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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 Removed From WWE's Official Roster

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Officially no longer on the WWE roster

It would appear that CM Punk is no longer affiliated with WWE as his profile on WWE.com was transferred to the Alumni section on Tuesday.

It has been widely reported that Punk's contract with WWE would expire this month and that it's unlikely that he would re-sign with the company.

Approximately one hour after news surfaced of this, Punk wrote on Twitter, "Nope, thank YOU.Thanks for all the help and support through the years. Health and happiness above all.Don't ever take any shit from anybody."

Punk is eager to start a new chapter in his life, one that he revealed via Twitter to fans.

"Starting a band, a podcast, and a fire. One of these is true. (Okay, two)," Punk tweeted on Sunday.

Meanwhile, WWE continues to promote Punk as their 2012 documentary on the Straight Edge Superstar, CM Punk - Best in the World, premieres tonight on the WWE Network at 9:00 p.m.

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CM Punk Rants On Former WWE Diva In New Book

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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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