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CM Punk Still With WWE, Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H, Jake Roberts Helping Bray Wyatt, Don't Fire Anyone

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Has the whole CM Punk thing kind of just been blown over? Has everyone given up on him returning? I feel like it was the biggest story for a couple days and now no one seems to care.

The story of CM Punk's WWE departure has started to cool but I wouldn't say it's over. The last detail we were able to confirm was that Punk left the Royal Rumble pay-per-view banged up. WWE is moving on under the assumption that Punk is gone and isn't coming back but he remains under contract through July. Rumors that have him in MMA fights or even pornographies (trust me, they're out there) are premature as WWE has the exclusive rights to his services throughout the duration of his contract. Once Punk's WWE contract is up, he'll be free to do what he wants.

Hypothetically, if Daniel Bryan and Triple H face off at Wrestlemania XXX, what is the chance that Hunter goes over in the match? Moreover, would WWE have the guts to do something like that after the recent fan backlash that has occurred?

WWE seemed to take a step forward in Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan [at Wrestlemania XXX] in this week's kayfabe interview with Michael Cole. For those that have been paying attention, this is a change from the progression they were going with in Triple H vs. CM Punk. As noted here in Ask WNW, the plan as of this week was for Bryan to essentially replace Punk at the show in April. It's premature to start talking outcomes without a match announced. I like to take things one week at a time and I feel better about Bryan's status on WWE television after pinning Orton clean on Raw this week.

With the inclusion of Jake Roberts in the Class of 2014 Hall of Fame, can you see WWE utilizing him as a possible manager for The Wyatt Family?

Jake Roberts has had informal contact with Bray Wyatt as apparently Bray has consulted Jake for some of his promo work. However, I do not think the Wyatt Family needs a manager. The group is getting over and accomplishing their goals every week on their own. Adding Roberts would only take the attention off the new up and comers and put it on someone that is not in the long-term plans. I am very happy to see Roberts take his place in WWE Hall of Fame and think his story to sobriety is a great one.

Why has WWE not acknowledged the departure of CM Punk?

Technically CM Punk is still employed by WWE. As I mentioned above, his contract is through July. There are not plans to release him from that contract and this will prevent him from working with other entities. Obviously Punk could request his release but I'm not sure that would make sense considering right now he'll get paid for doing nothing. WWE is moving away from CM Punk under the assumption he isn't coming back. They don't want him to leave and didn't plan on him leaving but it seems as though he's made his decision. Several months ago Triple H enacted what I like to call the "no fire edict." This is a policy where the company allows for contracts to lapse and not renew them as opposed to terminating them early. This way the company doesn't have to acknowledge releases and it saves them the negative public relations hit of addressing them. This is why the release of the original Sin Cara was so quiet.

From the Ask WNW vault…

July 2012: Throughout the past several weeks we’ve heard from WWE names about their favorite Raw moments. What is your favorite Raw moment? - As a long-time wrestling fan, I have many favorite Raw moments but for the sake of conversation I will mention a few. One of my best memories of the Attitude Era was Steve Austin driving the beer truck in the arena and hosing Vince McMahon. A lot of my favorite Raw moments from the Attitude Era included Austin as it was edgy programming that was very entertaining. The night that Shane McMahon showed up on WCW Monday Nitro was a memorable one as it was something I don’t think anyone would have imagined just five years prior to it happening. As for a recent memory, CM Punk’s worked shoot promo on Raw last summer was one of my favorites and elevated him to an entire different level.

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