CM Punk may have viewed himself as a locker room leader in WWE, but it sounds as if not many others backstage shared that belief.
Hard to believe, but in just a few short months it will have been five whole years since CM Punk last appeared in WWE. This year has been the first where fans clamoring for The Second City Saint's return has really died down. There are still those who chant his name at WWE events, but we are hearing that less and less.
Punk's reputation with wrestling fans has also been damaged by an ongoing court case with his former best friend, Colt Cabana. Punk apparently promised to pay for Cabana's legal fees during their court case versus WWE doctor, Chris Amann. However, the former WWE Champion has not paid those fees and the two parties are now back in court hammering out that issue.
Fans on the Jericho Cruise were given yet another reason to dislike Punk. During a live recording of Talk Is Jericho, Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes told a story about Punk claiming he was a locker room leader in WWE. "Cody, do you remember this weird locker room meeting in WWE once where CM Punk said that [he was the locker room leader]? Do you remember that?" Jericho asked Rhodes.
The former Ring Of Honor Champion said he doesn't like to name names, but Y2J didn't seem to care about that. He told fans that he responded to Punk's claim of being a locker room leader by saying "you don't lead me!" Rhodes then told a similar story involving Booker T. "Punk hit the 'As the locker room leader, I'm telling all of you guys to pick up your trash' and Booker literally threw his trash on the floor," Rhodes divulged on the podcast.
The two of them did say that Punk was a locker room leader to some, most likely the younger Superstars in WWE at the time. However to them, and other older stars, the only real leader was Kane. Jericho said when someone who is almost seven feet tall and over 300 lbs of muscle tells you to do something, you do it.