I know Punk has close ties with RoH. He is head trainer at their school, so perhaps he has some clause in his contract with TNA that allows him to continue working for RoH. He is still listed on the roster at www.nwatna.com
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The fact that he and hart got into it really didn't make either of them more popular, but people dislike hart alot more than punk so i dont think they really have a prob with him. As for he doin the ROH shows last night, he is the head trainer, and I would imagine that as long as he isn't appearing on TNA on a weekly basis, they really don't have too much of a problem.
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Only people under contract to TNA are prohibited from working ROH. AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn, Raven and the others signed two year contracts.
Punk is on a paid-per-show deal, so no restrictions apply. If they ever signed him to a full time deal (which doesn't seem likely right now), he'd have to choose between TNA and ROH, and seeing as he's running ROH's school and seemingly the Midwest Promoter, he may have already made that decision.
Punk was indeed signed to the contract everybody else signed. He has refused to stop working the ROH shows though, and since TNA wasn't really using him anyway, they're not exactly going to make a big deal out of it. It's possible that they've ended his contract in the last week or so, but as of a couple weeks ago, he still had a contract.
[WWE Corporate site] The Royal Rumble's early estimate for buys in somewhere just north of 450,000. 2004's Rumble did just shy of 600,000, 2003's Rumble did about 500,000 buys, and 2002's Rumble did just shy of 675,000.