CM Punk quits WWE [VIDEO]: 'Best in the World' not coming back? WWE not ready to go public about Punk's departure

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Feb 10, 2014 12:35 PM EST
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DDP believes CM Punk will appear at WrestleMania XXX on Sunday in New Orleans. (Photo : Screen Caption)

While the news has circulated over the past two weeks that CM Punk walked out and quit the WWE before the Jan. 27 edition of Monday Night RAW, the WWE has yet to go public with the news themselves in hopes of resolving everything and bringing Punk back. reports that despite the fact that Punk stormed out prior to RAW two weeks ago, the WWE is still hopeful he will return and therefore hasn't reported or commented on the story of him leaving the company. Punk was reportedly upset with his role in the company and how the WWE was planning out WrestleMania XXX, where he was expected to take on Triple H.

Punk was upset that guys like himself and Daniel Bryan work all year long for the company and travel around the globe just to have part-timers like The Rock and Batista main event the biggest show of the year. Punk also was reportedly banged up after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Jan. 26 which could have also factored into his departure, according to reports.

According to, WWE officials are under the impression that Punk won't be returning but the company is refusing to bury Punk to media outlets because WWE CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon is high on him. According to the report, since Vince likes Punk he's hoping that the two sides can work something out and bring him back.

Punk's contract was set to expire in July and the internal rumors indicated that most people felt like Punk would be gone as soon as it expired and that he wouldn't negotiate a new deal with them. Now, with him storming out on the company, it appears as though he may never return. reports that another reason why they won't give up on bringing back Punk is that the WWE has invested a lot of time and money into the superstar and they want to protect his name as long as it's still attached to WWE's merchandising in stores.

The WWE may not acknowledge the fact that Punk is gone from the company until July when his contract expires and he's free to do whatever he wants. It remains to be seen if Punk will return to the company, but for now things aren't looking good between the two sides and the WWE is not willing to publically acknowledge his departure.

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