Paul Heyman Talks C.M. Punk, Stephanie McMahon, His Return, Blurring The Line & More
|By Jay Calderon | October 20, 2012 | Comments|
"When I stand in front of an audience, be it live or on television, and I say, 'Ladies and gentlemen, C.M. Punk is the best in the world,' I mean that. I don't have to play a character to say that. The way I deliver the message is as an asshole because that's my character. My character is designed to illicit a response from a crowd of boos and we want to see this guy get his ass kicked. But there's nothing I'm saying that I have to be scripted to say. I truly do believe in my heart that right now there is nobody in the professional wrestling industry that can tough C.M. Punk. He's the best in the world and I can't see anybody telling me any different.
"So, when I had the confrontation with Stephanie McMahon -- and I know there are a lot of people out there saying, 'Oh, everything Stephanie said, she meant and it was real.' I hope so, I would want it to be that way. I wouldn't want it to be any other way because if she's going to deliver -- and she delivered her message phenomenally, I watched that back and she just drilled me and that's great. That's wonderful because as you said, it's riveting.
"See, this is my goal: we did a segment on television on the 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw and I can't imagine that you'll ever have a career retrospective of Stephanie McMahon and not include that clip. I can't imagine that when they do the 2,000th episode of Monday Night Raw which my kids and their kids will end up watching that they won't go back and say, 'Here's a highlight from Raw 1,000,' and that not being included. I can't imagine that being left out.
"So, if it takes Stephanie using her personal feelings about me to bring it -- bring it. Great! I hope that she meant every word that she said. It would make for compelling, riveting television. And it's something that people now, from 4 or 5 months ago, still talk about."
On whether or not he envisions long-term plans with WWE or if he takes on challenges as they come: "It's kind of a little of both. I knew Brock's plan when I agreed to come in and done this deal with Brock. I was very satisfied with that, if I had just done this run with Brock I would have been very satisfied. Now, comes the new element of working with C.M. Punk and finding our magic together. I certainly have goals and so does Punk regarding where we can take that character and our characters together.
"If that leads to WrestleMania 30 -- great. Right now, our focus is where do we take his character to WrestleMania 29 and getting him in the right position and the spotlight and match that he envisions for WrestleMania 29 is the goal. Along the way, (we want) to create those moments that I think Punk has certainly delivered on -- the confrontation with Mick Foley was tremendous. The confrontation with J.R. -- tremendous. The confrontation with Vince McMahon -- tremendous. With Bret Hart -- tremendous. The stuff that he's done with Cena -- tremendous."
On the viral video that Heyman produced involving 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and C.M. Punk: "What happened with that was that I was originally scheduled to interview 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin because my agency does the outside-WWE work in terms of production. We do all the production for the THQ/WWE 13 video game. Once I went back on television, I didn't think it made any sense to interview 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin. So, I asked if anybody minded if we had J.R. interview 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin because I think people would like to see those two together again.
"Once we got J.R. to interview Steve Austin, the scheduling worked out to where we were going to shoot this in L.A. the week of Summerslam. C.M. Punk and I were not even together on television yet and I just thought, 'Man, why not have Punk join us? He's on the cover of the game, wouldn't that make sense?' We just kind of pushed it through and at the last minute called Austin -- literally the night before -- and said, 'Hey Steve, do you mind if the WWE champion C.M. Punk sits in and you guys talk about the Attitude Era vs. the modern era?'
"You know, Steve never backs down from a challenge like that. 'God damn, bring him on the set. I'd love to see C.M. Punk.' That was it. Of course, Punk was game because he had the chance to play with 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin. Literally, we just let the cameras roll and it was magic. That's what we look for."
You can check out the entire interview with the video below.
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