According to a July 1 report from Sports World News, CM Punk's WWE contract legitimately expires in approximately two weeks, sometime around the middle of July. Punk, 35, has been surprisingly quiet about his retirement since walking away from the WWE earlier this month, but that might be because he's waiting for his contract to expire before addressing the situation. The WWE also hasn't commented on the matter.
By all accounts, Punk's contract with the WWE expires during the third week of July. The actual date of his contract's expiration is not known to the public, but most pro wrestling forums have it as July 16 or 17. Will Punk officially announce that he's retired once his contract expires? No one knows for sure except for Punk.
WWE Universe still hasn't forgotten about Punk, as they chant his name at every house show. It's been six months since he last competed in the WWE, but the fans still love him. They want to see him back in active competition, but it may never happen. Punk seems to be quite happy in retirement. He has been spotted everywhere from Chicago Blackhawks games to the announcer's booth at Wrigley Field.
Punk was recently spotted jogging alongside AJ Lee during their honeymoon, which led some pro wrestling fans to believe that he was working hard to get back into fighting shape. On the other hand, it looked as though Punk had put on some post-retirement weight. That said, it's hard to tell what to make of the situation.
Even with Punk unlikely to return, the WWE might actually extend his contract. Doing so would prevent him from competing in a rival promotion, or dipping into the MMA game with the UFC or Bellator. It would be a costly move for the WWE, as they would need to pay him to essentially sit on the sidelines. However, it might be worth it if they feel him competing in a rival promotion would hurt their brand.