C.M. Punk was recently interviewed by Mike Jones from DC101 and discussed a number of topics including his feud with Chris Jericho, WrestleMania nerves, Brock Lesnar’s return, carrying the torch for the old school and more. Here are some of the highlights:
On the unpredictability of his match with Chris Jericho at WrestleMania: “Yeah. I think that’s how we got it. I think any good match winds up that way. You don’t really know who’s going to win. Because it’s kind of boring if you know.”
On whether or not he was nervous during the match: “No. Not while I’m out there. WrestleMania is definitely a high pressure situation. I think everybody has nerves before they go out there. Once you’re out there and you’re in the ring — to me — it’s business as usual. I’m at home and I’m comfortable. I wasn’t feeling any nerves while I was out there. It was just getting out there and the anticipation. Waiting for the day.
“I mean, we get to the building so early that I wanted to wrestle by noon. I was ready to go. It’s kind of a game of hurry up and wait. You start thinking and that’s when the butterflies start hitting your stomach.”
On how his feud with Chris Jericho may progress: “It’s few and far between that you get a guy the caliber of Jericho in the ring. Honestly, I think it’s been a while that anybody’s been able to match up with me as well as he does. As despicable as the things he’s doing, you’ve got to tip your hat to a guy who’s been on many, many levels.
“So, yeah. If I can squeeze two or three pay-per-views out of it, I’m definitely going to.”
On Brock Lesnar and his return to WWE: “I think it’s too early to tell. Everybody is going to be asking us as superstars what the deal is with Brock. The honest truth is nobody knows yet. He obviously came out and dumped Cena on his dome. Is he strictly going after Cena or is he going to try and dump me on my head next Monday? I really don’t know.
“To me, that’s the appeal of 52 live shows a year. You tune in every Monday to find out what happens. Honestly, I wouldn’t spoil it for you if I knew but I truly don’t know. So, it makes me a bit of a fan again to be able to watch stuff unfold as it happens.”
On legends like Roddy Piper and Bret Hart pulling for him to carry the torch: “Well, I can’t get behind that 100% because I feel almost egotistical in a way. Like I’m bragging. But it’s all true stories. I was floored.
“I had my friend Colt Cabana up in the friends and family box. (The Iron Sheik) just got over a foot surgery so he’s still in a wheel chair. I guess they wheeled him out for my match and when my match was over they wheeled him back. Like, it was the only thing he watched. I was totally flattered by that. I got Bret Hart saying it was the best match on the show and I was floored by that. I sat with Roddy Piper and talked for about 45 minutes after the show and I talked to him.
“Yeah, I definitely think there’s a link between myself and the old school. But I think it has a lot to do with the work ethic and my passion and respect for the business. And for the ‘old timers’. I’m very much rooted in that old school.”
On breaking into the business and whether or not it was tough in the beginning: “Oh, yeah. I didn’t know when I started out that there was such a thing as a wrestling school. So, me and friends just started doing our own thing. We built wrestling rings and then we bought wrestling rings and we were running our own shows. We were pissing everybody off in Chicago. ‘Why are we pissing everybody off?’ Because we weren’t trained.
“I went and got trained and you’re driving all over hell and creation for no money at all just to get experience. Just to get your feet wet, just to get your name out there. That’s pretty much gone by the wayside. I think that’s part of the reason the old guys respect me.”