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CM Punk Q&A: Being a Role Model, American Wrestling Fans, Acting & More, Zack Ryder Posts Update On YouTube Series, Lilian Garcia Replaces Tony Chimel, More

January 21, 2012   ·   0 Comments

 WWE Champion CM Punk spoke with AZCentral.com this week to promote next week’s RAW Supershow in Phoenix. Here are some highlights:

Q: Are American fans not respectful? (After commenting that Japan has respectful fans.)

A: It’s just a lack of “excuse me” and “please” and “thank you.” I’m a pretty approachable guy, but I’ve had my headphones taken off my head in the gym, people poking me in the back like I’m a farm animal. It’s a part of the game.

Q: With so many young fans, you must find yourself being a role model.

A: Absolutely. I’m the straight-edge guy. I’m a damn good guy to look up to. But I approach it the way Charles Barkley approached it. I’m not a role model. Everybody should choose their own path in life. I don’t get preachy with the straight-edge stuff.

Q: Do people put you on a pedestal because of it?

A: I find myself being a target as opposed to being put on a pedestal. I get criticized a lot. There are people who are skeptical about it or scared by it or intimidated by it.

Q: Do you mind that a personal choice like that has become part of your public persona?

A: No, because it’s who I am. People say, “When did you decide to be straight edge?” I was born this way. It’s nothing I really decided (pause) and, right now, while I’m talking, on the treadmill and doing an interview, there’s a guy standing over here, taking pictures … (He politely asks the guy to stop, which doesn’t seem to go well). All right, and now he just flipped me off, and I’m the (expletive). See what I mean? (sighing) … Anyway, I don’t think I have a persona per se. I’m not trying to be something I’m not.

Q: What about acting? So many WWE people go into the movies.

A: That’s not up to me, but it’s nothing I’m actively pursuing. I never say never to anything, but it’s nothing I’m looking to actively do.

– Zack Ryder, who lost the United States Championship to Jack Swagger on Monday’s Raw SuperShow, posted a cryptic message on Twitter Wednesday regarding his YouTube series Z! True Long Island Story.

“Workin’ on Episode 51 of Z! TLIS…yes, 49 is the next Episode…#hmmm,” he wrote.

— Rey Mysterio is advertised to appear at Indianapolis World of Wheels at the Indiana State Fairgrounds 1202 E 38th St. Indianapolis, Indiana on February 11, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

He is also scheduled to appear at Dallas Cavalcade of Customs at Dallas Market Hall 2200 Stemmons Fwy. Dallas, Texas on February 18, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

— Lilian Garcia handled ring announcing duties at Tuesday’s WWE NXT and WWE Superstars tapings in Las Vegas, Nevada, replacing Tony Chimel. Chimel replaced Eden Stiles late last month on both programs following her departure from the organization.

– WWE has made another change to their 2012 pay-per-view schedule, according to the event listing.

The Fatal 4 Way pay-per-view has replaced Bragging Rights for the month of June.

It also appears that they have dropped the TLC pay-per-view from December as Bragging Rights is now in the December slot.

– #1 contender to the WWE Title Dolph Ziggler spoke with EcollegeTimes.com this week. Here are some highlights:

What are some of the goals you have in mind going forward?

Of course, I want to be champion, I want to wrestle a main event at WrestleMania and another very realistic goal of mine far down in my career is that I want to be know as the greatest ever. Not everybody wants that. Some people want to be champion, but in ten years when people say my name, I want them to be saying ‘he was the guy who was the best ever.’

When you held the WWE Intercontinental Championship title, what did having that title mean to you?

That was a huge goal that I had set for myself. I had come up short the year before. I though for sure that it was mine and when it didn’t happen I was actually very frustrated. Now, coming back into the picture of the title and then actually getting it … I honestly thought it was long overdue and it was well-deserved and I was very happy to take that and make it [a step] towards becoming the WWE Championship that it once was. I thought I brought some prestige to it.

WrestleMania is coming up in April. It will be The Rock versus John Cena. Who would you pick to win that fight?

Both those guys are in awesome shape. Cena is like our franchise guy. He carries the company on his back and he’s out there every single night doing everything he can to give back to the fans. The Rock, he’s awesome at what he does, but he’s kind of moved on and he’s a movie star now, so I’ve gotta go with the hometown guy who is out there in the trenches with us every single weekend as opposed to the guy that comes back a couple times a year.

The Royal Rumble pay-per-view isn’t sold out yet but is expected to be sold out before that night.

– WWE officials had talks this week about how to publicly handle a change in launch date for the new Network. Kevin Dunn has gained power in the Network and he’s come up with several ideas for 30-minute shows.

This has re-solidified Dunn in Vince McMahon’s eyes as a “battle-tested asset” and a key part of the WWE hierarchy. It’s been expected that Dunn’s position of power will be gone once Stephanie McMahon and Triple H take over.

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