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CM Punk Talks About If Lawler’s Heart Attack Was Exploited, Undertaker’s Longevity and More

As noted earlier, The Nerdist is featuring an interview with CM Punk. Here are some highlights from the interview.

Jerry Lawler’s heart attack and if it was exploited: “Lawler ran Memphis for years and years and years. If this was still Memphis, if we weren’t PG, I would have been claiming I killed Jerry Lawler with a heart punch. He would have been all over that and we would have built for some big CM Punk – Jerry Lawler cage match or something like that.

“People nowadays think that we exploited the heart attack. Yeah, of course we did, look [at] what we do.”

What the line is for what’s acceptable in a storyline: “That was a serious deal, I mean the guy did have a heart attack at ringside doing commentary right after I got done wrestling him… Everybody thought that was it, that was the last we were going to see of him. If it was a planned thing, I don’t think anything’s too silly. I think that if you don’t plan on going too far in a lot of ways in life, then you’re not going to go far.”

If you have to keep turning heel and babyface to stay fresh: “You have to evolve, it’s just evolution of your character. I don’t think there’s been anybody who’s been on TV doing the same thing for a sustainable amount of years. I think the average career in WWE is like three years maybe? There’s a big turnaround.

“The guys who I think make it to the top and stay there are the ones who constantly evolve their character, and it’s not necessarily flipping from good to bad. There’s just changes, you know what I mean? The perfect example would be a guy like The Undertaker. He was like this total cartoon character when he started, he was essentially a zombie, that was the whole reason why I thought he was cool. He’s been here for over 20 years, he couldn’t have been that same guy that debuted in 1991 or whatever for 20 years. He evolved… You gotta evolve.”

  • Stumpy

    I don’t always agree with Punk’s views but you gotta love it when he speaks his mind and tells it like it is.

    “I think that if you don’t plan on going too far in a lot of ways in life, then you’re not going to go far.”

    Very well said.

  • Territories

    CM Punk is doing the same moves and looks the same and sounds the same from day one!!! So lame he is midget and so damn boring damn didnt think anyone would make me miss Cena as champion!

  • Buttercastle

    Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston….. I sure there’s a few others

  • paul s

    World seller = WORST SELLER

  • paul s

    I hate cena. He is boring. Gosh darn mother flipping boring. I ducking hate whenhe does his pg rantsincluding awful lines like gosh darn flipping mother Hubbard. I hate how he is the world seller ever. I hate howheis
    Constantly in my fucking face onTv whentheres tonnes more
    Talent than him. To thepeoplewho like him, he has beenover exposed to hulkhogan proportions. That’s why u like him – because the wwe is TELLING u to like him. Idiots. True stars are the ones who take their paths in their own hands despite being held back – Austin, punk, Michael’s, Bret ( yes they were in the land of the giants remember. No onewanted themto get over- they just did it) rock, list goes on. Cena has had his fame and fortune handed to him. Sure he shows up and doesn’t miss much action, but not many wrestlers do in general anyway. Grade a ass kiss and the biggest fake cheesey bastard smile ive ever seen

  • Jeremy

    The only thing Cena has evolved are the colors for his fruit pebble tshirts and his lame promos. His moveset and dorkiness havent evolved at all

  • xXx

    no, no, cena did evolve besides the rapper>marine>HLR dude..

    he evolved via his t-shirts~

  • Robinson

    Cena hasn’t evolved since wrestlmainia 20 and that’s a fact!!!!!

  • poko

    I agree with Punk about the Lawler deal. If Jerry had no problem with it, then I certainly don’t. I’m not going to be offended for the sake of someone who wasn’t offended themselves. Heels are supposed to be callous and cruel, it’s kind of what they do. To be honest, heels now are a lot less mean than they used to be, which makes me wonder how many people really want ‘PG’ to go away when they get mad over something that would have been par for the course 10, 15, or 20 years ago.

  • One

    Cena went from a rapping white boy to a marine loving good guy to the whole hustle loyalty and respect thing. He has evolved just like Punk said it’s not necessarily flipping from good to bad.

  • TheSheepDog

    may aswell have said im looking at you cena lol, but cena does evolve, i mean his t shirt colour changes…at least and one kind of hurracarana at TLC lol, thats the most difference we will likely see.

  • WOW

    explain John Cena then Punk