CM Punk may have taken a backseat to John Cena and The Rock and Triple H and Brock Lesnar and every other big star who came through WWE over the past six months or so, but now its the company and everyone else taking a back seat to whatever it is he wants to do.
And that may last much longer than anyone originally thought.
According to a report from PWInsider.com, Punk has been removed from all event listings through SummerSlam, which is scheduled for Sun., Aug. 18, 2013. That's nearly four full months away.
It should be noted, of course, that plans can and often do change on a whim and Punk could be brought back next week if WWE feels it necessary. But according to PW Insider, there are currently no plans creatively to do anything of the sort. As of now, no one knows how or when he'll be coming back.
For his part, Punk has been living it up since taking this much needed time off. He's hit every Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) show from Las Vegas, Nevada, to San Jose, California, to Newark, New Jersey. He's also attending baseball games and even hit up the Iron Man 3 premiere.
His knee and elbow injuries are getting plenty of time to heal and hopefully, when he does return, whenever that may be, he'll be rested and raring to give it his all once again.
The sooner the better.