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- WWE Champion CM Punk spoke with The Chicago Tribune to promote WrestleMania 28. Here are some highlights:

His relationship with Vince McMahon:
“(We) have a lot more one-on-one conversations. I wont say he takes the time to talk to me now, because he always did, but I think he views me differently now. He used to view me as maybe talking to a boy. Now he thinks he’s talking to a man after I stood up and did everything I did over the summer. I always thought I was a main event player. The difference is now he knows I’m a main event player.”

Having no relationship with The Rock:
“I don’t think I have a realtionship with The Rock. Over the past few weeks, it’s been better. Probably because I’ve been outspoken (about him) in the media. Of course, everything gets sensationalized and twisted. I don’t hate The Rock or fault him for coming back. I just think heaping credit on The Rock for ratings, buyrates – that’s where I get offended. It’s a team effort 365 days a year. Me and the entire locker room bust our (butts) and all our super stoked. Give credit where credit is due. Wrestlemania had a huge buyrate last year, not because of one guy. The numbers out there prove he hasn’t done much else, like the Survivor Series buyrate.”

Wrestling websites:
“I think you have to (read them). Anybody who dismisses it — that’s (crap). You have to have your fingers on the pulse of everything. You have to read it.”

A possible movie career:
“(WWE) offered me a movie when I first told them I wasn’t re-signing. I immediately turned it down. They probably figured I would jump at a movie because I’m not a movie star. That’s not to say that if the right thing doesn’t come along, I won’t do it. That’s not my priority. … I think WWE films signed on three new movies. I’m sure one of them is probably slated to be a CM Punk vehicle. I haven’t heard anything yet. Nothing is set in stone. Take that for what it’s worth. I think I would love to do a movie if it’s the right project. I’m not going to be in ‘The Marine 3′ just because they offered it to me. If it’s something good, I’ll do it. I’d love to do it – as long as it doesn’t interfere with my wrestling schedule.”

  • WWEPhenom

    He got the Numbers from Hulk Hogan! =D

  • Jon-Jon

    @ Jason

    Where in the blue hell do you get your numbers from? I’m not saying they’re false, but there’s certainly no proof around here to back ‘em up.

  • Flip

    @Jason
    That was surprisingly unbiased. Are you sick or something?

  • WWEPhenom

    @Jason, please get your facts right, Wrestlemania 23 is the Number 1 wwe Buyrate, and last years is second on that list.

  • b c Mitchell

    Ramses2 its whole not hole, so not sow, and you’re not your. Plus if Punk does end up as another Hogan that isn’t an altogether bad thing. He’d end his career as a millionaire pop culture megastar. As long as his wife doesn’t go trolling high school proms for dates he should be fine

  • sidestep

    i might be one of a few but i always wanted to see austin vs hogan at wm 18 i know the match wouldn’t have been the best but the fact that austin and hogan are the two biggest stars the wwf/e and probably wrestling as a whole has ever seen both just ahead of the rock and then you’ve probably got cena and taker as distant 4th and 5th’s.

  • Jason

    Nothing will top the Wrestlemania 3, 17 and 18 buy rate. Those three each had over 1.5 million buy rates. No way in 2012 will that be matched.

    Guess who drew the most in two of those mania’s? Hogan

    Guess which one was the highest grossing Mania? Wrestlemaina 3 with a 1.8 million buy rate.

    On the other hand Rock was also apart of back to back top drawing Mania’s via Wrestlemaina 17 and 18. 17 having 1.6 million buys and 18 having just over 1.5 million buys.

  • RAMSES 2

    AM BEGINNIG TO GET BORED OF PUNK AND HIS HOLE SPEECH OF THE ROCK, THE ROCK HASNT RESPOND BECAUSE HE DOSENT GIVE A SHIT!!! SOW TRY TO FOCUS ON YOUR MATCH WITH JERICHO AND USE THE MEDIA TO FOLLOW THE STORYLINE , NOT TO BE A LITTLE BITCH!!! IN 10 YEARS YOUR GOING TO BE A NASH,HOGAN,ONE BITTER MOTHER FUCKER!!!!!
    P.S
    YOUR GOOD WRESTLER, BUT NOT THAT GOOD ZIGGLER,DANIEL AND EVEN TYSON KIDD ARE WAY BETTER!!!

  • Bill

    Punk is right. WWE buy rates are a team effort. Survivor Series had several poorly built maches. We wanted Ryder vs. Ziggler in Long Island, but instead, John Morrison got a match at the last second. As for WM 27, we had Undertaker vs. Triple H, a good match in Punk vs. Orton, & the Rock & the WWE title match. If Rock showed up at December To Dismember, it still wouldn’t have gotten a huge buyrate.

  • “Bad Man” Bigelow

    I don’t think anybody is disputing that it’s a team effort, but Punk has to know that Wrestlemania would not be the highest grossest ever (which in no doubt will be this year) if not for the Rock. If Austin wrestles next year, Wrestlemania 29 will probably top this one, in terms of buyrate (and Austin would be the biggest reason why).

  • Ant

    u both are idiots foreal the guy didnt say anything bad at all dumb asses

  • ogitchida

    CM Punk has got a tiny brain, always letting such little matters fuck with his mind all the time….. than he says stupid shit…

  • Splash

    Sour grapes much Punk? Worry more about becoming Cena/Otron 2.0 in a few years rather then The Rock getting majority of the credit.

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