On January 7, CM Punk dropped his second official pipebomb, during which he quipped that Bruno Sammartino as WWE champion only performed once a month at Madison Square Garden.
Following that promo, Billy Graham espoused his outrage over the comment, saying Punk should be ashamed of himself. Bruno, thankfully, sees it differently.
In an interview with Inside The Ropes, Bruno responded to Punk and Graham, saying of CM Punk:
I think his interviews for a villain...I think he's very, very good. That's why it surprised me that Billy Graham would say anything when he used to be a villain who would say things to put down his opponents, even myself...I took no offence at CM Punk, I know he was doing it to be a villain, that's what he does. But I think he does a very good job when he gets on that microphone as a villain, what he says, how he talks, how he says it. As a villain I think he does a tremendous job and as a wrestler, I've seen him a few times and I think he's pretty darn good. He's not too bad at all.
Of course, wrestling was still a sport for giants when Samamrtino was in his prime, and The Living Legend noted, "The only thing is I think if he was in my era, he would be a little bit too small, we had bigger built guys back then."
Still, it's nice to see Bruno not be too sensitive and get bitter like other older superstars can, as he could've easily taken CM Punk's comments the wrong way.
Punk has gotten praise from other icons like Bret Hart and Steve Austin, though The Second City Saint has every reason to be flattered by Bruno's compliments.
The Italian Superman had similarly kind words for John Cena:
He looks very well, looks like he works out very hard. He moves well in the ring and I have only seen him maybe twice all together. I have not seen enough of him, but from what I've seen you can tell he absolutely is one of the top ones in the organization but sometimes I would like to see these guys wrestle a 30-40 minute match. i [sic] can get a better idea of how good they are, [sic] when they have to put in that kind of time
Bruno will certainly get his chance, as fans can expect Twice in a Lifetime to go around the 30-minute mark.
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