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CM Punk undergoes knee surgery

CM Punk apparently injured his knee after Ryback attacked him on Monday Night Raw last night (Dec. 3) in Greensboro. Or at least that's what WWE wants us to believe, as the WWE.com website reports he underwent emergency surgery.

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Vince McMahon statement on Punk injury, TLC status

In the wake of WWE Champion CM Punk's knee injury, Chairman of the Board Vince McMahon has released a statement to WWE.com regarding Punk's status for the TLC pay-per-view (PPV) on Dec. 16, 2012, in Brooklyn, New York.

Here it is, in full:

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Although he doesn't mention in specifically, it's clear Punk won't be stripped of the title, as some had feared. The priority, obviously, remains Punk vs. Rock at Royal Rumble next year but Ryback will get another shot at the title before then.

He just won't win. Probably.

Let's just hope the six-man match pitting Ryback and Team Hell No vs. The Shield makes up for the absence of the champion.

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Punk officially off TLC show, new match announced

It's official. CM Punk will not be working his schedule match against Ryback at the TLC pay-per-view (PPV) on Sun., Dec. 16, 2012, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The news comes from the SmackDown tapings tonight where WWE revealed that he is out of the show and Ryback will now team up with Daniel Bryan and Kane to take on The Shield in a six-man tag match.

While many will undoubtedly be unhappy with this announcement, it was the right thing to do. Protecting Punk's health is more important than letting him work a dangerous match against an opponent who may not have been able to protect him.

So there you have it, Cagesiders. Punk is out, The Shield is in. Just the way it was drawn up. Or something.

Here's the updated TLC line-up:

- Big Show vs. Sheamus
- John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler
- Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett
- Ryback and Team Hell No vs. The Shield

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Video: Punk carried out after Raw last night

Coming out of last night's (Dec. 3, 2012) episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, fans at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, reported CM Punk selling big for Ryback after he was put through a table and blasted with a ladder and chair.

The consummate professional.

Now, video has come out from YouTuber DAPDave of Punk getting carried out after Raw went off the air:

This may have been careful planning on Punk and/or WWE's part with the recent news of his having to undergo knee surgery to repair a cartilage tear earlier today. If they need to, they can use this for storyline purposes and if they don't, Punk just looks like a pro.

Well done all around.

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Punk could work Ryback match at TLC but shouldn't

The latest update on WWE Champion CM Punk after his knee surgery today (Dec. 4, 2012) is that there have been no plans put in place to change or alter current storylines involving Punk and Ryback's pursuit of his title.

PWInsider has noted there is a belief internally that Punk will work their planned match at the TLC pay-per-view (PPV) on Dec. 16 in Brooklyn. The surgery was relatively minor, after all, and athletes have come back within two weeks and done far more rigorous work. Others believe Punk won't be working the show.

The reality is that he shouldn't.

Punk was always going to beat Ryback to retain the WWE championship so he could move on to a big money match against The Rock at the Royal Rumble next year. This could be a blessing in disguise. Ryback shouldn't be losing in another PPV match and there's no need to risk Punk's long term health when the outcome isn't exactly in doubt.

Punk vs. Rock is where the money is at, not banged up Punk vs. Ryback.

The other consideration here is that John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler has enough on the line that it could pass as the main event of TLC. Cena possibly winning the Money in the Bank briefcase in a ladder match against one of the best wrestlers on the roster should sell just fine.

There are far too many variables at play here and Punk risking further injury simply isn't worth the risk. So even if he can work the match, he definitely shouldn't.

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Report: Punk expected to miss TLC event

It's now been confirmed that CM Punk suffered a knee injury a few weeks back and has been working hurt for a while now. There hasn't been any word on why he elected to have it looked at now but there are plenty of reasons why it would make sense for him to do so.

The Wrestling Observer is reporting that because of the injury, he's expected to miss the TLC pay-per-view (PPV) event scheduled for Dec. 16, 2012, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Punk was going to be defending his WWE championship against Ryback in a tables, ladders, and chairs match.

Seems awful risky for a guy who would be less than two weeks removed from knee surgery, even if it was minor. That seems to be the case, too, as WWE revealed the surgery was to trim a cartilage tear that had been locking up his knee. Mileage may vary, of course, but there have been athletes in other sports who have come back from similar injuries within two weeks.

Still, that puts his status for TLC in enough doubt that it would be prudent for the promotion to hold him out of the event altogether, or at the very least not risk his health in a dangerous match. The priority should still be to have Punk as healthy as possible for his planned Royal Rumble match against the returning Rock. Yes, that would leave Ryback out in the cold but they can certainly work around that.

What do you think, Cagesiders? If Punk can come back in time for TLC, should he? Or should WWE hold him out to let him heal up?

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Punk knee surgery done, cartilage tear repaired

More news coming in on CM Punk's knee surgery.

The original WWE.com article has been updated with the following information:

WWE.com has confirmed that Dr. Andrews completed a scope of CM Punk's knee. Andrews successfully trimmed a cartilage tear that locked up Punk's knee.

"CM Punk underwent knee surgery today to remove a piece of torn meniscus that had locked up his knee," said Andrews' colleague, WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann. "The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, went smoothly and CM Punk is expected to make a full recovery."

That sounds relatively minor but WWE has yet to reveal how long Punk is expected to be out, if he misses any time at all. Again, he's reportedly been working on this injury for weeks now and the decision was finally made to get checked out to make sure it's nothing serious.

One would think the priority is Royal Rumble and his pending match with The Rock. If that means missing TLC and changing plans for Ryback, so be it.

Stay tuned for more.

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Punk injury is legit, reportedly worked hurt

When news broke straight from WWE that CM Punk underwent emergency knee surgery today (Dec. 4, 2012), many fans were quick to question the legitimacy of the reports.

After all, we are talking about a website that routinely mixes kayfabe and reality.

Now, though, PWInsider.com is reporting that Punk is legitimately hurt and actually has been for weeks. According to their report, "The Straight Edge Superstar" has been working on a bum knee but toughing it out because he's the WWE champion and that is what's expected of him.

Plus there's that whole consecutive days as champion thing going on.

There is still no word on how severe the injury is, however, meaning we can't know what Punk's status will be for the TLC pay-per-view (PPV) where he's scheduled to defend the title in a TLC match against Ryback.

Keep it locked to this storystream for any further updates.

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