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WWE NEWS: Report - C.M. Punk leaves WWE

Jan 29, 2014 - 12:55:11 AM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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WWE star C.M. Punk walked off the job on Monday, reports the Wrestling Observer.

Punk reportedly told Vince McMahon that he was leaving and he is now off upcoming shows. At this point, it does not appear to be storyline-related.

A chain of events began last week:

- Thursday: C.M. Punk granted his annual in-depth interview to MMA reporter Ariel Helwani at his home in Chicago. Punk talked about not being sure if he will stay with WWE when his contract expires this summer. He also joked - in a revealing way - that he wouldn't be a fan of wrestling right now if not for himself being on WWE TV.

- Friday: Punk appeared at a Comic Con event in Portland, Oregon.

- Saturday: Punk attended the UFC on Fox event in Chicago. This followed Punk requesting the weekend off from house shows.

- Sunday: Punk went nearly 50 minutes in the Royal Rumble match, was eliminated by Kane in the Final Four, and WWE appeared to be setting up a Punk vs. Kane mini-feud coming out of the Rumble to keep Punk's feud with Triple H going.

- Monday: Punk was left off Raw following a series of re-writes. Punk reportedly told Vince McMahon that he was leaving to go home.

- Tuesday: Punk was the top star advertised for this week's Smackdown TV taping, but he did not appear in front of the live crowd after going home on Monday.

Caldwell's Analysis: I go back to Thursday when looking at this story. Listening to Punk talk for 30 minutes, there seemed to be a lot of things boiling just beneath the surface. Some things slipped out like Punk joking off-hand that he wouldn't be a fan of wrestling right now if not for himself. Other things he caught himself on before saying too much. So, it will be interesting to see what happens after Royal Rumble Week and everyone cools off. After all, Punk said he's late-night "text buddies" with McMahon, so perhaps they'll hash this out at 4:00 in the morning one day.

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