CM Punk Takes an “Indefinite Leave” From the WWE; Company Removes Him From All Future Plans

UPDATE (1:01PM): TMZ has confirmed the report and added more details.  You can read it by clicking here.

If you’re just waking up, here’s a “pipebomb” that will make your day go crazy.

CM Punk has left the WWE.

According to reports from both The Wrestling Observer & PWInsider, CM Punk informed Vince McMahon prior to Monday’s RAW that he was “going home and not coming back.”  Vince McMahon, left without a choice, removed Punk from all scheduled WWE live event appearances going forward.  PWInsider says that the WWE is moving forward “without Punk factored into any of their plans.”  For what it’s worth, Punk’s contract was set to expire in July of this year.

The original RAW script originally called for Punk to wrestle Antonio Cesaro in an Elimination Chamber bout.  The finish would have seen Kane interfere, cost him the match, and send Cesaro on to the Chamber.

As far as WrestleMania 30 goes, Punk had been scheduled to face Triple H at WrestleMania 30 for many months.  It seems that this match is now off the table as well and that the WWE is moving forward with Daniel Bryan vs Triple H.

As of this time, there is no indication whether or not it was either of these decisions that caused Punk to ask for a leave.  PWInsider says that the belief among wrestlers backstage at WWE is that Punk is most likely “burnt out” and “unhappy with the direction of the company” – something he’s been extremely vocal about in the past.  Punk has also been extremely vocal about “part-time” superstars coming into the WWE and being pushed ahead of the Superstars who work every day of the year.

Another source for PWInsider says that Punk’s final WWE goal was to headline a WrestleMania.  Prior to Batista signing, Punk was indeed scheduled to win the Royal Rumble and main event the big show against Randy Orton.  Most likely, this change is what set him off.

In relation to this, Punk also told MMAFighting.com‘s Ariel Helwani in an interview this past weekend that he had legitimate worries about the WWE Network and how it could affect fighter pay.  When Helwani asked if the WWE Network would be a good thing for the company, Punk replied, “I don’t know…I’ll let you know when my pay-per-view check comes in.”  In the same interview, Punk said that he’d also be willing to give MMA a try and even said that he’d do The Ultimate Fighter if the UFC offered it to him.  It could have been pandering, but maybe there’s something to it as well.  You can watch the entire interview by clicking here.

We’ll post more on this as we hear it.