Trivia / CM Punk

  • Author Existence Failure: Punk was scheduled to wrestle Chris Benoit for the vacant ECW World Championship at Vengeance: Night of Champions in 2007. Benoit never made it to the show, and a day later, everyone found out why. This led to a meme directed to the wrestler who replaced him: "Dear John Morrison: Who died and made you champion?"
  • Big Name Fan
    • Of Eddie Guerrero. Even after Punk became a wrestler himself he gives credit to Eddie for making him a good wrestler.
    • Sara Del Rey cited Punk as the reason to watch their programing back when her number one goal was to make it to WWE.
  • Executive Veto: Says he got to keep his ring name and gimmick because Paul Heyman was against repackaging CM Punk. Depending on when this happened, Alexis Laree might have benefited to, as she was still around Punk around the time "writers" were experimenting with a new gimmick for him.
  • Doing It for the Art: CM Punk, during his wrestling career, was very passionate about the quality of professional wrestling as a performance piece and not merely as a means of personal exposure. He has been quoted for saying that the three great arts that America has given the world are comic books, jazz, and professional wrestling.
  • Follow the Leader: Darts player and CM Punk Fanboy Paul Nicholson has to this to a tee. Just compare this video of Nicholson's walk-on to Punk's entrance at Money in the Bank 2011 and it's practically a carbon copy. Past entrances also include wearing a Nexus-branded scarf, coming out to "We Are One" (Nexus' entrance theme), and having Xs drawn on his hand like Punk.
  • Irony as She Is Cast
    • Punk's increasingly mad savior character from Straight Edge Society and The Nexus has a lot of creepy religious undertones; real-life Punk is notoriously anti-religious. His response to Teddy Hart saying God made him able to jump off a thirty foot cage?
    "There is no god, and that cage wasn't thirty feet."
    • CM Punk as Satan
      • Which itself was a nod taken Up to Eleven at a line Punk said in the promo that turned him heel and started the original Summer of Punk.
      • Alternatively, it could be a Development Gag alluding to when he got his head shaved by Rey Mysterio. Punk's original concept for the mask (before Vince McMahon made him change it), included devil horns.
  • One of Us
  • Promoted Fanboy: According to the WWE-produced Best in the World DVD, one of Punk's ex-girlfriends mentioned that Punk is intensely devoted to the wrestling business and being a professional wrestler.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • CM Punk legitimately lives a Straight Edge lifestyle, spurred by the hatred of his father's drunken wastedness, and this eventually became the basis for his career-defining gimmick.
    • Also, CM Punk's winning Ring of Honor's world title in what was said to be his last scheduled match before leaving for WWE; instead of telling fans that he had more appearances scheduled before his actual departure, ROH let Punk lead the fans on that he was going to steal the title, take it to WWE with him, and break the title's line of succession. He even went so far as to sign his WWE contract on the belt in one of his most infamous promos.
    • Rumors of him not resigning with WWE led to an angle similar to the one in Ring of Honor in which Punk has vowed to take the WWE title with him in exile upon defeating John Cena at Money in the Bank 2011. (Which he did.)
    • Potentially a Worked Shoot, but his feud with Jeff Hardy has many, many elements of this, Punk brought up some extremely reasonable points when pointing out the enabling nature of the fans and Jeff towards each other.
    • In WWE, there are a multitude of references towards Punk being extremely gifted in the women department, references that (by all accounts) are all true.
    • Punk's ECW World Championship win occurred when it did because John Morrison was about to go on a suspension due to violating the Wellness Policy. It's believed that his initial Money in the Bank win happened under similar circumstances, as Jeff Hardy (whom WWE was pushing as their next big face at the time) did the same thing and missed WrestleMania because of it.
  • Reality Subtext: One of CM Punk's tics in IWA Mid-South was to bail from the ring before the start of a match and get in the face of a fan who was badmouthing him or who he thought was badmouthing him. This was later revealed not to be so much his gimmick as him trying to prove fans would still stab a pro wrestler if provoked enough. Punk was proven wrong. Security did have to restrain a few people but none had knives.
  • Revival by Commercialization: His revival of "Cult of Personality" by Living Colour as a theme in 2011 led to a resurgence of popularity in the iTunes charts, especially in the U.S. and the UK.
  • Role Ending Misdemeanor: It was believed that his original firing from TNA was because he got into a fist fight with Teddy Hart at a local restaurant (Punk and Teddy were firing shots at each other on the internet after Teddy's infamous Spot Monkey incident at an ROH show). Punk himself, however, denies this — he claims that the actual reason he was fired was the standard "creative had nothing for him".
  • Romance on the Set: Dated Daffney, Tracy Brooks, Maria Kanellis, Beth Phoenix as well as Lita. Eventually married AJ Lee.
  • What Could Have Been
    • He, Colt Cabana and Sherri Martel were in the running for a Jerry Springer booking according to AOW interview with Mad Man Pondo.
    • When WWE creative approached him with the idea of having a security force stable centered around him, they suggested Daniel Bryan, The Big Show, and one call-up from developmental (most likely Seth Rollins). He had an idea instead for the stable to be all developmental call-ups, specifically featuring Rollins along with Dean Ambrose and Chris Hero. They liked the idea, but rejected Hero, so we got Roman Reigns instead and Punk wasn't directly involved with the end product of The Shield.

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