SiriusXM’s Jim Norton and Sam Roberts this week uploaded an interview with AJ Mendez Brooks, f.k.a. AJ Lee, from earlier this year. During the interview Lee talked about her husband, fellow WWE alum CM Punk and his foray into MMA. Also, AJ discussed whether CM will fight again.
According to AJ, she has mixed feelings about Punk performing in UFC.
“Oh my gosh, it was a mix? so many emotions all at once, such a cornucopia of emotions. I am someone who believes in going for what your dream is. I was a homeless kid in New Jersey and I was a multiple-time champion on TV. And people would have laughed at me when I was a kid if I said that was my dream, so for [Punk] to want to do something, so bold, I supported him 100%. But I really like his face, so yes. But I was just so proud of him for doing it.”
AJ continued, “even the months leading up [to the fight], knowing that there’s this person out there in the world and [his] only thought is hurting your husband. That is what their game plan is for months and that’s their job and I respect the sport so much, and I think they do a wonderful job, but it’s a little weird.”
When asked about Punk’s UFC loss to Mickey Gall at UFC 203, AJ immediately noted that Punk was “psyched” about getting one million dollars for one night of work and went on to say that she was very proud of him for chasing his dream.
“I don’t think it hurt that for one night of working, he made a million dollars. He was pretty psyched about that, so he came backstage with the most giant smile on his face. And he was incredibly sweating and I just threw myself on him. I was like, ‘I’m so frickin’ proud of you!’ His speech was just so moving and I try to not get emotional in front of people, so we just went to our little corner and it was just so cool and I’m so proud of him.”
When asked whether Punk has another fight lined up, AJ responded that Punk would like to fight again.
“Yes, he wants to fight again and I’m never going to be the person that stops someone from doing whatever their dream is, so I support it. I just look at his face right now and I’m like, ‘stay that way, stay that way, stay that way?'”
Check out the interview in the video above. If you use any of the quotes from this article, please credit Jim Norton and Sam Roberts with an H/T to WrestlingINC for the transcription.