CM Punk Says He Probably Returned From Injury Too Early, Would Love To Take Time Off

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CM Punk was recently interviewed by Ariel Helwani of, and discussed a number of topics, including his match with The Rock, his character's direction, MMA, his feelings on being left off of WrestleMania posters, and more. Punk and Helwani have the following exchange regarding Punk's recent knee injury:

Helwani: "How's the knee?"
Punk: "The knee's all right."
Helwani: "How'd you come back so quickly?"
Punk: "I'm stupid."
Helwani: "You shouldn't have come back so quickly?"
Punk: "Probably not."
Helwani: "Do you feel the effects of that?"
Punk: "Yeah, absolutely. It looks like I have a second kneecap on my knee - scar tissue and stuff like that."
Helwani: "Will you need to take time off at some point?"
Punk: "Need?"
Helwani: "Do you want to?"
Punk: "I would love to."
Helwani: "Maybe after April? You can't take time off now, this is-"
Punk: "I can technically do what I want, but I don't know if April is the season to try to take time off. WrestleMania and everything like that. The biggest show of the year, the biggest money-making show of the year, you obviously want a piece of that."
Helwani: "How close to 100% are you right now?"
Punk: "I don't think I was 100% before my surgery, you know what I mean? My knee is better now than it was. I tore my knee up in September against John Cena in Boston Garden. It's better now than it was, but y'know, that's a relative term. I don't know what 100% means anymore."

Click here to watch the full interview.

  • Boogie

    Best in the world

  • Mitchy

    I have a lot of respect for this man.. BEST IN THE WORLD.

  • CM Punk is one tough SOB! Truly the Best In The World

    • sweet

      hell no

  • Ahh what the heck, Best in the world!

  • D_gilbert88

    A year ago, he would have been given as much time as he needs. Now he’s in the ‘cena bracket’ of superstars that wwe needs 24/7.

  • Raul Menendez

    Daniel Bryan is the best wrestler in the world. Suckas!

    • He really isn’t. I’ve watched his work in the WWE and it’s been good, but nowhere near the level that the IWC promoted for him. Guys like Daniels, Aries, Punk, Cesaro are better in my opinion.

      • People said the same about RVD when he finally came to WWE. But you need to understand, in order to fully appreciate some guys, then need more than a 2-6 minute tv match. Its when they get into that 15+ minute range where you start seeing the variety in their knowledge of maneuvers. Plus, there’s the ring psychology that dictates when to perform those more obscure maneuvers. And there’s also the fact that WWE wants every guy (depending on their “spot” on the roster) to have 2-5 “easily recognizable moves that their audience will relate to that specific wrestler.”

  • LeftyTosser

    Some of us fans would like to see him take some time off as well. Especially off the mic.

    • Cody Zeller

      No we wouldn’t.

      • LeftyTosser


    • Gary Robert

      you want the guy with the clear cut best mic work in the business today to stay off the mic? Genius.

  • Winnipeg

    Should have not come back so soon. Knee injuries if not looked after properly will shorten your career greatly. Im only 27 and Ive had one busted knee cap and dislocated it once. I can no longer run longer then 25 min, 40 if I really push it. Once your knees are gone your pretty much done.

  • Dangerous Lee

    I have a second knee cap too. But it’s from doing a buttload of squats.

  • Because Stone Cold Says So

    What a whiner.