CM Punk would like you all to completely forget about his career as WWE superstar and focus on his career as a fight-less UFC fighter…especially when it comes to promoting his still-yet unsigned first MMA fight.
CM Punk is either on his way to becoming the greatest heel in UFC history or is feeling the pressure. Punk has become something of a loose cannon when doing media interviews, especially when the acronym WWE comes up. Unfortunately for Complex.com reporter Kevin Wong, he happened to get Punk on the wrong day.
A recent interview with Punk did not go well. As a matter of a fact, it got a bit confrontational, especially when the reporter brought up the WWE. Punk seemed ready to throw down for his first fight, not with a UFC fighter of course. Punk was asked about potentially returning to the WWE.
“I don’t feel like fielding questions about it [WWE],” says Punk. “I’ve been there, I’ve done that, and I’ve accomplished everything I was going to.
And things started getting testy from there. I’d recommend reading the entire interview to grasp Punk’s anger and dismissive attitude. But, the tension finally peaked when Punk was asked about making the transition from pro wrestling to MMA. This legitimate question hit a nerve with Punk.
“I get this question a lot, and it’s like you guys think I’m an idiot. Like I didn’t know MMA wasn’t pre-determined or something like that,” says Punk. After a pause, he gives me side-eye. “Have you ever tweeted at me, ‘Hey, do you know what you’re getting into?’”
“I never have.”
“Okay. It sounds like you might have.”
“I don’t mean to put you on the defensive…”
“I’m not on the defensive. Your question is insulting. You’re asking me if I know the difference between the WWE and the UFC?”
“That’s not what I’m asking.”
“That’s exactly what you’re asking.” When he’s asked how he might respond to fans who question his motives for going into MMA, wonder if it is a publicity stunt, or wonder if he’s ever going to fight, he pushes back again. Now, he’s no longer smiling.
“You say my fans say that? You’re mistaken. My fans do not say that. I wouldn’t say anything to them [my critics]. I don’t justify stupidity with an answer. I don’t give a sh*t what anybody thinks of me, whether I’m going to fight or not. I know what I’m going to do.
“If I did anything in my life based on someone’s negative opinion on me, I would never f*cking leave my house. My fans are people who don’t tweet negative shit at me.”
The interview ends shortly thereafter. The reporter then describes the awkward scene following the interview.
“He expresses resentment, pointing towards the recorder near the end of the interview, nervous that I’ll edit the tape, and run a hatchet job on him. One can empathize with the sentiment. Punk gets up, shakes my hand, and gives me a pat on the back. His handler motions for Punk to come with him, and I’m escorted in the opposite direction. I’m told later that Punk has no interest in talking to me ever again.”
The irony of a guy getting signed to a UFC contract with no MMA fighting experience simply off his WWE career, refusing to acknowledge his past with the WWE is just fascinating to me. Whether Punk was having a bad day or not, it’s simply unprofessional and quite frankly a bad representation of the UFC to continue having these temper tantrums with select reporters when asked about the WWE.
Even more fascinating is seeing how this will all play out in the end.