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Is CM Punk Returning At WrestleMania XXX?

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There has been no sign of CM Punk in the WWE since he was eliminated from the Royal Rumble on Jan. 26. While his name has been brought up sporadically on television since his walkout from the company, the rule of thumb thus far has been to ignore his existence.

We saw further evidence of this on Monday Night Raw. During the airing of an Undertaker highlight package showcasing his recent battles at WrestleMania, “the Phenom’s” contest with Punk at WrestleMania XXIX wasn’t shown or mentioned. CM Punk’s fans have been far more vocal. While some have quieted recently, Punk’s followers have “hijacked” more than a few segments and matches not involving their favorite wrestler.

Truth be told, these “hijacking” chants make no sense whatsoever. Nobody wanted Punk to stay more than the WWE. Unfortunately, it seems as though Punk had made up his mind to leave and nobody was going to convince him otherwise. Punk walked out under his own volition; he was not fired, released or sent home.

Furthermore, Punk left the WWE during WrestleMania season, which is the most important period of the year for the company. Fans are barking up the wrong tree with this one.

Punk was scheduled to be a major player at WrestleMania XXX, feuding with Triple H near the top of the card. Evidently Punk wasn’t happy with this position, but Daniel Bryan has been more than happy to take his spot and run with it. In fact, Bryan just might leave New Orleans with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Will Punk make an appearance at WWE’s biggest yearly event? If he called the WWE today and said he was ready to come back, he’d almost certainly be on the show. Would his appearance make sense? Not at all, especially when you consider that he hasn’t been involved at all in the buildup to the event.

One thing’s for sure: Punk will be accepted back with open arms by management (and fans) if he decides to return. Whether this is right or wrong, the ball is completely in his court. If Punk wants to come back, he will; and if he doesn’t, he won’t. It sounds simple because it is.

One way or another, Punk’s appearance or lack thereof at this year’s WrestleMania will be extremely telling. I expect the fans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to anticipate him showing up in some form, and the crowd reactions will be interesting to listen to.

Personally, I think there’s a reasonable chance Punk makes his way to New Orleans on Apr. 6.

Dan Marsiglia is a Pro Wrestling columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.
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