CM Punk had surgery today on his left knee.
According to WWE.com, Dr. James Andrews completed a scope CM Punk’s left knee this afternoon. The surgery was successful and the wrestler is expected to make a full recovery.
Andrews’ colleague, WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann, said:
“CM Punk underwent knee surgery today to remove a piece of torn meniscus that had locked up his knee. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, went smoothly and CM Punk is expected to make a full recovery.”
Punk wasn’t scheduled to fight during Monday Night Raw last night but he did get into a scuffle with Ryback. Ryback ended up throwing the WWE Champion into a table. It’s unclear if the fight last night attributed to the injury but WWE.com reports that Punk flew to Pensacola Florida late last night in order to have surgery on his knee.
It’s unclear how long Punk will be out for but he probably won’t be able to defend his title against Ryback at the TLC pay per view in Brooklyn.
Heard @cmpunk got hurt! Stay strong Champ. Take your time and get fixed. Don’t rush it!
— Rowdy Roddy Piper (@R_Roddy_Piper) December 4, 2012
— Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) December 4, 2012
There are a few ways that the WWE can play CM Punk’s surgery but none of them are ideal. The WWE has been seeing a constant slide in the ratings and losing one of its biggest stars before TLC and the Royal Rumble can’t help. Of course, maybe they’ll write in a story line where CM Punk fights with crutches or has to defend his title from a hospital bed.