For the second time in as many days, CM Punk has addressed the reports he’s auditioned for a role on Fox Sports’ WWE Backstage studio show and his relationship with WWE.
This time, it was while on Collider Live with Kristian Harloff & Roxy Striar (embedded above). Punk’s making the rounds to promote Girl on the Third Floor, the horror movie he stars in that comes out Oct. 25. But as is always the case for the Chicagoan, he can’t escape questions about wrestling. The difference lately is, Punk’s more than willing to address them.
Specifically, it’s the “WWE return” rumors which have been going around. In this interview, he confirmed part of the story - and provided new details about what WWE Backstage will be - while more less refuting another part.
“Yeah I did it [auditioned for WWE Backstage]... I’m very much in a position where, ‘Well talk to me.’
I’m open to anything, and if they come at me with, ‘Hey we want you to wrestle,’ I’m gonna be like, ‘um, I’m not interested’. But 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, you know? But I also put my morals and my integrity above business deals.
If you want me to do anything, well OK, then talk to me. But don’t waste my time.
I don’t know [what the ideal offer/role would be]. I don’t have numbers, or specifics, or details or anything like that. My agents got me on the phone and they’re like FOX spent a lot of money for the rights for, what I understand, just SmackDown - I thought it was the whole thing, I thought they were getting TV rights to WWE. So... I guess they’re looking at things and ratings still are dipping and that’s been happening for 20 plus 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’s doing 3.8’s and I was getting blamed for it, like that’s a bad rating. Now they would f***ing kill to have a 3.8! So my agents just called me and they’re like, ‘Fox is throwing everything at this because they spent a lot of money on this and they’re all in and they have to make it work’. I think originally I thought it was a WWE thing, so I was just like, ‘meh, no.’ But then they said, ‘this is FOX.’
I’m not dealing with anybody in WWE... They explained to me what it was and I love Renee Young. Renee Young is a great person - she’s Canadian, so obviously she’s like super over-the-top nice and friendly. It’s along the lines of what I do for CFFC [Cage Fury Fighting Championships, where Punk does color commentary]. But 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 that it’s anything but bad.’
So they want to present it like it’s a real sport, and just have a show that recaps stuff - just like they do with the NFL, just like the NHL Network would do with hockey games and stuff like that. That’s where we are with that.
No [no one from WWE has reached out to him since the audition]. I’m the boogeyman.”
So, as the man himself said, that’s where we are with that.