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CM Punk Says ‘In Pro Wrestling, It’s Fake, Let’s Just Really Fight and See What Happens’



CM Punk recently spoke with Sports Illustrated about his time in WWE, how WWE and MMA are the same and more.

SI: Not a lot of grey area in MMA.

CMP: Exactly. In pro wrestling, it’s fake. People always get offended by that word. ‘No, we like to say it’s pre-determined.’ For whatever reason, people get angry at fake; pre-determined eases the blow? It’s fake. At the end of the day it doesn’t really mean anything. So after a while, it was, ‘Let’s just really fight and see what happens.’ Now I get to.

SI: Some of the issues you’re mentioning with the WWE—you don’t want stars to get too big; management has a heavy grip on labor—honestly, that sounds not dissimilar to the fighter discontent in the UFC. Do you see yourself getting involved?

CMP: At the moment, no. Everyone’s situation is different. It’s an interesting question and I don’t know how to answer it. I’m not trying to shy away from it. But I’ve been treated great. At lot of what I said and did in WWE, that was about trying to help out the other guys. After a while, I realized, Wow, that other guy doesn’t even appreciate it; he could give a s—. Nobody cared. Why was I bending over backwards to make it a better workplace for you, when you don’t give a s—? I see the similarities [between WWE and UFC] but I see the differences. And, again, I’ve been treated great….I do things based on firsthand experience.

You can read more of this interview here.

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