CM Punk is the Straight Edge Superstar but Bruce Prichard said on a recent episode of his wildly successful podcast Something To Wrestle With that when Phil Brooks first showed up in WWE nobody quite knew what to make of him.
Bruce says he wanted to know more about CM Punk so he took him up in an empty arena and interviewed him. During the interview it was revealed why CM Punk had so many tattoos and what they meant to him. Prichard said Punk explained to him what it meant to be Straight Edge as well and CM Punk eventually won the former Brother Love over.
“I looked at him and said, ‘so you don’t drink, you don’t do drugs, you don’t do anything?’ [CM Punk] says ‘no, but I’m not a prude either.’ I said: ‘okay, explain that.’ So he explained that he really didn’t want to judge others that did choose that lifestyle and this is what got him over with me automatically.”
“He was in Kansas City or St Louis or somewhere and it was Harley Race’s birthday. And he was in a camp — Harley’s camp and they were out at a restaurant bar type thing and they wanted to do — everybody got shots for Harley’s birthday. Now Punk doesn’t drink, don’t do drugs, but he took a shot out of respect for Harley Race.”
“And he goes, ‘you know, Harley asked me to do it, one shot’s not gonna kill me. I’m not gonna go get hammered — I took a shot out of respect for Harley Race.’ And for whatever reason I just thought that was cool. That just kinda showed the love and passion he had for the business and respect for the old-timers. He didn’t have to, and it would have been fine.”
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