Vince McMahon on CM Punk: “Taking a sabbatical”

cmpunkVince McMahon, on the WWE quarterly earnings call with investors today, offered the first public comments from the company on the status of superstar CM Punk, who has been absent from WWE TV and house shows since Jan. 27.

“He’s taking a sabbatical, let’s put it that way,” McMahon said of Punk, who reportedly walked out from Monday Night Raw a day after putting in a 47-minute effort in the Royal Rumble main event.

What can be read into McMahon’s terse comment? Well, for starters, Punk is still under contract to WWE, so we have our confirmation on the already-quashed rumors from this past weekend that Punk had been granted an early release from his contract, which expires in July.

Other than that … let’s take a look at the word sabbatical. Early reports on the Punk departure had the issue being a health issue, possibly a concussion suffered during the Rumble. Could creative have crafted a “sabbatical” for Punk to cover up for a concussion or other ailment? It’s possible.

More likely with “sabbatical” we’re seeing McMahon holding onto hope that he can convince Punk to return to work in time to be included in the WrestleMania 30 plans. There’s still time for that to happen; consider The Undertaker, who isn’t returning to WWE TV until Monday, and hasn’t been seen or heard from for months. But the time to build a new story for Punk is running short.


UVA Basketball Fans!

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25. The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe, and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018 through to the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Dick Vitale on Team of Destiny: “This is a hoops story you will LOVE! Jerry and Chris capture the sensational and dramatic championship journey by Tony Bennett and his tenacious Cavalier team. UVA was Awesome Baby and so is this book!”

Ralph Sampson on Team of Destiny: “Jerry and Chris have lived and seen it all, even before my time. I highly recommend this book to every basketball fan across the globe. This story translates to all who know defeat and how to overcome it!”

Feedback from buyers: “Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite!” – Russell

Buy here.

augusta free press news
augusta free press news
augusta free press news