Source: The Wrestling Observer
UPDATE: As noted last week here on the website,
WWE is still selling new CM Punk merchandise. The company had numerous new items
on display during the WrestleMania AXXESS festivities in New Orleans, LA. In an
update on this, we can now report that Punk is still getting royalties on his
merchandise. Those royalties are said to be pretty substantial as he is still
selling a TON of merchandise. As of two weeks ago, Punk was second to John Cena
as the top merch. seller in the company.
The official word
from WWE is that he’s not suspended, fired or released. He is simply on a “leave
of absence” with the hope that he’ll eventually change his mind/cool off and
real-life friend – UFC star Chael Sonnen – recently told a source that he spoke
with CM Punk at one point within the past several months. At first, Sonnen said
he thought the entire thing was a “work” but as time goes on, Chael now thinks
it’s the real deal.
ORIGINAL: Despite initial reports to
the contrary, the latest word going around is that CM Punk is still
receiving his merchandise checks from WWE. As noted on
Thursday, WWE has been continuing to sell Punk merchandise, including the
distribution of new Punk merchandise at WrestleMania
AXXESS in New Orleans this past weekend.
“Stone Cold” Steve
Austin has mentioned several times when reflecting on his walkout of WWE
that during his hiatus, he was not receiving money from WWE, including profits
earned on his merchandise being sold. He noted when talking about Punk walking
out on the company during recent podcasts and media interviews that Punk is
leaving tons of money on the table, but apparently that is not the case.
At the time Punk walked out on the company, he was the number two
merchandise-mover, trailing only John Cena. At
this point in time, while the latest official figures have yet to come in, it is
believed that he is still among the top five wrestlers in the company in terms
of current merchandise sales, and possibly as high as number three.