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CM Punk: Dreams really do come true in the ring – Interview

June 25, 2009   ·   0 Comments

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Living a straight-edge lifestyle, CM Punk doesn’t believe in drinking alcohol or doing drugs.



But don’t mind him if he kicks you or, even worse, uses his finishing move, the Go To Sleep, in which he lifts you over his head and jams his knee into your face on your way down.

Besides, that’s only some of what you may see when the Chicago native and current World Champion brings his repertoire and fellow World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars to the Palm Springs Convention Center on July 2.


As part of the company’s Summerslam Tour, about 20 members of the Smackdown and ECW rosters are set to do battle in the squared circle.


It’s not Punk’s first time visiting Palm Springs, although he can’t remember the last time he was here.


It’s sunny over there, isn’t it? the 30-year-old said during a recent phone interview from his Chicago home.


The show won’t be televised, but fans may see more than what they usually find on the CW Network on Friday nights and Sci-Fi Network on Tuesday evenings, Punk said.


We’re saddled with constraints when on television the biggest one being time and commercials breaks, he said. But when you’re live, you don’t worry about that, especially the crowd in the first five rows. You can get personal with them and draw them into the action.


And what does CM stand for?


It clearly stands for Champion Material, Punk revealed.


What’s it like working with wrestling legend Ricky The Dragon Steamboat?


 It’s very cool; a dream come true. It’s something you never think would happen and it does happen. I enjoyed that very much. It’s good to see Ricky every day; we’re buddies. He’s still got a lot to teach me and I still got a lot to learn and it all works out.


Who is your dream opponent?


For a long period of time, Harley Race was the best wrestler in world. Talk about a guy who back then, even now, he just gets it. He knew what his job was and he went out and did it. He’s probably the toughest wrestler who ever lived. I’m also good friends with him. He’s a sweetheart. But yeah, if I could pick one guy, it’d be Harley. He’s someone I want to wrestle and never will wrestle. I think he was just like the best wrestler in the world for almost a decade.


What are the silliest Internet rumors you’ve heard about yourself?



I don’t really peruse the wrestling Web sites. If you believe all the bad stuff, the rumors, it kinda tends to bring you down. I think the obvious one is I’m always in trouble and I’m always in the dog house. I always get a kick out of that one. I think that’s been constant for three years now; (that) I’m in trouble, I pissed somebody off.

What’s it like having Vince McMahon as a boss?


I think he’s a great dude. He’s so passionate about what he does, and when you think about how long he’s been doing it, it’s outstanding. He took something very small and made it a global phenomena.


How’s the camaraderie backstage, and who are you good friends with?


There are people I think I’m better friends with, but that’s because I travel with them and I’ve known them prior to WWE. Everybody for the most part gets along. We’re around each other more than we’re around our families, so you’ve gotta take care of each other.


Who’s your ideal Wrestlemania opponent?


It’s a better question to ask when I’m closer to Wrestlemania, so I can see realistically what I’m doing. I know this past year, I was kinda hoping I was Intercontinental Champion at the time I was hoping I’d get to face Rey Mysterio.


How did you feel when Japanese wrestling legend Mitsuharu Misawa died in the ring on June 13?


I was pretty devastated.


I don’t think I could have been a bigger fan of the guy. I was a big fan of all the All Japan wrestlers from the ’80s and ’90s. I’m a huge Jumbo Tsuruta fan, always got a kick out of Giant Baba all the All Japan guys from the ’90s.


Being 46 years old, he obviously died way too early.


How many tattoos do you have?


I wouldn’t even know how to answer that. When you get to the point I have two full sleeves. I don’t know where one starts and one ends.


You don’t go in and get individual tattoos anymore. You just sit in the chair for seven hours at a time. I don’t know if that counts as one tattoo or what.


It’s a lot.


How much Pepsi do you drink on any given day?


I try to regulate myself, so I’m down to one Diet Pepsi a day.

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