Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and current leader of the new Nexus on the RAW brand, CM Punk, recently spoke to UK’s Fighting Spirit about various topics such as how far he’s come in the pro wrestling industry, his match against Randy Orton at WrestleMania 27 in April, and working as a heel and getting cheered by the fans. Below are a few of the highlights:
Working against Randy Orton at WrestleMania 27: “I hate everything I do when I watch stuff back, so I don’t tend to generally watch my matches again, but I did watch that one and I liked it. Obviously there were a few things I wish I had done a little different, but it will hold-up over time. For me, the highest praise was having the so-called ‘old timers’ tell me that they liked it. Bret Hart went out his way to call me up and tell me how much he liked it. Randy’s Dad (Bob Orton Jnr) loved it, as did Bob Armstrong. So much of wrestling’s history said it was good, and that it was the match of the night.
Coming from early beginnings in wrestling to where he is now: “For me the thing I’m most proud of — aside from being three-time heavyweight champion and winning Money In The Bank — is the fact that I started wrestling in my backyard when I was 15, and now I’m here … I was CM Punk when I was rolling around with my friends in the backyard when I was 15, and now I’m CM Punk at WrestleMania XXVII fighting Randy Orton in front of 70,000 people.”
Workings a heel and getting cheered: “On [WWE’s recent UK tour] I was getting cheered which made me want to pull my hair out. I think it’s mainly from the older audience and it’s something that I think eventually happens to everyone when a level of respect is built-up. It’s just up to me to get them to hate me again by pushing their buttons.”