Paul Heyman recently appeared on The KiddChris Show and shared his recollections of CM Punk's earliest work in WWE. The show's host led into the discussion by asserting that WWE never wanted anything to do with Punk and Heyman agreed.
"They never wanted CM Punk to begin with," Heyman said. "When I was in Louisville, doing WWE Developmental, they sent CM Punk down to me so I could fire him. Every week I would send memos to guys who were in charge of the Raw and SmackDown rosters saying: ‘You have a main eventer down here; someone scoop him up’ and no one would take him for a year—to the point when we launched ECW in WWE, I brought him with me because no one else on Raw and SmackDown even wanted him."
Heyman explained that Punk’s biggest successes were against WWE’s will and contrary to their judgment and praised Punk for his accomplishments despite these issues.
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The Laser Tag Grudge Match: Nerdist vs. RocketJump and Gearbox.
By now, you’re probably aware that at Comic-Con, we, along with 2K and Gearbox, took over the top floor of San Diego’s Petco Park and transformed it into the rootinest tootinest team-based shootinest Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel laser tag arena this side of the Mississippi. You know what? It was the best on the other side of the Mississippi, too. You’ve seen CM Punk’s final form as the cyborg assassin, The Laser Tag-inator. You’ve even seen RocketJump’s portrayal of one man’s descent into madness vis-a-vis the crucible of laser tag. But, now you can witness the action of the biggest, baddest event that went down at Petco Park all weekend: the Grudge Match between Team Nerdist, and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants known as Team RocketJump and Gearbox.
Watch in awes as Chris Hardwick displays an athleticism heretofore unseen by the likes of nerds! Marvel as Freddie Wong displays a rate of fire that would surely get him accused of wall hacking! Tremble in fear as CM Punk…sits…in the audience. And keep a careful eye on that magician of mayhem, Randy Pitchford. Seriously, he’s a magician and therefore probably can’t be trusted. There are only two things that we know for certain in this life: Nerdist Laser Tag was the best damn part of Comic-Con 2014, and Team Nerdist definitely totally absolutely won. But don’t take our word for it — watch for yourselves and see the laser-based awesomeness.
Check out the video here.
WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart joined the TJRWrestling Radio show yesterday to talk about his career and the Bret Hart Invitational Tournament at X-Fest 2014 in Calgary on August 30 & 31. For more info on X-Fest 2014, visit XFestCalgary.com. To listen to the full interview head over to TJRWrestling.com or download it on iTunes.
Three opponents he would have liked to wrestle:
"I would have loved to have worked with Kurt Angle. He would have been a lot of fun to be in the ring with. I would love to wrestle John Cena, especially the Bret Hart of 1997 that was a heel against John Cena the All American good guy. For the third guy I would have to say CM Punk. Punk would have been a perfect guy for me to work with. He might have to carry me through the match with him as the heel. I miss him on the shows. I hope he makes some kind of comeback one day.”