A week after CM Punk reportedly walked out on WWE, the self-proclaimed “Best in the World” remains away from the company. “Monday Night Raw” came and went this week with no mention of the wrestler.
The latest edition of WWE’s weekly show did not feature Punk, and announcers Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL didn’t acknowledge his absence. Chants of “CM Punk” were started at different parts of the three-hour program, but they died down relatively quickly as the wrestlers ignored them.
The latest rumors say that Vince McMahon is working on getting Punk to return during the company’s most important time of the year. Punk left right at the beginning of WrestleMania season, just one day after the Royal Rumble.
Punk’s departure is, reportedly, due in large part to the direction in which WWE was headed for WrestleMania 30. Punk was expected to take on Triple H in New Orleans, leaving him out of the main even spot, once again. His matches at WrestleMania with Chris Jericho and The Undertaker in the last two years were advertised as being part of the main event, but neither closed out the show. That honor was reserved for The Rock vs. John Cena on both occasions.
With Punk most likely out of the picture for the biggest Pay-Per-View of the year, the card for the event appears to be in a state of flux. As first reported by Wade Keller of PWTorch.com, WWE held emergency meetings to discuss plans for WrestleMania. Fan reaction at the Royal Rumble, which saw the PPV end with a chorus of boos because Daniel Bryan was not in the 30-man battle royal, is also a large part of the potential changes.
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Bryan is the most likely superstar to take the place of Punk in a match with Triple H. However, there have also been rumors that Bryan could be put in the title picture. Original plans of Randy Orton facing Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Title could be changed, considering both wrestlers are far from fan favorites. The only match that might not be affected by recent events is Cena vs. Bray Wyatt. The two are likely to meet at WrestleMania.
WWE continues to slowly distance itself from Punk, taking him out of the opening credits of “Raw” and removing his image from the WWE app. The company still has yet to publicly address the situation.