CM Punk last turned out in the WWE in late January and since then there has been plenty of rumor and debate circulating about his mystery departure.
But, while some claim a fall out with the boss, Vince McMahon, and others simply claim it is all part of an elaborate storyline implemented by the organization, Mick Foley came out recently to give his perspective on the situation:
"In my past three years of drifting, I have never been to a WWE event where Punk was not in considerable pain.
"Ice packs, heating pads, and visits to the trainer were as much a part of his daily routine as eating, sleeping, and wrestling," the WWE icon explained on his official Facebook page.
And he clearly feels that the toll placed on Punk's body during his spell in the organization may have been the deciding factor that has led to the wrestler's prolonged absence in recent months:
"Performing at that level, in that degree of pain was only possible when accompanied by the passion that turned an unlikely Indy kid into one of the greatest WWE superstars of his generation," Foley continued:
"Though I have not talked to Punk since the night before he left, I have to believe he has too much respect for what he does to let people see him going through the motions."
Punk last appeared during the WWE's Royal Rumble in January 2014, and has, along with all professional wrestlers, inevitably taken some punishment throughout his career.
But whether his body simply told him to take a break, or he simply fell out of love with the WWE will remain speculation until the man himself speaks out.
But until then we have to make do with the insight of wrestling royalty such as Mick Foley - who, let's face it, knows a thing or two about injury and fatigue.
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