Da Boss Turns Up The Controversy While Hyping WWE '13 in a Wild Interview with ESPN's Jon Robinson!
Leave it to our boss to stir it up in the loudest fashion possible.
During AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY ESPN'S JON ROBINSON AT THE THQ PRESS EVENT IN NEW YORK CITY, The Voice of The Voice of The Voiceless answered a series of questions, giving one controversial soundbite after another.
ON BEING BACK IN WWE: I never thought I’d go back, no way, and neither did Brock. I just got a text from Brock (pulls out phone and shows a text from Brock Lesnar). Check this out, it’s a picture of Brock and I in WWE and the text says: “Look at us, here’s a picture of us in WWE ten years ago. Who would’ve ever thought we’d be back.” We constantly say it to each other, like, “Can you believe we’re doing this?” Who would’ve predicted this a year ago? No way. It’s one of those wild, crazy curves that life throws at you, but to do it, and to be having so much fun doing it, it’s something neither one of us could’ve envisioned.
ON THE POTENTIAL OF A BROCK LESNAR VS CM PUNK MATCH: I don’t know. I don’t know the dynamic of that match because they are two such different styles of professional wrestling. Brock is an explosive MMA-style fighter who brings with him the element of UFC into the ring with him now. And while Punk has trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he is more the equivalent of the modern 60-minute man. Punk is the updated version of what Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat and Jack Brisco and Terry Funk and the NWA champions of old used to bring to the table in that you can put anybody in the ring with CM Punk at any time and you can say, “Main event for me tonight,” and he will turn to you and tell you that the people are going to go home happy because he’s going to give them their money’s worth. So there’s a very big and different dynamic between Brock Lesnar and CM Punk, almost like we’re talking about two different genres within the same category of professional wrestling/sports entertainment.
ON PUNK VS THE ROCK: I think it’s very interesting to see Punk and The Rock get it on at the Rumble, because I think the question with Punk has always been "Wow, I wonder what would happen if this guy had been in the Attitude Era?" I think the question is really, how much would he have dominated the Attitude Era? I just look at Punk and he’s a chameleon. He adapts to whatever surrounding he is in. When Punk gets into the ring with Daniel Bryan, you’re going to see a classic wrestling match, the likes of which nobody can compete with today. When Punk gets into the ring with a Mick Foley or a Mankind from the Attitude Era, you would see a brawl, the likes of which no one would be able to compete. When Punk gets into the ring with Rey Mysterio, you get to see a lucha-style match in the modern-day style that nobody else can compete with. So I think The Rock is looking to have an Attitude Era-style fight with CM Punk, and I think Punk is going to show The Rock that the style has evolved over the past 12 years, and if The Rock is coming to rep the Attitude Era, it’s going to be treated like the Hall of Fame exhibit it’s supposed to be.
ON ECW's INFLUENCE IN THE ATTITUDE ERA: ...when you interview writers from that era, they will blatantly tell you that they’d watch ECW television, get ideas, sit on those ideas for a couple of months, then pitch them to Vince and say “Hey, I got this great idea for The Undertaker and The Big Show where they go through a ring,” failing to mention that they saw Taz and Bam Bam Bigelow do it in Asbury Park. Vince McMahon became a billionaire based on Attitude, and Attitude was spawned by the ECW experience. If I could give you one sound bite, one headline, it’s this: Vince McMahon might not proclaim himself to be a Paul Heyman guy, but he sure should.
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