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CM Punk Feels Handcuffed Vs. The Undertaker At WrestleMania 29

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.

It isn’t that big of a secret that Punk is unhappy with his role in WrestleMania 29. Check out Twitter over the last couple of weeks on RAW when Punk is on. Most observers in and out of the pro wrestling business all seem to remark that Punk’s promos aren’t nearly as spirited as usual. One former WWE star remarked on Monday night that Punk is talking like “he’s doing the job.” Well it would appear everyone is right and CM Punk is not a happy man.

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.

Let’s be honest. The Undertaker is not nearly what he was. He looked old and hobbled just walking down the ramp on Monday night. At the same time he deserves a little more respect than his opponent telling the media that he is handcuffed wrestling him.

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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