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CM Punk & Colt Cabana Reunite, John Cena Upset Over Twitter Post, HBK News

— CM Punk and Colt Cabana briefly reunited on the latest episode of Art of Wrestling Radio, which features an interview with Ring of Honor performer Chris Hero.

Punk appears early in the podcast to discuss his “little match on Sunday.” When asked if people should order the pay-per-view, Punk replied, “Yeah, they should. I get paid more that way.”

The interview is available at

— John Cena became upset yesterday after discovering a remark on his Twitter timeline poking fun at mentally handicapped children. It read: “The kids that ride the short bus to my nieces elementary school r the only 1s I see wearin @johncena shirts. They were jipped twice in life!”

He responded to the Twitter user who wrote the comment: “I could give two sh*ts about the tee shirt thing but I think that is the worst thing I’ve ever heard someone say. I am officially sick. RJ, say whatever u want about me…but really, that bullsh*t was way out of line. Karma works in strange ways my man.”

— Beckett announced that WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels will be featured in Topps’ upcoming Allen & Ginter autograph trading card set, comprised of everyone but baseball players.

  • sandman

    @Wildeye what are you talking about live TV that’s not live TV it twitter and if you are talking about cm punks comments that wasn’t on live TV either

  • BlahH

    Here are some highlights of CM Punk’s interview with This is a very good read.

    GQ: One of the things you said last night was that you made the WWE socially relevant, that the only times it’s socially relevant are when you’re talking and when somebody dies. Do you care to expand on that?
    C.M. Punk: I think pro wrestling—for some reason, our company doesn’t like to call it that, but that’s what it is, so that’s what I call it—it doesn’t seem to get a lot of mainstream attention until somebody dies. There’s a negative connotation to that, but Randy Savage just passed away of natural causes. The poor guy was driving his car, and he had a heart attack. I think that was the last time we got any mainstream attention. And then all eyes are on the program, to see whether they’re going to do a memorial. Are they going to forget about this guy? Are they going to pretend he didn’t contribute to their product? It’s not just the negative stuff with stupid wrestlers dying in stupid ways. Savage was all over ESPN. Local news reported it. It was a big news story. They don’t report what happens on every other “Monday Night Raw.”

    GQ: Why do you think that is?
    C.M. Punk: Pro wrestling has always been ingrained into American culture. It was one of the first things that was ever on television, so everybody watched it. Countless people tell me, “I got into wrestling because my grandfather watched it.” It was always there. No matter how much people want to pretend that they’re embarrassed by it, that they don’t watch it, everybody knows about it. It’s truly, I believe, one of the only art forms that America has actually given to the world, besides jazz and comic books. The media, no offense, likes to latch onto negative stuff. They’re not going to report that—there’s no truth to this story; I’m just using it as an example—that John Cena and his wife just had an eight-pound baby. But you’d better believe that if somebody dies, they’re going to report it.

    GQ: But when a story comes along that captures people’s imagination, like what you’re doing now, it does become relevant. How does that not happen more often?
    C.M. Punk: That is a fantastic question. I don’t have the answer. If it happened more often, it wouldn’t be as special, right? I hear a lot of people compare what I did three weeks ago to Stone Cold Steve Austin. Everyone’s just waiting for that next polarizing character. I think that’s why this worked. I’ve been saying I’m that guy for five years. Different people are afforded different opportunities. I’ve been given some awesome opportunities, and I feel that I’ve always knocked them out of the park. But I’ve always been scaled back after that. This time, the genesis of it is that I’m leaving. I’m done. I’m tired. “What are they going to do, fire me?” That’s been my attitude for months and months now. That finally resonated through the television screen. And that’s something that everyone in this economic world can 100% relate to.

    GQ: Is that parallel to Austin why you wore a Stone Cold Steve Austin T-shirt when you were delivering that promo?
    C.M. Punk: I do a lot of weird little things like that because people talk about it. I don’t think it’s any secret; I think the biggest match any wrestling company can do right now is C.M. Punk vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin. I’ve thought that since I was 15. I’m straight edge. I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. I don’t smoke. And that is the perfect protagonist or antagonist to Stone Cold Steve Austin, depending on how you want to spin it. It writes itself. You would have to try really, really hard to fuck that one up. The idea of being on television is to wear your T-shirt so people see it and maybe buy it. I had gone out previously in the night and wrestled. You throw your T-shirt on the ground, and I don’t know what the hell happens to it after that. I came to the back, and I was looking for another T-shirt. I sent somebody to go and get one, and they came back with a XXL. I was like, “I’m going to be swimming in this thing.” And it’s always creepy when you’re wearing wrestling trunks with a shirt because it doesn’t look like you’re wearing any pants. I had a Stone Cold Steve Austin shirt in my bag, and it fit me. I chuckled to myself and put it on. Am I planting seeds? I don’t know. I can’t guarantee to anybody that that match is going to happen. Do I want it to happen? Absolutely.

    GQ: In pro wrestling in general and especially with you right now, it’s hard to tell how much of what’s on TV is a storyline and how much of it is actually happening. But you’re really done with the company for now?
    C.M. Punk: How much is real? That’s 100% real. That’s not to say that there are still not negotiations. It’s not like I’m leaving and they’re like, “Good. Go fuck yourself.” I think that’s why this whole thing works. I’m not doing my job if people are like, “What you do is fake.” And literally people on the street are confused, generally, for the first time. That’s a great thing. The funny part about it is that you’re going to have your staunchest critic who says that it’s all scripted. It’s not! Dusty Rhodes told me a long time ago that the best promos come from the heart. You watch anybody who’s ever cut a meaningful promo, and it means something to them. Everything I’ve said isn’t somebody else’s words that they put on paper. They tend to hand me things like, “Here, say this,” and I’m not saying any of it. If I went out there and laid an egg, if what I did was boring TV and nobody cared and nobody was talking about it, somebody would probably be pissed off. But I went out there and seemingly turned the place on its ear, and I have yet to hear one negative thing about any of it. I don’t really think Vince McMahon cares. The bottom line is making money. I’d like to think that that’s what I did. Whether it’s real or not is almost irrelevant, but I think people can see through it and realize that yeah, this guy’s pissed off, this guy’s fed up. They can relate to that.

    GQ: Are you at all surprised at the enormity of the reaction?
    C.M. Punk: Yeah. I’d like to go out there and do that all the time, but that’s just not the case. So to actually strike that nerve is tremendous. Right after that night in Vegas, we hit the ground running. We flew to Australia the next day, and that’s a 15-hour flight, so that’s 15 hours of everybody talking about what I did. And when I landed in Australia, I wasn’t really turning my phone on because of the roaming charges. People started emailing me and texting me. Jim Rome wants me on his show, and all these ESPN people are talking about it. Bill Simmons is writing about it. I wasn’t on the nine o’clock news or anything like that, but it seems like I made it socially relevant for the first time in a very long time.

    GQ: You’ve talked a lot about your treatment within the WWE and the way the company generally runs. How could it be done better?
    C.M. Punk: A lot of the people who are in charge—and this isn’t a negative thing—are old. They have a wealth of experience, yes, but there’s no youth that’s involved in anything. The youngest people there are all performers. I don’t envy their job, trying to get inside somebody’s head and figure out who they are and what their character is. It’s a nerve-racking thing when you first get there. If you’re like me, this was your dream job; you worked 13 years to get to where you are. The normal course of action is mouth shut, eyes and ears open, not stepping on toes. But that’s how you get ahead. A squeaky wheel gets the grease. If something sucks, I’ve always been completely vocal about it, and I’ve been punished many, many times because of that. But I don’t think I’d be in the spot I’m in right now if I wasn’t me. I’ve always just been me. I don’t think we should be looking externally for talent; there’s plenty of guys and girls in house that are super-talented that we don’t do enough with. A guy like Evan Bourne, who’s a fantastic high-flyer, does the most fantastic stuff on the roster. I could go on: Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Beth Phoenix. There’s Nattie Neidhart, Tyson Kidd. Tyson Kidd is a fantastic wrestler, maybe not the greatest promo. So let’s help him. Let’s teach him to get better instead of signing someone from Europe who failed at Euro football. I could talk about this forever. Part of it is that there’s no territories; there’s no place for people to learn. And the places that people can learn aren’t the best, and they’re completely looked down upon. Like independent wrestling. It’s easy to shit on people from a great height, but it’s another thing to pull them aside and try to impart knowledge. And I’ve been on the other side of the coin where I try to help somebody out and they blow me off like they know everything.

    GQ: When you say you’ve been punished, what does the company do?
    C.M. Punk: We have dress code violations. For a while, the big thing was that people who wear suits get ahead. I’m not a suit and tie kind of guy. I wear a suit once a year, for the Hall of Fame, or if I have to go to a funeral or something. It’s just not me. And I think our travel is ridiculous enough. When we go overseas, it’s sometimes two flights to get to where we’re going, a three-hour bus ride, and then you’re in a hotel for four or five hours. You have to eat and try to work out, and you’re lugging your bags around. And you’re getting the crap beat out of you on a nightly basis. The last thing I’m worried about is wearing nice, uncomfortable shoes. I’ve never worn a dress show that’s been comfortable. I’ve always just worn dress shoes. On more than one occasion, I’ve heard that a champion should dress like a champion. But I’m a champion because of who I am. Who I am is not that guy. If everybody wears three-piece suits, everyone looks the same. When you hear “C.M. Punk,” what do you think of? I’m covered in tattoos. For a while there, I had a crazy hobo beard. And you want me to shatter that illusion I’m projecting by wearing an Armani suit? Not only am I not that guy; that doesn’t make sense business-wise for me.

    GQ: When somebody like you comes from the indies, how do you even get a shot in the company at all?
    C.M. Punk: I’m a very goal-oriented person. In 2004, I was working for [independent wrestling company] Ring of Honor. I didn’t create the place, but I’m proud to say I’m one of the guys that made it a hell of a place to work, for young guys to learn. We did a lot of awesome stuff there, and I helped out. And I was really bored. I’d done everything: Been to Japan, been to Puerto Rico, wrestled in Europe. Every company that I was ever in, I’d become their champion. And I have a very strong bond to the old school. I’m friends with a lot of legendary wrestlers that I respect, like Harley Race. I look at what they did, and what they did is so drastically different to what an independent wrestler did in 2004. Me and my friend Colt Cabana were working four days a week, which is insane and unheard of. But then you look at guys like Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair, who wrestled every day of the week, twice on Saturday, and twice on Sunday. I craved that. I always said that I was born 20 years late; I would’ve thrived in the territory days. But I was bored. I needed something new. I set the bar high: Working with the WWE. I figured out that if I went to work there then, they’d say I’m not big enough, so I kicked my own ass and got into mega-shape. I ordered my own gear. They contacted me, and I said, “Give me three months to get into shape, so when I go there, you can’t say no.” That’s what I did. In any situation, the cream rises to the top. I didn’t have an easy go of it; they hired me and sent me into their developmental system. But I’ve always worked my ass off. I’m never satisfied. It’s like that now; that’s what keeps driving me. And I think that’s how I worked here, because I don’t take no for an answer.

  • venom

    I agree that person shouldn’t have said that to Cena. But I do think that insult was more towards Cena then the handicapped kid.

  • Wildeye

    I am a true believer of speaking your mind but there is a time and place for it. Live tv is not one. Yes certain people would take offense to it and it looks bad for the company. As for the Twitter thing Cena had a right to be pissed off. I do agree that he shouldnt have responded but again there is a time and place. you want to make fun of people dont do it where the world can see it.

  • keylo

    Well at least he didnt say what the former England football manager Glenn Hoddle said, as he had a controversial belief that the handicapped/disabled are being punished for sins in a former life.

  • Chryogenos

    Don’t blame Cena, You assholes, Cena is right, get out of character, what the fuck is wrong with that user…

  • Logan

    On Colt’s site now, I went to the merch section and the “Hey Colt Cabana” T-shirt comes with a FREE Scotty Goldman autographed pic. Fuckin’ hilarious.

  • M.O.P.

    @CC FUCK OFF from W-E and go on or some shit, your waste of space here

  • bloodstone

    @cheesehandler chill out retared fag there now i feel better

  • peep it

    You know he was better off not responding to the fucking post from the tweeter. Thats EXACTLY what the person wanted was a response and you know what he got it. As much as however you look at the comment made but the original poster “tweeter” the best answer would have been NOTHING.

  • Digger

    Whoa, it’s really not that bad. Why do people always over re-act and make everything a bigger deal than it has to be. Just like the Punk homo comment it’s always the idiots out there that “get offended” and make it into the hateful or hurtful comments that they believe it is. Cena himself has used shortbus comments in promos, hes implied people are dumb, get the sticks removed from your protentious arseholds and grow up.

  • Bill

    Cheesehandler, in that case you’re right…. haha. But still, would you make fun of handicapped or “special” people on twitter? Yes, the jokes on Family Guy are hilarious, but in the end, it’s not good to say stuff like that… especially about kids. Come on, at least don’t make fun of the kids. Jeez, now I sound like John Cena… haha. Your right about freedom of speech, though. Everyone just has to be careful.

  • The Phenomenal

    As someone else said on here before. A sexual preference and children born with a severe handicap. There is a bit of a big difference there.

  • kpnuttzlol

    @Cena….Well your name says enough. And I never said that everyone has to like the idea of homosexuality, I just merely stated it’s rich of Cena to criticise others for how they are born yet he’s so defensive in other instances.

    And having an opinion doesn’t necessarily mean I was acting *gay*. You have one (a bad one at that) so does that make you gay? Well if he doesn’t hate gays then care to explain why G.L.A.D got involved and an apology was issued. It obviously wasn’t meant as a compliment *SMH*


    Power to the ASSHOLES! I know Im one cause I HATE!

  • Sam

    I agree 100% with you

  • The Phenomenal


    Twitter is social site like mostly any other…A lot of wrestlers Probably ones you like too I’d imagine, since you are on a wrestling news site. Have a twitter. Including everyones favorite “The Rock” and Randy Orton.

  • cheesehandler

    hahaa….this country was founded BY people that were “BEING AN ASS”

  • VenomEX

    wait…cena has twitter? what is he…a 12 year old girl?

  • Devil_Rising

    Real wrestling fans SHOULD order MITB, just so that it gets a big buyrate, and WWE sees that CM Punk makes them money, as well as the fact that, as Cabana said in an interview, WWE might get the hint that a lot of fans want something different out of WWE than the same crap they’ve been shoving down our throats for the last several years.

    Just the same as I ordered the Destination X PPV, even though I am NOT in any way a TNA fan, I wanted to show TNA that they should bring back the X Division full force and make it mean something again, and that they should SIGN guys like Low Ki and Jack Evens etc., because they are great young wrestlers who deserve an audience (instead of old hat like Sting and Kurt Angle and Jeff Hardy).

  • Me

    Bill is 100% right. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom to be an ass.

  • The Phenomenal


    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Just because you CAN say something, Doesn’t mean you should. So we have the right to feel a certain way about that, and by the way Cheesehandler, calling everyone “Children” like you’re smarter than us. Makes you come off as a douche. Not a great way to get a point across.

  • Bill

    @cheesehandler, yes. That guy could’ve said whatever he wanted, but it’s morally wrong to to so. That’s why Cena got mad. Yes, I can go up to an old lady & call her a bitch, but is it morally right to do so? No.

  • cheesehandler

    FIRST AND FOREMOST!!!! who gives a fuck what the guy said. in this country you have the right to say whatever you feel no matter how hurtful it may be….there is no censoring that. secondly, i am all for equal opportunity. if a black guy can call another black guy a “nigga” then any damn person can. if a gay calls another gay a gay then you can rest assured im calling him gay. you got a problem with anyone saying whatever they want…then take your ass to saudi arabia and see how you feel about NOT speaking your mind!

    ok children, now bash me for speaking my mind!!

  • Adrian

    Wow…Anyone who laughs at this kind of “humor” (I use that word very lightly) should be shot in the face. End of.

  • sam

    you are being pretty offensive now by calling robinson handicaped like its a bad thing
    choose your words wisely

    p.s. i also think that is the funniest thing i’ve heard in a long time, thank you to whoever wrote that on twitter you just nmade my day

  • cena

    kpnuttzlol.. gay jokes are still funny, just like catholic priest jokes. there’s a reason gay marriage isn’t legal in most states, because over half the voters in this country wouldn’t buy it. in fact, of the 7 states it’s legal, most were by the courts or congress. i cant name one that wasn’t. so stop being gay, and accept that calling someone gay doesn’t mean cena hates gays and you can’t force someone to agree with homosexuality either.

  • Joshua

    You’re talking about people’s sexual preference. compared to a child having a serious handicap. That’s a pretty huge difference there. Just saying.

  • Elizabeth

    Robinson your handicaped for thinkin its funny people are assholes

  • higny

    cena has heard nothing worse? he probably said worse when he was a “thug”

  • kpnuttzlol

    The comment was out of line and Cena can’t be blamed for being upset regarding the remark. But it’s funny how its wrong for someone to make a remark about a handicapped child yet he made a remark about homosexuals on Raw live in front of everyone. Needless to say he isn’t the greatest role model.

  • Robinson

    I think it was very funny. Jesus people need to lighten ip, o didn’t hear this many people being upset when cm punk made those homo comments and that’s worse bc retardes cannot understand it. So chill they guy was joking. Where were all of you when dave chapelle was making fun of all races I didn’t see anybody have a problem with but dave chapelle.

  • Joshua


    Oh please. Nobody is saying being mentally handicapped is a good thing, But it’s truly sick when someone tries making a joke at the expense of those that are handicapped. He said “They are the only ones he sees wearing the shirts” Pretty much saying they are the only ones dumb enough. And then joking about “They were jipped twice” because of being handicapped and then getting Cena’s shirt which he thinks is a rip off because it’s a cena shirt. You know as well as anyone else (Or you should) how the guy meant that joke. And it was a total prick thing to joke about.

  • CC

    Come off it, if thats the worse thing that Cena has ever heard, then he has had a very sheltered life. In fact, its not even insulting to handicapped or mentally handicapped people.
    Some people need to get a grip as all it says is that they are the only people wearing the shirts (whats insulting about that) and that they have been jipped in life (which is true), or are we trying to say that having any form of handicap is a good thing?

  • Joshua

    Complete dick thing to say, Definitely agree with Cena on this one.

  • Omar

    Cant fault JC fo going mad on that.