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CM Punk Talks Randy Savage, Having the Support of Wrestling Legends & More

– WWE Champion CM Punk spoke with this week. Here are some highlights:

You seem to be cognizant of wrestling history. For example, after Macho Man Randy Savage’s death, you wore tights designed like his and performed his elbow drop. Why is the past so important to you?

Like they say, if you don’t remember the past you’re doomed to repeat it. Not that repeating pro wrestling’s past would be such a horrible thing; there were certain aspects that were a lot cooler back then. When I was a kid, Macho Man was the shit. When he passed away I just felt the need to do something. So I had some classic WrestleMania III Macho Man tights made and I wore them, thinking that maybe someone who didn’t know who he is would hear people talking about him and check him out. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Macho Man. He is cooler than anyone around today, myself included.

Leading up to your championship you were portrayed as an outsider and an underdog. You’ve talked about how you weren’t marketed correctly or enough. Now that you have been crowned champion, can you still make that claim?

Not without adding some sort of severe backlash from people. It’s hard to say you’re an underdog when you’re the champ. There are still people who are crossing their fingers waiting to see me fail. This industry has always been about image, and I don’t fit that image. I’m the one standing up and saying, “So what?” I’m the best wrestler in the world, and that is what this is about. Who cares if I don’t look like you want me to? That’s something I’ve been dealing with my entire life.

What’s it like to wrestle alongside or against the same guys you idolized as a kid?

I wrestled independently for a very long time and wrestled guys like Dusty Rhodes, Terry Funk, and Ricky Steamboat, so that stuff blows my mind. I met Mick Foley in 2003 and he said, “I think you’re awesome and you need to be in WWE.” Mick’s been waving the CM Punk flag for damn near a decade. Having these old-school guys have my back, having Dusty and Terry Funk telling me that I’m the man after wrestling in front of 500 people in Philadelphia—to me that’s bigger and better than any paycheck I’ll ever get. That’s validation from people who are as close to being my heroes as you can get.

  • jigsaw

    the way i see it is that everybody hates cena yet years ago he was the fresh face in the wwe & now people hate the direction the charecter has taken, now people are enjoying the fact cm punk is taking things in a new direction which seems fresh & new but give him a year or 2 & people won’t be singing cm punks praises.

    we wrestling fans are a fickled bunch we enjoy a charecter for a while but when we get tired of the charecter we instantly want something new & better.

  • jigsaw

    nah punk isnt stale he is quite frankly an innovator.

  • heyfit

    ofcourse punk hasnt gotten stale he never ever could, cena is stale ofcourse!! cena is the worst of the worst, cant even wrestle.

    punk is amazing, has bundles of talen and deffinitly not stale!

  • Just Dave

    who care’s if Punk has cut the best promos in the last 3 years… have you watched the complete crap thats being churned out for the last 5+. Take a cat, swing it around by the tail and crap on its head and its still alot better than any of the ‘promos’ they do. Being the best of the last 3 years is like winning a gold medal in the special olympics… ur still a reta…………(i think u can figure where its going)

  • Punk Fan 01-012

    punk’s gotten stale. . . .shut up.

  • JK

    I’d turn Jack Swagger and The Miz face while having a returning Rey Mysterio stay on Raw. Part of me doesn’t want to see Punk turn heel so soon after going face though. He just works better as a heel. If Jericho is staying around it would be cool to see those two do a double turn as Jericho needs a fresh change although he hates playing a face.

  • True Hate

    wwe hasn’t gotten stale. its rotten. it’s been that way for years.

  • CAYK

    There are no faces to fight a heel Punk though.

  • JK

    We need heel Punk back. He’s alright as a face but does get boring after a while. I’ll be interested to see what his character morphs into when they do decide to turn him.

  • Leon

    @HighVoltage101 Why the hell would you say that. CM Punk has been cutting the best promo’s in the last 3 years. If anything you should say the rest of the wwe is getting stale not CM Punk.

  • TheRealChicagoMadePunk

    Ur mom has gotten stale too. But its lent. So I’ll giver her a pass.

  • HighVoltage101

    CM Punk has gotten stale. Sad.