Jon Werthem is featuring a Q and A article with former WWE star turned UFC fighter Phil “CM Punk” Brooks discussing his current training and his past career with WWE.

On taking a beating physically during his wrestling career:

“When I stopped wrestling I literally lay in bed for two weeks. In a lot of ways I’m still decompressing for leading that life. I definitely went through a transitional period, probably with some depression mixed in—waking up and not knowing what to do. Normally you’re waking up to catch a plane, in a different zone. But yeah, physically, you take a beating.”

What he has learned during his MMA training so far:

“I don’t think I’ve learned much that I didn’t already know—apart from technique. It’s not like the first day I got hit in the head and said, ‘This is actually hard.’ I know it was hard and I knew what went into it.”

Why being a good pro wrestler doesn’t mean anything:

“Well, that’s another thing in that phony world. What does it mean to be a good fake wrestler? That’s an identity crisis that I think I struggled with. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best; someone else picks who they want in the top spot.”

You can check out the full interview at the link below.

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