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CM Punk Talks Hulk Hogan Controversy, WWE Return, and UFC Training

CM Punk is no stranger to controversy, especially when it comes to taking heat from the political correctness police. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that Punk was asked about Hulk Hogan’s recent controversy although the answer may be a bit of a shocker.

Punk is now a year and a half removed from the WWE, yet he will always be associated with the company and pro wrestling. Punk was recently asked about a couple of pro wrestling topics, including his reaction to fans waiting for him to return to wrestling and a guy that Punk has been outspoken of in the past, Hulk Hogan.

Punk was asked about the recent Hulk Hogan controversy and racist comments made on tape.

I don’t really have a comment on it. Like I said, though, stuff that you say can come back and bite you in the ass. Everybody gets what they deserve in the world. Hopefully he issued a sincere apology and we can all move on from it.
We all have said stupid things, and I don’t think you should judge somebody on what they said a long time ago. But some of the stuff is harsher than other things. It is what it is.

Most probably would have expected Punk to come out strongly against Hogan, especially after Punk ripped Hogan on Twitter for being a Chicago Blackhawks bandwagon jumper a few months ago. I wasn’t. Don’t forget that Punk was caught up in his own controversy regarding remarks just a few years ago. Punk took a ton of heat for homophobic remarks he made to a fan at a WWE event. Punk was never suspended and everyone moved on to the point where most people don’t even remember the incident today. Thus it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Punk’s reaction to this would be more or less to move on.

On whether it aggravates him when he is asked about a potential return to pro wrestling and the WWE.

Yes and no. It irks me a little bit because I think it’s the same people that are asking it. But at the same time you have to roll with the punches because it comes with the territory. It’s probably what I’m most known for, and there are fans out there that miss me in that venue. I am not one to draw in the past and I’m sailing on.

The “We want Punk” chants have died down quite a bit in recent months and I think fans have finally resolved themselves to accepting Punk is not coming back. Punk has never minced words and has made it clear from day one that he was done and wasn’t coming back. Yet pro wrestling fans are so conditioned to seeing guys quit or retire only to come back a short time later. I still wouldn’t close the door on Punk wrestling ever again. I highly doubt it will ever be in a WWE ring. However, for a guy that loved pro wrestling so much it wouldn’t shock me to see him pop up at an independent show sometime down the road and work an unadvertised match. Who would blame him? You have to give the guy credit for controlling his own destiny here whether he comes back or not.

Punk was also asked about his UFC training and how he felt he was progressing as a professional MMA fighter.

Well, I’m my own worst critic. I always want to be better than I am, and you can apply that to any aspect in my life. I want to be a better husband, better comic-book writer and better mixed martial artist. I am right where I need to be. I am keeping up with everybody, and that’s a tough task with all those “killers” in that gym.

Check out the entire interview, which includes thoughts on a recent text message Punk received from Daniel Bryan over at RedEyeChicago.com.

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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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