I've always been an Internet darling and always will be and if I were to say something and was just somebody that didn't have an opinion, you wouldn't be calling me. It's just because Kevin Nash said it. Oh my God, Kevin Nash said it. Oh my God, Jericho rebutted.
"For Eddie [Guerrero] and Chris [Benoit], Eddie was a friend [and] Chris was a friend. When the tragedy went down with Benoit I think I was one of the few guys that went on TV and tried to make some sense of it. These people that think I'm desecrating deceased wrestlers; I'm talking about them as [wrestlers] and not the person. Sometimes I look at it and I just go you know what, don't even have an opinion, be a sheep like everybody else."
On Chris Jericho's tweet that the worst year of WWE business was when he was champion: "[I] Absolutley disagree. When I walked in the door in 1993, we did a $100,000 gate at Madison Square Garden. My last show at the Garden we did $309,000 before I jumped to WCW and I was in the main event with Shawn Michaels. I absolutely disagree. The business was better when I left than when I got there."
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