WWE is "hard at work" figuring out not only when CM Punk will return but also who he'll be returning to work with. We're told the former 434-day WWE Champion is in "no rush" to come back and hasn't given much thought about a return program.
While WWE is urging the Straight Edge superstar to come back in time for WWE Payback in Chicago next month, we're told Punk prefers a return closer to SummerSlam. Our source says they feel he'll be back in time for Payback and that sitting out until August would be pushing his luck.
Regardless of when Punk comes back, his main focus right now is on Wrestlemania XXX next year. According to a source close to him, he feels like he stole the show with Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29 and his goal is to get into at least the second highest profile match at the show next year -- as opposed to being in the third highest profile match like he was this year.
Whether it's as a heel or a babyface, Punk wants to try to get the highest spot on the card he can and he's had several discussions with Paul Heyman during his time off, looking at the landscape and strategizing for how to get himself into the biggest match possible at WrestleMania XXX.
It's still too early to know whether or not The Rock will change his mind about returning to the ring, if he doesn't, one match that intrigues Punk is a bout against Brock Lesnar. Our source says Punk would be willing to go babyface and split with Heyman to make the match happen.