If you’re a wrestling fan, you’ve probably wondered “what year did CM Punk leave WWE?” Well, the answer is complicated. Here’s a look at the timeline of events that led to Punk’s departure from WWE.
Christopher Mike “CM” Punk, born October 26, 1978, is an American mixed martial artist, comedian, actor, and former professional wrestler. He is best known for his time in WWE where he became a three-time WWE Champion and held the title for 434 days, the longest reign in over 25 years. He left WWE in January 2014.
The build-up to CM Punk’s departure
In the summer of 2011, CM Punk was in the middle of a very successful run as WWE Champion. He was one of the most popular Superstars on the roster, and his matches with John Cena and Alberto Del Rio were must-see TV.
However, behind the scenes, Punk was growing increasingly frustrated with WWE. He felt that he was being mishandled by management, and he was vocally critical of the company’s creative direction.
Punk’s contract with WWE was set to expire in July of 2012, and there were rumors that he was considering leaving the company. Punk denied these rumors, but his discontent was becoming more and more apparent.
Finally, on July 11th, 2012, CM Punk walked out on WWE. He has not been seen in a WWE ring since.
The events of CM Punk’s departure
On January 27, 2014, it was reported that Punk had quit WWE, thus vacating the WWE Championship. The report claimed that Punk had left WWE due to creative differences and was unhappy with the organization, particularly with the way recent events had been handled.
Punk had been scheduled to face Triple H at Royal Rumble on January 26, but was removed from the match and replaced with Big Show. He was also not scheduled to appear on the followingRaw, despite being advertised. WWE issued a statement saying that Punk had left the company “by choice” and was “a free agent”, while his name was removed from WWE.com’s list of active superstars.
At the time of his departure, Punk was one of WWE’s top performers and was one of the longest reigning WWE Champions in recent years. His departure sent shockwaves through the professional wrestling world and raised many questions about his future in the business.
The aftermath of CM Punk’s departure
It was a dark day for WWE when CM Punk walked out on the company in early 2014. Punk had been with WWE for nearly a decade, and was one of the most popular stars in the company. His departure sent shockwaves through the WWE Universe, and left many fans wondering what would happen next.
Punk’s departure was especially disappointing because it came just a few months after he had won the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. Punk was set to headline WrestleMania 30 as champion, but when he walked out, WWE was forced to make last-minute changes to the card. Instead of Punk, Brock Lesnar ended up winning the title in the main event.
Despite his sudden departure, CM Punk remained popular with fans. He appeared on talk shows and did interviews, where he spoke candidly about his time in WWE and his reasons for leaving. In 2016, Punk finally made his return to wrestling when he signed with UFC.
CM Punk’s return to WWE
CM Punk made his return to WWE programming on the January 27, 2014 episode of Monday Night Raw, helping The Shield defeat The Wyatt Family.