Back in November, CM Punk shocked the wrestling world when he returned to the WWE fold as an analyst on WWE Backstage. Since then, former Universal Champion Seth Rollins has issued numerous challenges to The Straight Edge Superstar in the hope he will get back in the ring and face him.
Unfortunately for The Monday Night Messiah, this isn't a match that interests Punk as he revealed during a recent appearance on the Swings & Mrs. podcast what it would take for him to return to the squared circle. Ultimately, The Voice Of The Voiceless said he would only come back if he faced an opponent that "motivated" him, and so far, no promotion has been able to offer him that.
"If the business was right and I had somebody that motivated me across the ring from me I think might be able to get it done," Punk said. "Nobody's dangled the correct carrot."
The former WWE Champion then revealed the "correct carrot" would only be a small handful of opponents, but that he would end his wrestling hiatus to take on Daniel Bryan, John Cena, and Rey Mysterio in WWE. Punk also didn't rule out wrestling for another promotion as he said the last opponent he would come out of retirement for was New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Will Ospreay.
The WWE Backstage analyst said: "As far as people that I've worked with before, if there was like a clean slate so to speak, if the money was right, I think a guy like Daniel Bryan I would go 'okay I'll listen to your idea.' If you said John Cena, I'd probably listen to your idea, Rey Mysterio, I would listen to your idea. For people I haven't ever wrestled before, I think Will Ospreay, I think I would listen to your idea.
"But like I said, there's a lot of moving parts but I'm busy doing other stuff and nobody I think has found the right combination of ways to approach me. It's not all up to me ladies and gentlemen, it's up to the people who run the companies."