Last night CM Punk announced he is indeed leaving the WWE when his contract ends next month.
There was a lot of speculation about what he would do, and the rumors of him taking time off were doing the rounds online. Based on his tweets, and I know to take this with a grain of salt as he could be in character, Punk was leaning toward not returning.
A frustrated Punk has felt slighted by the WWE for some time now. Since Punk came to the WWE, he has been a three-time World Heavyweight Champion, an Intercontinental Champion, a World Tag Team Champion, a ECW Champion and a two-time Money in the Bank match winner. Yet they don't seem to appreciate him as a "top guy."
Look at the just-released cover for the WWE's upcoming DVD, the "Greatest Stars of the 21st Century." Featuring everybody you'd think worthy, including Kurt Angle, who wrestles for TNA now, and Jeff Hardy.
But no CM Punk.
But, still, no CM Punk.
What does Punk have left to do to earn the respect of the WWE?
He has proved time and time again that he can work with anybody on the roster and put on a match of the night more times that not. He is second to none when it comes to promo's in the WWE, and last night's mic work proves it.
So if he is this good, and has accomplished that much and is still treated as "just another guy," why wouldn't he leave?
In what could be the perfect send-off, Punk wrestling John Cena in the Main Event of a pay-per-view in his hometown could help prove that he's arguably the best in the company right now. Punk show the office his worth, and then walk out. He doesn't need to win the belt.
Storyline wise, it would be more humiliating for Punk to lose his final match in his hometown, and as a villain Punk would prefer to go out that way. It's how Chris Jericho left the WWE at SummerSlam in 2005.
His recent comments on how he was cheered during the previous European tour really got to him. He wants to be hated by every single person, so why not?
Chicago has also been an old-school crowd and will shit all over John Cena. Just look at WrestleMania 22 in the same building, with Chicago's own hometown hero, I assume it'll be a double-turn, just like Canadian Stampede with the Canadian heels playing as the face.
He could easily win the title and then lose to a Money In the Bank winner before he leaves. I just hope WWE realizes they are making a big mistake and does something to ensure Punk stays or, failing that, ensure he will return to the company one day.
It's a pleasure to watch CM Punk, and I'm already dreading watching WWE without him.