Bob Holly Talks Working With CM Punk, WWE's Hypocrisy With Wellness Policy & Injured Stars, ECW
I recently spoke with former WWE star Bob Holly. In the third and final part of the interview below, Holly discussed discussed ending CM Punk's streak, working with Punk, hypocrisy with the WWE Wellness Policy, Ted Dibiase's release and much more.
You can check out the first part of the interview here, where Holly discussed his early career, working as a job guy with Ricky Steamboat in WWF, working with Ric Flair in WCW, signing with WWF, being given the "Sparky Plugg" gimmick and much more. Click here for the second part of the interview, where Holly talked about the Attitude Era, if he ever considered jumping to WCW, being injured during a match with Brock Lesnar and if he tried to sandbag him, not being ready for the World title picture and more. You can also follow him on Twitter @TheBobHolly.
Wrestling INC: You were a big part of the new ECW after WWE brought it back. What were you thoughts on them bringing it back? Did you care either way or did you think it was a good idea?
Holly: You know what? I thought it was a good idea simply for the guys that weren't being used much because they had a lot of guys just sitting around not doing anything and I thought it was a great platform for other guys to get over. I thought it worked. I thought the show carried itself pretty well. I thought it was a good idea, I really did and I enjoyed it because that was my kind of wrestling. I enjoyed it and I really did think it was good for business. I just hate that it didn't last.
Wrestling INC: While you were in ECW, you ended CM Punk's undefeated streak, I think it was a year and a half.
Holly: Yep. Yep. I was the first one to dethrone him.
Wrestling INC: Did you ever envision that he would be able to become where he's at?
Holly: He's a hard worker. I honestly didn't envision him being where he is now, but he got there through hard work. I'm happy for the guy. He was great to work with. He was easy. He was rough, so it fit. I enjoyed working with him. He about knocked me out when he caught me with that knee a couple times, [laughter] but that's the way the game is played when you work with him. If you dish out you better be ready to take it. I was. That's how I liked it.
When I see guy's names across from mine, certain people, I was like yeah, this is going to be fun, or I got to take it easy with this one or whatever. Whenever I seen guys like Punk and Bradshaw and Brock [Lesnar] and [Chris] Benoit and guys like that, and Test, I didn't have to worry. I enjoyed that because it was like you can drill these guys pretty much as hard as you want. As long as you don't knock their teeth out and break their nose everything's going to be fine. It made it easy working with those guys. And Punk, he was always fun to work with. I enjoyed working with him. He was fun. He was easy to get along with. He's a good dude. He really is.
Wrestling INC: You mentioned Benoit. I know in your book you write about Owen Hart and Eddie Guerrero and Benoit and those were really some heartbreaking reads. You had a very level headed hypothesis of what Benoit did, what happened with Benoit. Do you mind discussing that?