Exclusive Details On Why Vince McMahon Isn't Giving Up On CM Punk But How His Plan Has Changed Dramatically, WWE's Booking Of Punk's Real-Life Fiancée AJ Lee, The Risk WWE Is Trying To Avoid, Different Opinions From Triple H & Stephanie McMahon

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As of late Wednesday/early Thursday we're told no one from WWE had contacted CM Punk. My source noted Vince McMahon was staying the course and giving Punk his space. The belief was they would wait a couple of months before giving it a last ditch effort to get him to re-sign before his contract comes up in July.

One thing I covered last week is the booking of Punk's fiancée WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee. While it would be typical Vince to punish her for Punk's actions by burying her, it's actually been the opposite. We're told Vince wants AJ booked as strong as possible because whatever influence she has over Punk, they want to make sure she is happy and has positive things to say about the company. In fact, multiple sources have stated the plan headed into the weekend was for AJ to retain the Divas Championship at Wrestlemania XXX.

The thinking is if Punk gets bored and gets the itch to come back, they want AJ Lee to encourage it and there's no way she'd do that if she was buried over backstage politics.

As for Wrestlemania itself, WWE feels like they ended up with a strong show without Punk, so there is no panic from Vince to get him back ASAP. We're told Vince is more focused on having Punk long term and doing what he thinks gives him the best shot to convince Punk to not retire so young.

Triple H and Stephanie on the other hand feel the company should just move on and cut their losses. However, there is something to be said for not risking letting a guy like Punk show up in TNA or in Jeff Jarrett's promotion, especially when on top and in their prime.

Sources close to Punk maintain he isn't interested in working in pro wrestling outside of WWE and considers himself finished. Nonetheless it's still considered a risk to let him hit the free agent market, especially when guys in the wrestling business change their mind about retirement 9 out of 10 times.

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