Marc Raimondi of ESPN has a great article up looking at the return of CM Punk to pro wrestling.
It turns out WWE had apparently reached out to Punk around December 2020 to potentially bring him in. However, he felt like WWE “played games” during the talks.
“I remember one of the first things I ever said to them was, ‘Above all, don’t play games,’” Punk recalled. “And they played games. Some things never change. … When you enter a conversation with people you have a past with and you know who they are, how seriously can you take it? I know exactly who they are and they just continue to prove it. I’m trying to be as diplomatic as I possibly can.”