This Saturday, CM Punk will have his second official fight in the UFC at UFC 225 and during an interview with MMAFighting, he spoke about a few things. Firstly, he spoke on the advice he gave to his longtime friend Ronda Rousey prior to her debut match at Wrestlemania earlier this year. Punk said, “The only thing I told her was to just have fun” and “I don’t know what it’s like back there in this current environment. I know she’d probably get treated differently, just as I know I probably get treated differently here. The only thing I ever told her is, ‘I know you’ve got a lot of people telling you, do this, don’t do this’ — whatever you do, when you go out there for WrestleMania, make sure you have fun. Period.”
Punk was later asked if he watched the match between Rousey and Angle versus Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and said, “No, I did not” and “I saw a couple of clips here and there. And still, when I say it’s hard for me to watch wrestling, it’s not like an anxiety thing, it’s not like an, ‘ugh, I can’t do it.’ I literally, I can’t get through eight seconds without being like, ‘OK, umm, can I change the channel? I’m bored, I gotta watch something else.’ It’s like going to a baseball game at [New York Mets stadium] CitiField. I like Wrigley Field, it’s old school. Going to a baseball game at CitiField, it’s like a guy gets ball four and they blow off fireworks and there’s LED screens on everything.”
Punk finished the interview by giving his opinion on the wrestling product from outside WWE. Punk spoke about Kenny Omega and stated, “I know [New Japan star] Kenny Omega is the hot guy. He’s probably one of the better guys in the world right now, but it’s the same thing. I’ll watch clips of matches, I don’t see myself watching a full match. I just can’t do it.”
Punk also added in why he now prefers the shows he did in smaller venues rather than those on television. He said, “I think it’s definitely too glossy, but it’s been like that for a long time,” and “My jam was house shows before they started calling them live events, where it was a curtain and a ring and a light above the ring. That was my jam. That was my world, that was where I liked to thrive.”
S.A.M.’s Spiel: Well it was nice of him to offer up simple advice to Ronda about having fun with her debut match. It is well known CM Punk lost his passion for professional wrestling and stepped away from it. His opinion on the product now, both WWE and outside of it, is how he feels and I can see how he could feel that way. Many people fall out of love for things and this doesn’t surprise me that he does not really watch the product any more. I am still a fan of his and hope he does well in his upcoming fight on Saturday and if, that is a big if, he ever returns to pro wrestling, I will most certainly be watching.