- John Cena was pulled from Sunday's WWE live event in Kansas City, Missouri after suffering an eye injury in a match against Randy Orton at Saturday night's WWE live event in Orlando, Florida. The spot where Cena was injured was obvious to the audience and as we reported earlier, the match was even paused for a brief second where he was evaluated in the ring by medical personnel. Cena's eye was swollen shut on Sunday and he was set for re-evaluation on Monday. His status for this week's Monday Night Raw in Omaha, Nebraska is currently unknown, however, he was on the booking sheets prior to the injury. The injury did require WWE to offer refunds to the sparse crowd in Kansas City on Sunday as Cena had been a focal point of the advanced promotional material.
- Vince McMahon remains focused on trying to convince CM Punk to come back to face Triple H at Wrestlemania XXX. The plan for Punk to face Hunter at the show is still on if Punk will return. While there was talk backstage at Raw last Monday the bout [against Triple H] could be given to Daniel Bryan, it's unknown if that even made it to Punk before he decided to go home. As far as Punk was concerned, he was set for program with Hunter at Wrestlemania but met with Vince at Raw and left. The issue is one that has split many in WWE. The people that like Punk don't blame him for leaving, while his detractors don't miss him.
WWE has moved on under the assumption that CM Punk won't be back and had to offer refunds over the weekend. That didn't stop the company from not mentioning it as they scripted The Shield to bring up his "going home" in a show-opening promo.
The news is coming out that Punk had been vocal to friends about being frustrated over his direction and he was thinking of leaving the company.
- Both WWE live events on Super Bowl Sunday in Lakeland, Florida and Kansas City, Missouri respectively had weak gates. While the former was a smaller venue that was downsized, the crowd was still light. The show was headlined by Kane vs. Big Show in a steel cage match that reportedly left a lot to be desired.