Former WWE Champion CM Punk appeared on The Jon Anik and Kenny Florian Podcast on Monday and talked about various topics that include MMA, WWE and the passing of Dusty Rhodes. Down below is what Punk had to say about the late WWE Hall of Famer, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 69.
“I loved Dusty and Dusty loved me,” Punk said. “For some reason, early on in my career I was branded an old soul and I had a lot of older timers tell me ‘You should have been born 20 years earlier, you would have been great in my time…I developed a rapport with guys like Harley Race and Dusty Rhodes. A lot of these guys like Dusty got me hired with WWE and he always went to bat for me. I wrestled Dusty in one of my last matches on the indies in 2005 and it was pretty bizarre. He was always super good to me.”
Punk also noted that he still does not know when he will fight in UFC and said that he (and his accountant) are ok with him not fighting until next year. He said that he’s not fighting for attention and while he doesn’t see himself winning a title, he is not doing UFC as a “one-off.”
He also talked about Ben Askren. He noted that Askren was one of the most outspoken people when he signed his UFC deal and now Askren is his wrestling coach.
Punk said that he doesn’t worry about what WWE does but he feels good inside when people cheer his name and it’s flattering.
You can listen to the entire interview down below: