Rollins had been calling out Punk on Twitter recently, telling Punk to stop talking about him and fight him. Earlier this week on WWE Backstage, CM Punk addressed Rollins’ comments and said “this isn’t the show where you come on and shoot your little angles. You need to stop tweeting and realize sometimes it’s better to be viewed at as the fool and shut your mouth, or you open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
In a new interview with Wrestlezone’s Kevin Kellam on 101WKQX Chicago, Rollins was asked about proudly flying the flag for WWE and hearing Punk telling him to be quiet. Rollins said it’s funny hearing Punk say he’s looking for relevancy since Punk was nowhere to be found for a few years after getting “his butt kicked in the Octagon so bad that he didn’t want to show his face anywhere.” Rollins said Punk can deny it all he wants and say he only works for FOX, but Punk is still on a WWE show and he’s going to stand up for a company that’s given him everything.
“Say whatever you want, play it however you want, that’s what Punk always does,” Rollins said, “but at the end of the day if he wants to come on a show and run his mouth about me and a company that he has had no part of for five years, then of course I’m going to stand up for it. This is a place that has given me everything that I’ve ever wanted in my life, not only for me but has provided me a living for my family, for people that I love, that I care about and of course I’m going to have its back. I’m not going to sit here and let you push it around, push me around and act like you’re so cool. You couldn’t bust a cherry in a fruit fight, dude.”
“I want to make some money, so if CM Punk wants to talk all of the smack in the world, I’ve invited him a million times to come to my ring,” Rollins said, “to my domain on live television where you can’t hide behind anything, no desk in LA. Let’s do this thing, man. Let’s fight. Let’s fight it out like men.”
The former WWE Universal Champion said he’s happy to do it whenever Punk accepts the challenge and noted that WWE was in Punk’s backyard for the next four days. He went a step further he’ll be ready, but in his mind, the only place it happens is at WrestleMania 36 in Tampa.
“He knows where I’m going to be this Sunday and Monday—maybe Saturday, maybe Friday, who knows—but he knows for sure where I’m going to be Sunday and Monday.” Rollins said. “Maybe he’s hiding out in LA sitting behind his little desk, maybe he’s a little ‘keyboard warrior’-ish too, who knows.
“I don’t know what he’s up to, but the bottom line is wherever, whenever he wants to do this thing, if he wants to man up and do it, I’m there,” Rollins said. “For me, the only place the match happens is WrestleMania in the main event. That’s the only reason I’m picking a fight with him, I’ve got no other interest than that. If he’s interested, it’s out there. Any time you’re ready, let’s go.”
Listen to the full interview below: