Gone for good? WWE moves CM Punk from active roster to ‘alumni’ on its Web site


Cropped image of the WWE logo shown on a screen at the New York Stock Exchange. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Although CM Punk’s fans don’t want to believe it, the outspoken WWE superstar may be really, for real, actually, like, truly definitely gone for good. On Tuesday night, CM Punk’s name moved from the active roster page on WWE.com to its alumni page, as seen here via The Fan’s Podcast.

Of course, Hulk Hogan is also on the WWE’s alumni list and he hosted Wrestlemania this year and recently toured Japan with the company, so Punk may not be done just yet.

The Chicago native is not helping fans who don’t want to believe he’s actually gone from the roster, though. He broke what has mostly been silence regarding his status with the WWE to tweet what seems like a goodbye message. It reads:

“Nope, thank YOU. Thanks for all the help and support through the years. Health and happiness above all. Don’t ever take any [expletive] from anybody.”

That last line might indicate why Punk may be most apprehensive about returning full-time. Rumors circulated that Punk quit after he walked off the set before a live-taping of “Raw” in January because he was unhappy with WWE management.

Despite the tweet and the Web site update, however, Punk is still technically under contract with the WWE until Thursday, the Post and Courier reports. We’ll see if he and the McMahons can patch up their rumored disagreements by then and sign a new one…

(H/t: Bleacher Report)

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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