CM Punk and WWE management did not exactly part on great terms. In fact, seeing the former WWE champ in the fold has been deemed a long shot. However, the landscape changes dramatically if the business is involved. And it appears that at some point, Punk may be seen back in the WWE but at a certain capacity.

Just recently, word got out that Punk was reportedly auditioning for a role on Fox Sports' WWE Backstage studio show. The 40-year-old appeared on Collider Live recently and confirmed parts of the story.

However, WWE fans may want to lower their expectations (for now) as far as seeing him back in the ring. It appears that the man known as Phil Brooks in real life is willing to do anything except to wrestle.

"I’m open to anything, and if they come at me with, ‘Hey we want you to wrestle,’ I’m gonna be like, ‘um, I’m not interested’. But I’ve grown so much as a person, and I look back at all the stuff and - I don’t need it. I don’t need the confrontation, and I don’t need the drama. But I’m a businessman, you know? But I also put my morals and my integrity above business deals," he said in that interview.

Whether he wrestles or not, it remains that some friction could ensue. Assuming he does officially get on board, one man who may not be so happy is Triple H. Based on how his conversation on the Sports Illustrated Media podcast went, it appears that the WWE Executive Vice President of Talent is open to the idea for as long as it is right for WWE fans.

"If the opportunity is right for everybody and it’s right for our fans, then we are willing to put the past behind us and move forward. So, I would say, never say never, but that’s also probably a long way from coming to. I don’t know. That’s also a little bit outside of my purview at the moment,” said Triple H.

Either way, seeing Punk back in the WWE would be something interesting. However, it will bring in a lot of intrigues as well. The WWE has had a history of burying the hatchet with past stars. But in the case of CM Punk, that messed up separation back in 2014 certainly seems pretty fresh until now.

CM Punk CM Punk's WWE Championship reign was the longest in three decades. Photo: Getty