CM Punk has never been known for playing the company line in media interviews. But his latest interview regarding his WrestleMania 29 match with The Undertaker is a bit surprising. Punk tells IGN.com that he feels handcuffed in his match and isn’t that happy with the angle.
Punk talked about the match with The Undertaker to IGN.com. Punk expects a great match but is quick to tell you that he needs help with this opponent.
“I expect the best from myself, no more no less,” he said. “I don’t know what anybody else expects from this match given [Undertaker's] year away from the ring and possibly his physical condition. Or the fact that I don’t have a Hell in a Cell or all these different kinds of stipulations, like No Disqualification, to work with. But I like it when they handcuff me.”
Wow! I am not saying he is wrong but I think that is a huge slap in the face and a big sign of disrespect to The Undertaker. He may be right but to bring it up in the media is a whole other story. I don’t know what their relationship is today but they certainly had heat a few years back. It is no surprise after seeing this quote that Punk is reportedly at odds with WWE Creative and is not even booked on Extreme Rules following WrestleMania.
Punk does go on to say that he expects a great match, but is also quick to tell you that it won’t be at the level of The Undertaker’s last few Mania bouts with Shawn Michaels and Triple H. Punk also says in the interview that he wouldn’t want to see the streak broken. He’s doing a heck of a job selling his match.
I read this and immediately thought of a recent interview with Chris Jericho. Jericho was recently asked about wrestling Fandango at WrestleMania. Jericho said that he was upset at first when the match was booked but then looked at it as a challenge. Jericho said that he was confident he could have a good match with Fandango and was actually looking forward to it. Quite different than telling the media that he is going into the match handcuffed.