As CM Punk begins his preparations for his first PPV match since Wrestlemania, we caught up with the former World Heavyweight Champion one week away from his title match against Kevin Owens at Summerslam.
How does it feel to be back on Smackdown?
“It feels great, i’ve missed the competition, the environment here is really motivating. There’s so many young guys looking to become something here, it really pushes you to be your best. It’s great to be back.”
Why now? Why did you wait until Summerslam to return?
“When I lost at Wrestlemania I thought I would be content and I was. I spent the first month relaxing at home, traveling the country and enjoying my life. I guess I made the mistake of tuning into Smackdown near Payback and I saw how well Kevin Owens was doing and I got the itch to return again. I didn’t act on it though, but I started working out a little harder just incase I ever wanted to return. I gave Edge a call after Bragging Rights and he said he would get back to me, since he had the big Fatal Four Way planned. A couple of days before Money in the Bank he called me back and asked me if I was still interested and if I was, to come see him at Money in the Bank. So I did.”
How do you beat Kevin Owens?
“I think the best way to beat him is to hang in there for as long as I possibly can. John Cena defeated him a month ago and it took him nearly twenty minutes and multiple AA’s. I guess the plan for me is to hang in there as long as I can and try and wear him down and rely on my stamina to overcome Kevin.”
What if you lose at Summerslam, what’s next for you?
“Summerslam is my last shot. I’ve trained to come back for this one match. If I lose that’s officially it for me. I will have accomplished everything for me and I won’t be able to say ‘What if?’. I’ll be going out knowing I gave it my all and left everything in the ring. I hope I can win and have one last run with the championship, but I’ll be satisfied if I don’t.”
CM Punk challenges Kevin Owens at Summerslam for the World Heavyweight Championship. Will CM Punk be able to end the unstoppable reign of Kevin Owens? Find out when Summerslam goes LIVE on BrendenPlayz soon.