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WWE NEWS: Punk says WM29 match vs. Taker will not be "workrate match," talks anger with part-timers, close to burn-out?

Mar 27, 2013 - 3:34:19 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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WWE star C.M. Punk is reseting expectations for his match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania after Taker wrestled Match of the Year contenders the past four years with Shawn Michaels and Triple H.

"Everyone is expecting me to try to top the Shawn Michaels matches," Punk told Mark Madden on Pittsburgh radio station 105.9 the X promoting WrestleMania. "But that's not my goal. My goal is to make this the best that the situation allows me to make it. There's a chance it could be better than those matches, but that's not my goal. This isn't one of those 'workrate matches.'"

"I like my pro wrestling when it's pissed off and angry. I don't like it when it's just two dudes going out there and, ya know, just wrestling. I made him mad, I got under his skin, and I got under his skin," Punk said about the angle building to the match. "Hopefully it's going to be emotional and psychological."

Punk noted he's angry about not being in the final match at WrestleMania and he's frustrated by part-time wrestlers coming in for big paydays, which fuels him to keep pushing forward on the year-round schedule. But, he acknowledged it could lead to burn-out.

"I'm the only guy who says this - ya know, Miz will go out there and be like, 'It's great having these guys back!' and blah blah blah because I truly believe he thinks he has to say that," Punk said. "The honest reality of it is you bust your ass for 365 days a year and there's other people who come in and they don't work as hard, but maybe get paid the same amount of money. So, me as a businessman, it just makes me look at it and go, 'Okay, that's the deal I need to get. I need to get the deal where I work 15 dates a year.' You know what I mean? It makes me work harder, but, dammit, it's going to burn me out."

The interview concluded with Punk confirming that he doesn't want to be a "lifer" in the wrestling business. Punk said he gets bored easily and he's always looking for the next mountain to climb.



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