metro: The former WWE champion made his grand return to the world of professional wrestling late on Tuesday night as he strutted onto the set of WWE Backstage and left fans shook.
The 41-year-old hasn’t wrestled in the WWE since his disgruntled exit in 2014, so it was a bit of a shock to discover that he will now be a special contributor and analyst on the FS1 studio show from next week.
In the final moments of last night’s WWE Backstage, CM Punk – real name Phil Brooks – strutted onto the set to his entrance song, Living Colour’s Cult of Personality, as Paige said in the background: ‘No way! Is this a rib?’
Punk walked up to the camera and said: ‘It’s as simple as this – just when they think they got the answers, I change the culture. I’ll see you here next week.’
Fans of the legend were pretty taken aback but were feeling pretty nostalgic about the return of Punk to WWE.
Cm Punk is officially on WWE Backstage
Bro.. I.. I knew he’d come home man.. pic.twitter.com/nWZZFjrydO
— “The Peind” Spray Wyatt (@XThreeee) November 13, 2019
Me: “Man I’m done with CM Punk”
[ Cult of Personality hits ]
LOOK IN MY EYES WHAT DO YOU SEE pic.twitter.com/nUEaCAXM4s
— Flyra Glass (@BackhandBandit) November 13, 2019
DID CM PUNK REALLY JUST RETURN ON A TUESDAY NIGHT 11PM SHOW NO ONES HEARD OF AND NO ONE WATCHES
— VinceMcMahonGoogling (@VinceGoogling) November 13, 2019
CM Punk & Adam Cole in the same room in 2019.
— TWC – #BigDaddyCiampa (@TheWrestlingCov) November 13, 2019
Cm Punk is officially on #WWEBackstage
Bro.. I.. I knew he’d come home man.. pic.twitter.com/b8AoCyuizf
— Mohit Tiwari (@Mohitiwari_) November 13, 2019
Punk said back in October that he had auditioned for a role on WWE Backstage, telling Collider: ‘This goes back to me being in a position in my life where I’m like, “What do you got?” I’m very much in a position where I’m like, “Well, talk to me”. I’m open to anything.’
However, he claimed he had never been contacted after his audition – and he left the WWE nearly six years ago on a pretty sour note.
The star notoriously walked out on WWE in January 2014 at the height of his career, with the company removing Punk from promotional videos and their active roster six months later.
Punk alleged that WWE handed him his termination papers on his wedding day to AJ Lee in 2014, and cited his health as the main reason for leaving the company – alleging he had been working through concussions and a staph infection.
The former Triple Crown Champion said that he would never return to WWE – but technically, as WWE Backstage is produced by Fox Sports, his contract will be with the network.
He previously put a kibosh on returning to the ring, telling Collider: ‘If they come at me and they’re like, “Hey, we want you to wrestle”. I’m gonna be like, “I’m not interested”.
‘I’ve grown so much as a person and I look back at all that stuff and I don’t need the confrontation and the drama. I’m a businessman. But I put my morals and integrity above business deals.’
Source: Published by metro