CM Punk says people have misunderstood his feelings about wrestling. He absolutely wants to come back, but the situation needs to be right.
And, by right, Punk means that he needs the proper incentive and to be approached in a way that makes him feel appreciated.
During promotions for Punk's new film, Girl on the Third Floor, the crew from Barstool Sports' My Mom's Basement podcast asked him about returning to wrestling. It's a question that gets asked by many who interview Punk. Only this time, his answer was a bit different.
"Absolutely," Punk stated.
He went on to say, "For five years I've always been asked that question. No matter what I say, it gets reduced to click bait and it gets warped." He's not wrong either. It seems no matter what answer Punk gives, someone takes his response to mean he now hates the industry or that he's completely ruled out a return. And, to be fair, he's not always been positive about the possibility of coming back.
But, things have changed. With time away from the industry, Punk is re-examining his place outside the world of wrestling and seems ready to come back, he just doesn't know if it will ever happen.
"I think I've always been open to it. My attitude has always been that I don't see it happening. I think I've talked about it more recently, but my attitude hasn't changed. People always ask what would it take to go back, and I say it would take a big bag. So people use their imaginations."
Is There Something That Would Get Punk to Change His Mind?
Saying that he's watching as both AEW and WWE use rumors of a potential return to build anticipation that he might one day come back, he's just waiting for the right company to actually formally approach him with an offer.
He says many have reached out, including AEW and Master P's new House of Glory Wrestling, but no one has done anything other than send a quick text or Instagram note. "I'm that white whale in pro wrestling. I don't know if that freaks people out on how to approach me, it is what it is. I'm open to the idea, I haven't been approached properly."