The longest reigning WWE Champion of the modern era, CM Punk, was recently a guest on The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast. During the interview, Punk talked about owning the name “CM Punk”, keeping in touch with some of his friends who are in WWE, and what the thought of a WWE return feels like to him.
On owning the name “CM Punk” and how other wrestlers should take a page out of his book and do the same.
“Oh yeah, I own my name. I think a lot of young guys now, in the [professional] wrestling industry can take a page out of my book and you can say ‘no’ to people. They might not like it, but I was, somehow, I was CM Punk when I was 15 years old, wrestling in backyards in Mokena, Illinois, so I don’t know how it lasted this long. I don’t know how it lasted this long. I don’t know why. But, yeah, that’s what we’re going with.”
On keeping in touch with some of his friends from WWE and what the thought of returning to WWE is like.
“There [are] individuals that you see on a daily basis that, one day, I just stopped seeing. There’s a quote in the movie Stand By Me, ‘friends go in and out of your life like the busboy at your local diner’ and that’s kind of life. Screws fall in and fall out and I’ve kept in touch with some genuine folks from there and there are some that, if I run into at an airport, I’d probably hug and say, ‘hey, how are you doing?’ and catch up real quick. But, yeah, there [are] definitely people and situations, those are memories. Those are all good memories, but the thought of going back there is like the thought of going to summer school. It’s like, you have nightmares about it.”
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