CM Punk is still considered as one of the all-time greats in the modern pro wrestling era, as he had a huge fan following during his time as an active in-ring competitor in WWE. While Punk hasn’t been inside a WWE ring since 2014, he still takes part in many pro wrestling interviews.
While speaking to The Movie Crypt, CM Punk talked about the times he was scared during his time in WWE. Punk especially mentioned a particularly scary spot in a match against Jeff Hardy.
Punk explained how he was laying on a table for a long time while Jeff Hardy was trying to jump off a very tall ladder and land directly onto him. During that spot, Punk was scared as Hardy was over 200 pounds and the thought of him hurdling at Punk from a great height was not a pleasant thought.
“I remember wrestling Jeff Hardy in the Staples Center and he was jumping off a very tall ladder onto me. I just had to lay on the table for an extended period of time, which really makes you think about it. It’s one of those things where, I’m just looking and thinking, ‘he’s really high up there.
You just stew in that moment and I was thinking, ‘I should just get up and walk away. Why am I laying here? This is stupid.’ He finally jumped on me and I was like, ‘Yeah, that hurt.’ You want to protect Jeff more than you want to protect yourself because he’s the one that’s jumping, but you realize that’s a 200-pound man hurdling at you from a great height and it’s not going to end well for either of you,
The match in question was CM Punk squaring off against Jeff Hardy at SummerSlam 2009 in a TLC match, where Punk defeated Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship. We will have to see if Punk will ever make his return to pro wrestling one day.
h/t to Fightful for the quotes.