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Is CM Punk’s Straight-Edge Gimmick Genuine?

May 6, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

– The legitimacy of CM Punk’s straight-edge gimmick has been a subject of much speculation. In the latest issue of Power Slam magazine, editor Findlay Martin says in response to a reader’s question that as far as anyone can tell, the gimmick is legit.

Martin said, “That’s a vicious rumour, as far as we know. We have spoken to many people over the last eight years who have been to bars and nightclubs with Punk and/or traveled with him in Europe and the U.S. and Canada, and all report that Punk has invariably abstained from alcohol, illegal drugs and tobacco.”

Martin added, “Since most wrestlers habitually use alcohol and/or drugs and are instinctively distrustful of fellow wrestlers, the assumption among most who did not know Punk when he was working on the independent circuit and treading water in WWE’s developmental system was that his teetotaler/drug-free claims were bogus. When he reached WWE television and his fame and word spread that his ‘Straight Edge” gimmick was genuine, Punk was ridiculed and even ostracized by some wrestlers for choosing an alternative lifestyle to theirs.”

Credit: Power Slam

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