To put an end to the speculation about CM Punk’s WWE future, with many stating that his comments this past Monday on RAW were a work, I can confirm that as of this post, Punk has still not signed a contact with WWE. Punk noted on RAW and Twitter that he plans to defeat John Cena at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view and leave WWE with the WWE Championship.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Punk will be finished with the company, as a source told me that Punk’s recent comments were “part work and part shoot”. By that, he means that WWE is letting his comments slide, but at the same time, they are actively lobbying him to sign a new contract. In recent months, Punk has made it known that he is not happy with WWE’s direction of his character, where his character was put on the back burner in favor of more of the “bigger” stars in John Cena, for example. WWE, in attempt to make Punk happy into his 11th hour with the company, has now given him a major push leading into what coincidentally (or maybe not) gives him a WWE title shot one day before his contract expires.
A source tells me here at WrestleHeat.com exclusively that while Punk really would like to take some time off the road and come back to the company in the future, Punk is playing what he described to me as “playing hardball”. The source adds, “WWE knows how valuable Punk is to the future of the company, and they don’t want to lose him. By Punk saying that he wants to leave the road, WWE would be more inclined to give him a bigger push — like they are now in order to further sway him to stay — and a bigger salary bump.” The source insists that he’s “confident” that Punk will re-sign, but at the same time notes that Punk has been rather unpredictable throughout the process of WWE trying to sign him to a new contract.