– CM Punk spoke with NZGamer.com while in Australia last month. Here are some highlights from the website:
You’ve had the spotlight cast on you in a big way in the past few months; with the reaction to your recent storyline on WWE, do you think we’ll start seeing some more real life elements coming through on WWE television?
I hope so. I think some guys are good at it and some guys aren’t, and with me it’s never really been about that. I’m not really a character; I’m not an astronaut, I’m not an evil foreign menace – I’m not trying to be something I’m not. I’m a straight edge kid from Chicago, and we can spin that in different ways, in different situations but what it boils down to [is that] I’m not really trying to be like a cartoon character, so I’m definitely more, I guess, reality-based as you’d expect.
Which other superstars do you think we should be keeping an eye on? Who’s going to be the “next big thing”?
Oh boy, it’s really hard to pick who the next big thing is and I don’t really like saying “the next big thing”. I think we’ve got a lot of great young talent – me being one of them you know. I think Randy Orton hasn’t hit his peak yet, I think John Cena hasn’t hit his stride yet, but as far as like talent that doesn’t get their fair shake, you’ve got Zack Ryder, I think Dolph Ziggler will eventually come into his own in a couple of years.
Then there’s guys that are down in developmental territories that are still getting [ready]. They’re still working to even show their face on TV, so there’s a lot of guys and girls out there. I always put over Beth Phoenix and Nattie Neidhart (Natalya) because they are pretty much the only girls in the WWE that didn’t start off as models;they’re wrestlers first, and they’re wrestlers just like me – so I have much love for those two girls.