CM Punk seems to have confirmed his retirement from the WWE when speaking to a local Chicago newspaper this week.
The Windy City native, in town to take part in a charity event in association with the 100 year anniversary of Chicago Bears' Wrigley Field stadium, was asked by the Red Eye Chicago how it felt to be retired at just 35 years of age:
"It feels good," came the response from Punk.
The wrestler has not been seen in the WWE since appearing at the Royal Rumble back in January and has been coy on speculation concerning his continued exile.
His acceptance at the term "retired" however suggests that Punks absence form the organization could well be for the long term, and he seems fairly content with his current way of life:
"I get to do fun stuff like bowl and paint chairs and play wiffle ball with Bill Murray," continued Punk.
Recent speculation has suggested that Punk chose to distance himself from WWE due to the increased strain being placed on his body as well as the lack of control he felt he had on his role within the company.
It may not be surprising therefore that the chance to swap the hectic, intense life of a superstar wrestler to play yard games with comedic legend Bill Murray is more appealing for Punk at present.
The majority of WWE fans however would surely like to see the exiled star make a return to the ring, as, no doubt, would Vince McMahon as he continues to see his fortune dwindle with the recent economic strains placed on the organization.
CM Punk's WWE contract is set to expire in July of this year.