At some point between Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view and this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, CM Punk informed Vince McMahon that he was going home. This is where the story officially stops. Punk told Vince he was going home and was subsequently pulled from all upcoming WWE shows. While he was at one point still listed for Elimination Chamber, he's off that show as well.
There are multiple theories surfacing about what happened but I'll reiterate they are theories as CM Punk himself has been strangely quiet since the pay-per-view on Sunday. The first theory deals with unhappiness over plans for Punk at Wrestlemania XXX. As I reported here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com, the proposed plan was to do Punk vs. Triple H at the show in April but the word at Raw was that match could be off in favor of Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H. This left Punk without an opponent, with Kane being a possible option on the Wrestlemania undercard. This was a plan Punk was reportedly not happy with.
As to how WWE arrived at these plans, we need to go back. The first time John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (the current direction) came up for Wrestlemania XXX, it was quickly shot down. The plan for most of the past year was to do Cena vs. Triple H, however, they changed back to Cena vs. Wyatt, with the idea Triple H would work with Punk. Now, the situation with Daniel Bryan and you can see the point of contention we've been talking about with Punk as the "5th or 6th biggest match on the show," making Punk pretty much a complete afterthought.
This could have been the "straw that broke the camel's back" with Punk opting to go home and sit out the remainder of his WWE contract that expires in July, rather than being shoved into the undercard on the biggest WWE show of the year.
I spoke with someone close to Punk and was told to Punk it was never about the money, it was always about the business. Punk and Hunter haven't seen eye-to-eye on his character in a long time and as much as Punk and Vince have formed an awkwardly good relationship, things are not the same with Punk and Triple H. Punk was given last Saturday night off to attend UFC on Fox 10 in Chicago and while it was completely approved, there are some that will assert it still put him in a negative light.
Vince McMahon is reportedly not giving up and wants the former 434-day WWE Champion on the Wrestlemania lineup.
While this isn't believed to be a work, it certainly needs to be mentioned that given the nature of the business it could be or has the potential to become one if things are smoothed over. In fact, the wheels are already in motion for this to be used to give the impression that CM Punk is gone from the company, only to be reintroduced as Vince's guy at Wrestlemania. Allow for me to explain.
The premise for the CM Punk vs. Triple H program at Wrestlemania was for it to be a feud over "control of the company" with Punk representing Vince McMahon and Hunter representing The Authority. In fact, this was the same premise for a potential Cena vs. Triple H program at the show this April. It wouldn't take much to tie in Punk's elimination from the Rumble [by The Authority's Kane, who was already out of the match] and Punk's cryptic Tweet to tell the story of Vince "bringing him back" to destroy The Authority. Again, a complete theory but it needs to be mentioned so you get both sides of the story.