Last night, or first thing this morning if you’re in the UK, the wrestling world exploded when none other than CM Punk appeared on WWE Backstage to announce he would be a guest contributor on the show.
While this wasn’t the triumphant return to the ring many had hoped for, it’s certainly better than nothing, and now some more details have emerged courtesy of PWInsider.
The report is that Punk’s deal is only with FOX and not with WWE, although it is reported that WWE gave its blessing for FOX to make the signing.
Apparently FOX and Punk had been circling on a deal for a while, but it was only signed in the last few days.
As for how often he will be appearing, Punk has already confirmed he will be there next week, and he will then appear frequently, but not every week going forward.
Here is the moment he returned:
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) November 13, 2019
Here is WWE’s statement regarding Punk’s return:
After a nearly six-year absence from WWE TV, CM Punk made a shocking, unannounced appearance on Tuesday night’s episode of WWE Backstage, FS1’s new weekly studio show.
The two-time WWE Champion arrived during the show’s final moments, entering to the sounds of Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality,” Punk’s entrance music during his storied in-ring career.
“It’s as simple as this: Just when they think they’ve got the answers, I change the culture,” Punk told the camera, before adding, “I’ll see you here next week.”
Within minutes, the WWE on FOX Twitter account confirmed that Punk will make periodic appearances on WWE Backstage beginning next Tuesday.
Punk left an unforgettable legacy during his WWE career, including holding the WWE Championship for a remarkable 434 days. Since parting ways with WWE, Punk has gone on to author comic books for Marvel, compete in UFC and, more recently, star in the horror film “Girl on the Third Floor,” released in theaters last month.
Don’t miss Punk’s headline-making return to WWE Backstage next Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET on FS.