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WWE star C.M. Punk says he might disclose his injury status and WWE future in his live TV promo tonight on Raw.
“They’ve given me one of those live microphones again, so we’ll see what happens,” Punk told MMA reporter Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour Monday. Asked if he’s healthy, Punk said, “I don’t want to spoil anything. If you ask me that question tomorrow, you’ll get more. I don’t want to spoil it if I discuss it tonight.”
Punk also teased that might attend the UFC on Fox event this Saturday in San Jose, Calif., which suggests he will not be on the European Tour. Punk said it should make sense after his Raw promo.
– Punk appeared on Helwani’s show to discuss attending his first UFC show Saturday in Las Vegas. Punk noted it was his first live UFC event since “they (WWE) don’t let me out of the house too often,” and he “had a free Saturday” with no WWE shows on the schedule.
Asked if WWE had an issue with him appearing on-camera during the UFC PPV, Punk said, “No,” before joking, “Nobody really talks to me.” He added, “I don’t think it’s an issue.”
Punk then deflected and changed the subject on questions about his injury status and whether he would consider stepping into the octagon after getting his first taste of UFC.
Asked if he wants to be part of UFC, Punk said, “I don’t know. You and your hard-hitting questions. Am I trying to change the subject?” He added that he talked to UFC president Dana White in Vegas and told him, “You might not be able to get rid of me now.” Helwani asked if that meant he would fight, and Punk deflected by saying, “Dude, they do need some better refs, so maybe I will make the transition to be a referee.”
Punk also discussed the live event experience. “I found myself sitting there coming up with ways to make it better in my own head, but that’s just what I do,” Punk said about not being able to escape his wrestling mindset. Punk noted there’s a lot of downtime in-between fights and he would like to see a “big clock somewhere” so that fans can “keep track of the time in whatever round it is.” Punk added, “They got this huge screen, but I still found myself still straining to see the time.”
– Punk weighed in on the Fandango craze in WWE: “I don’t think it’s a big joke. I want to see if the momentum can sustain itself. I think a lot of of that has to do with the predominantly European crowd last week. I just think it’s very akin to how they start soccer chants, and I love it. I think it’s great. Fandango’s awesome. If we can get South Carolina singing his music tonight, we’re definitely onto something.”
– Punk was also asked about women’s fighting having momentum right now, whereas WWE’s women’s division is seemingly invisible. Asked if WWE management is paying attention to see what they can learn from UFC’s promotion, Punk said, “Are they looking at it like that? Probably not. Should they? Probably, yeah. But, there’s a big difference between what I do and what the fighters do. The women are red-hot right now. You would think on the pro wrestling side of the fence, they would capitalize on it.”