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CM Punk leaving WWE [VIDEO]: 'Best in the World' done with company, has no talks with officials

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Mar 05, 2014 12:29 PM EST
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CM Punk didn't appear on the episode of WWE Monday Night RAW from his hometown of Chicago this week and hasn't been seen on WWE television since the Royal Rumble, and now it seems as though the "Best in the World" may be done with wrestling altogether.

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According to Wrestlingheadlines.com, Punk hasn't had many real talks with WWE officials and the internal feeling is that the superstar is done with wrestling.

According to the report, it was made clear on Monday that he wasn't coming to RAW and that he was done with the WWE. It's unknown if Punk's insistence that he's done means that he won't return ever or is just done until his contract actually expires in July.

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Those close to Punk reportedly are the only ones who know his true feelings, and it seems as though friends of Punk that do know aren't going to talk about what his plans are for the future.

Punk walked out on the WWE hours prior to a live RAW telecast on the night after the Royal Rumble likely due to his growing frustrations with WWE's creative direction for him and some other superstars and due to being burned out from the rigorous WWE traveling schedule.

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Punk was set to face Triple H at WrestleMania XXX, and he was reportedly upset over the fact that the WWE was booking him in the midcard instead of the main event as he always wanted to main event the biggest show of the year and wouldn't get the chance with his contract running out in July.

Punk said at a recent Comic Con appearance that if he couldn't main event, he at least wanted to see Daniel Bryan headline WrestleMania XXX on April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans due to how over he is with the crowd.

Bryan has taken over Punk's role in the feud with Triple H that is leading towards WrestleMania XXX.

"The Best in the World" also expressed frustration with part-timers such as Batista and The Rock coming back from taking years off only to headline WrestleManias while Punk and Bryan are sauntered down to the middle of the card. He was vocally critical of having to face The Undertaker last year while The Rock and John Cena closed the show.

While WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon had wanted to bring Punk back to television, it seems as though he is done with wrestling, or at least with the WWE.

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