In some ways, it's hard to believe CM Punk has been gone from WWE for two full months now. He walked out of Monday Night Raw on Jan. 27, 2014, and hasn't been heard from since, save for an appearance on Talking Dead (video here) and even then he didn't mention professional wrestling.
Yet, his name continues to be heard throughout the industry. A lot of that has to do with his complete radio silence on his departure. Because he won't speak out, everyone else even marginally connected to him -- and that's a LOT of people -- are being asked to weigh in on the situation.
The latest is Chris Jericho, who talked to FoxSports.com:
CJ: ... When I felt the way that Punk did in '05, I just waited until my contract was done, and then I left for two-and-a-half years. I never walked out in the middle of a contract, nor would I. I'm not saying that it's a bad thing that Punk did because that's his decision. I don't know anything about it. I know as much as everyone else. The thing is, the wrestling business goes on. There's never been one guy who has ever left and caused the business to shut down. Hulk Hogan left. Bret Hart left. All these guys have left and guess what? They get replaced.
FS: Jim Ross told me that Punk is leaving a ton of money on the table.
CJ: Then, he must have made a s---load of money. I walked away from WCW when they offered me a contract, but I had enough. They could've paid me $3 million or $5 million or $10 million, and I still didn't want to be there. If you don't want to be there, the money is irrelevant. Yeah, you could look at it like he's walking away from a s---load of money, but he's also walking away from a situation where he's saying, "I don't care what they pay me, it's not enough. It's not worth my sanity, and I'm leaving." It's easy to play armchair quarterback with this situation, but no one knows what's going on except Punk, and he's not talking, so it's all speculation at this point. The bottom line is, life goes on, the business goes on, and Punk doesn't seem to worry about it too much because he's not there.
There's a whole lot more in the interview and I encourage you to check it out by clicking here.
This might be the best take on the situation yet if only because it represents a neutral position on a controversial issue from someone with nothing to lose by speaking out. It would be easy for Jericho to speak his mind but what more is there to say at this point? Punk is gone, life goes on, and WWE is on a collision course with history on April 6 when WrestleMania 30 invades the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
No Punk necessary.