WWE chairman Vince McMahon has finally opened up on the CM Punk situation, a month after he was last seen on a WWE show.
Punk's last appearance was at the Royal Rumble, and it has been widely speculated that he has left the company, prior to the end of his contract in July.
At a recent conference, Vince reportedly said: "As far as CM Punk is concerned, one of our performers is taking a sabbatical, let's just put it that way."
The comment comes before this Sunday's Elimination Chamber PPV, one which Punk would no doubt have been involved in had he not disappeared from the network. McMahon is still hopeful for Punk to return at least until his contract concludes, but would probably be unable to promise him what he wanted, a Wrestlemania main event.
Punk, who last year took on The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29, is a former WWE Champion, and was expected to have a rivalry with Triple H and The Authority before the headline wrestling PPV.
The "Straight Edge Superstar" as he was known, joined the company in 2005, and from 2011 to January 2013, was champion for 434 days. Such was his importance in the company, the decision to change champions was left to the returning "The Rock" who won it from him at 2013's Royal Rumble.
Last March's encounter with Undertaker was dubbed a match of the year by many fans and critics, and it was hoped he could go onto bigger and better things from there, however it is believed he is looking to retire and forge a career in MMA.
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