Posts Tagged ‘CM Punk’

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Cody Rhodes told FOX Sports that CM Punk’s infamous ‘Pipe Bomb Promo’ from the Summer of 2011 helped change the pro wrestling industry for good.

When asked about his recent success outside of the WWE bubble, Rhodes claimed it could be traced back to Punk’s words on the June 27, 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw and said promotions like Ring Of Honor have directly benefitted from the exposure ever since.

Back in 2011, Punk mentioned ROH, New Japan Pro Wrestling and even said hello to good friend Colt Cabana during his tirade. To Rhodes, that helped put ROH on the map to a whole new level of wrestling fans, ones who possibly didn’t even know the company existed beforehand.

As the current ROH World Champion, Cody has had sterling matches in other organisations like NJPW and WCPW (where he also reigned as WCPW Internet Champion) since leaving WWE. Now a free agent able to pick and choose his own dates, Rhodes believes Punk directly talking about ROH and the fact there are alternatives to WWE has opened up the wrestling world permanently.

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Source: ESPN

Raven spoke with ESPN on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

How heavily scripted today’s wrestling promos are:

“I think it’s bad for the business. Now they write promos for people. In the old days, you got bullet points. They said, ‘Here are the points you gotta hit, so do it in your character.’ If you didn’t know how to be a character or how to be a star, you didn’t get over. Now they write for everybody, which is good for the lower-tier guys who can’t write, who aren’t creative enough yet or don’t have enough psychology yet. But for guys who have potential star power, you’re really killing it, because [Steve] Austin would’ve never came alive if they would’ve been writing his character for him. If they told him to just stay with these promos. It’s a whole different world now.”

Helping CM Punk in his Ring of Honor days:

“I never realized I helped him that much. Maybe he was listening when I thought he was arguing with me. I thought he would’ve looked back with less than fondness on me because we butted heads quite a bit, but I’m glad he didn’t.”

Talking over fans’ heads:

“Bischoff pulled me aside one time and said, ‘I think you’re talking over the fans’ heads.’ I go, ‘I may be, but I don’t think it matters because it’s mystifying and elegant and eloquent.’ The fans listen to Kurt Cobain music and get the point, but they don’t understand what every word means. They understand the concept of what he’s talking about, and that’s the same thing with my promos. You understood the concept. If you were a misfit, you felt, ‘Here’s somebody who gets me.’ If you were a normal person, you’re like, ‘I hate misfits. Misfits are a pain in the ass. They whine. They complain.’ It was a unique perspective on the world.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: Sports Illustrated

Harley Race spoke with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” section on his health and pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

How he’s feeling after falling in his home and breaking both of his legs back in June:

“Right now, it’s the legs that are bothering me. I’m sitting here now with two legs that aren’t very good. They’re in route to recovery, and I’m right along with them. In a little amount of time, I’ll be up walking again.”

Inspiring generations of wrestlers like Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Steve Austin, and CM Punk:

“I love that. And it’s all true. I was the guy who would go out and do whatever he needed to do, no matter what.”

Being the “world’s champion”:

“Being world’s champion is what I set out in life to do. I’m one of the few people on earth that can say they completed, in every aspect, what they wanted to do with their life. …Whether it was sitting in a steak house eating a steak or getting onto the edge of the ring with two or three people standing there, it was all the same to me.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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CM Punk was recently asked during an appearance on ESPN Radio out of Chicago, IL if there was any part of him that misses professional wrestling.

“Not at all,” the former WWE Champion said to ESPN Radio Chicago (h/t Wrestling Observer Newsletter).

Punk revealed WWE has sent lawyers and people by proxy after him because they’re mad he “called them on their BS.” One example of this is WWE senior ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann suing Punk for defamation over comments he made on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast in 2014. Cabana was a co-defendant in the suit.

Punk (0-1) stated he hasn’t spoken to UFC president Dana White in several months but he wants to fight again. Punk believes he’ll know what is next for him in another month or two.

CM Punk, 38, left WWE suddenly after Royal Rumble 2014. He went on to sign a multi-fight contract with the UFC that was announced in December 2014. His fighting debut took place last September, where he lost to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in 2:14.

He has continued to train at Roufusport under the direction of Duke Roufus. Dana White is on record as to saying Punk is probably not going to fight in the UFC again.

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WWE is keen on the idea of bringing CM Punk back to the company, according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer (via Wrestling News).

The 38-year-old walked out in early 2014 amid frustrations over his injury concerns, as well as long-standing creative differences.

He would later publicly air his grievances on Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast, where he appeared to rule out a return to WWE.

But according to Meltzer, Punk has not completely burnt his bridges in the eyes of management, who would be open to the prospect of a reunion.

Speaking on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the respected wrestling journalist said: “No matter what is said, WWE wants CM Punk back.”

Few will be surprised to learn that Vince McMahon would be happy to roll out the red carpet for Punk, having previously done so for the likes of Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Kurt Angle and Goldberg – who also departed in acrimony.

But Punk himself has so far shown little indication he would be prepared to reverse his retirement. The Straight Edge Superstar is reportedly still pursuing a career in the octagon, having fought his first match – a defeat to Micky Gall – back in September.

Until he formally puts the latest rumours to bed, though, speculation around his future is likely to continue.

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CM Punk’s next test won’t take place in the Octagon or the ring.

The former WWE superstar will be one of 10 professional athletes to take part in MTV’s “The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros,” set to premiere May 16, according to the network’s official website. Punk and fellow sports figures will take on the winners of MTV programs “Real World” and “Road Rules” in competitions meant to test endurance, agility, brains, and the like over the six-week series.

Joining Punk are Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones, former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman and snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis, to name a few, with each vying for $50,000 meant for a charity of their choosing. The former pro wrestler will look to bring the prize to animal shelter PAWS Chicago.

Punk’s MMA foray began when the UFC took a flyer on him in late 2014, with injuries delaying his debut until September 2016. The 38-year-old’s first fight in four-ounce gloves lasted just two minutes and change, as prospect Mickey Gall dispatched him with a rear-naked choke.

The Chicago native was later tossed around as a potential cast member on this season of the UFC’s flagship program “The Ultimate Fighter,” but the promotion never tapped him to join the show, hence the newfound outlet meant to test his mettle.

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CM Punk isn’t giving up on his MMA dreams.

Nearly five months after Mickey Gall made him look every bit the neophyte he is in his mixed martial arts debut at UFC 203, the former WWE superstar told FOX Sports’ Carrlyn Bathe he’s looking to get back in the saddle.

“I am working on it feverishly,” Punk said, according to FOX Sports’ Damon Martin. “I’m throwing names at (UFC president) Dana (White), opponents, dates. I don’t know if he’s waiting for a Chicago show or what the deal is but if it doesn’t happen in the UFC, it will happen somewhere else.

“I’m dedicated to fighting and training. We’ll get there.”

White has remained mum on Punk’s future with the promotion, although the former pro wrestler’s name has been tossed around as the one active UFC fighter expected to join the still-to-be-announced cast of the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

The 38-year-old Punk signed with the promotion in December 2014 and began honing his MMA chops at vaunted Milwaukee camp Roufusport before succumbing to a rear-naked choke just over two minutes into his debut.