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WWE News: WWE Champion CM Punk Has Emergency Surgery and Will Miss TLC

UPDATE 2:  As officially declared on by Vince McMahon himself, Punk will not be defending his title at TLC. Instead there will be a six man tag team match with Team Hell No teaming up with Ryback to challenge the Shield. Meanwhile, Ryback has been promised a title match against Punk which will probably have to be on Raw in between TLC and the Royal Rumble.

UPDATE 1: Most recently, news has emerged (from that the surgery was done to remove a piece of torn meniscus.

Rehabilitation from surgery on a torn meniscus can take one to two weeks for athletes (as per Which means that Punk may be able to make TLC though it is unlikely but will be cleared by the Royal Rumble.

According to a colleague of Dr. Andrews, the surgery went well and Punk is expected to make a full recovery.

ORIGINAL STORY: As reported by, after Raw, Punk was rushed into surgery this afternoon to deal with a knee injury he may have suffered last night on Raw.

Punk clearly knew he was in bad shape last night as he chose to take a late flight to Florida to consult a private doctor, Dr. James Andrews. It was also reported (by that Punk was seen to not move over almost ten minutes after the attack from Ryback on the show, cancelling the dark match main event between Punk and Ryback for that night.

The beatdown last night on Punk was certainly a vicious assault from Ryback, but there was no indication in watching back that any of the moves were executed too stiffly or botched in a way that would have hurt Punk.

Given that Ryback’s attack was entirely to the chest and back of Punk, there seems to be no point where Ryback would have injured Punk’s knee. That said, Punk did seem to be having trouble walking in the attack which seemed like just good selling at the time but may have been caused by a less pronounced bad landing on the knee.

Today is the 380th day of CM Punk‘s WWE Title reign which means that Punk has nearly surpassed the milestone of Cena’s longest WWE championship reign. To see Punk have to drop the title due to injury would be a huge letdown for the pay off of the huge title reign.

That said, unless things go wrong in surgery or details come out that the surgery was serious, it is very likely Punk will be able to wrestle by the Royal Rumble. TLC is the bigger question mark as facing Ryback in a TLC match less than two weeks after a surgery could be too much.

Reports have been escalating for a while that Punk’s long title reign has been directly connected to the Rock‘s journey to regain the WWE Championship, and it is unlikely that WWE will ruin that set up unless Punk will need serious rehabilitation time.

I do hope that Punk has a fast and healthy recovery regardless of what the circumstances. It is always a shame to see talent injured.

This news will be updated as more details come in, so stay tuned to Wrestle Enigma.

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  • TheGNIKCUFShaman

    Nothing will stop Punk at this point, injury wise.
    1 – His potential schedule up to Mania will likely see him accomplishing his goal of main eventing Mania, 2 – Current title reign, 3 – He will inevitably take some time off soon, long overdue, 4 – Very few will ever be in his current position, 5 – CM Punk won’t be in this position ever again, 6 – The man leaked spinal fluid from his ear trying to get back to wrestling too early, some credits due

  • Marc Still Rules

    TLC battle royal at the PPV to crown a new champ if Punk can’t make it. I’d love to see that level of carnage.

    • Kevin Berge

      That sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. If Punk couldn’t wrestle at RR due to recovery time, I’d guess WWE would simply find a way of putting the title on Cena. Huge match against the Rock at the RR means that someone big would have to step in.

      • Marc Still Rules

        I know it’d be a train wreck. They would probably go the Cena route as predictable as it’d be just for the big match quality.

  • Punk’s Hurt LULZ

    Full recovery? Dammit…

  • Jacob Waring

    Cena long title reign ended due to injury. Look like Punk may lose his title the same way.

  • Punk’s Hurt LULZ

    Oh and one more thing………LULZ

  • Jacob Is Botchtastic

    IT’S A WORK!!!!

    • Kevin Berge

      Get out of here, Cory!

      • Punk’s Hurt LULZ

        NO FUCK YOU!!!!

  • Charlie G

    Hasn’t it been reported that he’s been nursing injuries for a while now? I mean, after all, I don’t think he’s had a break ever since his “Pipebomb” from last summer so it’s a big possibility.

    I feel like TLC could go on without Punk & a WWE Championship match. If his surgery goes fine, and his return date is before that of the Royal Rumble, then let ‘em rest up & make a full recovery. Punk vs. Rock is the BIG money match, not Ryback vs. Punk.

    The creative staff also has the option of a Team Hell No & Ryback vs. The Shield match in their back pocket if they really need it. TLC isn’t a major PPV, so I say give Punk a (in-ring. Could probably still could do promos) break til his match with The Rock at Royal Rumble.