“I Don’t Need the Money” – CM Punk on Why He Won’t Return to WWE

Published 04/22/2021, 8:42 AM EDT


CM Punk. The name and the man both haven’t left the minds of professional wrestling fans despite him leaving seven years ago. CM Punk chants are a regular thing at any WWE show or PPV irrespective of it being in Chicago.

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Since Punk’s departure, fans have always speculated when he could make a comeback. Numerous PPVs, shows, and events have been speculated, but none came to be true. Now, the ‘Best in the World’ has given a new update on his pro wrestling future.

ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 31: CM Punk attends the WWE Monday Night Raw Supershow Halloween event at the Philips Arena on October 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

CM Punk talks about his future in pro wrestling

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In a recent interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, CM Punk gave an update on his pro-wrestling return. Punk said he would definitely listen if it’s a quality project. He then weighed in on possibly going to WWE.

“I don’t need the money. And the way the wrestling business is now, it’s wacky. 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,” said Punk.

The ‘Second City Saint‘ continued, “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.”

Well, it seems like Punk is not interested to come back to WWE under any circumstance. What if WWE improves their product, though? We’ll see ‘if’ that happens. However, Punk has also said a good opportunity from anywhere, i.e. NJPW, AEW, etc. will surely be considered.

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When CM Punk left WWE, he said he would never return to the company or even pro wrestling. He said he was done with the business and moved on to the UFC. Sadly, his UFC career was a completely forgettable one, and now he puts his acting skills to good use.

Despite saying he wouldn’t return to the WWE, Punk returned for the company (kind of) when he joined as a Guest Analyst for WWE Backstage on FOX. We can all agree that Punk’s stance on a return has definitely softened over the years. And we expect him to make a return sooner than later.

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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