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.
Karl Anderson has been preaching to fans and wrestlers that there are other options in professional wrestling besides WWE. In order to truly get his point across, he revealed on Twitter that he made $640,000 working for New Japan last year, which is higher than what most WWE stars make.
With all the controversy surrounding CM Punk and his departure from WWE, a rather interesting and possibly edited picture has surfaced online of the former world champion hanging out backstage with Karl Anderson, Prince Devitt, Luke Gallows and the Bullet Club, a stable making waves in Japan right now.