On what drives him: "I think I'm the angriest man in WWE. If I'm great to anybody, if I'm great at all in anything I do I think it's because I'm so determined. I'm a malcontent. I'm never happy with what I'm doing business-wise. I always want to be doing something else. I always want to be doing something more not something else. I want what's next; what's more, what's bigger, what's better."
On his heavy workload over the last year-plus: "I think I have a real problem with admitting if I'm burnt out or anything like that. That's just based off my work ethic. I don't ever admit when I'm hurt and I don't think a lot of the great guys have, because the show is going to go on. Obviously I'm miles away from where I was in the indies where if I didn't work I didn't eat and it's not a fact that I'm worried about losing my spot or anything like that. This is just all I know; just go, go, go. That's just me. I put so much pressure on myself so I think that it all kind of stems from that. Am I burnt out? Probably. It's difficult for me to even say that, maybe, maybe I am."
On working with Paul Heyman: "When they first put us together, I think a lot of people were like, 'Well, what's Paul going to do? Punk doesn't need anybody to talk for him.' I think just being out there with Paul and I think people see him and me interacting and see how much fun we're having; there have been so many inappropriate jokes I've made in the middle of live television shows to Paul when everybody else is worried about what's going on in the ring or hitting their cues or other stuff. I'm just out there with my friend goofing off and having fun and I think a lot of the fans see that and it drives them crazy. It just pisses them off for some reason. So Paul adds that dynamic. Here's these two very unlikable characters and their like the best of friends. There's a very strange television dynamic going on there. He's having a blast. He tells me all the time. He loves it. I'm glad I'm a part of it and he's having so much fun."
On whether his WrestleMania match lets him step back and say "I showed the naysayers": No, I can't. I'm worried about what's going on Monday. I'm worried about the PPV after Wrestlemania. I wonder what's going to happen at Summerslam. So I never look back. I am driven constantly by proving people wrong but I never really stop to be like, 'this is cool.' I'm sure there's a few moments here and there and there will be on Sunday when I do do that but it's just hard for me to do that because I'm just go, go, go."
On his title streak ending to a part timer: "I wasn't really champion for 434 days, it's not like I really won it. We're all adults here; we all know that pro wrestling is predetermined. My only gripe, and it's always interesting because I do so many of these interviews and my answers always change and of course people will just print like, 'Punk mad that Rock is part time,' whatever, this is a business. The bottom line is dollars, but I can't help it that I have so much old school engrained in me that the Champ works every show. So its 2013 and business has completely changed and I was just vocal about their not being a champ on 2-3 months' worth of house shows. I think the title is an attraction. Title fights should end the card. I just have different philosophies on things. It's great that Rock is back. Anybody in the locker room that says it doesn't piss them off, that he works however many days a year he works when we're working 300 days a year, something ridiculous, they're kidding themselves; they're scared to say it. I appreciate Rock and everything he does. He puts more eyes on the product, that's awesome. Maybe at Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber more people saw CM Punk for the first time, that's cool, but to me, Champ has a responsibility to the locker room. You've got to toe the line when you're the Champ. He's not on every show, and I'm not pissing vinegar crying about it, it's just a complete different opinion."
On working with Rock: "I wasn't happy with those matches. Were they the best they possibly could have been? Yeah, I think so. But I never like anything I do. I also don't watch anything I do. You can't look back. I know when I do stuff that's good and I know when I do stuff that's bad and I just kind of leave it at that. I don't know if it was built up to be this huge showdown and I don't know if it just fell short, I personally, I don't think they were bad, but maybe something a little bit missing. Maybe I'd change my mind if I actually bothered to go back and watch but I just can't bring myself to do it. "
On Punk-Taker if Paul Bearer had not passed away: "Who knows? I don't know. I think a lot of people think it wouldn't have been anything but it's the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, it's The Streak, it's the biggest thing in the WWE. It's bigger than a title match. I'm confident we would have been ok."
On the four-way match held for the right face Taker at WrestleMania 29: "I told them that was a stupid idea. I could have called him out, there's different ways [we could have approached it]. It felt really weird to me and I didn't like it."
On his mic skills: "I don't know. I think that's something you're born with. Everyone says it's the 'it' factor. You either have it or you don't. I don't know if you can teach it. I don't know how to teach somebody how to get over in pro wrestling. I think that's something that you have to cultivate yourself. Nobody ever told me, 'hey, do this specifically, this is what's going to work,' to me, it was just work hard, always try to learn something, listen to the guys who have been there before and take little bits and pieces from everybody else. But nobody was specific like, 'if you go out there and do this, that's going to... (Continues on next page)