WHEN DOES CM PUNK CONTRACT EXPIRE?
When CM Punk walked away from WWE, some in the industry expected him to stay home until his contract with the company expired. Reports are now surfacing that the deal is set to be completed during the middle portion of July. There has been some speculation that WWE will force an extension of the deal to prevent Punk from joining TNA, so a lot of people are awaiting to see what Vince McMahon decides to do.
July 1, 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
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
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
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
Reports are going around that CM Punk could be officially gone from WWE now. The former world heavyweight champion has been removed from the active roster list on the website. His profile has been moved over to the alumni section, which the company normally does when a performer is gone. Punk's contract is said to be expiring later on this week, so it's interesting that WWE pulled the trigger on the roster change ahead of time.
July 15, 2014
Since his contract is expiring in a few days, there were many who believed that WWE was going to extend their contract with CM Punk since he has been gone for an extended period of time. However, reports are surfacing that Vince McMahon is opting against that because he does not see a reconciliation on the horizon. Plus, WWE cannot afford to pay a performer to sit at home.
July 14, 2014
When CM Punk walked away from WWE, some in the industry expected him to stay home until his contract with the company expired. Reports are now surfacing that the deal is set to be completed during the middle portion of July. There has been some speculation that WWE will force an extension of the deal to prevent Punk from joining TNA, so a lot of people are awaiting to see what Vince McMahon decides to do.
July 1, 2014
While he has been gone for several months now and is showing no signs of wanting to return, there are rumors floating around that WWE could extend the contract of CM Punk for another year. A lot of their standard contract enables the company to extend the deal if a performer has missed a significant amount of time. A move like this would enable WWE to keep Punk away from TNA or Global Force Wrestling.
June 13, 2014
"I don't know, man, who knows, right? That's something that only he can answer for sure. To me, if he hasn't come back already, then... I left the WWE for two-and-a-half years in 2005. The only difference was I left when my contract was up, but I disappeared too, because I just was over it. I couldn't take it anymore, I wasn't interested in being there, I was getting miserable, so I know how he feels. I had no intention of coming back, and after two-and-a-half years I watched Shawn Michaels vs John Cena at WrestleMania 23 and that inspired me to want to come back, but it took two-and-a-half years to get there. So my answer is, 'I don't know', but I just know how I was when I did the same thing. It took a long time for me to be able to come back, and I was probably the same age as CM Punk is now too, so maybe he's going through the same thing and after a few years he'll come back." - Chris Jericho on the backstage heat situation in WWE involving Punk
May 2, 2014
Even though he has not been with the company for quite a few weeks now, CM Punk is still receiving paychecks from WWE. He still ranks among the top merchandise movers in the entire company, with some reports stating that he only trails John Cena in that category. Punk is still under contract to WWE, so management is still paying him his royalties.
April 18, 2014
Since he walked away from the company, CM Punk has now been removed from the upcoming Flintstones movie. To make it easier on the script writers, WWE has decided to replace him with Rey Mysterio, which should make it fairly easy for them to adapt the story line. The belief backstage is that Punk is going to just wait until his contract expires this summer.
April 10, 2014
Rumors are floating around online right now about CM Punk returning to TNA. However, that is not the case whatsoever. He is currently still under contract to WWE, and Vince McMahon has no intentions of giving him a release at the moment. The belief is that both sides will simply enable the deal to expire in a couple of months and then part ways completely.
March 27, 2014
When asked during a recent interview about the backstage heat situation between CM Punk and WWE, MVP revealed that he is supportive of the move. He noted that he had a year left on his contract when he asked for a release from the company. MVP is grateful to the company, but he also felt the need to be happy with his own work.
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
During a podcast interview with Jim Ross, Steve Austin stated that he thinks CM Punk will be back in time for Wrestlemania 30. He advised the former world heavyweight champion to not make the same mistake he did by not finishing his contract. Austin stated that the breach of contract prevented him from collecting royalties, and he does not want Punk to make the same mistake.
February 21, 2014
Now that their long anticipated television deal with Destination America has been signed and sealed, Dixie Carter and the TNA management team will now shift their focus towards securing a television contract to continue airing Impact Wrestling in Canada. A deal seems imminent, as the company sounds highly confident in their ongoing negotiations with networks north of the border.
November 22, 2014
When you sign a developmental contract with WWE, more often than not, you're going to be spending a good amount of time in training and not on television. Of course, when you have the experience that Kevin Steen has, the wait is a lot shorter. The former ROH Heavyweight Champion, who is now going by the name of Kevin Owens, is scheduled to make his debut on December 11, 2014 at the Takeover: R Evolution event.
November 22, 2014
Reports have surfaced that WWE intends on having Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi continue working as a tag team. A possible tag title run is being discussed. However, this might lead to some problems, as one of the things that Devitt reportedly requested when he signed his contract was that he not be forced to stay in developmental for too long of a period. Devitt feels that he has enough international experience to be qualified for the main roster.
November 22, 2014
While their new television contract with Destination America does not start until 2015, there are talks that TNA could start filming episodes of Impact Wrestling again in December. Initially, Dixie Carter had planned to do taping at the Manhattan Center in January, but those will now more than likely be canceled. The company would then film episodes in England during their annual tour of the country.
November 21, 2014
In a move that does not come as a surprise to those that have been following the company closely, WWE has opted to release the Great Khali. His profile has been officially moved to the alumni section on the company website. Reports are saying that his contract expired, and management felt it was financially beneficial to not renew the former world heavyweight champion, even though he was considered a marketing asset.
November 14, 2014
After months of silence between the two sides, Rey Mysterio and WWE got together recently backstage to discuss the contract situation that has been lingering for a bit. Reports are surfacing that Mysterio essentially told management that he was no longer interested whatsoever in working with the company and wishes to move on to other things. WWE is still hoping that the former world heavyweight champion will change his mind, as they really need the drawing power in Mexico.
November 11, 2014
Earlier in the week, Chael Sonnen caught the attention of the professional wrestling industry when he revealed that WWE had offered him a $5 million contract, which he claims to have turned down because he was dedicated to UFC at the time. However, sources within WWE are stating that the story is completely fabricated. Vince McMahon reportedly does not view Sonnen as someone worth that high amount of money.
November 6, 2014
As many of you are already aware, Rey Mysterio was backstage last night at Monday Night Raw. He reportedly met with Vince McMahon about his future in WWE and his contract situation. No word yet on how that went, but the masked performer took a flight from Buffalo to San Diego this morning, meaning that he will not be working the Smackdown taping today in New York. He is also unlikely to head to England with the crew tomorrow as well.
November 4, 2014
A resolution could be near for the backstage heat between Rey Mysterio and WWE. Reports have surfaced that the masked performer is going to be backstage at Monday Night Raw in Buffalo tonight. No word yet on why he is there, but there are plenty of speculations. A few feel that he is going to make a return to television, while many believe that he is just there to discuss his contract with officials.
November 3, 2014
During interviews, Kurt Angle has repeatedly stated that he wants to do one final year before retiring from professional wrestling. However, word is now coming out that the former world heavyweight champion is open to signing a contract that stretches out to 18 months since it would be a part time deal. Angle wants to focus on building a career in Hollywood, and he knows that he still needs the exposure from wrestling to help make that happen.
November 1, 2014
While it seemed all but certain that Impact Wrestling was going to have a new home in 2015, reports are now surfacing that TNA and Spike TV are close to finalizing a deal to keep the business relationship going. Sources have stated that the two sides have been in negotiation the entire time, even as TNA was allowed to seek a contract with another television network. Dixie Carter was expected to make an announcement this week, but if there is a chance to remain with Spike, the reveal could be delayed.
November 1, 2014
Reports are floating around that Kurt Angle has signed a new contract with TNA that will enable him to work part time and focus on building up his career in Hollywood. The former Olympic gold medalist attempted to get a part time deal with WWE, but the company insisted that he sign a full time deal, which Angle did not want because he was worried about the effects it would have on his body.
October 29, 2014
As many fans already know, Rey Mysterio is still under contract to WWE, which means that he cannot work elsewhere during the duration of the deal. The masked superstar wants to return to Mexico and wrestle for AAA. Many were under the belief that he was going to wait for his current deal with WWE to expire, but there are now talks that the company could extend his deal again next year and force him to remain on the sidelines.
October 22, 2014
Through social media, Gene Snitsky has expressed his dissatisfaction with TNA for not bringing him on board full time. He did a couple of segments on Impact Wrestling this summer, but management has opted to remain fiscally responsible, as they are still trying to secure a new television contract. The company is expected to start signing wrestlers are that happens.
October 19, 2014
While the backstage heat between the two sides remains at a pretty high level, it does not appear that WWE will be giving a release to Rey Mysterio any time soon. Management has started to accept that the former world heavyweight champion will not be returning to work anytime soon, but they will not let him out of his contract to help another promotion out. WWE would rather just keep him on the sidelines for the time being, especially since Mysterio has reportedly stopped cashing in their checks.
October 15, 2014
For those of you that are clinging on to the smaller glimmer of hope that CM Punk will return to WWE some day, there may possibly be some good news this week. Punk posted a warm message towards Paul Heyman, his former on screen manager and good friend in real life, on Twitter. That post was noticed by Triple H, who made it one of his Favorites. For those that are not keen to social media, that means that he approves of the message. It also shows that HHH isn't as upset with Punk as some people think he is.
November 23, 2014
Through Twitter, CM Punk revealed to his fans that has now been married to AJ Lee for exactly six months. He joked that people thought they were not going to last, so he wants them to pay up on the bet. AJ made a joke as well. The WWE Divas Champion noted how the two of them were buddies on screen not too long ago. Thus far, their marriage has not affected business relationships for either of them.
November 15, 2014
WWE fans looking to see CM Punk again, will get an opportunity to do so again on Sunday night. No, he's not showing up for a wrestling pay per view or anything. The former world heavyweight champion is scheduled to be a guest on the Talking Dead, a show that discusses the latest happenings on the Walking Dead television series. Punk has been a guest before, and he showed that he is quite a fanatic for the series.
November 13, 2014
It looks like CM Punk has found himself a new job, now that it is all but certain that he is not returning to WWE anytime soon. Marvel has announced that the former world heavyweight champion will be writing a story for upcoming issues of Thor, one of their more popular characters. Punk, who has been an avid comic book fan since childhood, has also stated that he would love to write stories for the Punisher character.
November 10, 2014
There is some development in the bitter feud between WWE and CM Punk, it seems. When the former world heavyweight champion had his lawyers send a 22 page letter to the company about royalties, management responded by removing most of his products from their online store. Something might have changed backstage, as WWE is selling Punk merchandise again.
October 27, 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
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
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