Well it was bound to happen at some point, wasn’t it? Seth Rollins has challenged CM Punk to a match at WrestleMania 36.
“He knows where I’m going to be this Sunday and Monday—maybe Saturday, maybe Friday, who knows—but he knows for sure where I’m going to be Sunday and Monday.
“Maybe he’s hiding out in LA sitting behind his little desk, maybe he’s a little ‘keyboard warrior’-ish too, who knows.”
Rollins is of course referring to the fact he’ll be in Punk’s hometown of Chicago this weekend for Survivor Series. Needless to say, any kind of Punk presence on the pay-per-view would send the live crowd and the internet into a frenzy.
“I don’t know what he’s up to, but the bottom line is wherever, whenever he wants to do this thing, if he wants to man up and do it, I’m there.
“For me, the only place the match happens is WrestleMania in the main event. That’s the only reason I’m picking a fight with him, I’ve got no other interest than that. If he’s interested, it’s out there. Any time you’re ready, let’s go.”
Punk made his first appearance as a panellist on WWE Backstage this Tuesday, and had some brutal advice for Rollins after he’d already thrown some virtual jabs on Twitter:
“I want my journalistic integrity to be intact, so this isn’t the show where you come on and shoot your little angles.
“Seth needs to stop tweeting and realise sometimes it’s better to be viewed as the fool and shut your mouth, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”
Rollins also responded directly to Punk’s comments in the interview:
“Say whatever you want, play it however you want, that’s what Punk always does,” Rollins said, “but at the end of the day if he wants to come on a show and run his mouth about me and a company that he has had no part of for five years, then of course I’m going to stand up for it. This is a place that has given me everything that I’ve ever wanted in my life, not only for me but has provided me a living for my family, for people that I love, that I care about and of course I’m going to have its back. I’m not going to sit here and let you push it around, push me around and act like you’re so cool. You couldn’t bust a cherry in a fruit fight, dude.”
“I want to make some money, so if CM Punk wants to talk all of the smack in the world, I’ve invited him a million times to come to my ring,” Rollins said, “to my domain on live television where you can’t hide behind anything, no desk in LA. Let’s do this thing, man. Let’s fight. Let’s fight it out like men.”
You can watch the full interview here: