In a game-changing story coming from the Wrestling Observer late last night, wrestling star CM Punk walked out on WWE this past Monday shortly before ‘RAW’ went on the air live from Cleveland, Ohio on January 27th. The former WWE Champion reportedly told WWE Chairman Vince McMahon that he was upset for some unspecified reason and then left the arena.
This surprising part of this story is that less than 24 hours earlier Punk was featured heavily in the Royal Rumble match on pay per view, where he was the iron man lasting longest in the 30 man main event match. WWE and Punk have yet to comment on the situation.
Wrestling Observer editor Dave Melzter spoke about the situation on his website’s subscription podcast, and explained the tense relationship currently between Punk and WWE.
"It's funny that it took so long to come out because he did it right before Raw started. I guess the deal is he told Vince McMahon that he was going home and he went home. And they were not expecting that to happen. People had certainly expected that he was going to leave in July. They could see that it was coming, he was getting burned out, the signs were there. I had heard about it for quite a while that he was theoretically going to leave in July, but I always take that with a grain of salt because you know how many guys say 'I'm retiring' in pro wrestling and then when the day comes they don't. It's hard to walk away because there's so much money.
"The thing with him is he's very different from a lot of the guys in the sense that he saved his money, which is a big thing, and he didn't need them, in his mind. I think that most of these guys... because a lot of these guys are frustrated, not all of them but a lot of them, but at the end of the day they don't complain and they're afraid to say anything. I don't want to say he's not afraid to say anything but he spoke his mind more than anyone else and he didn't have a fear of being fired because if he's fired, what's going to happen? He's going to have more free time and he's going to be able to rest up his injuries, and he doesn't have that financial concern.
"I have no idea what the straw was that broke the camel's back in the last couple of days other than it happened. But tt wasn't one thing, that I can tell you. It's been building up for a year, maybe a little less than a year maybe even more than a year. What I do know obviously is he wanted to be the top guy in the company and as long as John Cena was there it was not going to happen. He went heel when he was a very strong babyface because of the idea that he could be the number one heel. ... Whatever it was, I can't tell you more, I just know that he didn't need it and the guy's that don't need it have a different mentality than the guy's who need it." - Dave Meltzter, Wrestling Obsever
There is no new information on CM Punk’s status with WWE, but it is believed that he will be off television for foreseeable future.
Pro Wrestling Examiner's Perspective: Last week, Pro Wrestling Examiner reported on an interview Punk did in Chicago last week with MMAFighting.com in which he addressed his current WWE contract ending in July and the possibility of jumping into the MMA world, so that element of the story has already become more speculative. No matter what if Punk does indeed stay home, WWE is losing a very valuable player on their roaster at a critical time with the upcoming launch of the WWE Network on February 24th and the road to the biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania 30.