UPDATE x 11: FOX Sports spoke with Rener Gracie, who trains CM Punk in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, about Punk leaving WWE and possibly going into MMA.
He said: "With the little time he's had with me spread out over so many years, he's made remarkable progress. There's no telling how successful he would be if he devoted himself full time to the training."
He added that Punk was a sponge at learning BJJ and "would have no limit. He has the intangibles."
Punk is still listed for a VIP AXXESS signing during WrestleMania weekend as of right now. You're going to see a lot of advertisements involving CM Punk and WWE as these are made months in advance.
Colt Cabana tweeted the following remark on Twitter, responding to all of the questions he's received:
Just DM me your Punk questions— Colt Cabana (@ColtCabana) January 30, 2014
UPDATE x 10: Casey Kulas of ESPN Cleveland and the Q said yesterday (see below) that he was backstage at RAW this week and overheard CM Punk , AJ Lee and Paul Heyman arguing with backstage officials about a concussion Punk may have suffered. We have now confirmed that the story is not true.
We can also report that while Punk was banged up during the Rumble match, he passed all of his WWE medical exams following the event and his concussion status had nothing to do with him leaving WWE.
UPDATE x 9: WWE is now advertising Sheamus as CM Punk's replacements for the weekend live events in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday and in Kansas City, Mo. on Sunday.
UPDATE x 8: The latest on the CM Punk leaving WWE situation is that Punk was reportedly not happy about the idea of facing Triple H at WrestleMania. The reason is that Punk did not feel that Triple H was his idea of a big match/feud at WrestleMania.
Prior to his exit from WWE on Monday, creative plans called for CM Punk to face Kane at Elimination Chamber. This was all part of the bigger plan of Punk feuding with the Authority and leading to Punk vs. Triple H at WrestleMania. The general feeling is that Punk was turned off by the plans.
At this time, it's being said that Vince McMahon wants Punk back, while Triple H has mixed feelings on the idea. Triple H feels that Punk walking out at the last minute on Monday was extremely disrespectful. Vince McMahon is now handling the situation.
We'll keep you posted as we hear more.
UPDATE x 7: Despite the fact that CM Punk is still included in the advertisements for WWE's "Elimination Chamber" pay-per-view, and may continue to appear on some official WWE advertisements for upcoming live events in the future, the word within the company is that those will eventually be pulled. The advertisements are made well in advance and they take some time to change from market to market.
In the past week, two different key people within WWE with knowledge of Punk's situation, have noted that he was "as good as gone" from the company once his WWE deal expired in July. He had been very vocal about it and flat out told people he was leaving. Many people shrugged it off as they hear it time and time again from talents and they always wind up coming back. One person even claimed that Punk wouldn't even last until the duration of his contract.
As far as the meeting between Punk and Vince McMahon backstage at RAW on Monday before he ultimately left and went home, one source noted that the meeting didn't even take place until approximately 7:30pm. Following the "heated exchange" between the two, Punk walked out of the building.
The reason the Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio match went so long this past Monday night on RAW was because it took place during the period that Punk was originally scheduled to have a segment, and because he left, the two had to have their match go a second segment to cover the time.
Apparently there has been a working assumption within WWE creative for multiple weeks now that Punk was going to be leaving when his contract expired in July, and that he would not be signing a new deal at that time.
As things stand right now, Sheamus is scheduled to replace Punk on the bookings he had advertised for the SmackDown television tapings. Daniel Bryan is also expected to replace CM Punk against Triple H at WrestleMania 30 as reported earlier here on the website.
UPDATE x 6: Here is a video of CM Punk's Q&A session at the Wizard World Comic Con in Portland, OR this past weekend. This is the Q&A session that we've been posting about where he appears frustrated with WWE:
UPDATE x 5: As previously reported, CM Punk held a Q&A session at the Wizard World "Portland Comic Con" event on Friday. Since the news broke that CM Punk has quit WWE, several fans who were in attendance sent in their recaps of Punk's Q&A. Here are the highlights:
- Punk said he doesn't think Sting should come to WWE because he doesn't have "anything left in the tank." He thinks Sting would take another spot away from WWE's younger superstars who are trying to make it to the main event level.
- Punk... (Continues on next page)