Triple H has discussed the last time he spoke to CM Punk and says for Punk to return to WWE it has to be something the straight-edge superstar really wants.
Punk’s exit from WWE in 2014 is well documented. Following the 2014 Royal Rumble, Punk went home and has not appeared in a wrestling capacity for any company since. Punk’s official release from WWE was then granted on his wedding day in June 2014.
In an appearance on the ‘Pardon My Take’ podcast the WWE COO discussed the last time he had spoken to Punk. The Game also noted that it would take a desire on CM Punk’s part to return to the WWE ring.
Triple H explained:
“Last time I talked to [Punk]? A year and a half… a year and three quarters ago? A funny thing that people constantly will say, when his return is [brought up][…] but in some way, I don’t know whether he does or not, but that has to be what he wants. When people talk about it, they go, ‘Make the call!’ What says if we make the call he wants to answer? What says if we make the call he doesn’t go, like, ‘Yeah, I’m not interested in doing that anymore.’ Maybe he’s just done with it.”
“I think that those are conversations that only those people can directly answer. I think if he wants to do it, either we would get word and we would have those conversations or he would make a call, or you know, anything like that, but there has to be a desire there to do something like that. This business is too all in to just go like, ‘Ehhh, alright, I’ll do it.’”
Punk began working for Fox as an analyst on the WWE Backstage show in the autumn of 2019. He appeared on the show a handful of times before it was originally suspended in June 2020.
Triple H added that there were opportunities during Punk’s time working on WWE Backstage to make a return happen:
“CM Punk worked with us on the FOX show, what, a year ago? There were opportunities there. There were people around each other at all times. You know, again, I’ll never say never but the desire needs to be there on all sides to make that happen.”
Triple H has also recently given his thoughts on the current jam-packed wrestling schedule, and if there is too much of the product on television.