The fact that no-one knew CM Punk was returning on last night’s episode of WWE Backstage is actually incredible.
Given that everyone pretty much knows everything going on in wrestling thanks to inside sources, it’s astonishing that no-one leaked the news.
The reason for the lack of leak it seems is that pretty much no-one knew about it. In fact, Renee Young was the only person on the presenting team that had any idea it was about to happen.
PWInsider reports that none of Booker T, Paige, Samoa Joe or Adam Cole was aware of the fact Punk was about to be introduced, and that their reactions were completely genuine.
The deal to bring him in was reportedly only finalised in the last couple of days, and his deal is only with FOX and not with WWE.
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) November 13, 2019
Here is what WWE had to say on the matter:
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.