The feeling within WWE is that since he didn’t come back for Raw in Chicago, CM Punk is likely gone for the foreseeable future, and perhaps for the duration of his contract. For whatever it’s worth, the little he did say to the few he talked to involved the phrase, “I’m done,” as in, I’m done with wrestling and the door is closed.
Source: PWInsider Elite
- While CM Punk was never scripted into last Monday’s RAW from Chicago, before the confirmation came down that he would not be appearing, there was some chatter or at least hope within WWE that maybe he would come out and do some kind of retirement speech or farewell. There was also some talk of doing a four-way at WrestleMania XXX with Punk, Daniel Bryan, Batista and Randy Orton but that “just was not the situation” because of Punk choosing to stay away from the company.
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In the videos below, Daniel Bryan talks with Matt Dery of Detroit Sports 105.1 before this past Tuesday’s WWE SmackDown tapings. Here are a few highlights:
Being content with his career:
"I don’t ever think in terms of ‘making it.’ Success is a funny thing, because as soon as you reach one goal you have other goals. And that’s in any business. If you would’ve asked me before I even got to WWE if I had made it just based on my independent career in wrestling internationally, I would say to you, ‘Yeah.’ Even if that was the end of it, I didn’t have to do anything but put on spandex tights and go out and wrestle in front of people."
The CM Punk situation:
"Honestly I don’t know that much. I haven’t heard from him since he left. The company hasn’t really released anything other than he’s no longer with the company right now. It’ll be interesting to see what happens."
— WWE announcer JBL weighed in on C.M. Punk’s exit in a new blog at LayfieldReport.com.
"I don’t know any facts on C.M. Punk-I had the honor of wrestling Punk in his first main events in WWE, including a cage match in Madison Square Garden. I have always enjoyed Punk and being around him, I certainly wish him the best-hope he comes back, but whatever happens my best to him," JBL wrote. [ LINK: Full Blog HERE ]
WWE part-timer Rob Van Dam appeared to take a veiled shot at C.M. Punk in the latest edition of Chris Jericho’s podcast, "Talk is Jericho."
The comment came during a discussion of RVD’s departure from WWE in 2007 when he was burned out on the WWE schedule.
"I took three years off. When I first left WWE, I was so burned out. I had been burned out for much of my run there. I had been asking for time off, not getting it, getting further burned out," RVD said.
"So, when my contract ran out - I’m not one of these guys who walks out in the middle of their contract. Whatever. Everyone handles their business differently. But, I finished the deal. And then I was like, ‘I fulfilled my obligation. I don’t care if I ever step in the ring again.’"
[ LINK: RVD’s entire interview with Jericho can be heard HERE at PodcastOne.com ]