While scary moments are par for the course as a professional wrestler, CM Punk has recalled the one moment in particular that scared him during his wrestling career.
Appearing on a recent episode of The Movie Crypt with Adam Green and Joe Lynch, CM Punk also discussed when he knew that wrestling was a viable career. Reflecting on his early years in wrestling, Punk explained that when he was booked on his first tour in Japan, he knew he’d “made it.”
“I think when people started paying me money to do it,” Punk stated. “It’s the equivalent of you’re a kid, you cut your neighbour’s lawn and they hand you $7, and you’re like, ‘Whoa, wait a second, what?’ You instantly become a capitalist, and there was obviously a point in my career where I was wrestling and yes, I was getting paid, but I needed a real job to support my wrestling habit.
“And then there just came a time where slowly, incrementally, you’re making more money and you’re going to wrestle in different states. I think I got booked in my first tour in Japan, and that’s when I was like, ‘Wow, I really made it.’ There’s no looking back now. I need to do this and make money at it, and I think I did okay.”
The former WWE Champion was later asked if there was a moment during his wrestling career that scared him. Punk then revealed that his clash with Jeff Hardy at SummerSlam 2009 had produced one such moment.
During the match Hardy hit a Swanton Bomb on Punk from the top of a huge ladder, driving his rival through the announce table. Recalling the spot, Punk said that waiting for Hardy to jump from the ladder, gave him time to ponder the impact that would follow.
“I remember wrestling Jeff Hardy in the Staples Center, and he was jumping off a very tall ladder onto me and I just had to kind of lay on a table for an extended period of time, which really makes you think about it,” Punk noted. “And it’s one of those things where I was just looking, I’m like, ‘Man, he’s really high up there. This sucks,’ and you stew in that moment. And I remember being like, ‘I should just get up and walk away. Why am I laying here? This is stupid,’ and then he finally jumped on me.
“And I was like, ‘Yeah, that hurt. Alright, great,’ because at that point, you want to protect Jeff more than you want to protect yourself because he’s the one that’s jumping, but you realize there’s a 200-pound man hurtling at you from a great height and this is not going to end well for either of you.”
It was recently reported that SummerSlam 2021 is due to take place in Madison Square Garden.
Earlier reports have suggested that SummerSlam could mark a return to the road for the company as the world emerges from the global pandemic. Only WrestleMania has seen fans attend a WWE show since the shutdown in March 2020.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.