WWE finally acknowledge CM Punk's departure

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Ahead of possibly the biggest match of his career next Sunday at Night of Champions, WWE.com posted a new article about John Cena's biggest rivalries.

They picked a top ten and talked about each of the rivals individually. This is the WWE's list of rivals:

10. Kurt Angle
9. Triple H
8. JBL
7. The WWE Universe
6. CM Punk
5. The Rock
4. Batista
3. Brock Lesnar
2. Edge
1. Randy Orton

CM Punk came in at number six after the great rivalry the two had following CM Punk's famous 'pipe bomb' in 2011. He then left the company after he won the WWE Championship at that year's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, only to return a few weeks later to challenge Cena.

He had won a new WWE title in an epic champions showdown, and went on to hold the title for a record 434 days before he was defeated by The Rock at last year's Royal Rumble.

WWE wrote: "It takes a bold, bold man to call himself The Best in the World without any hint of showmanship to it. CM Punk was nothing if not bold. The self-appointed heir apparent to Cena as the face of professional wrestling, Punk’s agitation over being passed over festered into an earth-shattering “pipe bomb” that took Cena, the McMahons, and the institution of sports-entertainment itself to task.

"He then promptly won Cena’s WWE Title and gallivanted off into retirement, but you probably don’t need Wikipedia to know 'The Straight Edge Superstar' couldn’t stay away for long.

"He eventually came back to further challenge Cena’s dominance and beat him more often than not. These two were having classic matches for years after that initial clash. Perhaps the greatest disappointment in Punk’s untimely departure is knowing they definitely had a few more in them." 

This is one of the first times WWE have mentioned CM Punk's departure in an article and now it seems they are happy to talk about the former superstar as they begin to build WWE without him and welcome new blood into the spotlight. 

John Cena faces Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship next weekend at Night of Champions but the two will be face to face on this week's go home episode of Monday Night Raw as the talking stops and the fighting begins.

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