Jericho noted that several top-notch, popular WWE superstars left over the years, and the promotion kept going strong.
When I felt the way that Punk did in '05, I just waited until my contract was done, and then I left for two-and-a-half years. I never walked out in the middle of a contract, nor would I. I'm not saying that it's a bad thing that Punk did because that's his decision. I don't know anything about it. I know as much as everyone else. The thing is, the wrestling business goes on. There's never been one guy who has ever left and caused the business to shut down. Hulk Hogan left. Bret Hart left. All these guys have left and guess what? They get replaced.
Jericho thinks the Punk situation can't be solved by throwing a lot of money at it. He believes if Punk truly doesn't want to be there, then the WWE giving him a lot of cash won't be enough to bring him back to the fold.
I walked away from WCW when they offered me a contract, but I had enough. They could've paid me $3 million or $5 million or $10 million, and I still didn't want to be there. If you don't want to be there, the money is irrelevant. Yeah, you could look at it like he's walking away from a s---load of money, but he's also walking away from a situation where he's saying, "I don't care what they pay me, it's not enough. It's not worth my sanity, and I'm leaving." It's easy to play armchair quarterback with this situation, but no one knows what's going on except Punk, and he's not talking, so it's all speculation at this point. The bottom line is, life goes on, the business goes on, and Punk doesn't seem to worry about it too much because he's not there.
Analysis: Jericho is absolutely right. Punk could have made a lot more money from the WWE, but he decided to leave when his heart wasn't in it anymore.
Only Punk knows what he's really feeling and if he'll ever come back to the WWE, so time will tell how the situation plays out.
There's still a chance that the Punk departure from the WWE is just an elaborate storyline that will culminate with his entrance at Wrestlemania XXX.