During an interview with Digital Spy, Paul Heyman was asked whether he thinks CM Punk would return to WWE to main event WrestleMania, which is something the wrestler-turned-MMA fighter never did.
“I don’t think Phil Brooks thinks about WWE at all anymore. I would hope that he doesn’t. I would hope that he is of the focused mindset in propelling himself into the ranks of UFC. I don’t think it’s a matter of positioning or money or spotlight anymore,” Heyman said.
“I think it’s a matter of his dream is to become a successful UFC fighter and he doesn’t even have a thought regarding WWE, at least I would hope that he doesn’t. Because I don’t know how it would be considered productive for him to do so.”
Punk actually addressed the WrestleMania question in December 2014, a few days after it was announced that he had signed with the UFC. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Punk was asked if he still wants to someday headline WrestleMania and he had a simple response:
“No, absolutely not.”
Heyman also explained why Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns should headline WrestleMania instead of AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura.
He said, “Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns is the main event of this year’s WrestleMania because there’s more interest in this match than there is in any other. Period. Exclamation point. That’s the match that sells this show.
“All these other matches are very intriguing. Each one of them is worthy of insight and preview and speculation. But only one can be the true main event. Only one can be the match that’s listed in the history books as this was the most important. This drew the attention, this is what we banked on.
“And on Sunday, April 8, 2018, WrestleMania 34 we are banking on Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns in the main event. That’s no disrespect to anyone else who plays a vital role on this show. It really isn’t.
“AJ Styles versus Nakamura is a fascinating match-up. Ronda Rousey in her debut teaming with a fellow Olympian Kurt Angle against the First Couple of the WWE Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Fascinating match-up on so many different levels.
“John Cena having called out The Undertaker is of a historic nature that can’t be oversold. And again, what a fantastic thing to speculate about. But there’s only one true main event. And that main event happens to be Brock Lesnar versus Roman Reigns.
“If someone else in this time period before WrestleMania can create such interest that the show’s fortune rides on them, then they will replace Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar in the main event of WrestleMania. But until that happens I think we have enough on our side of the argument to continue the public interest and the public intrigue in this match.”
Heyman also discussed if he would welcome Hulk Hogan back to WWE, Daniel Bryan being cleared to wrestle, why Goldberg wanted to be inducted by him, if Ronda Rousey’s UFC losses take away from her mystique and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.