WWE: CM Punk brings in lawyers - cites WWE 2k15 - in battle for WWE royalties

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CM Punk's embattled split from the WWE took another turn for the worse last night when it was revealed that the recently departed superstar had had his legal team send Vince McMahon and co a 22-page document of demands.

As reported by WrestleZone, CM Punk has opted to send in the lawyers because of what he sees as the WWE's failure to pay him appropriate royalties for their continued use of his likeness - most prominent in the new WWE 2k15 game.

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Royalty trouble

It is believed that the WWE for their part feel no obligation to pay CM Punk in this instance after the controversial wrestler opted to walk out of the company way back in January, breaching his WWE contract in their eyes.

With Punk having refused to fulfil the remaining six months of his contract (his last WWE appearance coming at Royal Rumble early in the new year) the WWE certainly seem to have some cause to hold back the payments.

Having said that, no one other that the WWE hierarchy, Punk, and his representatives truly know what was stipulated in his contract.

And with the Chicago native going on the offensive here it it clear he feels the WWE is withholding funds that are rightfully his.

Financial trouble

This latest challenge only adds to the WWE's worries what with the organization's plummeting stock value, Vince's chaotic attempts to balance the budget through various cuts, and a growing discontent amongst fans with below-par recent storylines.

McMahon's desperation to reign in the spending has already led to other wrestler's, still employed by the WWE, complaining about their own withheld royalties.

What's more, CM Punk is only the latest in a line of people who are considering legal action against the WWE.

Just last week a group of the WWE's own stockholders filed a lawsuit in which they claimed the WWE misled them on the organization's true market value prior to recent television negotiations.

Punk's stance

WWE 2k15, the latest in a long line of successful video games carrying the WWE brand, actually contains an entire storyline dedicated to CM Punk's character and his long-running feud with John Cena. As such it seems only right that Punk be paid appropriately even with his current self-imposed exile. If of course his contract is watertight.

Regardless of the outcome of the 22-page letter, Cm Punk's decision to sanction the move certainly shows that his icy relationship with the powers that be at the WWE has not yet thawed.

Crazy rumors this week speculated on the fans favorite returning to spoil Sting's WWE introduction in an upcoming show but, judging by this story at least, we can rule that out for the time being.

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