WWE star CM Punk, who is set to take on the Undertaker at MetLife Stadium in April on the WrestleMania 29 card, is reportedly going to be taken off Raw live events following WrestleMania so he can heal nagging injuries, according to reports.
Wrestlinginc.com has reported that CM Punk is already being held out of all live Monday Night Raw events leading up to WrestleMania, following an arm injury he sustained during a match with Kane on the last episode of Raw. The injury is not believed to be serious enough to force Punk to miss his match with the Undertaker, though, who carries a WrestleMania winning streak that stands at 20.
Before losing the WWE championship to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at the Royal Rumble in January, Punk held the belt for 434 consecutive days, and battled through a December knee surgery to repair slightly torn cartilage. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews, a renowned Alabama-based surgeon well known for operating on high level baseball and football players. He also shrugged off an illness during a February 25th episode of Raw, when he took on John Cena for the right to challenge the Rock at WrestleMania. Despite being under the weather, Punk and Cena authored a match that is considered a Raw classic.
The Undertaker returned to Raw on March 4th, and his feud with Punk was set up by Punk interrupting the Undertaker while he mourned the real-life death of his former manager Paul Bearer (real name Paul Moody). Punk wound up stealing Bearer's urn, which in the past was used by Bearer to "control" the Undertaker and later on, Kane, who is the Undertaker's brother according to the WWE storyline.
Moody died on Mar. 5, and while no cause of death has been officially released, "Cowboy" Bob Kelly, a member of the Cauliflower Alley Club wrestling society according to TMZ.com, said he had complained of a blood clot three days earlier. Moody was also suffering from respiratory problems.