CM Punk Talks Harley Race, Breaking Into Wrestling, Shawn Michaels, Injury, Retirement & More
|By Jay Calderon | November 05, 2012 | Comments|
On anyone he wishes he could have been in the ring with: "I wish I could have been in the ring with Shawn Michaels. I tagged with him a lot, but I never got to actually wrestle with him which sucked. Shawn -- he's close to here, right? In San Antonio? Right, well, Shawn needs to come out of retirement so I have something to do. I get bored, you know? Oh, and that other guy Steve Austin. Whatever his deal is."
On what dream match between other superstars he wishes he could have seen: "I don't know, I mean, I'm a wrestling fan. I like all sorts of stuff. My fandom doesn't just exist within the WWE Universe. I know it's happened a lot but I would have liked to have seen it in person, a Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Harley Race match or something like that.
"You can do fantasy warfare where you take someone like Harley in their prime vs. a Samoa Joe in his prime. I think that would be pretty cool. There's a billion -- I mean, selfishly, I would say me vs. Shawn Michaels or that other guy Steve Austin, whatever his deal is. [Laughs.] But, that's a good question. I'll probably be thinking about that all night now. Thank you."
On whether or not a weak tag team division hurts younger talent: "Does it hurt them? Maybe.Tag team wrestling used to be an attraction just because it was something different. That is the biggest way you learn in this business. When I had Serena with me -- actually, we'll use AJ as an example. AJ wants to have her gear on and she wants to be in the ring every day. And that'll come, I mean, she's like 16-years-old or whatever she is. I tell her all the time, number one, this isn't going to last forever but she's got a good head on her shoulders. I think she's got a pretty bright future.
"So, the stuff she's doing now or the stuff she was doing when she was at ring side and invovled in matches with Daniel Bryan and I'll throw my name in that hat, too. Sounds a little egotistical. But, you learn more just standing there and then I would take her into the back and I would explain things to her.
"When I had Serena, I could communicate to her without even saying anything. I would look at her and she would know various things to do. So, when you're out there and our young guys are on the apron, I would like to think they're paying attention. I mentioned I was tagging with Shawn Michaels, I was a spunge. I just sat there and I watched and then when I got tagged in, I went in and did whatever the hell I did but I was paying attention to everything. That's how you learn so you are right in that aspect.
"It hurts a little bit but it's the world we live in now. It's not like wrestling world is going to cease to exist because of it. But it is something I wish we'd see more of."
What been one of the hardest to do throughout his career: "When you operate at a very high level which -- contrary to what probably a lot of people may think -- I do, I mean, I'm on TV every Monday, I'm wrestling Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Tuesdays and all this stuff. I think at times it's hard to top yourself. That's why moments are special. I can't go out there and do a 2011 C.M. Punk/John Cena Money In The Bank match every night because the circumstances are always different.
Got a news tip or correction? Send it to us by clicking here.