Michelle Beadle discusses CM Punk, while RedEye Chicago catches up with the former wrestler since announcing his retirement.
On The Big Lead, Ryan Glassspeigel talks about Michelle Beadle’s recent appearance on Jim Ross's podcast to discuss the WWE since she’s vocal fan of the genre. While driving on the 10, Beadle was listening when Colin Cowherd was belittling WWE fans and performers after the Ultimate Warrior's death. The two were former co-hosts at ESPN for three years and Glassspeigel wonders how she accepted the differences and Cowherd’s need to label wrestling fans “booger-eating.”
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"I tried to call in and I tried to text. I tried to get through somehow, some way, because he was doing the same rant." Beadle goes on to say that Daniel Bryan proves the changes in the WWE organization to avoid past mistakes, like steroids, and he "doesn't fit into the category I feel like Colin has grouped every wrestler into."
When speaking to Ross, Beadle discusses CM Punk's hatred of Cowherd for the mindless rants after Eddie Guerrero's passing. She openly admits "Colin had the same rants" through both deaths, and that he knows the same facts she does. "You can make fun of [the WWE Universe] all you want but numbers don't lie, and the WW has nothing to back down about."
However, she does point out "that's what radio is. You want a lot of people listening" because "its when they're in the middle and don't care that you fail" to grab an audience. Audiences are fickle and move on easily, so staying relevant and a little controversial keep the conversation going when needed.
And TWNPNews's Steve Carrier reports that in the same interview, Beadle caused a rift in what she perceived as a friendship with Punk by calling him a "f--kface," which he and now-fiancee A.J. Lee felt to be disrespectful.
After the end of the friendship, she was disappointed because "I thought he was one of those cool guys that kind of didn’t fall into a certain role" and "to have somebody tattle on me and have their girlfriend get in my face is a little pathetic."
Beadle claims to have moved on. As a fan of the genre, she misses him in the ring since "there’s really no one that can get on a microphone and do what he does.” She hopes to see him at events like Wrestlemania, but she admits he has a "beautiful place in Chicago, has a great life, great friends" to keep him in retirement.
Speaking of early retirements, RedEye Chicago's Ernest Wilkins interviewed CM Punk, real name Phil Brooks, about painting a custom-made chair in honor of Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary. The chair'll be available for auction online through the Cubs Charities.
All raised proceeds shall be split between Cubs Charities and respective partnering organizations. The likes of famous Chicagoan actors Vince Vauhgh and Gary Sinise will be featured as well.
Brook's piece will feature Kerry Wood's 1998 20-strikeout game since "that's the most impressively pitched game in major league history to me." He's looking beyond resigning from the WWE by happily enjoying memories of the Cubs who left an impact on him. Brooks names Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Greg Maddux, and Ryan Sutcliffe's "sweet beard."
The former wrestler seems to be looking forward to the future in early retirement, just like Beadle predicted.