On Tuesday’s edition of WWE Backstage, the show closed with an appearance by CM Punk and the announcement that he would be returning to speak on next week’s episode.
The FS 1 show concluded with Renee Young introducing Punk, who walked out to his Living Colour theme music and stated, ‘Just when you think you have all the answers, I change the culture. I’ll see you here next week.’
The WWE on Fox Twitter account announced that Punk will be making periodic appearances on the program including next week’s episode.
Punk had been in talks with FS 1 for some time and acknowledged to Collider last month that he had auditioned for a role on the show.
It was Punk’s first appearance for a WWE-related program since leaving the company abruptly in January 2014 on the night after the Royal Rumble prior to an episode of Raw in Cleveland, Ohio. Punk was officially let go by the company in June, famously receiving his notice on his wedding day.
He then shocked many by signing with the UFC in December 2014 and dedicated himself to mixed martial arts. He had his first professional fight in September 2016 losing to Mickey Gall and then had a second fight in June 2018 where he lost to Mike Jackson by decision.
The addition of Punk will serve as a huge boost to WWE Backstage, which premiered one week ago to only 49,000 viewers. It is not known when the deal with Punk was finalized.
— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) November 13, 2019