“I don’t want this to be a shoot interview. I’m sure somebody would have paid me handsomely for this story, but that’s not what it’s about. Money’s not everything, ladies and gentlemen, and that will be a big theme in my story.”
Ten months after CM Punk walked off Monday Night Raw and hopped a plane to Chicago, the longest reigning WWE Champion of the modern era has finally dropped the interview millions of wrestling fans have been waiting for.
On a nearly two-hour edition of Colt Cabana’s podcast “The Art of Wrestling”, Punk gave a deep, no holds barred look inside his time in WWE, the reason he walked out on the company, his relationship with Vince McMahon and a whole lot more. You can check out the entire interview at the link above, and in our transcriptions on the next few pages.
“People Tweet me all the time that you can’t change [the company] from your couch in Chicago. I absolutely disagree, because that’s exactly what I did. When I split in January, they changed everything. Part of me thinks they changed a lot to spite me, and that’s fine, because certain people who deserved certain things, at certain times, got those things. And that’s something I never got.”
The “Straight-Edge Superstar” was obviously referring to Daniel Bryan, who ended up working two matches at WrestleMania 30 – including one with Triple H – to win the world title. According to reports at the time, Punk was supposed to work a match with “The Game” at the annual event.
“I’m the f****** happiest I’ve been in at least three years. I thought this thing that I loved, that I thought I loved, it just made me so miserable all the time. When you boil it all down, I was miserable. I was unhappy. F*** it, I made myself happy. I left. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but it was also a long time coming.”