It's been over four years since CM Punk left the wrestling world, but his name lives on among plenty of die-hard fans.
The recently-turned 40-year-old tried his hand at mixed martial arts but lost both of his fights in the UFC.
It would be a huge surprise to see him return to the octagon after two such underwhelming performances and UFC president Dana White has suggested Punk's MMA career is done, so what next?
Fans seem to hold out some eternal hope that the Chicago hero will make a return to the WWE or, at the very least, return to wrestling in some capacity whether that be Ring of Honor, Japan or elsewhere.
Punk has continued to shoot down those rumours and insist he has no desire to return to the WWE, but fans like to dream.
The Voice of the Voiceless recently spoke with The Associated Press to promote his commentary debut with the Cage Fury Fighting Championships. Having always been a respected and entertaining talker, it seems like a natural next step in his career.
Punk will make his commentary debut for the promotion at their December 14 event in Atlantic City, NJ, which will air on UFC Fight Pass. During the interview, Punk was asked how he feels about fans still chanting his name at WWE events.
"You stop it and five years later people still talk about you? Fans still chant your name? That's powerful to me," Punk said.
He's not wrong. His connection with the WWE universe was certainly something special at the time and its longevity is impressive for sure.
Does that make him want to get back in the ring, though? Apparently not and it's hard to see what it would take to make that dream return happen.
Still, the fact he's paying attention to it is more than most fans imagined. As they always say in the wrestling business: never say never.
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