Legal Discussions Underway Over CM Punk's Inclusion in WWE 2K15

However, people connected to the matter assure disputes have not led to a lawsuit.

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Legal representatives for pro-wrestler CM Punk are engaged with WWE officials to settle a range of disputes, including his possible removal in the upcoming game WWE 2K15, GameSpot can confirm. Sources connected to the matter explain that a variety of topics are being discussed with the former WWE champion, who famously departed from the company while under contract in January.

A range of outcomes could materialize from these talks, such as the removal of CM Punk from the game, or indeed his unlikely return to the company. Both matters are routinely speculated online, despite their contradiction with each other, and neither has been confirmed by WWE.

Despite CM Punk's retirement, publisher 2K Games recently used the wrestler's name as part of a promotion for its upcoming WWE 2K15 title. In fact, CM Punk's rivalry with fellow wrestler John Cena is being publicized as a flagship feature for the new title.

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This is one of the matters under dispute, and talks between both teams will now determine whether CM Punk remains in the game, and what business agreement can be arranged between both parties.

However, GameSpot understands that--in contrast with widespread speculation--there is no "lawsuit" underway. At the time of going to press, both parties are negotiating a number of topics, which means that it is still possible that a dispute could be taken to a judge, but the matter has not progressed to that stage yet.

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Believe it or not PUNK was the best heel character that ever lived on this planet !

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It amazes me that despite the fact that CM Punk walked out on WWE and ignored the pleas of both Vince McMahon and his fans to come back people still chant his name at events and act like it was WWE that fired him. Now he is mad that he is still in the game despite the fact that it was developed while he was still under contract. Between paying Punk royalties and doing a day one patch to take him out of the game I would rather that they just patch him out. Although in all reality they would probably delay the game so they can remove him from the disc since people might just refuse to download the patch so they can play as him even if it meant they couldn't play online.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I logged in for the first time in like 7 years to reply to this. I do not understand people who say that no one should cheer for CM Punk because he 'walked out on the fans'. CM Punk became a household name in 2011 when he gave the 'pipe bomb' worked shoot promo that basically addressed all the frustrations of long terms fans, including myself, who weren't watching the product anymore. I sought out that promo as the first piece of WWE television I had watched since One Night Stand 2006 as TNA's overall product had been better. It was an Austin 3:16 moment and despite Triple H's efforts to halt how high he would go (losing to him on pay per view for no reason) and his eventual fall back into mediocrity on the Cena steam train backed by corporate office. Fast forward to Royal Rumble 2014, we were staring into the abyss of Batista (who was one of the reasons I stopped watching WWE television when he got a main event push in 2005) lifting the world title at Wrestlemania, a shitty feud between Kane and CM Punk and Daniel Bryan not even being in the Royal Rumble. It was a cluster **** that even Mick Foley said was bullshit. CM Punk walked out because the product despite his efforts sucked balls, and at this point it's still not great in the absence of Punk and Bryan. No one can blame Punk for walking out. He gave it his all for almost a decade and he didn't even main event a Wrestlemania while people just walked in, worked a few Raws and were world champs. Keep in mind they would have been getting paid more than him as well even though he is working 300 days a year. He doesn't need the money and he didn't like what they were doing with him so he walked. I think it's admirable.

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Of all the wrestlers, Big Show started with Goldust. lol

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He is still under Contract to the WWE and Breached his contract when he walked out i don't think he will get anything.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> His contract expired in July.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> he still breached a legally binding contract this game was in development before that so he was still under Contract at the time of the games development.

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It doesn't matter. When it releases and they start making money off of it, they will be violating his NIL rights since he's not under contract. Either they have to cut him in on the profit or remove him from the game. Simple as that.

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I stop watching WWE ever since they buried Bray Wyatt the first time around, and broke up the Shield. TNA has been gaining more of my attention: more wrestling, better bookings, and no stupid crap like dancing bunnies.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I haven't watched TNA in a while. They were averaging about 28 minutes of actual wrestling per two hour show. From the reports I've read, they are even worse now and are close to going out of business. Is that not true?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> If TNA can't negotiate a new television deal, they will likely have to shut down. So far they've had few suitors and the ones that have called are offering them far less than they got from Spike.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> TNA has TV deals from other countries.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> It's not enough. Without a US television deal, they'd have to take the company out of the country in order to appease another fan base. The WWE has TV deals from other countries too, but it took the USA Network offering the WWE a minimal increase on their deal to take McMahon from being a billionaire to be 3/4 of a billionaire. It's the way it is.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> The TV deal wasn't the only thing that did WWE in, WWE cut their PPV buyrates .

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Actually, WWE stock plummeted after the news that they fell way short of what they projected to get from their new USA contract. I mean, it was announced that, instead of doubling, it only increased by 50% and the stock closed at just under $20 a share to opening the very next day under $11. He lost $350 million that day. Considering it was the only news to come out that day, that stock drop is directly related to that news.


Hell, the news that the WWE Network fell well short of expectations "only" lost him $325 million.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Wherever you heard that is full of $hit. TNA has putting the emphasis back on wrestling for the last months and still going. While WWE is only putting an average of 40 minutes of wrestling in a three hour show.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> As of about 2 months ago, they had a 2 hour show with about 14 minutes of wrestling. Since the new Angle angle (see what I did there?), the amount of wrestling has come back up.

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They'll either pay him the royalties he is due since he owns his characters rights or they will remove him from the game.

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Why do I feel like this is an epic storyline to bring people into the drama, yet also market WWE 2k15, WWE, and CM Punk? Before the internet wrestling story lines were less transparent. Now with the internet, it would be great to utilize something like this as a "is this real?" Story while giving a wrestler time off.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I hope that is true. It seems unlikely though. I doubt CM Punk would sideline his career for videogame marketing strategy.

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The WWE has been using his character in other ventures too. CM Punk (dunno if its real voice) is also on a Slam City video I saw on Nintendo Video. I think in the end this discussion will branch out to more than just this game.

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CM Punk is an overrated wrestler. I hope he doesn't get any royalties for this game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> He's good, but not great.

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Doesn't this guy have a Pepsi logo tattoo?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Yup. He was out with buddies and they all got drinking tattoos. He doesn't drink, hence the Pepsi logo. It's been generic since 2010.

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The funny thing is that the guy in the video is probably like 6 feet 3, yet he looks really small next to Big Show.

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I don't get the whole CM Punk thing. I watched him when they first brought back ECW, and for a little while after he went on regular WWE programming (and then I stopped watching wrestling again, the matches got too tame).

He was just some boring straight-edged guy who always had boring and slow matches with absolutely no high-spots. He must have done something amazing in the years since, b/c back then he was a dud.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Watch his DVD/Bluray set "CM Punk: Best in the World" to see why the guy is great.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Oh wow, you have to go back to why WWE signed him to begin wih.

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Thumbs up if you think Daniel Bryan should have been on the front cover instead of Cena.

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Baroque Lesnar should be on the cover. They don't call it cover art for nothing.

Check my avatar if you're confused :P @ahmad996

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@ahmad996 The Wyatt Family should have been on the cover. But like usual they used great wrestlers as a catapult for Cena and ruined more good wrestlers for kids money. Look at what they did to Damien Sandow. Now he is a joke character.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Anyone on the cover other than Cena would have been better


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Since Punk is a major part of the game--he's featured as one half of one of the two major rivalries focused on in the game--if he's taken out, this game is going to get delayed since it will need to be thoroughly reworked. I really hope he's in there; CM Punk has had a huge effect on current WWE programming.

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Thanks for posting!! He's the only reason Im getting this game so please gamespot keep us up to speed cause If he aint it than it then Im not spending my money.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You are only going to buy the game if CM punk is in it? I think that's a dumb reason to buy or not buy a game.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> CM punk Vs John Cena rivalry is one of the main reasons i wanted to buy this game. Ahh well as long as they compensate for it.

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the guy's name pretty much fits....CM Punk is a punk.....

always an issue with the guy, always starting stuff and causing drama.....

On the other hand I haven't watched WWE in years....

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Most of the "issues" he caused weren't even legit. There's only two or three verifiable occasions where he has caused genuine issues behind the scenes and one of those was as much down to WWE backing themselves into a corner as it was him.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Homey gonna bop da man??

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<< LINK REMOVED >> ...and homey don't play dat!


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Homey the clown, Don't mess around,
Even though the Man, Try to keep him down,
One day Homey will, Break all the chains,
Then he'll fly away, But until that day,
Homey don't play.

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@homey_d_clown @DESTROYRS_F8 You know, I actually remember that song. (And when he got to bop The Man.)

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