CM Punk, a prominent figure in pro wrestling, announced on “Raw” that he suffered a torn right triceps during the Royal Rumble in St. Petersburg, Florida, jeopardizing his appearance at WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia. Punk, who recently returned to WWE after a decade, expressed disappointment as he disclosed the injury, stating, “WrestleMania XL, I guess it’s not in the cards. … There’s always next year.”
The 45-year-old, whose real name is Phil Brooks, appeared on “Raw” with his right arm bandaged in a sling, revealing uncertainty about the need for surgery or a recovery timeline. He recounted feeling “a little bit unlikely” and acknowledged the potential delay in achieving his lifelong dream of main-eventing WrestleMania.
This setback follows Punk’s previous challenges, including a torn left triceps in September 2022 during his time in AEW, leading to a nine-month hiatus. Punk also faced unscripted backstage altercations and a broken foot in 2022 before returning to WWE. His recent run aimed at a WrestleMania headliner position is now in jeopardy, with fans left to anticipate a possible comeback in the future.