My info on CM Punk: I do know from sources that at #Raw in CLE there was heated exchange backstage between Punk & staff. Topic - concussion.— Casey Kulas (@CaseyKulas) January 29, 2014
Punk was heard arguing with staff saying "I passed all your damn concussion test" and "I'm not going out and telling fans that BS"— Casey Kulas (@CaseyKulas) January 29, 2014
UPDATE x 3: As previously reported, WWE RAW was re-written a number of times this past Monday night. According to sources, the RAW script for Monday was re-written at least 10 or 11 times in the afternoon and evening alone.
The report claims the last re-write came at approximately 6pm after Vince McMahon and CM Punk had the meeting that led to Punk's departure from the company. CM Punk walked out of the building after a "heated exchange" with Vince McMahon and several other WWE officials.
UPDATE x 2: WWE has stopped following CM Punk on Twitter. The WWE account still follows discarded characters (like Dr. Shelby) and WWE NXT talents who have since been released. Any tweets from followers show up on WWE.com so it's likely they don't want Punk's tweets showing up on the company website.
In regards to the TMZ report, which cited that Batista was the reason Punk walked out, WWE sources have stated that Punk's decision has nothing to do with Batista personally and it was not him that caused Punk's departure. Word is that it was a collection of issues including burnout, injuries, a difference in what the company saw as a big push for Punk and what he felt was one (the proposed WM 30 match with Triple H) as well as an overall frustration with how he was perceived by the company.
For those who have honestly asked, this is NOT a "work" by any means. Those of you who follow this website on a daily basis have seen numerous reports over the last year or so stating that CM Punk has been frustrated for quite some time now. This is not something that happened overnight. It's a case of things building up over the past year or so and Punk finally threw up his hands and said "enough is enough." WWE Diva Kaitlyn pretty much did the same thing about a month ago.
UPDATE: -- Pauley sent this in: I was at Punk's Portland Comic Con and I didn't feel the need to relay the information until he departed from WWE. There are two key parts of his Q&A that stand out in retrospect.
1. He was very upset about Batista getting the WrestleMania main event, which pretty much spoiled the Royal Rumble. He clarified he was friends with "Dave" and that "they" would not be happy, but he wanted to be honest and it was Daniel Bryan's year. Actually, he said Bryan Danielson but corrected quickly.
2. He was very disinterested in the current product. Asked about promos he defeatedly made comments like "I show up. Someone tells me what to do and I just go out do it and leave." He implied his recent work was not good and was down to only using two moves a match.
Punk was very nice, engaged, and happy with his fans but in regards to wrestling and WWE he was definitely despondent and unhappy.
-- TMZSports.com also seems to confirm this report with the following post:
WWE superstar CM Punk is QUITTING the organization, TMZ Sports has learned ... and sources tell us it's all because he's PISSED over the way the company wants to use him at "WrestleMania."
Sources close to the situation tell TMZ Sports ... Punk was livid when he learned officials scripted Batista to win the Royal Rumble ... because he feels Batista isn't in great wrestling shape and shouldn't be featured in the title match at the upcoming WrestleMania (the biggest event of the year).
We're told Punk feels he earned the right to be in the main event at WrestleMania -- because he's been wrestling tirelessly over the past year from house shows to overseas events. Punk was angry when he found out he'd be wrestling Triple H at WrestleMania instead of squaring off in the title match.
Sources say ... Punk -- whose contract is up in July -- made the decision to leave WWE after "Monday Night Raw" -- and we're told that right now,...