CM Punk was recently interviewed by ESPN, here are some highlights…

Did He Think He'd Be WWE Champion A Year Ago?: "No, because I was leaving. At Wrestlemania last year -- and I always say I thrive in high-pressure situations -- my job was to steal the show and prove to everybody how awesome I was and what an amazing talent they were losing. I went out there with Randy [Orton] and we put on, in my opinion, the best match on the show of pure wrestling. I wasn't concerned about what I was doing next year. I was leaving in my mind. I didn't think I would still be here or holding the title."

Has MMA Influenced His Ring Style?: "Yes and no. It's hard to try to translate a lot of stuff. I prefer to throw kicks and elbows instead of punches, but that was always a part of me. But I've always been a fan, so I don't know if that stems from MMA. But I try to keep my pro wrestling, pro wrestling.