CM Punk Interview: Not Looking To Top Taker’s Matches With HBK, Part Time Stars Getting Top Spots

WWE superstar was interviewed by Mark Madden this week on Pittsburgh’s 105.9 the X radio station to promote his upcoming match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29. Among the topics discussed were:

  • His strategy heading into WrestleMania & how to make the Undertaker seem vulnerable
  • Whether not needing the WWE title to be popular being a blessing or a curse
  • The “Ric Flair dynamic” of getting cheered as a Heel
  • His primary goal during his 434 day title reign
  • Being a great talker, being aligned with another great talker in Paul Heyman and avoiding overkill
  • If He Gets to slow down and enjoy that he’s one of the top guys in WWE
  • Not wanting to be a “Lifer” in WWE

Here are some highlights of what CM Punk said about:

His Match With The Undertaker:

“Everyone is expecting me to try to top the Shawn Michaels matches. But that’s not my goal. My goal is to make this the best that the situation allows me to make it. There’s a chance it could be better than those matches, but that’s not my goal. This isn’t one of those ‘workrate matches.’ I like my pro wrestling when it’s pissed off and angry. I don’t like it when it’s just two dudes going out there and, ya know, just wrestling. I made him mad, I got under his skin, and I got under his skin. Hopefully it’s going to be emotional and psychological.”

Whether He’s Been Able To Enjoy His Run At The Top Of WWE:

“I’m way too busy doing it. I think I put too much stock in being the last match at WrestleMania, so I’m way too angry about not being the the last match. This is real life. I put too much pressure on myself. I certainly don’t enjoy certain aspects. I don’t enjoy ‘the ride,’ so to speak.”

Part-Time Wrestlers Getting The Top Spots In WWE:

“I’m the only guy who says this – ya know, Miz will go out there and be like, ‘It’s great having these guys back!’ and blah blah blah because I truly believe he thinks he has to say that,” Punk said. “The honest reality of it is you bust your ass for 365 days a year and there’s other people who come in and they don’t work as hard, but maybe get paid the same amount of money. So, me as a businessman, it just makes me look at it and go, ‘Okay, that’s the deal I need to get. I need to get the deal where I work 15 dates a year.’ You know what I mean? It makes me work harder, but, dammit, it’s going to burn me out.”

  • fatneal

    i like punk but he needs to give the part time wrestlers are entitled crybaby bullshit a rest…lesnar and rock or maybe even taker and hhh all have paid their dues…stop bitchin put the work in and build yourself as a legend who can comeback anytime and one day you can work 15 days a year for a huge check

    • GMpunk

      Brock Lesnar wrestled for two years.. don’t put him on the same level as Rock, HHH, and especially Taker.

      • fatneal

        not one time did i put lesnar on their levels but what i did do is state that he paids his dues which he did

        • GMpunk

          And CM Punk hasn’t?

          • fatneal

            simply put NO

          • Logic

            Simply put, or as it is translated into functional English: I cannot defend my opinion, so I shorten it so no one will further question it. Well played, Mr. Neal, purveyor of ignorance.

          • fatneal

            did you read any of my comments in this article?….punk is just now “arriving(2012)….hes not a big draw….hes unknown outside of the wrestling circle….and last but not least(although this isnt his fault i guess) he has no huge feuds or legendary transcending matches under his belt……now when i say he hasnt paid his dues im not saying he didnt work hard to get where hes at….im saying he hasnt built himself as a brand and timeless household name in or outside the wwe so he is not worth a “15 day a year” style contract that would be total waste of fuckin money….you punk marks are hilarious…punk isnt even on cenas level lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002196281205 Kenneth Anderson Jr.

            Punk been in WWE way longer than Lesnar. He didn’t be come a star until 2011 tho.

          • fatneal

            yeah but lesnar has made a bigger impact in the industry than punk and hes had bigger better feuds than punk and is a bigger draw than punk

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.smelley Michael Smelley

            And why has lesnar gotten all these things? Because the company pushed him, just like they pushed cena and rock because they had the “look”. The company never pushed punk till just now in 2012 till now, after 7 years in the wwe and 6 to 7 years on the independent scene wrestling. and how has lesnar made a bigger impact again? I love him as heel and in the UFC, but he was just a generic heel with amazing strength.If anything Paul Heyman made a bigger impact by building and hyping him up as well as making ecw.

          • fatneal

            dude your an idiot…if you think wwe pushed cena or rock simply because they have “the look” you know nothing about wrestling….and as far as lesnar its simple bruh NOBODY KNOWS WHO PUNK IS OUTSIDE OF WRESTLING FANS…if the industry died today so would punk…lesnar is a household name…hes a legit draw who can draw as a solo act…punk isnt

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.smelley Michael Smelley

            He sold more in merchandise sales than cena did in 2013, so yes, Punk is way over cena’s level in alot of things, not everything, but alot of things.

          • fatneal

            so has rey mysterio whats your point?…you guys are seriously stupid or extreme fanboys….if punk was above cenas level then he would be fighting the rock at wrestlemania….hes not….your arguement is null and void

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.smelley Michael Smelley

            Rey never even got close to selling more in merchandise than cena in these past 3 years! Maybe in the past when wwe pushed him, but not now. And just because somebody fights somebody else doesn’t mean they are or aren’t at somebody’s level. Your calling me an extreme fan boy when you are making up excuses constantly for cena and bsing about rey even get close to overselling Cena in merchandise because nobody(current wrestler) has in the past 5 years except Zack Ryder at one point and Punk,(Punk still is by the way) So yeah, your arguement is null and void.

          • fatneal

            hes had injuries and wellness policy violations over the past 3 years…but rey cena ryder have been at the top of merch for a while dude….im in atlanta dude…wrestling city my best friend is jasmine long (teddy longs daughter)…it aint too much you can tell me about wrestling dude

          • fatneal

            punk is new as a top guy and unknown to the world….he out beat cena in merch sales after that fake shoot promo in 2011….big deal…hes still not a draw and he is still nowhere close to cenas level…real fans who know the ins and out and can kinda see things from a non bias standpiint know this as fact…and the most notable recent proof is HE HAD TO DROP HIS TITLE TO THE ROCK AND THEN WAS THROWN INTO A UNDERTAKER FEUD JUST 4 WEEKS BEFORE MANIA…why would wwe do that if hes the top guy? they wouldnt you just dont know what youre talking about

          • Truce

            These people are idiots. I understand what you mean. Rock said it best, the people rejected him. He cant be that guy yet. He’s not on Lesnar’s level. Lesnar was made a bigger impact and 1 year than Cm Punk did in 6 and he wasn’t in attitude era.

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.smelley Michael Smelley

            Because Lesnar, Rock, Cena, were all billed as the “man” of the company. Its pretty obvious just by looking at how many title shots they were given. Try rewatching punks summer promo,it explains it pretty well. Punk isn’t as popular as those guys, but only because the company doesn’t support him like they did with cena. And despite that Punk still has risen in popularity. and still sells more in merchandise sale than cena.

          • fatneal

            punk held the title for over a year which is unheard of….he got the ultimate push dude…wtf are you talking about?…after all that he still wasnt drawing crowds like cena he still is unknown outside of wrestling and he still cant be trusted to main event a wrestlemania and put buts in seats…its facts bruh

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002196281205 Kenneth Anderson Jr.

          naw i disagree with brock

          • fatneal

            you marks crack me up…tell me how lesnar didnt pay his dues?….he was a top guy in wwe infact vince wanted him to be THE guy….he left and was box office with dana white…matterfact didnt he set a record for ppv buys?…lesnar paid his dues and is a draw….not debateavle thats fact….punk is not…hes not known outside of the wrestling world at all and he just arrived as a top guy in wwe….so like i said lesnar paid his dues and deserves his deal…surely you dont consider yourself a better businessman than vince? thought so

          • lunchbox87

            awww just hush do you hear yourself i like Brock but no he is not worth the money they are paying him he high tailed it out of the wwe the first chance he got to try out for football and that failed so he did ufc he was good there but then got that sickness and had to give that up and then came back to get money that’s all he is there for money nothing else he was picked by Vince based on his size nothing more .. now as far as Punk he is already a top guy he earned it and him and cena already had a great feud and punk has had many more the short feud he had with the rock put the rock cena feud to shame punk unlike a few others had to work harder for what he has gotten because he doesn’t have the look vince wanted but he made it he was good enough tto where when he wanted to leave last summer vince made him the deal he wanted so he would stay and having him own cena for over a year proved vince wants punk .. i mean the guy stole the urn .. interrupted Paul’s memorial beat the crap out of Kane with the stolen urn and steal gets loud CM PUNK chants and more cheers than boos

          • fatneal

            dude its hard to talk about wrestling from a business point of view peoplewho cant seperare the entertainment side from it….re-read your comment man its filled with a bunch marky fanboy bullshit….who cares how brock became who he is that facts are he is a big draw….who cares how hard punk worked to get where he is? the facts are he isnt a big draw…all that other fanboy crap youre spewing is irrelevent and very much just an opinion….brock is a brand punk is just a wrestler

          • Shut your pie hole

            You are such a hypocrite with your name calling. Grow a set you keyboard warrior. Fanboys? Marks? Business side? You keep getting upset over all of this, then constantly praise the same name over and over again without making much of a point. I’m not even going to read whatever respond you send back to this, because it will be filled with more of your whining and name calling. Throwing a fit behind a screen doesn’t prove yourself and does not make your argument against anyone valid either. Also, don’t talk about facts or opinions until you can really tell the difference between the two.

          • fatneal

            lol u mad? made a fake account lol just to talk shit and be the “keyboard warrior” you accuse me of being because you cant make a counter arguement lol you lose by default troll lol

          • http://twitter.com/sugarkayne6 Kayne Corey

            You’re an idiot.

          • fatneal

            lol mark…unless you can prove where ive made false claims keep quiet kid…real wrestling mavens are speaking

          • http://twitter.com/sugarkayne6 Kayne Corey

            Everything you say is discredited because you talk like an idiot and use all these lame and overused stereotypical names for groups of wrestling fans. The fact that all I said was, “You’re an idiot” and you come back with that pathetic statement proves you have no idea what you’re talking about. You have to support what you say by putting people down like you’re superior to all of us which trust me you’re not, you’re about on the same level as the dog shit on the bottom of my shoe. You’re a bit delusional so maybe you should get yourself checked out, you certainly are not a “real wrestling maven.” So don’t call me kid, idiot, and find some real facts to support what you say. If you do, bravo to you, no one here really cares.

          • fatneal

            lol another guy bitching because he cant prove me wrong and im not talking gently towards him lol quit crying pussy boy and prove me wrong lol but you cant lol….

          • http://www.facebook.com/naveed.sialvi Naveed Sialvi

            go ahead get butthurt fatneal is just owning the punk marks. he hasnt paid his dues and when he was champ raw was doing horrible in ratings even worse then cena. and i am a punk fan.

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.smelley Michael Smelley

            Punks been wrestling for around 15 years now dude. So yeah, he has paid his dues. And if your a real punk fan, you would know not to use the term mark lightly. After all, everyone is a mark for something. Fatneal is mark for Brock lesnar.

          • fatneal

            nope your mistaking commonsense for being a mark….i mark for the rock and hogan and ahmed johnson and flair….not brock…you fail

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.smelley Michael Smelley

            Oh, Great so you mark for the two most over hyped superstars in wrestling history, whose only real talent is talking and getting pushed by wwe management! I actually like the rock, but his fanbase that insults punk fans by calling them marks is idiotic and childish to me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.smelley Michael Smelley

            If you marked out to brock, that would be understandable because he actually fought in UFC, and made a comeback. But Rock, yeah, he threw his name, for his real name, and said he was done with wreslting. Thats fine, but then he comes back and doesn’t even show up on raw, which is why alot of people I know don’t even care about wwe anymore, because the main two guys are having a dumb feud. Cena’s okay, with horrible promo;s for the past two months, and Rock who can talk, but is only their 10 times a year.

          • Randy Stewart

            damn youre on Brocks dick like white on rice.. The man speaks the truth all your doing is bunny hopping on brock right now. Calm down buddy it ant worth it, you have a lot of learning to do cause obviously you don’t know what your talking about not one bit.

          • fatneal

            nope just stating facts…you cm punk fans just hate the truth…i guess wrestling is real to you guys and the business side i speak of is a myth lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/naveed.sialvi Naveed Sialvi

            fatneal your a beast bro i like cm punk but im not going to ride him
            like his fanboys do. tell these marks to come back when he sells out
            arenas makes himself a household name and make a show named after him
            SMACKDOWN. and who does the crowd go crazy for lesnar or punk. wasnt raw
            doing horrible when punk was champion lol the lowest in years.

          • fatneal

            exactly!….dont get me wrong punk is great but he compares himself to gods of the industry and is basically whining about the fact they can work part time and have more impact than him lol…and these punk marks geez smh dont get me started on em….just look how they attacked me in these comments lo. mad cuz im not meat riding punk lol

          • http://twitter.com/sugarkayne6 Kayne Corey

            Raw was doing the same when Punk was champion BEFORE THE THREE HOUR ERA. Raw has been crap for years and to blame it on Punk because he was champion for a long time is total crap. It was low with Cena, Del Rio, Miz, Orton, everyone before Punk. Ya’ll are just a bunch of idiots I swear.

          • fatneal

            lol i didnt mention raw 1 time…like seriously raw was never mentioned or at the center of any point i made in this thread lol that goes to show you punk marks are so hurt your putting words in my mouth just to have ammo to defend punk lol

          • http://twitter.com/sugarkayne6 Kayne Corey

            This proves you’re an idiot. I was replying to what “Naveed Sialvi” said.

          • fatneal

            touche *tips hat*

          • Randy Stewart

            dude anyone that says Cena is better than Punk is not worth talking. Dude obviously have not a clue of what he’s talking about. You should know a Newby when you see one, well you can’t see him but by his knowledge on wrestling…

          • fatneal

            lol @ newbie…the punk marks are out tonite lol…this is great keep em coming

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.smelley Michael Smelley

            You don;t have to even like Punk to know He can wrestle better than cena and cut a better promo now. And newsflash, Punk sells more merchandise than cena now too, so when it comes to popularity, punks ahead of cena. ITs not just his original fanbase.

          • fatneal

            *facepalm* someone get this fanboy clown outta here…seriously its pointless even attempting to broaden your way of thinking

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.smelley Michael Smelley

            “Facepalm” When people like you, they buy your items. Why do you think cena has been on top and pushed for so long? Because he has been selling the most merchandise for the past 5 years. Its not because he actually has any amazing wrestling talent. He isn’t a bad wrestler, but he certainly isn’t better than punk, daniel bryan, dolph ziggler, and heck, I’d even go as far as to say Cody too. Now when it comes to being a superstar, Yes, he is far above these guys, except for Punk, and Daniel Bryan is getting there with the Yes, NO chants. Fact: Half the crowd cheered this monday on Raw For Punk while he beat Taker. Thats called Loyal Popularity even when your heel. I highly doubt cenas kid fans would do that if cena went heel.

          • fatneal

            dude you just dont get it….you think selling merchandise is why hes the number 1 guy? your dumb dude….zack ryder has outsold cena…but has had no real push and he actually got the ultimate burial in 2012…merchandise is a small piece of the pie dude…cmpunk is great but hes not a guy who can carry the company for the next few years for several reasons

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.smelley Michael Smelley

            No, I don’t think selling merchandise is the reason why, although it does help. The reason why he is the number 1 guy is because Vince, the owner of the wwe wants him to be the guy, just like he wanted hogan to be the guy, just like he wanted Austin to be the guy, just like he wanted Rock to be the guy. Zack Ryder did outsell cena but the reason why he got buried was because Vince doesn’t want him to get pushed. Granted, It is still alittle bit of Zack’s fault for not improving some better in ring work over time, but still its vince’s fault for not pushing except with the U.S title for 3 months. And yes, Cm punk can carry the company, A few guys in the wwe could besides Cena, Punk, Daniel Bryan, Maybe Dolph if his push doesn’t get screwed over by wwe. Punk, Bryan, And Dolph are also younger than Cena, so they are going to be around way longer that he is.

          • aj2345

            “that sickness”? It’s called Diverticulitis. I agree with @fatneal:disqus’s assessment of why Lesnar is a top guy. His look, his character, his marketability made him a top guy in WWE, the same traits along with that fact that he was a former WWE guy and yes believe it or not his promos, and winning made him a top guy in UFC. I say he’s a top guy too.

        • SwindleFox69

          I don’t see how having everything handed to him from the moment he walked in the door as “paying dues.”
          I’m a fan of Lesnar but he didn’t pay dues namely because he didn’t have to.

          • fatneal

            so because lesnar was handpicked it means he didnt pay his dues? do you know how hard it is to be a top guy in a company? any idea how hard it is to build yourself as a brand and a big draw?….i guess since guys like randy orton and the rock had it easy because they had family in the busineas they didnt pay their dues either huh. lol jesus you guys are fuckin stupid and blinded by your own fanboy bias

          • Daniel Delvecchio

            Orton had it easy? Yeah, I can remember when he was midcarding after jobbing to HHH in early 2005.

          • fatneal

            your point? he had it easy….not debateable

    • http://twitter.com/StrayXPunk Orestis

      I agree with you 100% , BUT thats not what Cm Punk means from what i understand.He’s simply stating the Fact that while part timers get paid millions just for a few shows and they take so much presious time and spotlight the other wrestlers or “superstars” get away with less than what they would and should Imho…Now now i believe bringing back part time wrestlers is really good for numbers etc and it can be good for storylines as well but just don’t push it…

      • fatneal

        fair enough…atleast youte making points instead of marking out like some of these clowns in here

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002196281205 Kenneth Anderson Jr.

          no one marked out. You were wrong. Brock is un the same league as Taker? Please, he served two years as the top guy. Punk been in wrestling 3 times as long as him, and while I’m a fan of Brock, he simply hasn’t earned enough respect as the other legends. Hell the reason why Brock quit was because he really didn’t like WWE work standards and thought he was too good for it. To be a legend you have to deal with those work standards and you don’t just quit. And before you use Rock, his contract expired and Vince decided not to renew it so Rock could continue to do movies.

          • fatneal

            nope not wrong at all…it was all fact….as i stated above brock isnt on undertakers(or any of the legends like y2j hhh the rock) level from a wrestling standpoint but he is on undertakers level as a celeb and or big draw…you obviously arent factoring in brock as a brand and why it makes good business sense to offer him the contracts wwe has….now everything else you wrote about i have no idea what your talking about or what point your tryna prove…how am i wrong? what am i sayin that isnt fact?

          • Vince

            Fatneal, you make valid points and some of these marks can’t handle it.

          • fatneal

            yup…thanks man

      • Truce

        You don’t get it either. Script away Jericho, Rock, Brock, Undertaker, HHH,….. theres your wrestlemania.

  • IKeepsit100

    Give Punk the intercontinental belt or US title… Build the titles up with big names and let the mid cards build their name as they try to climb the ladder to obtain the title.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OF2JDUTXED6KFOPHEVMJ2ZYBA raVen

      but that would work…
      I mean that’s how they used to do it when wrestling was at it’s highest..why would they try that?

  • TheUndertakerFan

    Hes gunna get his ass kicked though he can do anything he wants but after the dust settles Taker Retains

    • Feelmemore

      I’m just hoping for a great match. Taker looks like he lost some weight and is ready.

  • Spike_Spiegel

    I don’t think wwe is going surprise people by having punk go over taker. I think wwe is to scared to do that. So im just hoping for an instant classic type of match.

  • Truth = Hurts

    I can read the comments now “Moan” “Moan” “Bitch” “Bitch” someone has a different opinion on the part time wrestlers I like, I may not agree with Punk but dude is entitled to his opinion, after busting his ass he’s at least worth that.

    • GMpunk

      In English please..

  • lunchbox87

    Punk is just telling the truth its not so much them coming back its that
    they are coming back and taking top spots from guys who are there
    trying to earn it i mean when the Rock and Austin where champs back in
    the day you didn’t have the guys who came before them come back and take
    titles and WM spots from them did you ? all i know is if i was in the locker room busting my ass and not getting the stuff i earn it would kinda discourage me and make me not want to work as hard if im not gonna get my dues

    • fatneal

      well ask yourself this: why does wwe need old guys to comeback in the first place? why cant undertaker retire? because the current roster cant cut it….they lack stars real stars thats why…..punk is complaining about spots being taken from workhorses in wwe but they arent drawing crowds and making money….they arent bringing tv ratings up punk included…..to be fair its not all the wwe rosters fault some of it is wwe creative team….some of it is the super scripted promos….some of it is vince himself restricting wrestlers….but still….you dont want part timers taking spots and bug money entertain the fans to a level where they arent needed to boost the product its that simple

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OF2JDUTXED6KFOPHEVMJ2ZYBA raVen

        why? because everyone on the roster not named hhh, cena, orton, sheamus has been buried by those names so much that no matter what you do with them they will never get over. wwe keeps bringing back these old guys cause they never got over the old guys. they also took out any competition/alternative/dues out there. how are gusy supposed to pay dues when they are expected to be hulk Hogan from day 1 and then buried to hell after they aren’t?
        simply- bringing in old guys is always going to help..but what happens when you don’t use those guys to build anyone else up?? you are stuck right where you were when you decided you needed some older names to bump ratings.

        • comic_book_fan

          thats funy because i thought sheamus was only still in the wwe at all beacause HHH liked him they are friends and work out together he was hunters pick to be the next big star.
          and it was good for the rock to come back for another run if it wasn’t the rock it would be some loser like vin desal or some guy from a reality show beating up cm punk at wrestlemainia see thats the point they wouldn’t give the work horses a spot anyway it would just be a celeberty or realty star filling the role i mean the rock is a celeberty but at least he can still wrestle.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OF2JDUTXED6KFOPHEVMJ2ZYBA raVen

            has the rock brought new fans? no
            higher ratings? no
            5* matches? no
            he isn’t even there to give his tired same old boring childish promos. the rock being there is fine, the rock getting the title, and ME 2manias is absolute shit.

          • fatneal

            the ratings are better when the rock is on raw…he may not have brought new fans but i know for a fact he has brought back old fans that ditched wrestling years ago…now sure after the rock leaves those fans may leave again but then being back gives the rest of the roster a chance to hook those fans…the rockd strengths have never been in putting on great matches…his strength is great entertaining feuds and entertaining promos and back stage segments and lingo that crosses over beyond the wrestling industry….again it makes good business sense to give the rock whats been given

          • comic_book_fan

            what are you talking about he has been there almost every week since he won the title hell he has been on raw almost as much as cena lately.
            do you work in the office of wwe are you telepathic can you tell me 100% sure without a doubt he hasn’t brought new viewers no you can’t so you shouldn’t say something you have no proof of.
            the raitings bounce up and down anyways so yes at times he has brought raitings and the rock having the title gets them extra attention that they need right now.

        • fatneal

          its either you got it or you dont….most of these guys want to be hogan or the rock…most of these guys arent real wrestling fans there just trying to use wwe to open the door for others things(this is especially true about the divas)…most of the roster is pussy…they dont take chances they dontchallenge authority and are simply not as talented or passionate about their job….vince hhh and all the other big wigs see that….you have to buy into your character 100%….now i said above its not all the wrestlers fault but they still have a lot to do with how far they go….by the way sheamus is garbage stale generic guy…he got a feud with hhh as a heel and then got a face push complete with a title run….it did not help him ar all….hes fuckin trash

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OF2JDUTXED6KFOPHEVMJ2ZYBA raVen

            how do you challenge authority if the authority is the all mighty shovel himself hhh? how do you push the envelope in pg? the diva roster is that way cause that’s what wwe hired. meanwhile girls like gail kim and tara are in tna. Japan is full of amazing females..who will never be looked at cause they aren’t Barbie types.
            Sheamus is trash because he got the same super hero push that cena,orton, and all hhh’s babies got sin cara included. how many times did they look away when sin cara was just terrible

          • fatneal

            dude cm punk is a perfect example of working hard and challenging authority….eventually he gave an ultimatum and it paid off now hes a top guy….as far as you sheamus and sin cara comments look dude this is a businesa the number one priority in any and every business is profits…sin cara nit inly adds versatility and/or internatiinal appeal to the roster but alsi the mask and high flying style is especially atractive to kids….thats commonsense why they want or need him….sheamus is again irish which they do play up hes decent on the mic and is a decent wrestler

      • Knightrider80

        I agree with you dude, The Attitude Era was highest the WWF/WWE has ever been and i have a feeling we aint going to see that again for a long time, the WWE of today is the WWF of the 80’s, Cena = Hogan, CM Punk = Macho Man, Ryback = Warrior, Orton = Jake The Snake, The Miz = Rick Flair, hell they now have there own modern version of the damn genius now lol

        • fatneal

          haha

      • Mr_DJ

        there’s fault to go all around
        -superstars not stepping up
        -creative writing scripts for everyone
        -limiting what wrestlers can do in a given time frame

        • fatneal

          yes ive stated this several times in the comments sectiin of this article alone…stop using my arguement to make a point ive already made

          • Mr_DJ

            tl;dr version is superior version :p

      • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

        They come back because they like the money the make from Mania, idiot. If they were coming back because of the lack of talent in the current roster they would be coming back all the time, not just once a year.

        • fatneal

          the rock get 5 to 10 million a movie….i dont think wwe is able or dumb enough to try to top or match that price….hes not back for money…wrestling isnt a business for people who dont enjoy it….those who dont get weeded out early and easily

    • lunchbox87

      neal they are bringing them back to get money that’s all they know ppl go nuts for nostalgia and ppl will pay to see it they don’t need guys like Rock or Austin to be there to get views what they need is to build the stars they have .. the guys today are not even given a chance any more how are they gonna earn a spot if they are not given the chance to show what they have you have a lot of guys riding the bench right now who are great

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  • Clark

    as much as I liked the Rock before he left, I can’t get excited about him being champion or main eventing WM 2 years in a row, after the Rock left, he made it clear he didn’t want to be called “The Rock” his name was Dwayne Johnson, he didn’t want anything to do with the WWE all he wanted was his fans to buy his movies later, if you tell the media you don’t want to be known as the Rock anymore even know that’s what made him famous, you don’t deserve to come back and be a instant main eventer and champion when you’re just planning to do it all over again. once Cena gets the title handed to him at WM, the Rock will be gone again, probably for good this time.

    • aj2345

      He was trying to make it in Hollywood. Being called The Rock at a time that he was trying to go from the bottom of list to the top of the list he had to ditch the name. The Rock was/is a character. How can you be billed in a box office movie as another character? Made sense to me.

      • Truce

        Plus Vince owned the name at the time.

        • aj2345

          Actually The Rock owns the name The Rock. He bought the name by getting Vince McMahon executive producer credit in his first few movies, opening the door of WWE Films.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002196281205 Kenneth Anderson Jr.

      you do know Rock is signed up for several dates after WM29 don’t you? I have nothing against Rock for using his real name because lets face it, no way would he have gotten as big of a movie star as he is being called The Rock. It doesn’t make since to be known as a character all his life. If Rock’s name in wrestling was Dwayne Johnson you wouldn’t have a problem. The Rock is a gimmick, nothing more. He said it himself, he’s only The Rock when he steps inside that ring.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OF2JDUTXED6KFOPHEVMJ2ZYBA raVen

        yet every single movie he makes still bills him as Dwayne “the rock” Johnson….
        having name value only helps. and frankly he got his foot in the door because of that name.
        He can say what he wants to but the fact of the matter is that The Rock is the attraction and Dwayne Johnson is just a name.

        • lunchbox87

          there was a time tho when he did drop the Rock completely when he did his first few movies he had The Rock in the credits then it changed to Dwayne “the rock” Johnson…. then it just became Dwayne Johnson

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    • Truce

      Go watch his howard stern interview. I don’t blame The Rock. He had to make a name for himself because of people like the howard stern show. He proved them wrong.

  • Reality

    That’s pretty much realistic answers. It’s good he’s not trying to top the HBK match (something HHH tried to do). He’s trying to make the match unique in other ways, avoiding the same story every year. He’s good… really good.

  • lou

    Lesnar has paid no dues. Putting lesnar in the same sentence as the rock and undertaker is ignorant. When lesnar couldn’t handle the workload, HE BAILED. Punk is there night after night… THE ufc put lesnar in the national spotlight not wwe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/zjdarrah Zach Darrah

      i am inclined to agree with that though. We probably would not be talking about him right now if it wasn’t for his time there.

    • Truce

      Lesnar > Punk. He had a name before UFC that’s why he jump straight to the top.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OF2JDUTXED6KFOPHEVMJ2ZYBA raVen

      paid no dues? he took the ball Austin dropped on his way out the door and scored.
      fueds with angle, taker, he made cena…
      Lesnar paid plenty of dues. the fact that he was good enuf to instantly be main event has nothing to do with what dues he paid.
      you know what else has nothing ot do with the dues a guy has paid? MONEY
      if someone makes money then fuck their dues..
      you sound like bret hart.
      He bailed cause he did everything there was to do. so he tried a new challenge. my god your jealousy of this man is so sad

      • http://www.facebook.com/jervaughn.stewart Jervaughn Stewart

        Actually Rock took the ball after Austin and then passed the torch to Brock.

  • ddp

    punk and his fucking ice cream bars, enough with his crap, he’s as annoying in real life as cena is on tv….

  • Noach

    Is Punk calling out Miz to set up a feud after Wrestlemania? I can’t think of any other reason he’d call out a fellow wrestler who has main evented Wrestlemania and works all those dates like Punk does.

  • http://twitter.com/Wade4COO Fuzail Rashid

    So punk does`nt wants part timers to headline wrestlemania but he himself wants to have a dream match with stone cold steve austin ? . even if austin really wrestles , he would be a part timer , i m sure austin won`t be working 365 days a year for that dream match .

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OF2JDUTXED6KFOPHEVMJ2ZYBA raVen

      when did he say he was stupid?
      Austin=money and everyone likes money

      • http://twitter.com/Wade4COO Fuzail Rashid

        absolutely . if austin wrestles another match , then he would be a part timer just like the rock and brock lesnar . but u see punk has a problem with the rock (a part timer ) headlining wrestlemania but he himself wants to have a dream match with austin ( who would just be a part timer ) . it makes punk look like a hypocrite .

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.rogers.963 Joe Rogers

    Not so sure that Brock’s paying dues or not paying dues has anything to do with box office power. In many cases, the top worker and top draw are not the same. Brock fit into Vince’s scheme of things perfectly. He is a big, muscular athlete (no one can argue that Brock is a hell of an athlete) and it isn’t his fault that those attributes are probably the biggest things to pop up on Vince’s radar when it comes to pushing people. Who the better wrestler or who paid dues longer is kind of moot in the entertainment business. Look to Hollywood. When Arnold, Sly and Bruce were riding high, studios wanted their clones for their blockbusters. When they were getting older and new blood needed to replace the old, how many bona fide action superstars are there? Don’t come at me with Jet Li, Jason Statham, and the like. Yes they have been in some great films, but have they had the financial impact of the three biggest stars of the medium? No. People made a big deal about the scene in the Rundown when Arnold passes the Rock and tells him “Good luck!” as being a passing of the Action Hero mantle. The Rock just now seems to be getting there (how many years later?). The WWE wants PPV buys. Wrestlemania does over 1 million, by far the largest PPV of the year and more than their other top 3 combined. They want eyes on the product. The Rock has a high profile Hollywood career right now (Hmm…GI Joe, Fast 6 over the next 2-3 months anyone?) and will generate a bump in buys (or so WWE believes). Undertaker is also bankable. Proven. Like Arnold (so to speak…). I can see Punk’s point about losing your limelight on the grandest stage of them all, and he does work his ass off, no question. But it is hard when you are slightly above human male average height and not ripped like Rock or Cena or Lesnar to be the larger than life face of a company. Granted he has a great heel persona and is a good talker, but really, when the WWE wants as many buys of a 50+ dollar PPV as humanly possible and they know that by putting as many mainstream eyes on the tube as possible they will increase the buy rate, the decision is a no brainer.

  • Azeem

    watch wrestlemania 29 live online at http://wwewrestlemanialivestream.blogspot.com/

  • breakfastinbed

    Punk needs to stop whining about it. These so called “part timers” used to work full time once and they were the top stars back then so its safe to say that they’v earned their part time schedule. Its not these guys who said that they need the WWE, its the WWE who needs their star power to get buy rates.

  • Kenard Johnson

    Yall complaining about the rock being a part timer but nobody says anything about lesnar?

  • ssSTYLES313

    Hey whatever is good for business.The Rock is a big Draw and has paid his dues.Same with the Undertaker and HHH.Lesner not so much he has had two matches in about a year.Love CM Punk but he should understand ihow it goes.Besides he just had one of the greatest title runs in history he should pipe down a bit.He wasn’t getting paid in peanuts