CM Punk: I Never, Ever Thought It Would Be A Possibility To Work With Sting
Punk and Sting shared a promo this past week
CM Punk has admitted he never believed he would have the opportunity to stand in a wrestling ring with Sting.
The Second City Saviour and The Icon narrowly missed each other in WWE, with Punk departing in early 2014 before Sting arrived in the promotion in November of the same year.
The two have interacted in the last couple of weeks as Punk built up to his match with Darby Allin at Sunday's AEW All Out, something the 42-year-old never believed would ever happen.
Speaking to Renee Paquette on Oral Sessions, Punk said: "That’s a situation that I never, ever thought was a possibility. You’re talking about a guy who’s been on top everywhere he’s ever gone. And I kind of really don’t know if he gets the credit for his wrestling mind. It’s kind of hard for him not to have a different perspective based on everybody he’s worked with and everywhere he’s been.
"I don’t know if he was ever positioned as the top guy, but I feel like he was the heart and soul of WCW, especially towards the end. Dude was on the first Nitro, dude was on the last Nitro. He’s been in main events with Ric Flair, he’s worked everybody. He’s been around for so long and I just don’t think he gets the credit for that. I don’t think he gets the credit for being a top guy because maybe he always played second fiddle to Flair or Hogan or whatever. But they always had to rely on him. Sting was always there.
"I look at it like this and I haven’t seen anyone make this comparison; it’s like when Harley managed Vader in WCW. There might’ve been a generation of people that watched and they’re like ‘Vader is a bad ass and he’s got that guy as his manager.’ But Harley was a bad ass and he moved into the position where he was managing. I feel that’s babyface Sting right now, as like the manager that occasionally works.
"It’s a delight to see as a guy who narrowly avoided being paralyzed and now he’s still doing it. And I think it’s great. He doesn’t have to work Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. He’s used sparingly and to me it’s a delight. Because you get these really weird situations where it’s me, it’s Sting and it’s Darby in the ring. I’m putting an age on myself but that’s three generations right there and it’s wild. I was pinching myself being in the ring with Sting.
"Afterwards he was like ‘hey I meant everything I said.’ And I was like super cool. I had to act like tough guy out there but inside I was like ‘YEEEEEE!'”
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