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Leaves Raw, goes home

Dave Meltzer is reporting that CM Punk informed Vince McMahon right before Raw started on Monday that he was going home. This was was not expected, but it was highly speculated that Punk would leave when his current contract expires in July. Obviously, this caused a quick rewrite of the show to remove Punk from the program. Apparently Punk had been showing signs of being burned out, and needing a break from wrestling.

There is a frustration level in the WWE locker room, and while wrestlers have wanted to speak up, Punk often did voice his displeasure since he has invested his money wisely and never worried about losing his job. The timing of his departure is interesting with this being Wrestlemania season. There is concern from a talent perspective about this year’s Wrestlemania paycheck might be less with Wrestlemania being apart of the launch of the WWE Network. This issue has not been formerly addressed on how the pay structure will likely change

The word is that Punk’s departure was not based on one specific thing, but a growing frustration with WWE.

With Punk currently out of the picture, there is speculation that the penciled Punk vs. Triple H match at Wrestlemania being changed to Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H.

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