During his iconic WWE tenure, CM Punk was loud, rebellious, and able to shake company foundations on more than one occasion. He led stables and operated on both sides of the face/heel spectrum. Anyone who has so much as scratched the surface of pro-wrestling will have seen the clips and heard the slogans. 'Legendary' puts it lightly.
Yet, as with any wrestler, dig a little deeper and you'll find the stranger, less amicable moments. These may have occurred for a number of reasons, be it a break in kayfabe, a scripted segment which didn't quite fit, or even that the athlete in question put a little too much zest into his performance.
Whatever the occasion, Punk gave it his all. Even at the end, when he was burned out and ready to collapse, he performed with such exuberance that any segment tinted with weird was still one for the archives in its own way.
Henceforth, these perturbed gems of the Punk timeline mostly have their own charm, or more accurately at points perverse fascination, even if a disturbed undercurrent sits never far too away...
10. Making Fun Of El Torito
Were this to happen during the more villainous runs of CM Punk's timeline, it wouldn't have been quite so weird. Instead, this fleeting lapse of character occurred in Punk's last ever WWE match, the 2014 Royal Rumble. In this booking, he was at his wits end, both physically and mentally.
Character-wise, he was babyface to the max and locked in a supposedly long- term battle with Triple H's Authority. So when the 4 ft 5 El Torito entered the Rumble with his white bull costume fully donned, and engaged in a showdown with Punk, it was surprising to see the Voice of the Voiceless have a laugh at the expense of the legendary luchador.
Whilst playing the old 'holding the short guy at arm's length' gag, Punk laughed mockingly in favour of a fan pop. It was only seconds before Punk's juvenile jest backfired and he ended up flat on the ground, which by all accounts he deserved. Though fun and harmless in the long run, it wasn't very characteristic on CM Punk's part.
As all records show, he was past caring at this point.