CM Punk Upset Over Wrestlemania XXX Plans, Latest Update On Being Pulled From Shows

Following up on CM Punk being pulled from upcoming WWE shows, all we can do at this time is speculate. Punk has not had much contact with anyone since Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view, however, I was told some things on Tuesday that could play into what has happened.

The proposed plan for Punk at Wrestlemania XXX was for him to face Triple H in a singles match, however, the talk backstage at Raw on Monday night was the company might have to give that match to Daniel Bryan in response to the crowd hijacking Royal Rumble. As I reported in this week’s Backstage Raw News, Vince was adamant about not changing initial plans for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania and the most prominently talked about match for Bryan at the pay-per-view was one against Hunter.

Given the fact Triple H was CM Punk’s proposed Wrestlemania opponent, this left him without a match. According to my source, Punk would then be bumped down the card to face Kane in the “6th match on the show” and he was very upset about that.

Adding to the speculation is the fact Punk’s WWE contract is up in July and he legitimately hasn’t told anyone whether he plans to re-sign or essentially retire from the wrestling business. Those close to Punk have made it clear he hasn’t been happy with the direction of his character lately and it’s unknown if he’s bored or just wants more but the feeling is it’s not one of optimism or excitement.

When Punk didn’t appear on Raw as advertised on Monday night, I checked with multiple sources to find out if there was more to it or if he was simply “written out.” This is when I was told the situation about Wrestlemania and the fact he had not been returning phone calls or text messages since Sunday.

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  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    Ha, knew HHH wanted on that card either against Punk or Bryan.

    Punks direction has been silly. They should have just started the feud between HHH and Punk before the rumble.

  • SpankyHamm

    The dominos of poorly booking Daniel Bryan are falling.

    • michael

      Amen brother!

  • David

    Funny, he wasn’t having a sad when he got pushed, im sure someone was held back while they gave him a 400+ day reign. Funny how things can turn

  • David

    They are really kind of in a tough spot with so many people to be considered for main event spots and someone just had to be left out. I think they should maybe have waited on unifying the titles. Also to me if someone had to be odd man out it shouldn’t be Punk. Orton is champion but he really is stale and if you look the chat posted with rating numbers he doesn’t hold a lot of viewers. They should have put someone else in the title match vs. Batista and move Orton down on the card. Also really the only part time talent is Lesnar and Undertaker. Batista is full time correct? I can see why he would be upset but to just walk out like that isn’t the right way to handle it. They need to prioritize their talents and Orton is in the wrong position.

    • Brandon Billings

      They really shouldn’t have brought back Batista in my opinion. He just came in and took a top spot away when he clearly isnt as over as WWE hoped.

      You could of had a great WMXXX card if they would just listen to the crowd.

      My WMXXX card would be

      Bryan vs Orton
      HHH vs Punk
      Taker vs Sheamus
      Brock vs Batista vs Cena
      4 way tag title match- NOA, Usos, Brotherhood, Show/Mysterio
      AJ vs Emma
      Shield vs Wyatts
      MITB
      Del Rio, Big E, Dolph, Kofi, Titus, Fandango, Christian, and Sandow

      • JR Texx (Jamie)

        I agree with two matchs. HHH V Punk and Shied V Wyatts. The rest.. not so much.
        Brock v Bryan
        HHH v Punk
        Undertaker v (whoever it will be worth watching anyway)
        Skinny Jean Batista V Cena V Orton ( then they’re on the card and people can take a nap)
        MITB
        - Dolph, Miz, Big Show, Christian, Cody Rhodes and Goldust.

        • Brandon Billings

          Thats a good card as well. Brock vs Bryan shouldn’t happen. I think Lesnar is like 2-3 since his return. The problem is you cant have Lesnar look weak against Bryan and you cant have Bryan lose at Mania while he is this over.

          I thought Cena/Orton/Lesnar would be a physical match and it puts these guys on the card.

          Anyway you cut it our cards are better than the direction they are headed.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            He was 3-2 before Big Show. So 4-2, with a title win that will take him to 5-2.

          • RVD4Life

            What’s worse is that Lesnar has only wrestled 6 matches in 2 years and he’s getting a top spot.

          • WWEDunGoofd

            Still better than leaving the WWE for 4 years, then returning to take the top spot.

          • RVD4Life

            Agreed. I don’t agree with Batista either. If anything, have Batista challenge Taker.. no harm no foul

          • WWEDunGoofd

            To be honest, I want Batista completely out of Mania, along with the WWE. His entire return was complete bullshit! But, what can you do?! I think the Undertaker deserves a better match than Batista! UGH! I’m just so bitter right now that anything Batista related pisses me off, and the fact that Punk is gone (if that’s truly the case), isn’t helping matters. The WWE has effed up so hard, and I really wonder how they’ll get out of this.

          • WWEDunGoofd

            To be honest, I want Batista completely out of Mania, along with the WWE. His entire return was complete bullshit! But, what can you do?! I think the Undertaker deserves a better match than Batista! UGH! I’m just so bitter right now that anything Batista related pisses me off, and the fact that Punk is gone (if that’s truly the case), isn’t helping matters. The WWE has effed up so hard, and I really wonder how they’ll get out of this.

  • kingdook24

    WWE has nobody to blame but themselves for this. And now, we fans have to suffer because of it but Punk does indeed leave. Some of you may be tired of Punk, see him as a primadonna, but he’s one of the best in the world (no pun intended) today at pure wrestling, personality & mic skills – he’s just over. And the fact that WWE has poorly booked Daniel Bryan, now Punk may be catching the backlash of those mistakes, WWE could potentially lose him.

    This is not good right now.

  • dektpunx

    I don’t think a redemption match with bryan vs triple h will even save their orton vs batista title match,especially now that it may have caused cm punk to leave? if this course is stayed the crowds are going to get louder and the boos will get worse….wwe has no choice here…especially with the network coming up…losing their second most popular babyface could be a huge blow….

    • kingdook24

      They may need to do a Triple Threat or Fatal 4 Way:

      Orton/Batista/Lesnar/Bryan or Orton/Batista/Lesnar. And Lesnar doesn’t have to have the title going into Wrestlemania nor be challenging for it – if they want to save him for Undertaker, that just makes the card even stronger. That way, you can have the Triple Threat w/ Orton/Batista/Bryan, and Lesnar can challenge after that. That way, they can still keep Punk/HHH.

      Bryan just needs to be in the title picture. That’s what the fans want – anything less than that, the reaction WWE received at the Rumble may be worse than that.

      • dektpunx

        exactly

      • Xavier

        it should be Bryan vs Lesnar for the title. Orton & Batista don’t need to be in the title picture at all right now

        • kingdook24

          I agree – I believe it was you that said it’s the perfect David vs. Goliath match. Lesnar/Bryan would be good, but with Batista winning the Rumble – it totally kills that plan. I just figured a good redemption story would be to throw Bryan in the title match with Orton/Batista and have him win it to stick it to the Authority with him beating their Face of WWE and their Longtime Friend.

        • Stephen Cash

          Orton deserves to be in the title match more than Lesnar

          • Xavier

            No way! Bryan/Orton has been done to death. Bryan/Lesnar would be far more interesting of a match at Mania then Bryan/Orton ever could be at this point.

          • Stephen Cash

            I hate to see a part-timer get the main event over someone who has worked his butt off all year

          • Xavier

            I understand where you’re coming from but I just don’t think fans are really buying into Randy Orton anymore, he’s stock has fallen a lot over the past couple of years. Don’t get me wrong or anything he’s still a top 10 guy in the company and still a valuable asset but Mania should be about fresh feuds, not feuds we’ve already recently seen. Bryan/Lesnar would be so much better. A win clean over Lesnar would do more for Bryan then a clean win over Orton would. Bryan’s already beating Orton plenty of times this past year, I just don’t see the drama in doing Bryan/Orton for the 1000th time in so many months.

          • Stephen Cash

            What?!?? I understand that you want fresh feuds. I do too, but that’s not what Mania is about rock vs Cena 1 and 2, taker vs HBK 1 and 2, taker vs HHH 1 and 2….

          • Stephen Cash

            My dream would be for Orton to call out the authority and then turn to the fans and say “You want me to go crazy?!??” And then attack all of them, then so he stays heel attacks Bryan, Cena, etc as well. The reason people don’t like Orton is because he whines… He needs to look dominant!!!! And destroy everything!!!

          • kingdook24

            I second that. I have never been high on the part-timers leaving, coming back & then leaving. Fans may give Cena a hard time, but I definitely agree that when the Rock said he was back & was never going away… and then left again… that really rubbed me the wrong way. I am, in no way, saying the Rock can’t go make movies – go and get your money, Rock. But the fact that Rock can leave for 7 years, come back & be in the main event??? Sure, he’s entertaining – he’s the Most Electrifying Man in Sports-Entertainment – Screw being entertained. Where the hell has he been the last 7 years when guys like Cena, Orton, Punk, Bryan, Ziggler, Kofi, Rhodes are there day in & day out working their tails off? That’s who I want to see in the main events – The Rock and Batista had their time to shine. Batista comes back after 4 years, and in his second appearance since his return – he wins the Royal Rumble?!!

            Talk about a slap to the face to everyone on your roster.

          • Xavier

            How did you feel about the New Age Outlaws beating the Rhodes brothers for the titles? Personally I thought it sucked

          • kingdook24

            I didn’t see the reason for it. What did the Outlaws gain by becoming Tag Team champs again?! Who are they gonna feud with?! And what happened with them betraying Punk, & apparently working for HHH? Did creative just totally throw that storyline out the window?

            All it did was put a stop to the Brotherhood’s run. Goldust & Rhodes were on one of best runs any tag team has ever had in the WWE. The run definitely benefited Goldust – Wow, the guy is rejuvenated & can still go.

            And the thing that frustrates me is that WWE has team like the Usos who are just dying for that opportunity at the titles & once again, another part-time team/wrestler(s) comes in & shines over the existing talent.

          • Stephen Cash

            The only way I like it is if it causes the breakup, but then they still could have lost them to a different tag team… Like the Usos!!!!!

          • Bob’s Diner

            Orton has worked his butt off all year? I guess I must have missed something in the numerous matches he has just been completely mediocre

          • Stephen Cash

            I disagree. Orton has out on great match after great match, but people won’t let his past go… And even if you was mediocre he still does more for the WWE than Batista or Lesnar

          • Bob’s Diner

            Let’s see… Brock Lesnar, a former UFC champion has proven he -at least on his return – drew big numbers of viewers. Randy Orton causes fans to chant for the announcers and divas. Guess who I think has done more for WWE in the last 2 years…

          • Stephen Cash

            Lesnar is just going to leave in two years….

          • Bob’s Diner

            Your point? He brings in fans – more than most – and his matches with Cena and Punk were awesome. What does Orton bring? The last 6 months he has been the most uninspiring I have ever seen him. I can’t understand it because he was begging to be a heel again – and this is all he has delivered? The match with Batista at WrestleMania is going to completely tank

          • Stephen Cash

            Most people think Orton has been great. I agree with the people that say he needs to stop being whiny, but that is not his call. Orton has put on great matches… And i would say the main reason he doesn’t draw as well is because his past. If Orton debuted fresh today he would be a huge draw.

          • Stephen Cash

            Also, I think the match will be better than what people think it will… But only on Orton’s end. Batista will drag the match down. I think creative is largely to blame for people hating him so much. Stop making him a coward

          • Bob’s Diner

            Most people? Is that “most people” on the Randy Orton Appreciation Forums?
            His matches have been mediocre at best. The ones with Cena have been OK but other than that nothing he has done this year has been good.

            It isn’t about his past – it is about now. And right now he is not even the slightest bit interesting to anyone

          • Stephen Cash

            His matches with Bryan were pretty good. What does that leave his one match with show….?

          • Stephen Cash

            Xavier and Jesse both said Orton has been really good.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Disagree – his matches with Bryan were not good. Mediocre at best. The only people that think they were good are Orton fans.

            Enjoy watching his title match at WrestleMania when 75,000 chant for divas again

          • Stephen Cash

            That is all in the booking of his character… And the fact that we saw that match a billion times… It was a really good match!!! And I will say again if Orton was the crazy dominant heel he should be and took out everyone and wasn’t a coward the fans would love him more. No one likes the coward heel

          • Stephen Cash

            The fact is any full time member of the WWE roster deserves to be in the main event more than a part timer… They work twice as much, and never go home or see there families…. I understand that drawing ability matters, but I don’t like part-timers taking main event spots away from full time talent that sacrifice everything to do what they do, especially when the part-timers hold the titles…

          • Bob’s Diner

            Oh I totally agree part-timers shouldn’t be getting titles. And I can’t stand the fact that Batista came back and won the Royal Rumble within a week of returning and without wrestling a single match – I would have preferred anyone on the roster winning instead of him.

          • Ben

            I can just imagine how much the crowd will crap all over the Batista/Orton match. If WWE was surprised by the Cena/Orton reactions, they’re going to be mortified by how badly the fans turn on those two.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            Watch the Sheamus V Orton match.
            They chanted for Michael Cole.. Michael bloody Cole!

          • RVD4Life

            Orton was interesting in ’04 when he wrestled Foley and Benoit and HHH. And in ’05 against Taker. Since then his work has been completely subpar

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            The only thing Orton has working his butt off for is.. well I can’t even think of it. but I’m sure it’s there.. nope probably not.

          • Bob’s Diner

            He worked hard to not throw another in-ring tantrum the other night, I’ll give him that

  • kingdook24

    Just shooting in the dark – since WWE clearly doesn’t want Bryan in the championship hunt – a mistake WWE is still making, in order to keep Punk in the limelight, they could simply do Bryan/Punk vs. HHH/HBK. That is, if, HBK indeed agrees to one more match, and if Punk is not overshadowed by Bryan’s popularity.

    Just my 2 cents. I would much rather have Lesnar/Bryan or Orton/Bryan, but the Rumble crushed that plan.

  • Stephen Cash

    Bryan/Punk vs HHH/Kane. Done problem solved, but this doesn’t change Punks unprofessionalism….. Lost a lot of respect for one of my favorites

  • Stephen Cash

    If sting signs give him taker, HHH vs punk, Bryan vs Lesnar…

  • Xavier

    I thought the plan was for Punk too face Kane at EC? Are they now planning on pushing that back until Mania?

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      Doesn’t look like that’s going to happen either. Man I hope this is just one big story. I liked Punk.

  • Tom Lee

    Bryan vs lesnar !?!? That will not be yes yes yes no no no !
    That will be – ” damn ” !!!!

  • Ben

    While I definitely don’t like Punk walking out, after seeing how Daniel Bryan is being handled knowing he’s easy-going and not much of a threat to complain about his spot or protest, I can’t really say I blame Punk either.

    • Stephen Cash

      I can… No matter what it is his job… He gets paid big money, it’s called professionalism, if he doesn’t like it don’t resign.

    • Xavier

      Bryan has absolutely nothing to do with Punk walking out on the company. WWE has treated Punk very well since he resigned in 2011. Punk had one of the longest reigns in WWE history (434 days). Austin, Rock, Savage, Cena, Andre, Flair, Hart, Michaels, Angle, Benoit, Guerrero never had a title reign even close too that. Punk also went over pretty much everybody in the company from late 2011 thru early 2013. No excuses for Punk’s unprofessionalism. You don’t just walk out on a company like that just because you don’t always get your way. I find it very funny how Punk fans are quit to defend him even though it’s his fans that he’s walking out on. Punk is without a doubt a great wrestler and very gifted on the mic as well but all this throwing a temper tantrum, pouting on twitter crap that he does every few months is beyond old at this point.

      With all that being said I get the feeling that Punk will end up being the sixth entrant inside Elimination Chamber.

      • Stephen Cash

        Those spots are already filled?

        • Xavier

          Oh okay, did they fill them on SD?

          • Stephen Cash

            I heard that, but didn’t read spoilers… I know punk was absent on SD

      • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Kendra Bunyon

        Punk is not the first huge name to walk out, yet few people have called Austin the names people have been calling Punk.

        • Xavier

          Trust me, I’ve called out Austin numerous times on this site about walking out, refusing to put talent & among other things. I’m one of those few. As a performer/talent I’ll be the first too say how great Austin is but as a person I’m not a fan in the slightest. I stopped being a Austin fan years ago

          • Ben

            I can attest to seeing several of your posts slamming Austin, and justifiably so. Pretty sure his history of domestic violence hasn’t endeared him to fans either. Austin was great but he’s one of those stars I’d rather not meet and wouldn’t shake his hand or get a beer with him if I did.

          • Bob’s Diner

            And I have as well – I totally agree with you on that. But something tells me that with the way WWE have handled this then it is a bit different. They completely trashed Austin on TV after he walked out. CM Punk hasn’t even been mentioned once by WWE, not even on HHH’s weekly interview thing – surely if CM Punk had
            thrown a tantrum and walked out HHH would have had some jab to make

      • Steve pritchard

        This was very unprofessional of him. But there could be more to the story than just him not getting his way. Dude might just be burnt out on the business for real . It happens. But I agree it was very unprofessional of him , just like it was with Austin back in 02 .

        • Bob’s Diner

          This is completely different to Austin – Austin went home from tapings in refusal to lose matches. CM Punk has gone home because he is reportedly unhappy. The fact is no one can even confirm WHY he has gone either. Everyone just seems to be running with speculation, despite guys like RIchard clearly stating they don’t have confirmation on what happened

          • Steve pritchard

            Austin’s situation may be different. But the manner in which he left is the exact same thing. . Austin walked out on Raw in Atlanta in 2002 . Because he was unhappy with the direction they were going with his character. I attended that Raw . Vince even came out before the show started and apologized for Austin’s behavior. What I’m saying is that both Punk and Austin walked out in a very unprofessional way . As far as the reason why Punk walked out goes . Your exactly right. . The only person who knows why Punk walked out is Punk. We can speculate why he walked out all day long. But no one knows for sure yet. But walking out of the company is very unprofessional . No matter what the reason is.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Again – completely different. Go back to when Austin walked out and see how the company handled it. Austin was considered garbage to them after them and they buried him on air. CM Punk didn’t even get a mention on Monday. Ever think maybe Vince told him to go home and cool off? Like I said, the only confirmed thing is he met with Vince before leaving – Austin just said ‘Screw you guys, I’m going home’

          • Steve pritchard

            From what we’ve been told . He quit wwe . I’ve heard nothing of him being told to cool off. What I’m saying is . That if he quit . Then that was just as unprofessional as Austin . The circumstances and the way the company handled it is beside the point.

          • Bob’s Diner

            No the point is no one knows for sure what has happened. All we know is he is gone and he was unhappy for months beforehand. We don’t know WHY he is actually gone. Heck, I’ve seen differing reports as to whether or not he has even quit

      • Bob’s Diner

        I am kind of surprised – usually you are one of the people that is all ‘Let’s wait until we have the facts’ because right now no one knows for sure why he left

        • Xavier

          Usually I am but CM Punk has a history of this type of behavior.

          • Bob’s Diner

            For all we know, Vince may have agreed he needed to take time off

      • Ben

        Punk got that treatment in 2011 after nearly throwing in the towel. Now that he’s being left out of the main events at WM he’s throwing in the towel, ostensibly in frustration and in hope he gets put in that main event. Is it selfish? Sure, but if I were in his shoes and that strategy worked for me- that is to say, telling my bosses I’m just going to walk away since I’m not getting what I want- and it resulted in me getting a huge raise and a much better job title, I’d do it in a heartbeat and I wouldn’t care about anyone thinking less of me for it. As a fan I’m definitely upset because I want to see Punk and it sucks he won’t be there, but at the same time, I find it hard to fault him for using a strategy that already worked. This kind of behavior shouldn’t work, but sadly it did before and might again.

        I know this has nothing to do with Bryan, I simply mentioned him because his refusal to participate in backstage politicking, while certainly admirable, is also costing him a main event spot IMO and will continue to do so.

      • Jeremy

        Exactly, but people on the internet think a 6 figure salary and your own tour bus means you are being shit on.

  • Stephen Cash

    Punk can’t complain if when he wants to come back they fire/suspend/fine him

  • Venom

    I think to fix this mess, they should just have Bryan vs Punk at wrestlemania in a number 1 contenders match. Winner faces champion at the next ppv.

  • sdunne87

    Fatal 4 Way HHH v Punk v Kane v Bryan

    • sdunne87

      Even make it a ladder match with HBK as special Referee or something.

      • Mysterion

        Ladder match for what?
        Why does a ladder match need a ref?

        • sdunne87

          Ref, special enforcer I don’t care. Was just trying to show how screwed WWE are only having one championship belt now. To keep everyone happy your going to have to throw everything into a match. Could always hang Brie Bella for the winner to grab.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Yeah because they were so screwed for decades until 2003

          • sdunne87

            Because the business hasn’t changed at all since then has it? At least back then the secondary titles meant something. Now fighting for them is seen as a midcard storyline.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Having an extra world title doesn’t increase the value of lower titles. The 2nd world title was seen as the secondary title. The better option is to make the IC title more valuable again.
            Besides, how does having Shawn Michaels involved help people on the roster?

  • smark calloway

    to be honest its probably all a work

  • decarlos atkins

    im sorry Punk is a great Talent but he really is a primadonna at times him bein mad that Daniel Bryan might take his match is very hypocritical of him wasnt the point of his whole pipebomb a few years ago was for guys like hmself and Bryan to get a shot at bein in the top of the company? but why complain he still is in wrestlemania something a ton of other guys is not even gone get a chance to get and fans still gone go crazy for him because he is there and whats so bad about wrestling Kane? he isnt a scrub and can put on a good match too

  • Charles

    Working your butt off week after week, year after year at your job only to watch someone else waltz in one week and get the promotion because of his relationship with the boss has surely taken some morale out of the WWE locker room.
    Batista winning the Royal Rumble and now scheduled to main event Wrestlemania is proof that there is a lot of truth behind the Authority angle.

  • Bob’s Diner

    Here’s the thing – if you aren’t happy at your job, you quit. It is something I am sure many of us have done. Sometimes you get so burnt out in your workplace or sick of your employer, you get extremely miserable and the only way to stop is to quit. It would seem that is what CM Punk has done.

    This isn’t like Austin going home because he was asked to lose to someone (twice) – this is someone sitting down with Vince, explaining things and Vince saying ‘OK see you later’ – probably because Vince is hoping he will change his mind, who knows.

    Do you people complaining want to watch someone that doesn’t want to be there? The guy is banged up and obviously not happy with anything in the company for a while now. Good on him. Not like his role right now is going to sorely missed or had to write out. He wasn’t exactly in a high profile angle

    • Stephen Cash

      We don’t know that he quit… I agree with you, but if this isn’t a work, and he comes back it’s just like Austin

      • Bob’s Diner

        It is not like Austin at all – Austin came to the tapings and left after he was told he was losing. This happened both times. CM Punk came to the tapings and went straight into a private meeting with Vince before going home – possibly because he is burnt out, injured, and incredibly miserable.

        The fact is, no one knows exactly why he left right now. Richard has said that, as have other notable industry people. Yet others are just going ‘Oh he left because he doesn’t like where his WrestleMania spot’ and hating on the guy. For all we know he could have some serious stuff going on

  • Tom

    WWE is reaping what it sows at this point. They have ignored the fans constantly. I realize that in order to build suspense and keep building wrestlers the fans can’t always get what they want… But come on, this crap has been going on even before SummerSlam.

    This whole thing stems from an even larger problem, and tacking on title belts will not fix it. It stems from a lack of top face spots on the card. They won’t turn Cena heel, but they also bring in Batista who is supposed to be face, They keep stacking the deck against faces and are unwilling to listen to crowd reactions because they have this archaic view that THEY know what people want out of their product.

    Here is what they can do to correct their blunders at Wrestlemania:
    Turn Batista heel,like they did Big Show in 2000 and make the match a fatal 4 way elimination match at Wrestlemania.. Punk vs. Bryan vs. Orton vs. Batista, eliminate Orton/Batista, and finally have the singles match that people WANTED.

  • The Breaker

    As frustrated as I am with TPTB in WWE for the Royal Rumble fiasco, Punk has taken me to a whole new level. I am very, very disappointed in CM Punk for the way he’s choosing to handle this. But I’m also not the least bit surprised. He’s never been content with his spot. Holding the title for 434 days wasn’t enough. Neither was facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania (which is a dream match for a lot of guys!).

    • Chris

      Eh, I can’t really blame him. Even during that title run, he hardly ever main evented. A Kane-Cena ambulance match went on after his title match at Elimination Chamber, Brock-Cena went on after him at Extreme Rules (as did the Diva’s title match), an unannounced Ryback match AND Laurinitis v. Cena went on after him at Over the Limit, (same thing at No Way Out), and again at Money in the Bank. His only real main-event matches were when he faced Cena.

      The WWE is in a sad state when Cena is booked over the title.

      • The Breaker

        The order of the matches on those PPVs were pretty head-scratching, but it’s not like WWE just let the length of his reign fly under the radar. They made a big deal out of it.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Read what Richard said – “all we can do right now is speculate”
      Ever thought there might be more to this?

      • The Breaker

        I highly doubt it’s a work. How would that make any sense?

        • Bob’s Diner

          I never said it was a work – I’m saying there could be more to why he is off all these shows. He could be dealing with something personal, Vince may have told him to take time off. It’s unbelievable how much hatred everyone is throwing at him for this when no one knows the facts

          Besides, who would have been proud to work for WWE after the Royal Rumble ended?

          • The Breaker

            Why would we be hearing all these reports if it were a personal situation unrelated to WWE? Besides, given all the times Punk commented about being burnt out, this has been building up for a while now. And I don’t blame him for being upset about the current direction. He also has a right to leave whenever he wants. It’s just a shame that he would turn his back on the company and his fans this close to WrestleMania.

          • Bob’s Diner

            No one has confirmed anything – all that has been confirmed is that Punk has been unhappy for a while, came to the tapings and said he was going home, then did. I’ve not heard anyone reputable claim is all because he is unhappy – not even Richard has claimed that, they have all SPECULATED it is related to his unhappiness

          • The Breaker

            We can’t really talk about it without speculating. You know that!

          • Steve pritchard

            It could be a personal situation . He may just be burnt out on traveling like he said months ago . Or this could be an injury work for all we know. But we do know that he’s under contract until July. Whether we see him again or not who knows . Dude is human like the rest of us . Maybe he just needed to get away from the business for awhile .

          • The Breaker

            Like I said, he has the freedom to take his leave. But the timing of it all paints him in a bad light.

  • Guest

    WWE has no one to blame but themselves for this given the way they’ve been booking matches. You have Punk and Bryan who are hugely popular and two of the best in the business but are being booked in the worst way possible. I would not blame Punk for walking away but it will definitely be a huge loss to WWE

  • Danny_Boy

    WWE just ditched a whole lot of dead weight in letting Punk walk. WWE just got a whole better. I’m sick and tired of CM Punk acting like a drama queen backstage and am extremely happy right now. It’s karma that all this is happening. I remember when CM Punk refused to work with Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania three years ago keeping Daniel off the card. Now Bryan has replaced him as the internet darling and in his WrestleMania match LMAO. Yesterday everyone was talking about Daniel Bryan and CM Punk realized that he was surpassed by Bryan so today he has to go and try to do something too try to get those fans that abandoned him for Bryan back, it’s pretty pathetic on Punk’s fault. Ladies & Gentlemen this all comes down CM Punk being jealous of all the attention Daniel Bryan is receiving.

    • Bob’s Diner

      BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
      I would bother pointing out that Daniel Bryan and CM Punk are friends and everything you say is ridiculous… but you are just hilarious

      • Danny_Boy

        Go watch Punk’s DVD extras. He was offered a match with Daniel Bryan and turned it down. . He’s salty that Daniel Bryan no longer lives in his shadow and has surpassed him, Notice how CM Punk has never lost a match to Daniel Bryan since they’ve been in the WWE. He’s a fraud.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Wait – you hate CM Punk so much you watch his DVD, including all the extras? Man, you must REALLY hate him!

          • Danny_Boy

            Nope, someone posted it on here from youtube before. If I owned Punk’s sorry DVD I’d use it as a door stopper or something

          • Danny_Boy

            And if Punk & Bryan are such good friends then how come Punk never bothered too put him over in a match. And how come he refused to work with him at WrestleMania in 2011? Some friend Punk is lol

          • Bob’s Diner

            2011 was WrestleMania 27? So CM Punk chose do a pointless job to Randy Orton instead of a pointless match with Daniel Bryan so Daniel could get a US title match against Sheamus, and he’s a jerk? Wasn’t his fault that match got cut, but still I think a title match at WrestleMania is a bit better than some pointless match because they had nothing better to do

          • Danny_Boy

            Pointless match with Bryan. Last I heard all the smarks have been begging for a Punk vs Bryan dream match at Mania and they could of got it if weren’t for Punk being the diva that he is. Not only could the smarks have gotten the match they wanted but that match could of also elevated the US title to greater heights. Another thing that Smarks always complain about regarding the US title.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Duh – Sheamus had the US title. Not sure how Bryan vs Punk with nothing on the line and no story would have elevated a title neither had.

            But sure, I mean you are the greatest smartest fan here!

          • Danny_Boy

            In the extras of that DVD Punk said that WWE officials came too him a few months out from Mania and proposed a match with Bryan for the US title at Mania. Punk rejected it. Had Punk accepted Bryan would of won the title from Sheamus before Mania. Of course you know everything though without having ever watched the clip lol.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Perhaps he didn’t want to pin Daniel Bryan? Perhaps he wanted Daniel Bryan to have that moment? He’s sure been telling everyone the last 6 months that this is Bryan’s time – he supports him.

            Hey I will always say I haven’t watched it. Considering you hate the guy so much, it makes sense you would know it word for word

          • Danny_Boy

            “Perhaps he didn’t want to pin Daniel Bryan? Perhaps he wanted Daniel Bryan to have that moment? He’s sure been telling everyone the last 6 months that this is Bryan’s time – he supports him”"

            Hahahahahahaha! If that was the case then why not let Bryan pin him? Sure he’s been teilling people he supports him but as of today he still has yet to put Bryan over in a match where it really counts. Ironically enough all the guys that fans on here accuse of never losing which are Cena, Orton & Sheamus they have all put Bryan over clean. But for some odd reason Punk hasn’t. Punk supports Bryan my azzz

      • Steve pritchard

        Agreed

  • Nelson Provedor

    the reason why i think cm punk is mad… is that he feels that his character is being restricted to what he wants to say… which sucks because it mainly has to do with vince being scared that cm punk is too risky to speak on tv… that is why he has not made any pipe bombs as of late.

  • supercilious1

    Personally, I hope all of the Bryan Danielson fanatics are happy now.
    If you really look at this, their obsession is what caused this.
    The storyline changes are why he left. And why did that happen?

  • kingdook24

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOVcgM_GtFk

    This, alone, should be reason enough for WWE to do everything in their power to make sure they keep this man. But seriously, where ARE the WWE Ice Cream bars?!!

  • Clint

    so what you have to do is get shawn michaels and daniel bryan together

  • Philip Dickens

    no offence to glen jacobs but for a superstar the credibility of punk to face kane at wrestlemania is an insult to the man shame on you vince mcmahon.

  • Luke Jobson

    Would love if Punk returned as a neutral heel, taking out anger on both Bryan and Hunter, triple threat at Wrestlemania announced 6 days before the show

  • Jeremy

    I have never seen someone who makes so much money, whine so much about his spot. I guess a 400+ day title reign, a 6 figure salary, and his own tour bus (Which only top guys get) is nothing. Well then WWE , please employ me and do nothing with me, I certainly will not whine like a petulant child.