CM Punk continues to build his career apart from the wrestling business, but many fans continue to wonder the former WWE Champion will ever return to the ring.
Punk’s answers to this question have somewhat varied over the years, but in a recent interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Punk candidly stated that he’d be open to considering a return if it was a “fun, quality wrestling project.”
“I don’t know,” said Punk. “I’ve said no before in interviews. I’m not fishing for a deal. I get offered to do a lot of stuff, and I say no to 90% of it just because my thing is I need to work with quality human beings.
“It just seems like maybe in pro wrestling there is a lack of quality human beings. I don’t know. I like doing fun, quality projects. If there is a fun, quality wrestling project that gets sent my way, I will listen to it.”
To further explain his mindset, Punk made it clear that he doesn’t need to wrestle for what would surely be a sizable paycheck. Plus, he expressed that he doesn’t want to be involved with an on-air product that’s “awful.” Instead, he wants to have fun and give people enjoyable content.
“The way the wrestling business is now, it’s wacky,” said Punk. “You’ve got WWE, who has multiple billion-dollar television deals, and the television’s awful. I go back there, I’m just another guy. And it’s not even that—I’d be just another guy that’s doing not-good television.
“I want to do stuff that’s good. I want my name attached to quality projects, where it’s fun and it makes people laugh, smile, think and people don’t hate watching it. I want to do fun stuff.”