Mick Foley Says CM Punk Has Been In Constant Pain
In a new Facebook post Mick Foley says CM Punk was in constant pain before walking away from WWE:
While I respect everybody’s opinion – as long as it is given in a respectful way, I have to disagree with those out there who find great fault in Punk’s simply walk away. I am kind of like a ghost that drifts in and out of WWE, but in my past three years of drifting, I have never been to a WWE event where Punk was not in considerable pain. Ice packs, heating pads, and visits to the trainer were as much a part of his daily routine as eating. sleeping, and wrestling. Performing at that level, in that degree of pain was only possible when accompanied by the passion that turned an unlikely Indy kid into one of the greatest WWE superstars of his generation. Once that passions gone, then so are all of the things that made him great. I know what it feels like to go through the motions, and to do what needs to be done solely for the paycheck. It’s not pretty – and though I have not talked to Punk since the night before he left, I have to believe he has too much respect for what he does to let people see him going through the motions. If or when that day comes when CM punk returns to WWE, I hope it’s with that same passion that made so many of you care about him to begin with.
The Streak Ending Was Undertaker’s Decision
Former WWE writer Alex Greenfield recently spoke with More Like Radio about the end of the Undertaker’s streak:
There is no pressure that is put on the Undertaker to drop the streak. This was the Undertaker’s decision, I have no doubt about that in my mind about that whatsoever. Nobody, including Vince [McMahon] is going to go to the Undertaker and say anything other than, “do you want to end the streak?” There’s never going to be a [Alex impersonates Vince here] “God damn pal, Undertaker it’s over pal. You’re dropping the streak tonight.” That would never happen in a million years. He is, and I think it’s safe to say, the most respected guy in the locker room. I suspect he went to Vince and said this is the year and Brock is the guy. Thinking about it from Taker’s perspective as such of a fight fan as he is, if you’re going to go down, going down to the guy who walked away from wrestling and became the UFC heavyweight champion would appeal to his ego.
Getting to know Taker:
Undertaker, even more so than Vince [McMahon] was tougher to get to know. He is a man who is absolutely protective of that character. I remember when I got promoted to head writer, I was sitting at home making a list of “s–t Alex needs to do to make this work” and near the top of that list was I need to call the Undertaker and say, “I’m here to earn your respect.” Because you operate with different talent in different ways and there was no shortcut with the Undertaker. You know that Eddie [Guerrero] and JBL liked me wasn’t going to wasn’t going to get me over with him cause he was a guy who’s respect you earned.
Undertaker’s character input:
He had very definitive ideas of what Undertaker would do and what Undertaker wouldn’t do and made those things clear. And here’s the thing, he was absolutely right. It was never about getting the character over in the traditional sense, it was an absolutely right impression of the best ways to tell stories with this character. Even when the character would lose. Even when Khali was beating the s–t out of him, Khali, Undertaker and the team working on that, we all listened to ‘Taker because ‘Taker even knew how to make the Undertaker lose the best possible way. He was never the guy who would say, “oh well, you know I gotta win.” It’s the classic thing of when a wrestler pitches creative it’s usually, “give me the title, I want to win.” That wasn’t the Undertaker’s deal at all. He is a man who very much understands the utility of losing at the right time.
Cool WWE Oculus Tie In
The back story to the evil mirror in new horror movie Oculus, is that it was originally owned by the Levesque family.
WWE Studios helped to distribute the film, but this seems to be the only tie-in with wrestling.