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In a shocking turn of events, CM Punk’s much-anticipated return to WWE and potential WrestleMania headline bout has hit a major roadblock. Punk, who made a triumphant return in November after a decade-long absence, announced on Monday Night Raw that he will not be able to compete in the main event at WrestleMania 40 due to a torn triceps muscle sustained during his comeback match at the Royal Rumble.

The 45-year-old, initially slated to face World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins at Lincoln Financial Field in April, addressed the disappointed crowd with a sling on his arm, confirming the unfortunate news. This setback comes as a déjà vu for Punk, who struggled with a similar triceps injury during his short tenure with AEW in September 2022.

Despite his willingness to soldier on, Punk expressed his disappointment, stating, “As much as I tried and asked that maybe I could just tape it and go to Elimination Chamber and try to win that and get my main event at WrestleMania, it’s just not in the cards.”

This development adds another chapter to Punk’s WrestleMania saga, as he has never headlined the grand event, a longstanding aspiration that eluded him during his first run with WWE. Reflecting on the situation, Punk admitted, “WrestleMania scares me. It’s a goal that might haunt me for the rest of my life, but this is just the bump in the road.”

As fans grapple with the disappointment, WWE has yet to announce a replacement for Punk in the WrestleMania 40 lineup. The unexpected twist adds an element of uncertainty and anticipation to the upcoming event in Philadelphia, leaving fans and the wrestling world eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this unfolding storyline.