CM Punk Quits WWE [VIDEO]: Did 'Best in The World' Leave Due To Concussion Instead Of Frustration?

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Feb 05, 2014 12:15 PM EST
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Paul Heyman discussed CM Punk quitting the WWE. (Photo : Facebook)

Ever since CM Punk departed the WWE before the Jan. 27 edition of Monday Night RAW, there have been conflicting reports to his reasoning, with some reports indicating the creative direction got to him while others indicate that he left because he was injured. According to the latest reports Punk may have departed after being injured at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.

According to, there was fear that Punk suffered a concussion at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Jan. 26 the night before he stormed out and that Punk took an ImPACT concussion test on Monday before he walked out of the company. He reportedly passed the test but was banged up during the 30-man over-the-top-rope Royal Rumble match.

According to the report, the WWE's writers were told over the weekend that Punk left the company because "he got his bell rung" at the pay-per-view. While it's possible Punk left because of the injury, it doesn't explain why he hasn't spoken with the company's officials since his departure or why he's reportedly ignored phone calls and text messages from fellow wrestlers.

The report indicates that Triple H and Vince McMahon apparently spread word throughout the company that Punk left due to an injury and that he didn't quit. This could be a ploy for the WWE to try and salvage the story from going public and to try and save face for Punk if they're able to land him. The story is unclear thus far, and it could be that Punk walked out because he was hurt or because he was frustrated with the creative direction of the WWE. reports that no one within the WWE really knows whether or not McMahon has had talks with Punk. It's also unknown if he planted the story or if he is seriously under the impression that Punk left due to getting hurt.

Punk was notably frustrated with "part-timers" coming back to headline WrestleMania while wrestlers that are there all year long and travel around the world are sauntered down the card. Punk had been outspoken the last couple of years when The Rock took on John Cena at WrestleMania, most notably last year when Punk feuded with The Undertaker at the big event.

Punk was slated to take on Triple H this year, and was reportedly frustrated about it. With Punk gone, it now looks as though Daniel Bryan will face "The Game" at WrestleMania XXX on April 6 in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It's unclear what Punk's motives are for leaving, but the story will likely become clearer as the weeks pass by if Punk ever breaks his silence.

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