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CM Punk says WWE wasn’t his original goal, why he joined WWE, what makes MMA great

UFC welterweight and former WWE Champion CM Punk was recently a guest on Windy City Live to talk about his professional wrestling career and the transition into mixed martial arts (MMA). Here are the highlights:

On when his desire to be a WWE Superstar began:

“I’m not sure. Obviously, I watched WWF as a kid, but when I made the conscious decision – WWF was never the end goal. I romanticized about Japanese wrestling. There was two companies in Japan, it was called All Japan and New Japan, and that was my thing. I was more about going over there and being a star over there, then coming home and just being completely – you can walk down the street and nobody knows you. That was my style, I liked it. But I worked so long and hard at it that it became so boring, it became the last frontier was WWE. I had to go see if I could conquer that so I gave it a shot.”

On fighting being tough:

“It’s all tough. I was a wrestler throwing myself to the ground 300 days a year, now I’m more focused on different disciplines and I get to sleep in my own bed every night.

“Isn’t that great though? To me, there’s something so romantic about that. You walk into a cage and there’s a winner and a loser. People can make excuses but at the end of the day, there’s a winner and a loser. I think in this world, because in my opinion you only get one time around, if you’re scared of something I think it’s best to face it head on. I’m comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

(quotes via Wrestling Inc.)


  • Kristopher Robinson

    As much as I am not a Punk fan on a human level, he could easily go with anybody on this roster or any professional wrestling roster for that matter.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Did I say anything bad about him leaving?

  • Keith Learmonth

    Honestly
    Punk left because he didn’t want to be there. Imagine going out there, doing your job, trying to entertain people, and having them chant the name of a guy who quit because he couldn’t handle it, instead of paying attention to what you’re doing?

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Sometimes I think he talk a lot of bull crap. I don’t understand the chat name he get with some of the WWE fans in the wrestling arenas. He not coming back an I doubt he could really hang with some of the wrestlers in the WWE today.

  • Buzzkiller73

    Probably get knocked out there too. HA!!

  • jgdjgdklj

    Wish he would just wrestle for New Japan then :