10 Superstars who let power corrupt them

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August 30, 2012

CM Punk

If there’s one thing CM Punk has proven throughout his career, it’s that he packs a savage elbow drop. If there are two things he’s proven, though, it’s that he packs a savage elbow drop and he has a singular ability to inspire a following among others. Punk has taken this unique power and abused it to the point of fanaticism on two separate occasions, founding the cultish Straight Edge Society and transforming The Nexus into his own personal, subservient goon squad — provided, of course, they survived his grisly initiation ceremonies.

The Second City Saint later took up the cause of the voiceless, christening himself their representative and inspiring the WWE Universe to rally around him as he became a two-time WWE Champion within a span of five months. Of course, Punk’s nine selfless months as champion seem to have come to an end, as his perceived notions of disrespect have provoked the champion to unravel at the seams, attacking both The Rock and Jerry Lawler and seeming more and more like his snakelike former self as the weeks past (WATCH: PUNK DEMANDS RESPECT). All Punk has claimed to want is respect from his peers, which goes to show that sometimes it’s not always concrete power that goes to a Superstar’s head, but the perception of powerlessness that drives him or her over the edge.

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