Since cutting the promo that changed his career, the straight-edge superstar has had classic matches, been proposed to, and most importantly enjoyed a WWE Championship reign that is one of the longest in recent memory.
So why would he let the Rock come in and steal his thunder?
I spoke to the Voice of the Voiceless in the days leading up to his SummerSlam title defense to find out why he put the Peopleís Champ on his back, what we can expect from his triple-threat match, and his take on Brock Lesnar vs. Triple HÖ
Gordon Holmes: At Raw 1000 you shocked the world when you made the Rock eat your knee. What inspired that sudden move?
CM Punk: I donít think it was sudden at all. Iíd been very vocal about the Rock coming back and cherry-picking the days he comes in. So, when he comes in Iím going to smack him in the face.
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