CM Punk’s a guy we all know and love – well most of us do anyway. He was – in many ways – a legend during his time in WWE, and gained stardom when he became the longest reigning WWE champion of the modern era – a 434-day reign at the top, which is a period that many people still find staggering. His time with the world’s biggest wrestling promotion was also notable for his hatred towards Vince McMahon and the establishment, resulting in him walking away from wrestling. During his time with WWE, he had his detractors, but there was an overwhelming amount of love for Punk from the fans, and this love followed him out the door and into the world of UFC and MMA.
Punk’s an entertainer, there’s no arguing with that. He may be a straight-laced guy who doesn’t smoke, do drugs or drink, but Punk’s testimony to the fact that you don’t need to be intoxicated to lead an eventful, colorful life. A lot of you may know about the stuff on camera, the stuff that the WWE wants to see, but there’s plenty more that’s gone on in Punk’s life – things that have ultimately shaped him and have made him the man he is today. These are 15 insane real-life CM Punk stories.
14 Wedding Day Blues
13 He Was Arrested Over SummerSlam Weekend in 2014
12 No More Brotherly Love
This one’s quite a sad story, depending on how you look at it anyway.
11 Get That Suit Away From Me!
10 He Had a Crazy Goal of Wanting to Get Stabbed by a Fan
Now, most people aspire to be something, do something great, inspire a nation – something along those lines. CM Punk probably inspired a lot of fans during his time in the wrestling industry, and achieved his own goal of becoming a professional wrestler. Not only did he become a professional wrestler, he came, he saw and he conquered as well. But Punk also had another goal, a truly crazy goal, that he hasn’t managed to tick off his list as of yet.
9 A Wild Night Partying with Charles Barkley
He might be straight-laced, but that doesn’t mean that Punk doesn’t have a good time. During his appearance on ESPN, he revealed a crazy story that took place after one particular wrestling show.
Everyone knows that professional wrestling isn’t “real” wrestling as such, but the Ohio Athletic Commission recognized the athletic feats of these athletes -- that they still have a substantial amount of training under their belts as well as a large skill set. Wrestlers do have to be well-versed in all the wrestling moves, and it’s now started to count.
8 He's a Real Geek at Heart
7 He's Lost Almost Every Single One of his UFC Training Fights
6 His Mind Was Made up to Leave WWE After the Drug Test Incident
There were so many things – unsavory incidents – that led to Punk and WWE cutting ties. The way he was treated, his health, etc., and ultimately WWE handing him his termination papers.
5 He Has Hooked Up With a Ton of Women Wrestlers
4 He Had Serious Real-Life Beef with Ryback
A lot of stuff got revealed when Punk sat down for a lengthy chat with then-friend Colt Cabana. The two-hour podcast gave Punk an opportunity to tell the world why he left WWE, what he felt about the establishment and a lot of those in it. Most of us knew of his distaste towards the likes of Vince and Triple H, but he also revealed that over the course of his wrestling career, he’d had plenty of real-life beef with fellow wrestler Ryback.
3 He Pooped His Pants During SmackDown
We keep going on about that edition of Colt Cabana’s podcast. That’s because Punk – normally quite a private guy – revealed a lot, mainly about the company, but also a lot of other things too. He made us realize that the life of a wrestling superstar isn’t all sunshine and roses, although he’d have probably wanted to put a few roses out after this particular incident.
2 Had an Epiphany About his Life During a Drive to Cleveland for RAW
After a Royal Rumble contest, Punk was in his car driving to Cleveland to tape an episode of RAW. The events of the previous night had really gotten him down. He was told in the middle of the Royal Rumble that he would be eliminated by Kane – something Punk just couldn’t take. This just heaped yet another negative thought onto the already massive pile, and so the next day, during the drive to Cleveland, he took stock and reevaluated his life.
1 Almost Died After WWE Doctors Didn't Catch that he had a Staph Infection
Punk has named this as being his primary reason for leaving WWE and his hate towards the company. He almost died because a WWE physician misdiagnosed him. Punk has called Christopher M. Amann out for misdiagnosing and mistreating him when he had a staph infection – and concussion, but that’s another incident – and he’s currently involved in a legal battle with the WWE doctor.
Punk had a mass on his back and was convinced by his wife to visit a doctor – not one associated with WWE. His private doctor immediately diagnosed him with having a staph infection and he was sent to the hospital. They put him on a drip and cut the mass out – apparently, it was incredibly painful.
He had been wrestling while having a staph infection for three months, and if Lee hadn’t prompted him to go to the doctor, he may not be alive and kicking today.
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