CM Punk made a surprise appearance at the end of this week's WWE Backstage, announcing he'll be on the show next week. As noted, FOX's Twitter account says Punk will be "appearing periodically" for the show.
Shortly after, WWE.com posted the following:
After a nearly six-year absence from WWE TV, CM Punk made a shocking, unannounced appearance on Tuesday night's episode of WWE Backstage, FS1's new weekly studio show.
The two-time WWE Champion arrived during the show's final moments, entering to the sounds of Living Colour's "Cult of Personality," Punk's entrance music during his storied in-ring career.
"It's as simple as this: Just when they think they've got the answers, I change the culture," Punk told the camera, before adding, "I'll see you here next week."
Within minutes, the WWE on FOX Twitter account confirmed that Punk will make periodic appearances on WWE Backstage beginning next Tuesday.
Punk left an unforgettable legacy during his WWE career, including holding the WWE Championship for a remarkable 434 days. Since parting ways with WWE, Punk has gone on to author comic books for Marvel, compete in UFC and, more recently, star in the horror film "Girl on the Third Floor," released in theaters last month.
Don't miss Punk's headline-making return to WWE Backstage next Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET on FS
Wrestling Inc. was sent the statement below regarding Punk's new role:
CM Punk, one of the most celebrated WWE Superstars of all time, joins the roster of FS1's WWE Backstage, beginning next week, Tuesday Nov. 19 at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT
Phil Brooks, better known as CM Punk, joins WWE Backstage as a special contributor and analyst. He will make select appearances in studio alongside host Renee Young and analyst Booker T.
"The Best in the World" joins fellow regular contributors Christian and Paige, as well as new correspondent Ryan Satin on the WWE Backstage rotation.
Television's only studio show devoted to all things WWE, Backstage discusses the week's biggest sotires with a varied cast of guest and personalities, in addition to breaking news and exclusive behind-the-scenes access to WWE.
As noted, Punk's deal for the show is with FOX Sports and not WWE.