“It’s great that Rock is back. Anybody in the locker room that says it doesn’t piss them off, that he works however many days a year he works when we’re working 300 days a year, something ridiculous, they’re kidding themselves; they’re scared to say it.” – CM Punk
In a strange twist of irony it took a former WWE announcer to ask CM Punk the question that most of his critics wanted answered. Punk was asked about the hypocrisy of signing with the UFC in relation to things Punk has said in the past about WWE superstars and either Punk thinks we are all idiots or he truly is living in a delusional world.
“I have no personal problems against Dwayne. It’s very frustrating being here and watch a guy come in and get credit for a WrestleMania buyrate when he didn’t do anything on the show. He certainly didn’t do anything entertaining.”
That was nothing. Punk ripped Rock and others repeatedly for coming into the WWE, not doing house shows, and taking someone’s spot in the main-event. Punk even took a shot at Brock Lesnar in a recent podcast interview where he said that he told Vince Brock should do house shows. The irony of Punk’s situation is amazing considering all he has said in the last several years.
Now we have a situation where Punk is signed to a UFC contract with no amateur sports pedigree nor MMA fighting experience simply because he is CM Punk. No matter how you look at it, this is the same idea as Rock stealing someone’s spot as Punk is stealing someone’s spot. Punk paid no dues and if you think this isn’t lost on UFC fighters, just ask Jon Jones.
“At the same time it would be a bad thing only because every day I’m at the gym watching these kids training. These guys have no money and they’re training their tails off, giving up everything to be a fighter.
(These guys are) living in the gym, eating turkey and peanut butter, bare minimum to chase this dream, and then a superstar like (Punk) just gets to jump into the UFC just because he knows the right people and has a name.
I just think it’s unfair for the people who have been working their tails off to earn this opportunity. That’s why I really hope UFC gives him a real opponent, so we can watch him get knocked out.”
So Todd Grisham of all people was the first to put Punk on the spot about this criticism. Punk was asked about this hypocrisy but in the world of CM Punk, this is completely different.
“The irony of the situation is certainly not lost on me and I accept all the responsibility in the world for that. But there’s also so many differences. UFC employees thousands of fighters. I look at it more as I’m not taking a spot away from somebody, I’m allowing somebody to gain that spot because whoever fights me, they’re going to make a nice chunk of change I like to think. I think that’s a good opportunity for someone else too. There’s a myriad of other differences and if I wasn’t willing to put in the work and actually train and just fight tomorrow, I could see the parallels more.”
Where do I begin? For starters, the UFC does not have thousands of fighters under contract. Last I checked there were a little over 550 fighters under contract. While a lot more than the WWE, that is a far cry from “thousands.” The best part of this is that he defends this by saying he will be bringing more money to another fighter, which is correct. I find that defense ironic because for the three years, that is exactly what The Rock did when he came back to wrestle or appear on pay-per-views. I never understood why Punk was so upset about Rock coming back when Rock vs. Cena broke WrestleMania records, thus put more money in Punk’s pockets than he would have gotten without Rock.
Look I have been accused of ripping Punk a little too much lately on here but the reality is this. All I am doing here and in other blogs is taking Punk’s own words and relating it to the current situation. I am not making this stuff up nor am I on some vendetta. I have also said that Punk desperately needs a media coach and this is another case. I can’t help but think that Punk had to be prepared to answer this question at some point and if that was the best he could come up with, the guy needs some assistance from someone in a high-level public relations firm.
The circus continues…