Trivia: CM Punk

  • Author Existence Failure:
  • 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.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!
    • An 8-year-old Punk appeared on the Bozo The Clown show in the mid-80s. The IWC went Squee. He was a snarker even back then.
    • In this article, a younger Punk was seen with Steve Austin, twice.
  • 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.
  • 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 Lucy, Tracy Brooks, Beth Phoenix as well as Lita. Eventually married AJ Lee.
  • What Could Have Been: 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.