CBS Sports Radio proudly welcomed UFC fighter CM Punk into studios Thursday, during which the former WWE champion opened up both about his career and his broken relationship with Vince McMahon.
Believe it or not, McMahon actually fired him this past June – on his wedding day.
“Yeah, but you know what?” CM Punk said on Tiki and Tierney. “I’m over it. I haven’t talked to him. He hasn’t reached out. I haven’t reached out either. At this point, I’m just moving on with my life.”
CM Punk was asked if he misses wrestling.
“No,” he said. “No, not at all. I don’t miss it at all.”
CM Punk had issues with the WWE’s health and wellness policy – or lack thereof – which is one of the reasons he left the business.
“Maybe because (wrestling) gets the rap of being, oh, well it’s fake and it’s theater and it’s this and it’s that, people sweep it under the rug,” he said. “Across the board, we don’t know the long-term ramifications of all the concussion stuff. As new as it is to the NFL, it’s as new to WWE – and wrestling as a whole.”
Now in UFC, CM Punk – born Phillip Jack Brooks – will make his first fight sometime in late 2015. The 36-year-old is not at all nervous about stepping into the octagon.
“What I did prior to (this) was a serious beating, too,” he said. “For me, it’s business as usual almost. But as far as my well-being goes, it never really crosses my mind.”
CM Punk, a Chicago native, said there’s only a handful of WWE wrestlers who could actually hold their own in the octagon.
“There’s not many,” he said. “It’s people who have been lifelong fans of MMA or do jiu-jitsu or kick-box or whatnot. I think the biggest part of this game is mental. I think you mentally have to be strong to do this. The physical stuff and all the technique, that’s easy. That’s drilling and that’s putting in hard work. If you don’t put in hard work, you’re not going to get anywhere. But I think mentally, you really have to kind of knuckle-up.”
CM Punk has already been challenged to a fight by Jason David Frank, who played the Green Power Ranger in the 1990s.
“Yeah, my life’s pretty bizarre right now,” CM Punk said.
CM Punk was then asked what he would do if McMahon walked into studios. Would he speak to him?
“I don’t know,” he said. “I know stuff like this is going to follow me for the rest of my life, and that’s what it is. I can’t hide from my past. I’m not ashamed of it. I’m not embarrassed. I’m proud of everything I’ve done. I think it’s a pretty well-known fact that I don’t have a lot of nice things to say. That’s why I try not to say much.”
CM Punk said he lost his passion for wrestling “a long time ago” and that it became “mentally taxing.”
He held the championship belt for 434 days – one of the longest reigns in wrestling history, from November 2011 to January 2013 – and was one of the most polarizing characters in recent memory.
CM Punk didn’t mind.
“I’d rather have them love or hate me than kind of just be indifferent,” he said.