His long-awaited professional mixed martial arts debut isn’t until September, but CM Punk is back on the publicity trail well in advance of UFC 203.
Appearing on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, the former WWE champ discussed a wide range of topics, including pro wrestling.
Jim Norton and Matt Serra’s conversation about life in the scripted fighting world lead to one of the least surprising revelations in recent history... the guy responsible for the “pipe bomb” isn’t a fan of having writers feed him lines:
The interviews and the promos people remember, those are improv. Now, wrestling’s just over-scripted to death. It’s almost like they’ve got a choke hold 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 your perspective or your character. If you’re out there being disingenuous, saying words that three other people wrote, I always felt that the crowd could tell, and they’re going to pay attention to their phones, or $#!+ on whatever segment you’re in. I was always just a big fan of doing my own thing.
Nothing is going to change the way Vince McMahon and WWE produce their shows these days, unfortunately. The best we can hope for is that the guys and gals coming up through the Performance Center will be trained to be used to delivering someone else’s words so they don’t seem as “disingenuous” as some current Superstars on the microphone.
But when historically big stars like Steve Austin, The Rock and Punk criticize the practice, it’s clear that it doesn’t always lead to the best possible performances.