While doing a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Kurt Angle discussed the topic of CM Punk and his departure from WWE earlier in the year. Angle stated that he was not aware of how injured Punk was until recently. Upon finding that out, Angle stated that he respected Punk's decision to leave, in order to preserve his health. Angle did also mention that Punk had issues with WWE over the booking and the direction of his character.
July 19, 2014
CM Punk has made the news again. Instead of people discussing his departure from WWE, the story this time is a heartwarming one. The former world heavyweight champion spotted a high school baseball team at a hotel parking lot and decided to give them an impromptu pep talk. The coach was very appreciative of the gesture and stated that Punk was a good role model for his players.
May 3, 2014
While doing an interview on a radio show this past week, Nikki Bella and Brie Bella were asked about CM Punk leaving WWE. The host asked if his departure opened up spots for their boyfriends, John Cena and Daniel Bryan respectively. The twin divas responded by saying that Cena and Bryan were already in good spots regardless of what Punk was doing.
March 25, 2014
One of the big problems facing WWE with the departure of CM Punk is the fact that he is involved in several upcoming projects for the company. The former world heavyweight champion is involved in the upcoming Flintstones movie and another online film. Vince McMahon does not like promoting performers who are no longer there with him.
March 5, 2014
While a lot of fans are still under the impression that this could be some sort of work, WWE continues to have their business affected by the departure of CM Punk leaving before his contract expired. The company is now offering refunds on a best of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown DVD because they had initially promised cards signed by Punk.
February 26, 2014
While management was highly interested a few months ago, it appears that WWE will not be pushing for Shawn Michaels to work a match against Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 30 any more, despite the company needing a boost with the departure of CM Punk. Michaels is still expected to be a part of the event, however.
February 14, 2014
While we still do not have a definite answer as to how long he has been upset with the company, we do know now that CM Punk was already contemplating a departure from WWE as early as Royal Rumble 2014. He vented to Mick Foley at the time about not being happy within the company and having trouble dealing with injuries.
February 10, 2014
Since the company needed a boost for the launch of the WWE Network due to the departure of one of their biggest stars in CM Punk, management has convinced the Undertaker to make his return. He will be appearing on Monday Night Raw in Green Bay on February 24. He is rumored to be starting his story line for Wrestlemania 30 that evening.
February 8, 2014
"Hulk Hogan left. Rock left. Steve Austin left. Shawn Michaels left. Theses were huge stars! Superstars come and go. The show must go on! You wait on the future.Don't over think my last Tweet. Human emotions are involved and they're always unpredictable. We should all be able to understand that."
- Road Dogg discusses the departure of CM Punk from WWE
January 31, 2014
"I have faith that CM Punk will end up as a major part of Wrestlemania 30. WWE is THE show, and Punk is a big enough part of THE show to be needed for Wrestlemania."
- Sean Waltman discusses the CM Punk departure
January 30, 2014
"I call dibs on GTS, Pepsi Plunge and running knee in corner. I am sure Sheamus will take the rest."
- Ryback mocking the departure of CM Punk from WWE
January 29, 2014
During a recent interview, Dixie Carter was asked about the situation involving the departure of AJ Styles from TNA. She stated that she felt the company gave him a respectful offer. While she did praise him as a model employee, Carter also goes on to state that she feels that Styles made a mistake by not accepting the contract. The former world heavyweight champion has publicly stated that he felt that the offer was insulting.
September 16, 2014
While there was some confusion on his actual departure from the company because he worked some matches after Summerslam 2014, Rob Van Dam has now confirmed that he is done with WWE. The former world heavyweight champion fulfilled his contractual obligations and is going to take a couple of months off. RVD stated that he will then decide if he wants to make another return or not.
August 30, 2014
There are rumors floating around right now that Velvet Sky is going to be leaving TNA soon. However, the speculations stem from an overreaction to something that might really be insignificant. The Knockout changed her profile biography on Twitter. She removed TNA from there and replaced it with other words, as there is a word limit set on the biography. As of right now, her departure from the company is far from confirmed.
August 25, 2014
Reports going around state that Rob Van Dam finished up his latest stint with WWE during the kickoff match at Summerslam 2014. His departure from the company had been expected since he only agreed to a short term contract. Some are under the belief that this might be the last stint for RVD since the audience has been a bit lackluster towards him this time around.
August 18, 2014
When he received his release from WWE, many expected Theodore Long to retire from professional wrestling. It looks like those speculations were true, as the former on screen general manager of Smackdown has been relatively quiet since his departure. Long has not made appearances on the independent wrestling circuit or other events.
August 9, 2014
For those that missed Impact Wrestling this week, Austin Aries defeated Seiya Sanada to capture the TNA X Division Championship. Since the match was taped before Sanada had a chance to sign a new contract with TNA, the belief is that his potential departure was one of the reasons behind the title switch. Aries also announced that he would be cashing in the belt to get a shot at the world heavyweight champion at Destination X.
July 11, 2014
When he announced his sudden decision to retire, Santino Marella teased WWE fans that he might be taking over as the new general manager of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. While the role is vacant due to the departure of Vickie Guerrero from the company, there has been no confirmation of what Marella is claiming. The belief is that he was simply teasing the audience at this point.
July 7, 2014
Since she was given a respectable departure from the company, the belief is that Vickie Guerrero is highly regarded by WWE management. The speculation has even more credibility now that the company is airing a special tribute show for her on the WWE Network. The show is basically a highlight reel of her best performances during her longer than expected tenure with the company.
June 29, 2014
While there is some sadness to every release today, the departure of Yoshi Tatsu has to be bothering several people left in WWE. He was well liked backstage, as he never got involved in any of the political stuff in the locker room. Tatsu kept a positive attitude since being removed from the main roster. He put in a lot of time and effort into improving himself in developmental, so he could get another chance to work Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Unfortunately, though, it was not enough for WWE.
June 12, 2014
While there are still some questions whether or not this is a shoot or a story line, Tommy Dreamer is telling fans that he might be done with TNA as a backstage agent after an incident where he bashed Dixie Carter for removing Bully Ray at the last minute from his House of Hardcore show. His departure has not been confirmed yet, and many are still under the belief that this is an elaborate work.
June 11, 2014
Thus far, the TNA Hall of Fame consists of Sting and Kurt Angle, two of the more prolific performers in the history of the industry. A third member is set to join them. At Slammiversary 2014, Angle will be on hand to announce who the latest inductee will be. No official word on who the third person was going to be, but there are heavy rumors that Jeff Jarrett could be inducted as part of his departure agreement with TNA.
June 11, 2014
The general consensus backstage in TNA is that the company will lose Kurt Angle later on this year when his contract expires. Several of the wrestlers remaining with the company are speaking rather candidly about his imminent departure nowadays. Rumors have persisted for the last year that he was going to attempt a WWE return. Angle himself has been publicly stating his desire to return to the company that made him a star.
June 1, 2014
For the last several weeks, there have been rumors floating around that Goldust was going to be leaving WWE in the near future, and the belief now is that he will be making his departure after working a feud against his brother Cody Rhodes. Seeds of dissension between the two have been planted by the writers over the last couple weeks of Monday Night Raw.
May 1, 2014
"It's unfortunate. At the end of the day this is a business, not everybody is going to be happy and people go their separate ways. It's the wrestling business and we're seen it happen a million times. Unfortunately, AJ Styles was a TNA original and was the face of our company for a very long time. That departure bothers me the most. I had a great relationship with AJ, we were friends, we were part of Fortune together, and we had some great matches. I understand where AJ's coming from, it's all business, and I wish him nothing but the best. Sting was a great guy to have in our locker room. He was a veteran leader. A guy that you can go and talk to, a guy who I had some memorable matches, and a guy who mentored me a lot and taught me a lot in the ring. He's an icon; his name will live forever in this business. And I wish him nothing but the best of luck. At the end of the day this is a business and you've got to do what you can for yourself." - Bobby Roode talks about people leaving TNA
April 30, 2014
With Jeff Jarrett traveling the world to find professional wrestling stars to join his new Global Force Wrestling, a name that has popped up in the rumor mills is Charlie Haas. The former WWE star has been really quiet since his odd departure from ROH. Haas has been in semi retirement, working small shows here and there in Texas. He would bring a veteran presence and a familiar face to GFW.
April 24, 2014
There are reports floating around right now that the reason why AJ Lee was not chosen to be a cast member on Total Divas is because she is married to CM Punk. However, she has repeatedly stated in the past that she was not interested in doing a reality television show. She enjoys her privacy and prefers to focus on being a wrestler. Management recently added Alicia Fox and Paige to the series.
October 21, 2014
Anyone that has watched WWE routinely over the last year has heard the audience chanting for CM Punk, who walked away from the company due to backstage heat with management. Those chants are especially loud whenever AJ Lee, his real life wife, is in the ring. During recently live events, Paige has decided to turn the tables around on the fans by actually responding to the chants. She reminds the audience that it is actually AJ in the ring and not Punk.
October 15, 2014
While Stephanie McMahon recently took a jab at CM Punk on Monday Night Raw, WWE is doing their best to show restraint. There is a fear backstage that if they are overly criticial of the former world heavyweight champion, then it might motivate him to gain revenge by working for a competing company. With word that TNA is interested in Punk, it would not be a surprise if WWE kept quiet about him for the foreseeable future.
October 9, 2014
Reports have surfaced this week that TNA had made a big contract offer to CM Punk to join the company. Management has long been interested in acquiring the former world heavyweight champion, but they needed to wait until his deal with WWE expired, in order to avoid a potential tampering lawsuit. Punk has a good amount of name value and would be quite appealing to television networks.
October 9, 2014
Since walking out on WWE earlier in the year, CM Punk has not really been involved with professional wrestling. However, he decided to end the sabbatical recently, in order to support a very close friend. Cliff Compton, who formerly worked as Domino in WWE, was scheduled to win the OVW heavyweight championship, so Punk decided to attend the show backstage and support his buddy.
October 7, 2014
In a rather bold move, Stephanie McMahon took the opportunity during the opening segment of Monday Night Raw to bash CM Punk, as the show was emanating from Chicago, where the former world heavyweight champion resides. She admonished the fans for chanting for a quitter. Stephanie also appeared to have taken a jab at Punk's personal life by stating that he quit on his real life family.
September 30, 2014
If you're a big fan of Hulk Hogan, then you do not want to miss Monday Night Raw this week. The WWE legend and Jimmy Hart have flown into Chicago for the event. Hogan is definitely expected to make an on screen appearance. Some are speculating that his presence is needed to help promote the company's fight against breast cancer, while others think that he is there to help control the audience from going overboard with their chants for CM Punk.
September 29, 2014
In a move that appears to be very petty, WWE muted the audience reaction when CM Punk was revealed for the upcoming WWE 2K15 roster. Management initially kept things cordial between the two sides when Punk first left because they were hoping that he would consider a return. However, now that a reunion is very unlikely to happen, some bitterness has started to show.
September 27, 2014
Since he no longer has the burden of the hectic WWE schedule to worry about, CM Punk has been enjoying his time tremendously. The former world heavyweight champion was recently spotted at the Riot Fest music event in Chicago. Punk was even invited onstage by a band called The Bouncing Souls and performed a song with them.
September 15, 2014
Last week, CM Punk had his lawyers send a 22 page letter to WWE regarding his royalty payments, and it appears that the company is responding by quickly removing his merchandise from their online store and at live events. The belief is that management does not want to keep paying Punk money, but at the same time, they already spent money on creating the merchandise.
September 9, 2014
While many fans were wondering when WWE was going to sue CM Punk, it appears that the other way around is happening first. The former world heavyweight champion had his lawyers send a 22 page letter to the company. In it was a complaint in regards to royalties and the company's rights to use his likeness. Reports are saying that WWE stopped paying Punk because they felt that he breached his contract.
September 3, 2014
When you're a top star for WWE, you lose a good amount of privacy. Fans want in on your private life. Having done the job for years, CM Punk was already well aware of this. However, it reared its ugly nose in his life again this week. A photo from his wedding with AJ Lee was leaked online, and that thoroughly upset Punk. He even posted a message on Twitter about the matter.
September 1, 2014
If you've been holding your breath in hopes of CM Punk returning to WWE, you should probably exhale right about now. Paul Heyman revealed in an interview that he does not believe that the former world heavyweight champion will ever lace up the boots again. He also noted that WWE will not allow Punk to return to the company because management really dislikes how he walked out on his contract.
August 5, 2014
Rumors are heating up that Jim Ross and CM Punk are going to head to New Japan to work together as commentators. Those were actually started by Ross himself, as the former WWE commentator simply speculated on the possibility during his podcast show. As of right now, there have been no negotiations, and Ross himself has stated that he has yet to talk to Punk about the idea.
August 3, 2014
While there was a bit of rumblings backstage that WWE was going to pursue legal action against CM Punk for walking out of his contract, rumors are floating around that management is hesitant to do so. For starters, now might not be a good time to sink money into a lawsuit since there are so many employees being released. Secondly, Vince McMahon is really focused on the WWE Network at the moment, so a lawsuit might be a bit of a distraction from the CEO.
August 2, 2014