Reports coming out late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning say that CM Punk may have left the WWE.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, after being written out of Raw on Monday night, Punk told Vince McMahon he was going home, then he did. WWE then removed Punk from the advertising of all upcoming events.
If Punk is gone, this would have huge ramifications for WWE moving forward.
The rumored WrestleMania XXX match with Triple H would obviously not happen. He would also leave a gaping hole in the top-tier of full-time Superstars.
Everything has to change if Punk has decided to leave a few months before his contract expires this summer. He is such an integral part of WWE, that most of their plans should end up changing.
This probably takes away any chance of Daniel Bryan winning the title at Elimination Chamber, but it could put him in one of the main event matches at WrestleMania XXX against Triple H.
WWE seemed perfectly content with a slow build to Bryan’s ascension to the top-tier, but it appears that may be over. WWE needs somebody to take Punk’s spot, and with Bryan already on his way there, he may be rushed into it. The good thing for Bryan is that there are plenty of guys who can help him shoulder the load while he prepares to take over.
John Cena and Randy Orton have a long history of carrying the company on their shoulders when needed, and both of them are probably preparing to do just that upon hearing this news about Punk.
There’s also the younger guys who have made names for themselves in WWE. Big E Langston, Bray Wyatt, and all three members of The Shield could find themselves with expanded roles as well.
Punk’s early exit is sure to shake up the WWE, with aftershocks that will be felt for a long time, but WWE will emerge from it. WWE has lost stars in the past, Stone Cold walked out on the company on multiple occasions. Many Superstars have had to be taken out of storylines due to injuries, including Punk, Cena and Orton. This is something that WWE is accustomed to, and they will come out of this okay.
Punk is “The Best In The World”, but so is the WWE. Few companies could emerge from situations like this stronger than before, but WWE is one of them.