After this past Monday on Raw, CM Punk recieved emergency surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. The surgery has forced WWE to alter their plans for the TLC pay-per-view, and not have Punk defend his title against Ryback.
So the question I am here to answer is, what exactly is a torn meniscus, and what does it mean for the future of CM Punk?
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that divides the knee joint, which is made up of the femur, tibia, and fibula. This tiny piece of cartilage is what makes walking and running possible without grinding down the bones and causing pain. It works by distributing the shock generated by walking and running, away from the bones.
A tear in the meniscus leads to pain in the knee, and locking up of the joint. For most people, rest and rehabilitation can help heal an injury like this, but CM Punk is not most people. In fact, everyone in pro wrestling are not most people. These are people who push themselves for one sole purpose. To entertain us. They compete through the pain, in the hopes that it is nothing serious, until the body finally says thats it. That is what happened to Punk. The injury was finally to the point that competion was no longer an option, and something had to be done. That something, was arthroscopic surgery performed by one of the greatest in the country, Dr. James Andrews.
Andrews, went into Punks knee, and removed the torn cartilage.
What does this mean for Punks immediate future?
Many pro athletes can return within a few weeks of a procedure like this. The reason being is that most pro athletes are so dedicated to their craft that they spend hours a day rehabbing after surgery compared to most people who rehab for an hour two times a week. I have no doubt in my mind that Punk will be back within this time period. I also believe that had the next ppv been any other one, Punk would have been able to compete in it. The reason this ppv is different is because his match was set to be a TLC match. As we all know, in this type of match the only way to win is to climb the ladder, and grab the belt. This type of match, this soon after knee surgery, could spell disaster for Punk. It is because of this that I am sure he was just removed from the card. Punk’s title reign is too big right now to risk him being in this match, especially considering the huge payoff WWE is counting on in a Punk vs. Rock match at Royal Rumble.
It is very refreshing to see the WWE start to edge toward the side of caution when it comes to their talent. They are starting to realize that if you push injured wrestlers hard enough they will eventually be out of action for months instead of weeks. If WWE tried to push Punk to keep going on this injury through the Royal Rumble, they would have risked more serious knee injuries such as ACL, MCL, or PCL tears. WWE would have really had to scramble if Punk competed in this ladder match tore one of those ligaments.
Have no fear CM Punk fans, your hero will be back soon, and he will likely still be on Raw giving us more stuff to either love him or hate him for.