CM Punk met with Vince McMahon prior to this week's episode of Monday Night Raw in Cleveland, Ohio and decided to return to his home in Chicago, Illinois. The atmosphere backstage at this week's show was already extremely chaotic as McMahon issued an edict on Monday morning to prominently feature Daniel Bryan on the Raw broadcast after the company saw one of their biggest pay-per-view events of the year hijacked by the live audience that was upset over the way Bryan was booked. By Wednesday morning, CM Punk had been removed from all upcoming WWE shows with word making rounds that he had walked out on the company.
Since then, numerous theories have made rounds with sources stressing Punk was upset over his character's direction and subsequent plans for Wrestlemania XXX. One of Punk's biggest goals going back to his two-month hiatus last year was to be in one of the top two matches on this year's show. Punk felt like he had earned the spot after "stealing the show" with Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29 and spent a lot of time strategizing the best way to get a top spot on the pay-per-view this year.
The plan going into the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Sunday had Punk competing in a singles match against Triple H at the pay-per-view in April. However, word began making rounds backstage at Raw that match could be given to Daniel Bryan and Punk's undercard program with Kane could extend past this month's Elimination Chamber. While Punk was never told 100% that his match with Hunter at Wrestlemania was off, one of the things he wanted from Vince McMahon was assurance he would be in a top Wrestlemania match. When he didn't receive that assurance, it's believed that's the point he decided to go home.
While Punk hasn't told anyone on the record why exactly he left, Vince McMahon wasn't giving up on him and still hoped to get him back for Wrestlemania. One unconfirmed tipster tried to pump out a rumor that the issue had caused a divide between Vince and Triple H, claiming that Hunter wanted to wash his hands with Punk and move on. We highlighted that Punk has a better relationship with Vince than he does Triple H and feels he's not a Triple H-guy like...
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