The news broke over the weekend that a "top WWE star" said there was a 100 percent chance that CM Punk would be on "WWE Monday Night Raw" this week, a guarantee that proved to be false. PWInsider.com reported on March 5 that there were never any plans for Punk to show up on "Raw," and he is likely finished with the company.
The rumors that Punk was returning was probably a ruse by the WWE to get fans excited because "WWE Monday Night Raw" started with CM Punk's theme song, "Cult of Personality" playing, only for Paul Heyman to come out to the ring.
Heyman, Punk's former manager, then said that he was as disappointed as the fans that Punk is not here and put Punk over as being screwed over by the WWE. This all led to Heyman blaming the fans and The Undertaker for Punk's downfall, which brought out Lesnar to cut a promo on The Undertaker.
There were also plans for Wade Barrett to come out with his "Bed News" gimmick and put down Punk, but that was cancelled because the WWE was afraid that the fans would revolt at that point.
The WWE did what they could to keep the fans from hijacking the show, including having fan favorites like The Usos and Dolph Ziggler win, as well as having a long promo with Daniel Bryan and Triple H facing off to keep the fans interested in the show.
The word now is that CM Punk, whose contract ends in July, might be officially finished with the WWE and professional wrestling in general.