Since his departure from the ring in 2014, wrestling fans have been praying for the return of CM Punk to the squared-circle. Having been involved with the WWE since 2006, Punk (aka Phillip Brooks) burst onto main event status—as well as becoming one of the top names in the company—in 2011 when he delivered the “pipe bomb” promo against the company. Citing differences of opinion, poor medical attention, and numerous other faults within the company, Punk left the company in 2014 and went on to different endeavors—including writing for Marvel comics and competing in UFC. However, WWE fans continue to cheer his name at live shows and events, hoping for the “best in the world” to return.
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Recently, there have been rumors circulating that Punk would be involved in a “backstage” show for FS1 focusing on Fox’s broadcasting of WWE Smackdown, premiering Friday night. In an interview with Collider, where he also discussed the opening of his upcoming horror film Girl On The Third Floor, Punk confirmed his involvement. “Yeah I did it,” Punk said. “I’m very much in a position where, ‘Well come talk to me.’ However, Punk has made it clear that wrestling in the ring is not part of the deal.
“I’m open to anything… If they come to me with, ‘Hey we want you to wrestle,’ I’ll say, ‘um, I’m not interested’… I’ve grown so much as a person and I look back at all the stuff and I don’t need it. I don’t need the confrontation and I don’t need the drama. But I’m a businessman. I also put my morals and my integrity above business deals.”
Punk did take a moment to provide a truthful criticism regarding the current product the company is putting out.
“Ratings are still dipping and that’s been happening for 20+ years. Trust me, I’m not saying that it’s because I’m not there or anything like that. When I was there and I was on top, RAW was doing 3.8’s and I was getting blamed for it, like that’s a bad rating. Now they would f–king kill to have a 3.8!“
He also added that he is dealing primarily with Fox—not WWE—and that he won’t be forced to speak positively on the WWE.
“I’m not dealing with anybody in WWE… I prefaced it with, ‘Guys, I’m not going to come in and dump all over stuff just to dump on it. That’s old Phil. But if it’s bad, I’m not going to be able to pretend it’s anything but bad.’“
WWE Smackdown debuts on Fox Friday night at 8pm PDT. Girl On The Third Floor releases October 25th.
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Source: Wrestling Inc.