Back in 2012, Paul Heyman wasn’t the special counsel for “The Tribal Chief,” but instead the sidekick to the man who would go on to set a record 434-day reign as WWE Champion during his heel run, “The Best in the World,” CM Punk.
Heyman spoke about this subject in a video clip recently released via the official YouTube channel of Inside The Ropes from their 2016 live show featuring the legendary former promoter of Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW).
Featured below are some of the highlights from the clip, where Heyman tells some funny stories from his run with CM Punk nearly ten years ago.
On being aligned with CM Punk to help make his heel turn more impactful: “How do you turn CM Punk heel in Chicago? Make it even more difficult: How do you turn him heel on John Cena? Because Night Of Champions is in Boston, which is John Cena’s hometown, where they are sure to boo John Cena and cheer CM Punk. So, Vince comes up with the idea ‘If I can’t make them boo him, I can at least make them gasp.”
On Punk’s initial reaction to the news: “I look over at him at he says ‘Can you believe they’re f***ing putting us together?’ And I’m like ‘We’re both gonna be f***ing fired in the next four weeks, don’t you get it?’ And he goes ‘But the s**t we’re going to stir in four weeks, they don’t f***ing have a clue!’ I loved working with him, I loved it. I had the time of my life.”
On what made their working relationship so much fun: “We had a blast working with each other because, just like me, he had no idea what he was going to say when he went out to the ring. He was just doing it, you know, allegedly shoot promos that then get wrapped around into the storyline that we’re telling that he fervently believed in his heart that he was telling the truth.”
Check out the clip from the Paul Heyman interview with Inside The Ropes that was recently added to their YouTube channel via the video embedded below. H/T to ITRWrestling.com for transcribing the above Paul Heyman quotes.
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