The secret wasn’t actually a secret at all, just something that isn’t widely known by those who only follow WWE’s product. On Monday, after Punk defeated The Miz in singles competition, Jericho showed up on the TitanTron and revealed to the audience why the WWE Champion had chosen to live a life free of drugs and alcohol.
Punk’s straight edge lifestyle was a result of his father’s alcoholism and the effect it had on him and his family.
That’s no storyline, it’s not a facet of the CM Punk “character.” It’s the honest to goodness truth. Punk has spoken about it before, during his tenure with Ring of Honor (ROH) while he was embroiled in a feud with Raven. The surface hadn’t been scratched in WWE, however. Simply, Punk was straight edge and that was that.
The segment received a lot of criticsm with some saying it was awkward or uncomfortable but I found it to be an intriguing and bold decision by WWE, Jericho and Punk to take their feud to that level.