CM Punk recently made major headlines when he returned to WWE television on the FS1 show, WWE Backstage.
Talking to Comic Book, Jim Ross talks about how he feels about CM Punk making his return and also reveals that he himself turned down the role of experienced analyst for the FS1 show.
“[I wasn’t] big-time surprised. I thought [they’d get him when] they got the pay in line with what he’s looking for to work part-time. The other thing is that he doesn’t have to [WWE TV]. That’s my understanding, he won’t be going back to the WWE community at TV [tapings]. He’ll be going to LA, very different deal. I was offered that opportunity. Not his opportunity, I was offered an opportunity to be on a show with Renee [Young], but I’d already had already committed to Tony Khan and AEW. I’m not big on breaking my commitments or breaking my word…”
I’m glad to see him going back on TV. He’s got a lot to offer. He’s creative, he’s smart, he’s a great polarizing performer. He’s a great talent, one of the best talents I’ve ever been around. Would I have wanted him to work for us? Of course, I would. We would love that too. But it wasn’t in the cards right now and it may never be in the cards. For established people like that, established big-time programs, that need to be a part of that landscape. And Phil Brooks, AKA CM Punk, needs to be apart of progressing landscape in some shape, form or fashion. He made a lot of money, he’s smart, he saved it, he’s not under financial duress, so he should do things that he has fun doing.”