CM Punk may have finished as runner-up in Saturday’s Royal Rumble match, but he didn’t leave Tropicana Field unscathed and is reportedly expected to be sidelined for quite some time. According to Dave Meltzer According to the Wrestling Observer, Punk suffered a “significant” injury during the men’s Royal Rumble match, but this has not been confirmed by WWE. meanwhile, Reported by PWInsider Punk, who entered the match wearing No. 27, suffered a torn triceps, the same injury he suffered against Jon Moxley at AEW All Out 2022.
The injury is believed to have occurred when Punk received a Future Shock DDT from Drew McIntyre, after which Punk held his left arm and rolled out of the ring. According to Meltzer, the referee checked on him and Punk said, “That’s my triceps.” Fightful Select also confirmed Despite reports of a triceps injury, Cody Rhodes’ victory was always planned and was never heard.
PWInsider’s sources say the injury will require surgery, followed by four to six months of physical therapy for the puncture. This timeline would obviously remove Punk from the scheduled match at WrestleMania 40. According to Meltzer, Punk was scheduled to face World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at the same event. As of this writing, it has not been reported whether Punk intends to earn a match with Rollins by winning Elimination Chamber next month. Punk will reportedly appear on “WWE Raw” Monday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, to discuss his immediate future.
Following an injury in 2022, Punk was out of action for over nine months, but then returned on the debut episode of “AEW Collision.” Punk was set up as the star of that show before being fired from the company and ultimately debuted in WWE at Survivor Series: War Games.