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CM Punk discusses what it would take for him to return to the ring


CM Punk talked to Renee Paquette regarding a variety of wrestling subjects, including unionization, Twitch, and a possible return to the ring.

Punk talked to Paquette on the latest episode of her podcast, Oral Sessions. When asked about potentially returning to the ring, Punk stressed that it was about finding the right scenario.

“Without wanting to insult anybody on any either side of the fence, any WWE talent or any AEW talent, it would take - above all - an interesting scenario. A story that would be fun to tell," he told Paquette (H/T Cageside Seats). "Also, just the stupidest amount of money. But they could just save themselves a whole lot of money if they just presented, like, a fun storyline.”

He also expressed interest in an AEW run as opposed to a WWE one, citing the desire to wrestle new faces.

“I think there’s more interesting people on the AEW side of things for me to wrestle, but that’s just because I’ve never wrestled them before. Young Bucks, Kenny Omega. Talking about your husband. I look at that and I go, ‘Well, I wrestled him already.’ So it’s just less interesting than something new. And on the WWE side of things, I don’t know that there’s anybody there currently that I haven’t wrestled that I would be interested in wrestling.”

When asked about wrestlers potentially forming a union, Punk expressed doubt that it would ever happen. “No, and just because there’s no such thing as ‘the boys’", he responded. "It’s a trope. ‘Oh, we’re on the road, and these people are our family,’ and like I said, once you’re out of the bubble, you don’t hear from anybody anymore. Those people don’t pay your bills. There’s always gonna be a handful of people that will undercut everybody else just to get ahead a little bit. There seems to be a lot of people that not only by nature, are bootlickers - they just love the taste.”

When it came to Twitch, Punk compared the situation between Zelina Vega’s release for keeping her Twitch account and Xavier Woods becoming a host for the G4 Network’s upcoming revival with WWE's blessing.

“I don’t know what’s going on with his Twitch channel so I don’t want to speak out of turn on that,” he said. “I just saw he was petitioning to get a job with G4. Why is it ok for him to do that but Zelina Vega can’t have a Twitch?"

Punk and Paquette were co-hosts on WWE Backstage, a studio talk show. The show was cancelled in June.