Hot Corner: WWE star CM Punk in the interrogation room
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org August 24, 2011 10:34PM
CM Punk in the ring
Updated: November 16, 2011 1:19AM
Since a hot story line this summer in which he thumbed his nose at the institution that is WWE, Chicago’s very own CM Punk has gone from underappreciated to the new face of professional wrestling. His microphone skills are elite, and his love for the Cubs runs deep. Time to put him in the Interrogation Room.
Joe Cowley: Tell me about these dirty-looking Cubs hats I hear you’re always wearing.
CM Punk: I’ve lost a few, and a couple have simply disintegrated. I had one that I wore so long that when I washed it, well, it simply turned to dust.
JC: You always talk about what’s ‘‘good for business.’’ What’s good for Cubs business at this point?
CMP: They removed [Jim] Hendry. That was a step in the right direction. It’s a good team — we just make stupid decisions. As far as GM, hmmm . . . they should offer me the job. I could be a reliever, too. We’re in discussions.
JC: Did you bother rooting for the Sox in 2005?
CMP: Couldn’t bring myself to do it. And the Game 4 clincher [against the Houston Astros] was on my birthday. A.J. [Pierzynski] reminds me of that all the time.
JC: A.J. has been in the ring and has a belt. Any chance . . .
CMP: Pierzynski? He does
have a belt, but I have championship titles. He’s not in my league.
JC: Best wrestling entrance
of all time?
CMP: Undertaker’s, easily.
JC: Was it hard to keep a straight face when Kevin Nash called you a ‘‘short-order cook . . . from a Waffle House’’ on ‘‘Raw’’ last week?
CMP: I don’t think I did . . . he’s completely out of touch.
JC: What was it really like winning the WWE Championship in front of a hometown crowd at Allstate Arena back in July?
CMP: I don’t have the words to explain the gravity of that situation. The love I got from Chicago was astounding. I know it sounds cliché and corny, but no words. Words couldn’t do it justice.