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CM Punk leaves WWE; WrestleMania card changed

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WWE star CM Punk has left the company and been removed from all advertising going forward, according to a report from the Wrestling Observer. Punk advised Vince McMahon on Monday that he was going home and did so, causing a radical shift in the card for WrestleMania with weeks to go before the event.

The original plan for WrestleMania was to see CM Punk square off against Triple H. With Punk leaving, the new match that will be added to the card will be Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H. Punk, meanwhile, has been removed from all house show cards as well as advertising. He competed in the Royal Rumble this past Sunday, starting at number one and lasting almost to the end before being eliminated by Kane, furthering the storyline with Punk against The Authority.

CM Punk's contract with WWE runs for another 6 months, through July of 2014. As of this time there is no word on whether the WWE will simply release Punk from the contract or try to mend fences. Punk has been vocal about wanting to see the company change and working towards those ends and with the crowd's vocal distaste of the results of the Royal Rumble, he may have felt it better to walk away than keep fighting the uphill battle.

Punk took to Twitter Monday afternoon with a somewhat ominous message:

Thanks for all the support. Keep being you guys, it's pretty cool. - @CMPunk

Do you think CM Punk will return to the WWE? Will he do so before WrestleMania? What do you think of Daniel Bryan facing Triple H at WrestleMania? Sound off in the comments below!

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