Heres what we know. We know sometime after the Royal Rumble on January 26th and sometime before RAW went on air on January 27th, CM Punk walked out. We know Punk sent out a final, cryptic tweet on January 27th that read, Thanks for all the support. Keep being you guys, its pretty cool. We know the WWE removed him from televised event graphics, we know they didnt mention him in any way, and we know they didnt release him. We also know, thanks to Vince McMahon, that Punk is taking a sabbatical.
What does all this mean?
Well, the issues may not have begun at the Royal Rumble, but it certainly appears as though they culminated there. Punks contract is up in July, and rumors have it he wanted to main event Wrestlemania once before he retired. It was also reported almost a year ago that he was penciled in as the winner for the 2014 Royal Rumble. Yes, were starting to speculate nowsomething I dont normally love to dobut when you consider his appearance at Wizard World in Portland, it was obvious that he was somewhat frustrated by Batista coming back and being thrust into the championship match at Wrestlemania. He also went on to say he thought it was Daniel Bryans time, and that perhaps he was being held back.
So lets piece this together. Suppose that Punk either had a promise from the WWE, or something built into his contract that stated he would win the Royal Rumble and go on to main event Wrestlemania. Suppose sometime in the months prior to the Rumble that the WWE decided to change things around on him. Would this be enough of a catalyst for him to leave?
Yes, this is conjecture, but its also conjecture that makes sense. If the WWE either made a promise or breached their contract with CM Punk, what recourse did he have to enact change? If more wrestlers refused to work after the WWE broke promises or contractual obligations, this would force the WWE to either stop making promises they cant keep, or keep the ones they do make. But in the current state of things, the company rules, and the talent just has to go along for the ride.
Maybe, just maybe, Punk realized that this time, he could in fact enact change by sitting on his couch. Or maybe hes just fed up with the WWEs mishandling of not only his character, but countless others.
In my experience, when you look at a situation and find it difficult to assess blame, chances are theres more than one party to blame. I feel the same here. I dont think this is entirely Punks fault, nor the WWEs. Its just a shame that the only ones who pay for it are the fans.
So what now? Lets cover one last thing.