CM Punk Joins WWE Backstage

CM Punk appeared on tonight’s episode of WWE Backstage on FS1 and will be appearing on the show “periodically” going forward, WWE on FOX announced.

Punk was introduced at the end of tonight’s show, came out to “Cult of Personality” and said, “It’s as simple as this. Just when they think they’ve got the answers, I change the culture. I’ll see you here next week.”

Punk will be a FOX employee and not a WWE employee. But according to PWInsider, WWE gave their personal blessing for the FOX deal.

Punk’s WWE run ended poorly with him walking out in 2014.

WWE announced Punk’s new role on their website.

Punk had a tryout for the show in September for the role of an analyst. The deal was finalized in just the past few days after some back and forth, according to PWInsider.

PWInsider added that no one on camera knew that he would be appearing other than Renee Young in order to prevent the news from leaking.

Last week’s premiere of WWE Backstage drew just 49,000 viewers, so we’ll see if Punk helps their numbers.