As noted, former WWE Superstar and soon-to-be new UFC fighter CM Punk appeared on the second episode of the new “UFC Unfiltered” podcast. Below are some of the WWE-related highlights from the interview.
On the main difference between WWE and UFC:
“In [professional] wrestling, you’re trying to make it look like you’re smashing a guy without actually touching him at all. And somebody who was super, super good at that was Bret Hart. He always made it look like he was killing a motherf–ker and he never was. And there [are] guys that are really, really good at that and there [are] guys that aren’t so good at that.” Punk added, “some guys are safer than others and that’s all I’m saying. I worked my share of unsafe guys and that’s not to say they have the mentality that there were going to go in [the ring] and hurt me. Some guys are just clumsy. f–k, I was a clumsy motherf–ker. I was never the most super athletic guy, so sometimes I’d do s–t and f–king end up hurting myself.”
On what makes the best pro wrestling promos:
“I think the good ones, the interviews and the promos people remember, those are improv. Now, [professional] wrestling’s just overscripted to death. It’s almost like they have a chokehold on it. Some guys need to operate that way and I feel like some people need to let loose and be themselves. You’ve got a whole room of guys writing for you. They don’t know you. They don’t know where you’re coming from. They don’t know your perspective or your character and stuff like that. And if you’re out there being disingenuous and saying words that three other people wrote, I always felt that the crowd could tell and then they’re going to pay attention to their phones or s–t on whatever segment you’re in. So yeah, I was always a fan of just kind of doing my own thing.”
Check out the complete CM Punk interview on “UFC Unfiltered” at UFC.com.
CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall is scheduled to take place at UFC 203 on September 10, 2016.