I realize that we still don't know if the CM Punk walk out is a work or a shoot or what the heck we're dealing with, but in the interest of me boredom and good fun, I'm going to pretend it's a mix of both and fantasy book where this thing could be headed.
First, as we saw on Monday, we get the ascension of Daniel Bryan.
CM Punk always seemed shoehorned into Daniel Bryan's feud with The Authority, and more specifically, his feud with Triple H. The big blow-off match with Triple H originally looked like it was going to be Bryan's. Then they pushed him aside in favor of Big Show, for one horrible pay-per-view (PPV), and then decided to push Big Show out of The Authority/Triple H feud altogether. Then we moved on to John Cena fighting for the championship and Punk becoming the target of The Authority and Triple H, because reasons.
All the while, Bryan got transitioned into a nice little feud with The Wyatt Family that didn't really seem to go where anyone wanted it to when the #YesMovement caught on at the national level thanks to a college basketball game and the payoff was rushed with Bryan turning face and earning himself an Attitude Era-level response.
Then the Royal Rumble happened.
Bryan continued to be the single most over superstar since Punk circa 2011 and the crowd went apeshit for him all night long, especially when he wasn't in the actual Royal Rumble match.
Punk, who came back too early from his post-WrestleMania hiatus for a marquee match-up with Brock Lesnar and then months of filler with Paul Heyman and his B-Team, was the Iron Man of the match. He is also a guy who legitimately wants to be on top of the business and main event WrestleMania. He's never been shy about this point. Instead, yet again, he is pushed aside in favor of a returning star from a bygone era. Only this time, it's not The Rock -- arguably one of the greatest of all time and a legitimate movie star -- it's Batista (heretofore referred to as "Boo-tista").
Punk won't be main eventing WrestleMania. Punk didn't win the Rumble. Punk is scheduled to go one-on-one with the guy who beat him during his last big run for no reason other than to beat him during his last big run. Naturally, looking at the way the company is ignoring the fans and their desire to see Bryan on top and instead pushing another returning meathead who was completely gassed and looked like the wet shits during his 15 minute stint in the Rumble, Punk is upset.
He sees the reaction online -- he does enjoy the internet -- and was there for the live reaction. He sees where things are going, so he says screw it. I'm going home.
Now the fantasy booking begins...
Punk is burnt out and fed up with the direction of the company. More than anything else, he knows it’s D-Bry’s time and he’s not gonna get the push he deserves the way things are currently lined up. If he bails that opens up his spot (the token "indie guy" spot) for Bryan to move up the card and get his payoff to The Authority storyline.
We got Daniel Bryan getting right in Triple H's face on Raw and Triple H calling on The Shield to bail him out. This inevitably leads to a screw job of some sort at Elimination Chamber and then we finally get Bryan vs Triple H at WrestleMania 30. The match has a stipulation. If Bryan wins, he gets his WWE world heavyweight title shot. If Triple H wins, Bryan can go back to wrestling in high school gymnasiums in front of 100 people. If Triple H wins, Bryan can go back to traveling around the country on his own dime hoping to earn $50 and get a handful of people chanting his name. If Triple H wins, Bryan can go the hell away and take all of these idiots -- who don't know what's best for business -- in the Yes Movement with him.
Naturally, we get Bryan over Triple H clean at "The Showcase of the Immortals", which earns D-Bry a shot at the gold at Extreme Rules. He wins the WWE world heavyweight championship there — which just happens to be in Seattle — and the place explodes.
He gets a nice little run until mid-summer when we find out that Punk made nice with Vince McMahon/Triple H/Stephanie McMahon and is brought in as SUPER HEEL CM PUNK to take the gold off Bryan. We get a nice final run for Punk in the business where he is guaranteed a WrestleMania main event and some creative control. Punk gets to book a lot of the impending Bryan feud throughout the year.
Ultimately, it leads to Bryan winning the 2015 Royal Rumble from the number one slot, in a way that Punk couldn’t, showing he’s the better man, and then we get Punk vs. Bryan in an Iron Man match at WrestleMania 31 in the main event.