CM Punk Quits WWE

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As much as it pains me to write that headline, it appears to be true. CM Punk has indeed taken an indefinite hiatus from the WWE.

After CM Punk left RAW this past Monday night, telling Vince McMahon that he was leaving and “going home,” it seems that he is truly gone from the company for now. Though his contract isn’t officially up until July, Punk has been taken off all future shows and WWE Creative is now moving forward without him in mind. Meaning that, most likely, Daniel Bryan will take Punk’s match against Triple H at WrestleMania 30.

Punk leaving is being said to be the result of a combination of factors – his frustrations over his current storyline (and direction of the company), his displeasure with not headlining WrestleMania (with Batista coming in and taking the spot), and his overall exhaustion. Even though it’s been a longtime rumor that the WWE had huge plans for Punk this coming Summer – even calling it the “Summer of Punk” as Punk was probably set to dethrone Batista at SummerSlam.

Last Friday, Punk expressed his displeasure with the current state of things at the Portland Comic-Con.

TMZSports.com is claiming, more specifically, that Punk leaving is due to the way the company wants to use him at WrestleMania 30. It’s been a longtime goal of Punk to headline WrestleMania and for someone as specifically goal-oriented as he is (and who also tends to get tunnel vision), this was said to be the breaking point.

This past Monday, some sources say that Punk was set to lose to Antonio Cesaro (after a distraction from Kane), putting Cesaro in the Elimination Chamber march and setting up a Punk vs. Kane PPV match.

It’s only been a few days so there’s always hope that this can all shake out for the best, but for right now Punk is not a participating member of the WWE.

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13 Responses to “CM Punk Quits WWE”

  1. Sergio Vargas says:

    Goddammt

  2. Doonerbandit says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a company as arrogant as the WWE before in my life. Every other company, at least in entertainment, tries to at least accommodate the fans, hell even EA does.

  3. Streig says:

    I’d like to think this would be a wake up call to the company, but I think we all know they’re only going to keep doing what THEY think is “best for business” DESPITE the fact that they just lost one of their most profitable performers. Pitiful….

  4. Citizen Cane says:

    It seems a little to Austinesque for my liking. I expect he’ll make a surprise return at some point closer to mania. He’s still with AJ right? I dunno why that matters to me it just does ok!

  5. Rafael Hernandez says:

    WWE doesn’t even know how to please their own fan base, I am
    always wondering if they really sell that many John Cena wrist bands t-shirts
    and all that c**p he wears to justify this trend of ignoring the most over guys
    on the company and keep pushing guys like Cena and Orton, hell even Shamus that
    just got back from injury is on the Elimination Chamber, if this news are true
    I really support Punk in walking away.

  6. Lord_Tyranny2577 says:

    I’m very sorry to learn of this, but perhaps we should have seen this coming. Maybe if we’re lucky, Punk will give the WWE another shot in the future.

    Punk’s gripes regarding WWE Creative seem to, at least partially, align with some of the gripes of us fans. But what could be done? Plenty of us aren’t happy with the WWE’s choices lately, but I’m not seeing a quick, band-aid fix cure-all.

  7. Tim says:

    Would love for this to be a work, where he turned heel for “walking out on us”. But if not, fine. I’d rather he leave, remain true to himself, than keep getting buried in a boring Kane/Triple H feud. The match that should headline Wrestlemania is blatantly obvious: Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk. Funny thing is that the only way Punk may ever get to go on last at Wrestlemania is if he does what The Rock and Batista did several years from now.

  8. Harry Myland says:

    The only thing we’ll miss out on from that other timeline where Punk/HHH happened are Punk’s killer segments dissecting all the things we hate about the current product and the people behind it.

    Saying that, we can all agree that Bryan/HHH makes a heck of a lot more sense for Mania and hopefully HHH allows Bryan to take him to the House. If it’s brutal enough maybe it will even mitigate the Batista/Whoever Boo-mageddon that’s coming. (It won’t.)

    Imagine if crowds take the Let’s Go Cena/Cena Sucks chant and commandeer shows with Daniel Bryan/CM PUNK chants. Cue JBL’s musings on why people are chanting for guys who aren’t in the match (or in the company :(( )

    The goons-in-the-back’s heads are going to explooode.

  9. Citizen Cane says:

    I don’t mean to scare anyone but what if it’s all a plan to get Cena to be the voice of the voiceless!

  10. Tim says:

    Just wait for the March 3rd Raw.

  11. DEBO 215 says:

    March 3rd in Chicago, there will be riots.

  12. Alexander Frost says:

    This kind of sucks EXCEPT for the fact that DANIEL BRYAN IS GOING UP AGAINST TRIPLE H WHICH BRINGS THE “AUTHORITY” STORYLINE TO A PROPER CLIMAX AND ALSO BECAUSE DANIEL BRYAN.

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