WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley covered Brian Pillman's career on the latest "Foley Is Pod" podcast. Before the main topic, Foley was asked to give his thoughts on CM Punk’s remarks at the AEW press conference:
"Anything that takes away from the joy and this prestige of winning that title is counterproductive. So if Punk is on camera and he's not filled with joy, and he's letting bitterness and anger come out, I think that detracts from the title."
“Everything Punk did was disastrous because it put Tony Khan in a bad position. Punk I believe was hurt and would have probably been out. It put a lot of eyeballs on the product the next night. That's a given. It was just really unfortunate. You don't want to see that side of your superstars.”
"I know when I held that title aloft when I beat this guy (The Rock) for the WWE title, I never thought I was a WWE title guy. So I never based my career on it the way that a lot of people have, but I remember that feeling of just utter joy. I moved pretty good for a big guy when I ran my two or three laps around there and then gave it the impromptu promo. I can't imagine going backstage and being angry or bitter or taking the joy out of the experience for our fans.”
"I didn't see Punk's promo in its entirety, but it put Tony Kahn in a bad position. There's a time and a place maybe to play with emotions, and if you have something substantial that can make people feel strange in their gut, but not after a title win. I just didn't like seeing it."
Foley talking about Punk dismissing his WWE career:
“I just want him to be happy and understand what an amazing career he’s had. I thought it was a little sad when he came out and basically made it sound like anything that happened after ROH was a waste of time. This guy did some big stuff and he was a great champion. He was kind of like the glue that held that company together. He had great matches with a variety of opponents. If you can't be happy tearing down the house with The Undertaker, then where are you going to be when you're 55 or 60 and looking back on your career. I'd like him to appreciate what he did."
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