During an interview with the late Paul Bearer (William Moody) in August 2012 PWTorch Livecast asked Bearer his thoughts on then WWE Champion CM Punk. Bearer revealed that The Undertaker gave CM Punk major endorsement in the WWE locker room during their introduction:
“C.M. Punk is a class act, and he’s got it,” Bearer exclusively told PWTorch editor Wade Keller. “I didn’t meet Punk until I went back for that six-month run (2010-2011). I had watched him on television, of course, but I had never met him in-person before.
“I’ll never forget myself, Undertaker, Big Show, and a couple of other guys standing over in the corner just shooting the breeze. C.M. Punk came walking by and Taker says, ‘Percy, have you ever met Punk?’ I said, ‘No, I haven’t.’ Taker called him over there and he’s very, very respectful to our business and to me for having never met me before.”
“Taker introduced me to him and Taker’s exact words to me were: ‘Punk – he’s one of us.’ That was how I was introduced to C.M. Punk by The Undertaker. For him to say that about a talent, that just means everything in the world. And to say, ‘He’s one of us,’ that just meant something to that little group that was there.”
Listen to the full interview with the late Paul Bearer here.