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Since debuting in the summer of 2006, CM Punk has formed a cult-like following never before seen in WWE. And along the way, whether he's admired or abhorred, there has always been one constant surrounding the Second City Savior: Controversy.

Punk's controversial demeanor turned scandalous in the summer of 2011 when the Superstar threatened to leave the company with the WWE Championship following his title opportunity against John Cena at Money in the Bank. Prior to the match, Punk let a few verbal "pipe bombs" explode in the direction of WWE management, particularly Mr. McMahon. According to Punk's now-famous tirade, McMahon only makes money in spite of himself and surrounds himself with glad-handing, nonsensical yes-men like John Laurinaitis. Punk also took shots at McMahon's family, referring to Stephanie McMahon and Triple H as his "idiotic daughter and doofus son-in-law" respectively. This bold move did not earn him Employee of the Month status but certainly raised his profile to astonishing new heights. (Continue Reading ») | (Photo Gallery »)

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As promised, Punk won the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank and immediately left the company, marking one of the most uncertain periods in WWE history. Punk later re-signed with WWE, stating he wanted to be a beacon of change within the sports-entertainment industry. And he equally yearned for the return of WWE ice cream bars.

Prior to the controversial summer of 2011, Punk used his power of persuasion and superior intellect to become one of the most in. uential leaders of his time. First as the prophetic head of the Straight Edge Society and later as the leader of the New Nexus, Punk had Superstars and fans alike . ocking to him, hanging on his every word.

Punk has also proven to be equally successful in the ring. In addition to being a multiple-time WWE Champion, the Voice of the Voiceless has also captured two Money in the Bank briefcases. Both times, he used his guaranteed title opportunity to claim the World Heavyweight Championship, first from Edge in June 2008 and later from Jeff Hardy in June 2009. Punk is also a former ECW, Intercontinental and World Tag Team Champion.

CM Punk's Reaction To TNA's Offer

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It was reported on Wednesday by Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that TNA, through an intermediary who is friends with CM Punk, made a big money offer to him just like they did to Alberto Del Rio following his departure from WWE in August. After the story broke, PWInsider.com contacted 'several high level TNA sources' and each of them said there was no truth to the story, with one commenting, "No offer was made, officially or via an intermediary -- no truth to that rumor." Meltzer maintains the story is legitimate and adds that Punk showed "no real interest" in TNA's offer.

In response to PWInsider.com refuting his story, Meltzer wrote on the F4WOnline.com message board, "The other story is obviously true and I didn't think it was that big a deal since he showed no real interest. Look at common sense. You're trying to make a TV deal. There is a free agent out there who is one of the biggest stars and you're denying contact with him? In other words, are you saying you're an incompetent promotion? It was how many minutes after Del Rio got fired that they tried to get in touch with him? But they didn't as least try to contact Punk while trying to close a deal?"

Immediately after WWE announced Del Rio's release due to unprofessional conduct and an altercation with an employee on August 7, 2014, Meltzer reported that officials from TNA attempted to contact Del Rio with an offer that he would be crowned TNA World Heavyweight Champion in short order.

Meanwhile, it was reported this week by VoicesofWrestling.com that Punk was backstage at Ohio Valley Wrestling's "Saturday Night Special" event in Louisville, Kentucky, which may be the first wrestling show he's attended since he walked out on WWE in January. According to a source in OVW, Punk only spoke to Rip Rogers, Cliff Compton and Trailer Park Trash, with everyone else backstage instructed "to not bother him." OVW Director of Television Michael Baldwin contacted the website to issue corrections on the story.

"Trailer Park Trash was not in the Davis Arena that night. No one was told not to bother CM Punk, there was no meeting held. Punk was here to talk old times with Danny Davis as the two are friends, and spent most of the time in Danny's office. We wanted to clear things up with the article which was posted on October 6. Thank you."

In another Punk note, Meltzer revealed on the F4WOnline.com message board that after Punk left WWE, a major network wanted him to host a reality show -- he didn't specify whether this came after he walked out on WWE or his contract expired.

"No idea if he's doing it, but can factually tell you since the guy in charge of the show went through me to get his contact info," Meltzer wrote.

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CM Punk initiates Serena into the Straight Edgy Society

Over the years, many WWE story arcs and events have been dropped or altered due to injuries, disputes with and between the wrestlers, executive meddling and various other reasons. WWE's recently released WWE 50 hardcover book chronicling the sports-entertainment organization's history reveals another angle that almost came to fruition - a wedding between CM Punk and Serena.

Fans may recall the Punk-led Straight Edge Society, a villainous alliance in WWE that appeared on SmackDown in 2010. The concept behind the group was based around the straight edge lifestyle, which promotes and abides to discipline - primarily no smoking, drinking, or drugs. The group acted as a militant organization, denouncing all people who don't live the straight edge lifestyle, even those who also abstain from substance abuse. New members were required to shave their heads, which signified a "new beginning." When SmackDown moved to its current home on Syfy in October 2010, the debut episode was supposed to have featured a wedding with Punk and Serena. However, before the angle could take place, Serena was released from her contract for not "living out" the Straight Edge Society gimmick in public. Punk, a real-life straight edge follower, condemns Serena's off-camera behavior in the book.

"The debut of SmackDown on Syfy was supposed to be a huge wedding, me and Serena. God knows Vince loves weddings, back to Uncle Elmer," recalls Punk. "But she tanked the whole thing: I can't say it enough. I don't want to sit here and boo boo face and bash Serena, but what she did can't be undone. I've gotten apologies and all that, but you can't believe somebody who'd lie to your face. I'd ask her if she'd been drinking. She'd say 'no.'

"'Okay, I'm not your dad. I'm not your counselor. I can't control you. But you told me you were going to do one thing, and you did the opposite,' I said. It lead to her getting fired. Wake up! But I wish her the best."

In the time since her release, Serena struggled with a serious concussion suffered in late 2011 that put her out of action. Fortunately, she has since recovered and is regularly competing again on the independent circuit.

 

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