CM Punk is on top of the world winning multiple championships over the past few years. The three-time world heavyweight champion has added to his legend with high profile matches against the Rock and the Undertaker, Punk has further established himself as one of the best in the business. His match against Brock Lesnar set for Sunday, Aug. 18 is sure to be a barn burner. We spoke with CM Punk about everything from his match with Brock at SummerSlam to wrestling the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.
Interview by Rafael Canton (@RafelitoC7)
With SummerSlam only days away, how excited are you for your match with Brock Lesnar?
I’m very excited. It’s going to be a lot of fun, but my idea of fun comparatively speaking to other people’s idea of fun is a little bit different. I don’t mind getting punched in the face. It kind of wakes me up and gets me excited. I’m planning on having a lot of fun.
This is your first match with Brock, so how much does this being your first time play into the excitement?
I like to keep things fresh. I like new things, so to get in the ring with a different opponent like Brock Lesnar, I think is super exciting.
What drives you after all of these years in the wrestling industry?
I think being angry is what keeps me motivated. Goals wise, I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to. Certain things just piss me off. When I hear people say that they don’t think that I can do something or they don’t think I belong somewhere, that’s all it takes for me to prove them wrong and it’s motivation.
Is there a SummerSlam moment that you remember the most during your career?
It’s going to be a lot of fun, but my idea of fun comparatively speaking to other people’s idea of fun is a little bit different. I don’t mind getting punched in the face.
I don’t know; I think I’ve become the unofficial Mr. SummerSlam. SummerSlam always seems to be my pay-per-view. I had a hell of a match with John Cena a couple of years ago. The match I had last year with Big Show and a brutal TLC match with Jeff Hardy are up there. For SummerSlam, I always seem to have a brighter spotlight than a lot of people which is obviously a reason why I’m excited for myself and Brock Lesnar.
What are you excited to see the most on the card outside of your match?
Of course I’ll be watching Daniel Bryan and John Cena. I think everybody’s going to be watching that.
You broke the fourth wall with your speech back in 2011. Do you think that breaking the fourth wall is what generates the interest and respect from fans?
I think what’s captivating about me on the microphone is my honesty. I think in terms of breaking the fourth wall, most wrestling fans don’t even know what that means. In theater, there’s a fourth wall in between the fans and the performers. The only reason I looked directly into the camera that day and said “oh look, I’m breaking the fourth wall” wasn’t a snarky “oh hey look everybody, I’m saying things I’m not supposed to say.”
It was strictly to piss off Vince (McMahon) because he hates when people look directly into the camera. That’s all it was and that’s all it is. That’s the fourth wall. It’s not “hey everybody, wrestling’s fake, and I’m real.” No, the fourth wall is the camera that is in between the people at home and the performers on the stage. I think of that because in my mind, I was getting fired after that whole thing anyway so I’m going to do everything that I possibly could to potentially do to push more.