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.
The expectation was that ratings for Monday Night Raw would rise this week because fans would tune in to see if CM Punk would make his return or not. However, the opposite took place. WWE saw a 12 percent drop in viewership, which has to be a bit alarming since it is the time period between the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania 30.
Since the company wanted to sell the brutality of Brock Lesnar for his match against Big Show at Royal Rumble 2014, they had Mark Henry work an injury angle and take a couple of weeks off. It looks the former world champion is returning to WWE, possibly as soon as Monday Night Raw this week.
After what took place at Royal Rumble 2014, WWE officials were concerned that the audience at Monday Night Raw was going to hijack the event by voicing their opinions, so in order to help squash some of that and control the crowd, management had Daniel Bryan cutting a promo to open up the show.
While there are some fans who are under the impression that he has really left the compny, Jeff Hardy will be returning to the company in March. He has already been announced for TNA Lockdown 2014, where is scheduled to be a part of the Lethal Lockdown match.
Jeff Hardy was written off of television because he could not join the rest of the Impact Wrestling crew in Europe, but the feeling backstage is that he will be making his return to TNA on February 7, when the company does a show in Battle Creek, Michigan.
While he has been written out of the show on television, Jeff Hardy is still working for TNA, as the former world heavyweight champion will be working the One Night Only: Old School pay per view tonight in a Monster's Ball match against Abyss.
On a special Final Resolution edition of Impact Wrestling last night, Brutus Magnus defeated Jeff Hardy in a tournament final and became the new TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He climbed the ladder and retrieved the belt after Rockstar Spud interfered.