CM Punk will not wrestle at Wrestlemania 40 after sustaining a significant arm injury at the Royal Rumble on Saturday night.
Following his surprise return to the WWE at the Survivor Series event in November, Punk competed in the Royal Rumble, which was aired for the first time since his comeback.
At the conclusion of the 30-man main event, the 45-year-old tore his right triceps, making Cody Rhodes the first wrestler to win back-to-back Royal Rumbles since Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Since joining the WWE again, Punk was making his debut appearance at the Royal Rumble.
Before discussing the specifics of his near future on Monday Night Raw, Punk, who had his arm in a sling, congratulated Cody Rhodes on winning the Royal Rumble.
“I tore my right tricep during the Rumble,” Punk stated.
“It’s just not in the cards, as much as I tried and begged that maybe I could just tape it and go to the Elimination Chamber and attempt to win that and earn my main event at WrestleMania.”
In spite of the most recent setback in an injury-plagued career, Punk stated later in the promo that he had no plans to retire.
This is merely a hiccup in the journey. “Until the wheels fall off, I’m going to keep doing it,” he declared.
Drew McIntyre, the former WWE champion, cut off Punk’s promo.
Before unleashing a vicious attack on Punk’s damaged arm, the Scot expressed his gratitude that the wrestler would miss WrestleMania.
It was widely anticipated that Punk will challenge Seth Rollins for the world heavyweight championship in the Wrestlemania main event.
He first quit WWE in 2014, and he’s frequently expressed his dissatisfaction with the company’s poor storylines and inadequate attention to his health.
CM Punk, actual name Phil Brooks, briefly competed in mixed martial arts with the UFC after quitting the WWE in 2014.
Following the All In pay-per-view event at Wembley Stadium earlier this year, he left AEW. He had subsequently joined the organization in 2021.