I think that's over-stating Punk a little (particularly at this point in his career, the revolution he was leading has definitely lost most of its momentum) but if it's classing wrestlers as athletes and giving WWE some good press I'll live with it.
He's above Cena on the list, who's at number nine. The only wrestler above him is Rock. Pretty neat I guess. Also passing a million is huge, considering he only had like 500k a few months ago and only about 100k before his push.
WWE could do a lot more with Punk as far as public relations is concerned. I was watching MTV (a forgotten audience for wrestling fans these days) and they show an assload of Above The Influence commercials. I thought to myself: "Damn, WWE has a guy who dedicated his whole life to being 'above the influence' and it is a strategy aimed at teens, which is a niche' market for wrestling, why don't they push Punk in that direction?"
Then Punk said something reckless on twitter and I remembered why.
Punk is influential, but seriously someone see him in the top 10 most influential athletes in the world? wrestling is not the most popular "sport" in the world, i dont see him being "that" influential.
It makes sense why someone would think a wrestler could be that influential. Main event wrestlers get more opportunities to express their individual ideals than any other athlete and they're typically more gifted in presenting themselves.