WWE has made the bout between CM Punk & Chris Jericho official for WWE Payback. Rumors regarding Punk's return continue, and WWE continues its cryptic handling of Punk's absence with the following excerpt from the official WWE website:
As for Punk … who knows? Maybe he’ll show up at Payback. Maybe he’ll show up before then. And, of course, maybe he won’t. Maybe Jericho’s counting on that, of exposing the man who humbled him on the highest pedestal of their shared profession as a broken man; of being able to defeat him simply by way of his absence.
Imagine that, if Chris Jericho could beat CM Punk without throwing a single punch. Now that would really be payback.
WWE Payback will take place Sunday, June 16, 2013 from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.