CP Punk gave the WWE Universe some measure of hope after working on a WWE project for FS1 last week. But while he's confirmed he auditioned for the company's studio show, WWE Backstage, he's not interested in getting back into the ring and revealed that he'd be working with FOX and not WWE if he lands the job.
The former wrestler, who's also a target for AEW, spoke to Collider on Wednesday, ahead of the promotion's television debut on TNT. Punk says he's open to just about anything, as long as it doesn't involve actual wrestling.
"I’m very much in the position in my life where I’m like ‘Well, talk to me.’ I’m open to anything, and if they come at me and they’re like ‘We want you to wrestle’, I’m not interested," he said (h/t Mandatory).
"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. I’m a businessman, but I put my morals and integrity above business deals. If you want me to do anything, talk to me, but don’t waste my time."
Punk went on to explain his dealings with FOX.
"FOX spent a lot of money on getting the rights for, what I understand, just SmackDown. I thought it was the whole thing, I thought they were getting TV rights for WWE. So what did they spend, $4.5 billion? That’s a lot of money. To get that, I guess they’re looking at ratings still dipping, but that’s been happening for 20+ years," he continued.
"When I was there and on top, RAW was getting a 3.8 and I was getting blamed for it. Now they would f*cking kill to have a 3.8. So, my agent just called me and said that FOX is throwing a lot of money at this because they spent a lot of money and they have to make it work."
What's The Deal Really?
Punk has explained that a role on the FOX show would be similar to the work he's done with Cage Fury Fighting Championships. He claimed to love Renee Young, adding that he'd be professional but won't hesitate to speak his mind if he doesn't like something.
The goal, though, will be to portray WWE as a sport like NFL and NBA shows do. Maybe he'll get tempted to return if he sticks around long enough - then again, maybe he won't.