Ahead of his showdown against Mike “The Truth” Jackson at UFC 225 this Saturday night in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, former WWE Superstar CM Punk spoke with members of the MMA media for a scrum. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On what he told Ronda Rousey prior to her WWE in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34: “The only thing I told her was to just have fun. I don’t know what it’s like back there in this current environment. I know she’d probably get treated differently, just as I know I probably get treated differently here. The only thing I ever told her is, ‘I know you’ve got a lot of people telling you, do this, don’t do this’ — whatever you do, when you go out there for WrestleMania, make sure you have fun. Period.”
On whether or not he watched Rousey’s match at WrestleMania: “No, I did not. I saw a couple of clips here and there. And still, when I say it’s hard for me to watch wrestling, it’s not like an anxiety thing, it’s not like an, ‘ugh, I can’t do it.’ I literally, I can’t get through eight seconds without being like, ‘OK, umm, can I change the channel? I’m bored, I gotta watch something else.’ It’s like going to a baseball game at CitiField. I like Wrigley Field, it’s old school. Going to a baseball game at CitiField, it’s like a guy gets ball four and they blow off fireworks and there’s LED screens on everything.”
On his lack of interest in pro wrestling: “Subconsciously, there’s like a disconnect. I see clips. I know Kenny Omega is the hot guy. He’s probably one of the better guys in the world right now, but it’s the same thing. I’ll watch clips of matches, I don’t see myself watching a full match. I just can’t do it… I think it’s definitely too glossy, but it’s been like that for a long time. My jam was house shows before they started calling them live events, where it was a curtain and a ring and a light above the ring. That was my jam. That was my world, that was where I liked to thrive.”
Check out the complete CM Punk media scrum at MMANews.com.