It appears that The Straight Edge Superstar has decided to take an early retirement. Reports have been coming out from multiple wrestling news outlets that CM Punk has walked out on the company. I have done my best to find the most detailed report of this on going situation and PWInsider seems to be offering the most details. Here are some excerpts from their report
Former WWE and World champion CM Punk has been pulled from all advertising of WWE live events going forward after a meeting with WWE management yesterday at the Raw taping in Cleveland, Ohio.
The belief among those who are willing to talk about the situation is that Punk is no longer factored into company plans. Punk is under contract to WWE through July.
Punk was slated to face Triple H at Wrestlemania 30. This past Monday’s Raw instead began teasing Daniel Bryan vs. HHH down the line, possibly for Wrestlemania.
It is believed that when Vince McMahon had the writers re-write Raw late yesterday (6 PM for a taping that was scheduled to start at 7:45 PM), it was because Punk had informed the company he was going home and wouldn’t be back.
While the details are still not all there, it does appear that Punk has walked out on the company. This may come as a surprise to some while others may have seen it coming. In recent months Punk has openly expressed how burnt out he was and has teased his retirement from the sport for quite some time.
Most recently in an interview with Ariel Helwani, Punk openly discussed how the constant traveling he does with company has taken its toll. He also addressed the issue with his contract saying “everything is up in the air.” It should also be noted that Punk has been disgruntled about part-timers coming back and getting title shots and main events. Those returns could have also played into his walking out.
The WWE still hasn’t issued an official statement on their website nor has Punks profile been removed from Superstars section of their website. The hopeful way of looking at this current situation is WWE is giving Punk time off to heal his injuries and contemplate if he does want to continue with the company. As an avid CM Punk fan myself, I hope he does decide to make his return.
While most people will still be wondering why, you have to look into Punks frustration with the company. He went from being the longest reigning champion of the current era and then subsequently dropping the belt to The Rock. He went on to face Undertaker at WrestleMania, which was the highlight of the event. He was then dropped into a program with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar and eventually Heyman and Ryback. His last program involving Triple H, which is just a repeat of a few years ago.
Can you really blame Punk for walking out? No, not at all. He went from being the top star in company to being stuck in some carbon copy feud hes already done. This is almost reminiscent of when Stone Cold walked out on the company for not wanting to job to Brock Lesnar. Now I can only imagine what kind of damage control WWE is scrambling to put together to help keep one of their top stars.
As the details of this situation continue to play out, there is still a feeling of shock lingering in the air. If this is all true, WWE has taken a massive hit. CM Punk wasnt a top draw just because he could wrestle a great match. He has a special ability to connect with audience, whether its as a heel or a face, he knows how to work a crowd. He is a master of the microphone and when Punk talks, people listen. He is a true showman that doesnt exist in a business where the “5 moves of doom” are now common practice among developmental talents.
If CM Punk has truly decided to hang up his boots his presence within the company and on the screen will be sorely missed.