CM Punk has shut down any rumours about a potential return to WWE in the future, describing the company's current television product as 'awful'.
Punk departed WWE in early 2014 over alleged issues with the promotion, including creative differences. Aside from a few appearances on WWE Backstage, a deal struck with FOX Sports, Punk has not had any real interaction with his former employers.
The 42-year-old seems more open to a return to wrestling in some capacity but has suggested he does not believe WWE would be the right avenue, saying he does not enjoy their product and feels the current shows are 'awful'.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, he said: "I've said no before in interviews. I’m not fishing for a deal. I get offered to do a lot of stuff, and I say no to 90% of it just because my thing is I need to work with quality human beings. It just seems like maybe in pro wrestling there is a lack of quality human beings.
"I don’t know. I like doing fun, quality projects. If there is a fun, quality wrestling project that gets sent my way, I will listen to it.
"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.
"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."