WWE News & Notes 2014: CM Punk Update, UFC's Dana White Responds to Alistair Overeem's Challenging Brock Lesnar
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The saga of CM Punk's departure from the WWE continues after Punk left the company last week, not happy with his role in the company or the WWE's Wrestlemania XXX plans for him, wishing to headline the yearly pay-per-view.
PWInsider.com reports that Punk is only communicating with those who are his closest friends and has not opened lines of communications with anyone in the company, while F4WOnline.com reports that Vince McMahon and Triple H are not on the same page as to how to handle the situation. Triple H has mixed feelings about Punk returning to the company while McMahon is insistent on bringing back the "Straight Edge Superstar" back into the fold.
On Monday, "#WeWantPunk" became the No.2 biggest trend worldwide on Twitter during Monday Night Raw, where CM Punk signs were confiscated by security and fans claimed they were kicked out for chanting for Punk.
CM Punk spoke with fans at a Q&A at the Portland, OR Comic Con convention prior to the Royal Rumble pay-per-view and was frank about his displeasure with the direction of his role with the company. He was critical of Batista's return, despite being friends, having made similar comments about other stars coming back on a part-time basis such as The Rock and Brock Lesnar. Punk, who was also critical of the WWE possibly signing Sting by saying the WCW icon has "nothing left in the tank", feels the part-time stars have taken main event slots from others who are working on a full-time basis, while also saying that he felt physically beat up and tired of the hectic work schedule.
The WWE creative team is now re-tuning Wrestlemania XXX, though plans had not been set in stone yet, after Punk's departure; Punk was being slated to face Triple H at Wrestlemania XXX. Batista versus Randy Orton may now be tweaked, possibly adding Bryan into the title mix, while another rumor has a potential Batista match against Brock Lesnar - who was slated to face The Undertaker - with Bryan moving into a title match with Orton. Bryan was rumored to be originally facing Sheamus in a rematch from Wrestlemania XXVIII, but could now go up against Kane.
Speaking of Lesnar, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion has been the subject of rumors of a possible return to the world of mixed martial arts (MMA). UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem called out Lesner after defeating Frank Mir at UFC 169 last Saturday in a unanimous three-round decision. UFC president Dana White has said he has discussed a return to MMA with Lesnar, but that it was not in the cards at the moment after Lesnar's retirement from the sport, though he added the door is always open for him.
Overeem retired Lesnar after their match at UFC 141 in a first round TKO and challenged Lesnar to a rematch after breaking a two-fight losing streak against Mir. White was upset with Overeem for calling out Lesnar, reiterating that "The Beast" is not coming back, saying to Fox Sports 1, "It was a crappy performance by Alistair. Then, he calls out someone who doesn't even fight in the UFC. It was not a great night for Overeem."
Rumors continue to build that Sting has signed with the WWE. Sting is officially a free agent and recently "lost" his contract with TNA Wrestling after getting pinned by world heavyweight champion Magnus in a Title vs Contract match at an TNA Impact taping. While Sting may not make a Wrestlemania XXX appearance this year, there has been discussion of using him in a general manager capacity for Monday Night Raw while also competing from time to time, setting him for big matches throughout the year. Sting will also be integral in helping market the WWE's WCW assets it owns as they prepare to launch their new digital network.
One legend practically locked to be at Wrestlemania XXX is Hulk Hogan, with plans for the icon moving further along despite an official announcement yet to be made. While WWE doctors have determined he will not be able to participate in a physical capacity, Hogan may debut with the company the night after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view and help with the launch of the WWE Network. Another possible role may include Hogan inducting the Ultimate Warrior - who may have a match against Ryback at Wrestlemania XXX in the works - into the WWE Hall of Fame.
In other news, while former WWE superstar MVP is now off the free agent market, having signed TNA Wrestling and debuted last Thursday, WWE continues to negotiate with Prince Devitt of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). Devitt was offered a WWE contract after Triple H saw an NWJP video of Devitt taking on PAC (formerly of Dragon Gate). PAC signed with WWE and was repackaged in NXT as Adrian Neville - who will face NXT Champion Bo Dallas for the title in the live NXT special set for February 27 on the WWE Network. Though Devitt is said to be interested in signing with the WWE, two stumbling blocks at the moment are that he is doing well as a top star at NJPW and is hesitant about relocating from his homeland of Ireland to the United States to work for the company.
Lastly, Daniel Bryan shouted out his home state Seattle Seahawks, via Twitter, after their dominant Super Bowl XLVIII victory over the Denver Broncos Sunday night. Bryan, who hails from Aberdeen, WA, congratulated the new NFL champions and got a response from the team's official Twitter account, with a digital "YES! YES! YES!" chant as a "thank you" for his tweet.
First ever Seahawks Super Bowl win!!! AMAZING!!! There's going to be a lot of happy people in Washington.— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) February 3, 2014
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