One week ago yesterday, CM Punk walked out on WWE. He reportedly met with Chairman of the Board Vince McMahon just hours before the Jan. 27, 2014, episode of Monday Night Raw was set to go on the air on the USA network and told his boss he was going home.
That night's show featured no mention of "The Straight Edge Superstar", a strange decision considering the fallout from the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) the night before.
Fast forward an entire week, and aside from a tweet or two from a fellow wrestler, an unfollow on Twitter, and an e-mail alert to WrestleMania Axxess VIP ticket holders, no mention of Punk had been made. Then, Raw rolled into Omaha, Nebraska, last night and surely the company would let fans in on what's going on with the number two star in the promotion, right?
Last night's episode featured three entire hours of WWE programming and, once again, the name "CM Punk" was not mentioned by anyone associated with the company. Small pockets of fans chanted in the audience, but those quickly died down and nary a promo was botched because of them.
So why the silence?
Put simply, McMahon is still working to bring Punk back during this hugely important time in WWE's history. All the groundwork for the future has been laid in the past few years and 2014 is the biggest ever, what with the launch of the WWE Network and new television rights deals being negotiated.
Not having one of the biggest stars in the industry on the active roster and appearing on TV on a weekly basis is not a good look.
All told, don't expect to hear anything about Punk until WWE is ready to move on from him.