Is CM Punk ready to tame the beast? He’s about to find out as the UFC fighter and former WWE star has a new job. Punk will join retired NFL player Tiki Barber as a US host of Ultimate Beastmaster Season 3, Netflix’s take on American Ninja Warrior set inside an obstacle course that looks like a giant dragon.
The news was announced by Punk and Netflix simultaneously, with the former WWE Champion tweeting, “The Beast is back and I’ll be your host for Team USA along with [my] co-host the awesome [Tiki Barber]! Don’t miss the most intense obstacle course in the world!!!!! [Ultimate Beastmaster] Season 3 coming in 2018!” The role will see him interviewing competitors and working with Barber to provide commentary while people run the obstacle course.
The Beast is back and I’ll be your host for Team USA along with the my co-host the awesome @TikiBarber! Don’t miss the most intense obstacle course in the world!!!!! #UltimateBeastmaster Season 3 coming in 2018!!!!! pic.twitter.com/j9nS4n7Udg
— Coach (@CMPunk) February 27, 2018
Punk replaces comedian Chris Distefano, who teamed with Barber in Season 2. He’s not the only wrestler joining the series, though. Stu Bennett, who previously competed in WWE as Wade Barrett, will serve as one of the hosts for Team UK. “The beast is the gnarliest, most intense, most demonic obstacle course ever created,” Bennett says in a video on Twitter. “And you are not going to want to miss this.”
— Stu Bennett (@StuBennett) February 27, 2018
Naturally, Beastmaster isn’t the only thing Punk has going on at the moment. While a return to UFC has yet to be announced, he’s teased on Twitter that the company’s June show in his hometown of Chicago may be where he’ll fight next.
The series returns to Netflix later in 2018. The new season will feature teams from nine countries competing to be crowned the year’s Ultimate Beastmaster.