CM Punk
Professional wrestler
CM Punk
Phillip Jack Brooks, better known by his ring name CM Punk, is an American professional wrestler who is signed with WWE. Dubbed by the organization as "the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the modern era", Punk held the title for 434 days from November 20, 2011 to January 27, 2013 and is officially recognized as the sixth-longest reigning champion of all time, and the longest-reigning of the previous twenty-five years (prior to 1988, multi-year reigns were standard).
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Following UFC 203 beatdown, CM Punk fears his first UFC fight could be his last -
Google News - 5 months
ABC News Following UFC 203 beatdown, CM Punk fears his first UFC fight could be his last CLEVELAND – An emotional Phil “CM Punk” Brooks fears his first UFC fight could be his last, though he's received no indication that's the case after a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall at Saturday's UFC 203 event. “I don't know what happens ... CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall full fight video highlightsMMA Fighting Joe Rogan Calls CM Punk Fighting Mickey Gall “Delusional”Wrestlezone UFC's CM Punk Experiment Gets Off to a Painful StartBleacher Report Yahoo Sports -Bloody Elbow all 587 news articles »
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UFC heavyweight title is the only missing piece for Overeem - ESPN
Google News - 6 months
ESPN UFC heavyweight title is the only missing piece for Overeem ESPN Alistair Overeem is confident heading into Saturday's heavyweight title match against Stipe Miocic at UFC 203. Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports. Facebook · Twitter; Pinterest · Email; comment. 11:47 AM PT. Eric Close. Facebook ... CM Punk Says He's "Coming in to Win" at UFC 203Wrestlezone Overeem: While Miocic has been 'celebrating' and partying, I've been training hardBloody Elbow Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC 203's Stipe -Washington Post all 254 news articles »
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Is CM Punk Vs. WWE The Ugliest Divorce In Pro Wrestling History?
Forbes - 6 months
CM Punk and WWE have had a very one-sided war of words as the former WWE Superstar prepares for his first bout at UFC 203. But is this the ugliest divorce in pro wrestling history?
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CM Punk raw in series - but that's the point
Chicago Tribune - 6 months
To say some mixed martial arts fans are skeptical about pro wrestling star CM Punk trying his hand at UFC borders on understatement. For example, in January, several reacted so harshly on social media to his initial high-skills rating in "UFC 2" that the Chicago native tweeted about so many "dummies"...
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CM Punk to make his UFC debut against Mickey Gall on Sept. 10
LATimes - 8 months
Former WWE star CM Punk will be making his long-awaited UFC debut on Sept. 10 against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in Cleveland. Punk, 37, will be part of a show headlined by Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem for the UFC heavyweight title. Punk signed with UFC in December 2014 but has had his training...
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Former WWE Superstar CM Punk Reportedly Struggling In UFC; Time For Him To Retire
Forbes - 9 months
Former WWE Superstar CM Punk is having a rough go of it in the MMA world. With Punk struggling with injuries, and reports of him struggling to develop in UFC, it's time for the 37-year-old polarizing star to retire.
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CM Punk to have back surgery, delaying UFC debut
Chicago Times - about 1 year
CM Punk's mixed martial arts debut suffered another setback: The former WWE wrestler was scheduled to have surgery on a herniated disc on Wednesday, reported. UFC scheduled Punk's (Chicago native Phil Brooks) first opponent, 24-year-old Mickey Gall, though no date was set, and Punk...
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CM Punk goes to bat for Wrigley Field's troughs
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
CM Punk is pro-trough. The former WWE Champion-turned-UFC fighter made his stance on Wrigley Field’s urinals known Thursday during pal Colt Cabana’s comedy show at The Pony Inn.
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WWE: AJ Lee Pregnant With CM Punk? Bayley Starts Baby Bump Rumor, Fans Predict Return
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Is AJ Lee pregnant or about to start a family with CM Punk now that she is retired and can be herself as AJ Brooks? The WWE Divas do like to joke around, and when internet rumors spring up, sometimes they like to feed them. WWE Diva Bayley recently jumpstarted these pregnancy rumors with several comments, and now some are starting to wonder if the WWE purposefully worded their announcement in such a manner to allow for AJ Lee’s return in the future. In a related report by the Inquisitr, CM Punk has been hinting that AJ Lee’s UFC career is a real possibility. CM Punk also publicly responded to his wife’s departure, and now it’s being suggested that something special will happen at Monday Night RAW this coming week. If AJ Lee quit in order to start a family, it would fulfill a longstanding rumor. Way, way before CM Punk and AJ Lee even started their honeymoon in Hawaii, it was rumored that she was pregnant, but obviously that idea was false since even her WWE character is not crazy ...
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RAW deal? CM Punk, WWE, and the uncertain obligations of at-will employment
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
"I've given this company everything I got. I'm not complaining about it, because they pay me. They pay me to give that up, and it provides me with income. So I'm not whining about it. I'm just saying, 'I give you everything I've got, now you give me everything you've got.' I'm not talking about money. I'm talking about the best creative possible. Because I drew you a lot of money and I sold you a lot of shit. Now treat me like it. And not like a prima donna, because I'm not." -- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, shortly after no-showing Monday Night RAW back in 2002 While I was in college, I worked for a popular video game chain in Philadelphia for close to two years. Upon graduation, I was offered an incredible opportunity to ditch my life at the mall and join a major player in New York City. The only catch? I had to start in two days, which meant showing up for work the next day and telling my employer I was jumping ship. After I explained the situation and thanked them f ...
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Sheamus replacing CM Punk on WWE Live event cards this weekend
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
CM Punk was booked for both of this weekend's house shows, so someone has to be slotted into his place on the card. In the wake of the news breaking this week, the first guy the company is tabbing for the job is The Celtic Warrior. As is usual for a non-pay-per-view (PPV) weekend, WWE will be holding house shows in Kansas and Missouri this Saturday and Sunday. Those events had been advertised to feature CM Punk. Based on what we've learned over the last couple of days, The Best in the World will almost certainly not be appearing on those shows. So who's replacing him? Well he's Irish, and he loves to fight. But he ain't Fit Finlay. Sheamus, who just returned to WWE this past weekend as a participant in the main event at Royal Rumble, will be filling Punk's straight-edge boots. For Saturday, February 1st's house show in Wichita, Kansas at the INTRUST Bank Arena, The Celtic Warrior is billed where Punk had previously been in a list of "scheduled to appear" talent. ...
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WWE Royal Rumble 2014 Match Time and Statistics
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Let's break down some numbers from the 2014 Royal Rumble, shall we? The 2014 Royal Rumble match lasted 55 minutes and 9 seconds (55m 09s). This match featured Roman Reigns tossing out 12 superstars with ease before falling victim to Batista. This post includes all of the important numbers you need to know about the timing of the match. Here is a text graphic that displays much of the information discussed below, including a chronological listing of who the longest lasting men were at any given point in the match. The graphic provides a quick visual way to understand which wrestlers dominated the 2014 Royal Rumble match as time progressed, as well as seeing how crowded the ring was at any given point. And if you really want to dig deeper, the graphic also includes time stamps for when each wrestler stepped foot into the ring as well as time stamps for each wrestler's elimination. For comparison's sake, here are other versions of this gra ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of CM Punk
  • 2016
    Age 35
    Punk's UFC and MMA debut against Gall took place on September 10, 2016, at UFC 203.
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    His first professional fight took place on September 10, 2016, at UFC 203 against Mickey Gall, where he lost via submission in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details Brooks was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in nearby Lockport, Illinois. He is one of five children; his father was an engineer, while his mother was a homemaker. Brooks' father was an alcoholic which inspired him to become straight edge from an early age. He attended Lockport Township High School. Brooks' first venture into wrestling was a stint in a backyard wrestling federation called the Lunatic Wrestling Federation with his friends and brother Mike Brooks in the mid-late 1990s. He first started using the ring name CM Punk when he was put into a tag team named The Chick Magnets with CM Venom after another performer skipped out on the card. Unlike his friends, Punk genuinely wanted to be a wrestler and saw it as more than simple fun. When the promotion started taking off, doing spot shows out of a warehouse in Mokena, Illinois, Punk found out that his brother Mike had embezzled thousands of dollars from the small company, causing them to become estranged. They have not spoken since.
    On February 6, 2016, it was announced that Punk would face Mickey Gall in his first professional mixed martial arts (MMA) contest.
    More Details Hide Details Days later, he was diagnosed with a herniated disc, and underwent surgery.
  • 2015
    Age 34
    He co-wrote "The Most Cursed", which appeared in Vertigo Comics' Strange Sports Stories #3 in May 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Brooks is also co-writing Marvel Comics' Drax ongoing series, the first issue of which was published on November 4, 2015. Brooks is an atheist. He is an avid fan of the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs. In his spare time, he reads and collects comics. He once worked for a shop named All American Comics, and cites Preacher as his favorite comic.
    On February 19, 2015, Christopher M. Amann, the WWE doctor who Brooks alleges misdiagnosed his staph infection and mistreated his concussion, filed a lawsuit against Brooks and Scott Colton (Colt Cabana) for defamation and invasion of privacy.
    More Details Hide Details He is seeking $1 million in compensation from each defendant and an undisclosed amount in punitive damages. WWE issued a statement and video in support of Amann, stating that Brooks had never informed anyone at WWE of his staph infection. Brooks made an appearance on the February 16, 2004 episode of Monster Garage, "Box Truck Wrestling Car", performing a short match with Samoa Joe. On October 31, 2006, he joined The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS) to shoot the Sci Fi Channel special Ghost Hunters Live, which was a live six-hour show broadcast on Halloween night from the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Initially skeptical about what he might find, Brooks said he heard children giggling and footsteps when there were not any children booked into the hotel. In 2008, Brooks appeared as the Sports Grand Marshal of the nationally-televised McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Chicago. He reprised this role in 2012.
    In October 2015, Roufus announced that Punk had suffered a shoulder injury, delaying his UFC debut until the next calendar year.
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    In June 2015, he moved to Milwaukee to be closer to the Roufusport gym, while still retaining his home in Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details Later, it was announced that Punk would compete in the welterweight division.
    In January 2015, Punk began training under Duke Roufus at Roufusport MMA Academy.
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  • 2014
    Age 33
    At UFC 181, on December 6, 2014, Punk announced that he had signed a multi-fight contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
    More Details Hide Details When asked if he would compete under his ring name or birth name, he told the Las Vegas Sun, "I've come this far with CM Punk. That's what people know. I'm trying to stick with that. I'm not shying away from it. I'm not ashamed of it." His UFC profile lists him as CM Punk.
    He also told that when he reached out to them for unpaid royalties, he was given a run-around by company executives until he was handed his termination papers and was fired by WWE on his wedding day in June 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The manner of firing was the last straw for Punk, stating that he would never return to WWE and that following a legal settlement with WWE, there would be no further working relationship between them. The settlement included Punk giving WWE permission to sell his remaining merchandise. Punk cited his health as the main reason he left WWE, describing that in his final months in the company, he had been working through an untreated and potentially fatal MRSA infection, broken ribs, injured knees, and multiple concussions including one at the Royal Rumble, as well as having lost his appetite and ability to sleep well. Punk felt that WWE was pressuring and rushing him to wrestle before he had fully recovered. According to him, he found a lump on his back in November 2013 and it was diagnosed as a fatty deposit by Dr. Chris Amann, who refused to remove it despite Punk's requests.
    On an episode of Colt Cabana's Art of Wrestling podcast released in November 2014, Punk broke his silence regarding his exit from WWE.
    More Details Hide Details In a detailed interview, Punk said that he was suspended for two months after walking out on the company in January and that after the suspension ended, nobody from WWE contacted him.
    Brooks married April Mendez, better known as AJ Lee, on June 13, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details They split their time between homes in Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    On January 26, 2014, Punk was the first entrant in the annual Royal Rumble match.
    More Details Hide Details After having lasted until the final four, Kane, who was already eliminated earlier in the match by Punk, eliminated Punk from the outside and proceeded to chokeslam him through the announce table. Punk did not appear the following night on Raw, nor did he appear at the SmackDown taping on Tuesday despite being advertised for the event. By Wednesday, stopped advertising Punk for future events. The Wrestling Observer reported that, on Monday and prior to Raw, Punk had legitimately walked out after telling Vince McMahon and Triple H that he was "going home". On February 20, during a conference call to investors, McMahon said Punk was "taking a sabbatical". On the March 3 episode of Raw, WWE acknowledged Punk's absence on television when the show started with Punk's entrance music playing, only for former manager Paul Heyman to walk out. WWE proceeded to remove Punk from footage of their promotional videos; this lasted until the first half of July, where WWE used footage of Punk to promote the WWE Network. In an interview published in late May, Punk was asked how it felt "to be retired at 35" and replied that "it feels good". On July 15, moved Punk from the active roster to the alumni page without releasing a statement. On the same day, Punk thanked his fans without mentioning WWE. In late July, Punk said that he was "never ever" going to return to wrestling.
  • 2013
    Age 32
    Punk returned to in-ring action on the January 7, 2013 Raw, retaining the WWE Championship against Ryback in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, following interference from The Shield.
    More Details Hide Details On January 27 at the Royal Rumble, Punk defended the WWE Championship against The Rock in a match with the stipulation that if The Shield interfered, Punk would be stripped of the title. Punk originally pinned The Rock to retain after The Shield put Rock through a table while the arena lights were out. Vince McMahon began to announce that Punk would be stripped of the title, but he instead restarted the match at The Rock's request. Punk went on to lose the match, ending his record-setting reign at 434 days. Punk received a title rematch with Rock on February 17 at the Elimination Chamber event, with the stipulation that the Rock would lose the WWE Championship if he was disqualified or counted out, but Rock pinned Punk to retain the title. On the February 25 Raw, Punk faced Royal Rumble winner John Cena for his number one contendership to the WWE Championship, but was defeated.
  • 2011
    Age 30
    He is perhaps best known for his time in WWE, where he was a two-time WWE Champion, including a 434-day reign from November 20, 2011 to January 27, 2013 that is recognized by WWE as the sixth longest of all-time, as well as the longest of the "modern era".
    More Details Hide Details Brooks began his professional wrestling career on the American independent circuit, primarily with Ring of Honor (ROH) until 2005, when he signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Throughout his career, he won several championships, including the WWE Championship twice, WWE's World Heavyweight Championship three times, and the ECW and ROH World Championships once each. In WWE, Punk was also a one-time World Tag Team Champion (with Kofi Kingston), and one-time Intercontinental Champion, making him WWE's 19th Triple Crown Champion. Throughout his career, Punk consistently portrayed the character of an outspoken, sharp-tongued, anti-establishment, straight edge iconoclast. Most of the straight edge principles he portrayed, such as not drinking alcohol or not taking recreational drugs, are his real life views. Depending on his alignment as a hero or villain, he emphasized different aspects of the straight edge culture to garner the desired audience reaction.
    Punk and The Nexus cost Orton his match with The Miz for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble in January 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Orton, in turn, responded by taking out all of the New Nexus members by punting them in the head, leaving Punk alone as the sole surviving member of the group. This all led to a WrestleMania XXVII match and a Last Man Standing match at Extreme Rules both of which Punk lost. Punk then spent the next few months involved in filler feuds, often teaming with fellow Nexus members. In June, after pinning WWE Champion John Cena on Raw, Rey Mysterio at Capitol Punishment and finally Alberto Del Rio again in a contendership match (which also included Mysterio) all within one week, Punk revealed his contract would expire at Money in the Bank and vowed to leave the company with the WWE Championship; some of his speeches and mannerisms echoed his final months with Ring of Honor. After making a scathing yet highly acclaimed on-air speech concerning the way in which WWE is run and its owner Vince McMahon, he was given a storyline suspension from televised WWE events but was reinstated the following week on Cena's insistence. Upon his return, Punk ceased to appear with the remaining members of Nexus and the group quietly dissolved that month. This helped transition him from a villainous character back to being a fan-favorite. Two weeks later, at Money in the Bank, Punk defeated John Cena to become the WWE Champion on his final night under contract with WWE.
  • 2010
    Age 29
    Through January 2010, Punk began to convert planted members of the audience to a straight-edge lifestyle, making them take a pledge of allegiance to him and shaving their head as a sign of renewal and devotion.
    More Details Hide Details After converting many people who were not seen again, convert Serena began accompanying Punk and Gallows to form the Straight Edge Society. As well as leading this alliance, Punk was also the mentor of WWE NXT rookie Darren Young who flirted with the idea of becoming straight-edge before refusing just before his head was to be shaved. Punk continued to show messianic traits, frequently giving sermons including during the annual Royal Rumble match as well as during an Elimination Chamber match at both of the eponymous pay-per-views. In the Chamber match, he was eliminated by Rey Mysterio, whom he had feuding with leading into the PPV. Tensions escalated as Mysterio prevented him from winning a Money in the Bank qualifying match, causing Punk to interrupt Mysterio's celebration of his daughter's ninth birthday. Mysterio challenged Punk to a Street Fight at WrestleMania XXVI but lost to Gallows. Punk added the stipulation that if Rey lost, he would join the Society. At WrestleMania, Punk lost to Mysterio sparking a rematch at Extreme Rules where Punk would have to shave his head, like his disciples, if he lost. Punk won this match after interference from a fourth member of the Society who kept his face covered. At Over The Limit, a third and final match was booked with both stipulations reactivated. In the match Punk lost and was subsequently shaved bald.
  • 2009
    Age 28
    This earned Punk a second Slammy that December, for 2009's "Shocker of the Year".
    More Details Hide Details At Breaking Point, Punk defeated The Undertaker in a submission match to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. Undertaker originally won the match with his Hell's Gate submission hold. SmackDown general manager Theodore Long restarted the match after stating that the ban that former general manager Vickie Guerrero had placed on the move was still in effect. Punk won the match with his Anaconda Vise when referee Scott Armstrong called for the bell despite Undertaker never submitting (reminiscent to the Montreal Screwjob, which took place in the same venue in 1997). The feud between the two continued and at the Hell in a Cell PPV, Punk lost the World Heavyweight Championship to The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match. He lost two subsequent rematches against The Undertaker on SmackDown and in a Fatal Four Way match at Bragging Rights also involving Batista and Rey Mysterio.
    On April 13, 2009 during the 2009 WWE draft, Punk was drafted from Raw to SmackDown.
    More Details Hide Details In the period after the draft, Punk feuded with Umaga over Umaga's repeated surprise attacks while Punk was attempting to cash in his Money in the Bank contract. This ultimately resulted in a Samoan strap match at Extreme Rules, which was won by Punk. At the end of the pay-per-view, Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to defeat Jeff Hardy for the World Heavyweight Championship. Punk retained his title in a Triple Threat match against both Edge and Hardy eight days later on the June 15 Raw. At The Bash in Sacramento, California, Punk lost to Hardy by disqualification after kicking the referee; in the storyline Punk was injured his eye and said he could not see the referee. Because titles do not change hands on a disqualification, Punk retained the championship. Hardy called Punk's eye injury into question, believing it to be feigned. Punk turned heel, claiming to be the moral superior of those who support Hardy due to his drug-free lifestyle. At Night of Champions, Punk lost the championship to Hardy. Their feud continued through SummerSlam, where Punk regained the title in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match; afterward, Punk was attacked by The Undertaker. On the August 28 episode of SmackDown, Punk concluded his program with Hardy and achieved his booked goal of excising him from WWE, defeating Hardy in a steel cage match wherein the loser agreed to leave the company.
    On the January 5, 2009, episode of Raw, Punk received his title match against William Regal, which ended in a disqualification, when Regal grabbed the referee's jersey.
    More Details Hide Details Due to this, Stephanie McMahon awarded Punk a rematch the following week, but this time it was himself that was disqualified. McMahon awarded him another rematch, this time a No Disqualification match on January 19 Raw, Punk won the match and the title. With this win, he became the 19th Triple Crown Champion, and the fastest to accomplish the feat, shattering Kevin Nash's old record. Punk lost the title on the March 9 Raw to JBL. At WrestleMania XXV, Punk won the Money in the Bank ladder match and became the first person to win the match twice, as well as the only person to have won twice in a row.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    Punk then used the group to attack Randy Orton, blaming him for prematurely ending Punk's first World Heavyweight Championship reign in 2008.
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    Punk and Kingston lost the World Tag Team Championship to John Morrison and The Miz at a live event on December 13, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The next day Punk defeated Rey Mysterio at Armageddon to win the tournament.
    On June 23, Punk was drafted to the Raw brand during the 2008 WWE draft.
    More Details Hide Details His first night on Raw came the following week; after Batista beat down World Heavyweight Champion Edge, Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and won the World Heavyweight Championship (and later, the Slammy Award for the "Oh my God" Moment of the Year.). Later that night, Punk made his first title defense against JBL, who had challenged him shortly after his win. Punk continued to hold and defend the title until Unforgiven on September 7. Before the Championship Scramble match, Punk was attacked by The Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase with Manu). Orton finished the assault by punting Punk in the head. Punk could not participate in the match due to the attack and so forfeited the title. He was replaced by Chris Jericho, who won the match and the title. He received a rematch eight days later on the September 15 Raw, where he failed to regain the title in a steel cage match against Jericho.
    At WrestleMania XXIV on March 30, 2008, Punk won the Money in the Bank ladder match, after defeating Chris Jericho, Montel Vontavious Porter, Shelton Benjamin, John Morrison, Mr. Kennedy and Carlito.
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    On the January 22, 2008 ECW, Chavo Guerrero defeated Punk in a No Disqualification match to win the ECW Championship after Edge, (acting as a guest commentator at ringside) ran in and speared Punk.
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  • 2007
    Age 26
    On the November 6, 2007 ECW, Punk retained the ECW Championship in a match against Morrison following The Miz's interference.
    More Details Hide Details At Survivor Series, Punk retained his title in a Triple Threat match, beating The Miz and John Morrison.
    At the September 1, 2007 (aired September 4) ECW taping, in a "last chance" title match, Punk defeated Morrison for the ECW Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Punk then went on to have successful title defenses against the likes of Elijah Burke (at Unforgiven), Big Daddy V via disqualification (at No Mercy) and The Miz (at Cyber Sunday).
    On the April 10, 2007 ECW on Sci Fi, Punk briefly became a villain by officially joining the New Breed alliance, after several weeks in which both the New Breed and the ECW Originals had attempted to recruit him.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks later, however, Punk betrayed the New Breed during a four on four elimination match between the New Breed and ECW Originals by kicking New Breed leader Elijah Burke in the back of the head and costing them the match. After the match, Punk proceeded to deliver his finisher, the Go To Sleep, on Burke and sarcastically apologized before leaving the ring alone, becoming a fan favorite again. later confirmed that Punk was no longer a member of the New Breed. At Judgment Day, Punk wrestled and defeated Burke in his first singles match on a pay-per-view. Punk then went on to One Night Stand and teamed up with Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman in a tables match to defeat the New Breed. When ECW Champion Bobby Lashley was drafted to Raw and stripped of the ECW Championship, a tournament to declare a new champion was held, with Punk, Elijah Burke, Marcus Cor Von and Chris Benoit. Punk defeated Marcus Cor Von on the June 19 ECW on Sci Fi. He was meant to face Chris Benoit at Vengeance: Night of Champions for the ECW Championship, but Benoit was hastily replaced by Johnny Nitro when Benoit no-showed, after killing his family and self. Nitro subsequently defeated Punk at Vengeance for the vacant championship. Punk won another shot at the title at The Great American Bash against Nitro, who had changed his moniker to John Morrison by this point; however, Punk was defeated again by Morrison.
    Following the pay-per-view, Punk entered into a feud with Hardcore Holly, who ended Punk's six-month unbeaten streak in singles competition on January 9, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Punk went on to feud with Matt Striker, who gave him his second singles loss since being in ECW on January 30. Punk then qualified for the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 23 by defeating Johnny Nitro. In the final week leading up to WrestleMania 23, Punk made appearances on both Raw and SmackDown!, defeating Kenny Dykstra and former World Heavyweight Champion King Booker, respectively. At WrestleMania 23, Punk competed in, but did not win, the Money in the Bank ladder match, being knocked off the ladder just seconds before the winner, Mr. Kennedy, claimed the briefcase.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    Punk made his TV wrestling debut on August 1, 2006 at the Hammerstein Ballroom, defeating Justin Credible.
    More Details Hide Details Punk established himself in ECW by going undefeated, defeating opponents such as Christopher W. Anderson, Stevie Richards and Shannon Moore. Soon after, Punk began feuding with Mike Knox after Knox's girlfriend, Kelly Kelly, was seen to have feelings for Punk. Punk defeated Knox in their first singles match (qualifying for the Extreme Elimination Chamber at December to Dismember in the process) as well as the rematch, after which Kelly Kelly celebrated Punk's victory over her boyfriend. Punk then teamed with D-Generation X and the Hardy Boyz in their Survivor Series match against Rated-RKO, Knox, Johnny Nitro and Gregory Helms, a match in which all the participants on DX's side survived elimination. At December to Dismember, Punk participated in the Elimination Chamber for the ECW Championship; however, he was the first person eliminated by Rob Van Dam.
    On June 24, 2006, Punk made his ECW debut during a house show at the former ECW Arena, defeating Stevie Richards.
    More Details Hide Details He made his TV debut on the July 4 ECW on Sci Fi, cutting a brief pre-taped promo about his straight edge lifestyle emphasizing the disciplinary aspects of being drug and alcohol free. Although he had retained the straight edge gimmick, he now had a Muay Thai training background.
    On August 30, 2006, a match was scheduled to take place between Punk and Skyfire for the OVW Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the match, however, Skyfire was attacked by Charles "The Hammer" Evans, with whom Skyfire had also been feuding, and was replaced in the match by Chet Jablonski (Chet the Jet) who pinned Punk to win the OVW Heavyweight Championship. As Punk no longer possessed the championship, OVW no longer required him. He was removed from the roster and brought up to the WWE roster full-time. He continued to make sporadic appearances for OVW, such as on their 400th TV episode, until WWE and OVW ended their developmental partnership on February 7, 2008.
    This altercation led to a feud between Punk and Skyfire after a rematch for the Tag Team Championship on August 7, 2006 in which a healthy Punk purposefully tagged in an injured Skyfire to be beaten by Shade and Compton.
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    On July 28, 2006, Punk and Seth Skyfire defeated Shad Gaspard and the Neighborhoodie to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship at a house show. They lost the Tag Team Championship on August 2, 2006 to Deuce Shade and "Domino" Cliff Compton after an injured Skyfire tagged in an already injured Punk.
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    On May 3, 2006, Punk finally defeated Albright in a strap match to win the OVW Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details As champion, Punk retained the title in matches against opponents such as Shad Gaspard, Ken Kennedy, Johnny Jeter and Mike "The Miz" Mizanin.
    Punk had a minor appearance at WrestleMania 22 on April 2, 2006 as one of the gangsters who rode a 1930s era car to the ring before John Cena's entrance. After Matt Cappotelli vacated the OVW Heavyweight Championship because of a brain tumor in February 2006, a tournament was held to crown a new champion.
    More Details Hide Details The finals were Brent Albright vs. CM Punk with Albright defeating Punk to become the new champion. Punk and Albright continued their feud, with Albright becoming more unstable and paranoid about maintaining his championship after several close call matches against Punk, resulting in acts such as threatening Maria.
    This feud continued for weeks with Punk always coming out on top, until a double turn occurred on February 1, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Albright turned heel during a tag match, allowing the Spirit Squad to beat Punk, turning him face.
    On January 4, 2006, Punk lost the OVW Television Championship during a three way dance among himself, Albright and Doane.
    More Details Hide Details Doane was injured halfway through the match and was replaced by Aaron "The Idol" Stevens. Punk submitted to Albright's Crowbar and was eliminated, but he returned later in the match to distract Albright allowing Stevens to pin Albright and become the new OVW Television Champion. Albright and Punk then briefly teamed. They became opponents again after Punk denied Albright the respect he demanded and proceeded to continually "punk him out" (get the better of him).
  • 2005
    Age 24
    On November 9, 2005, Punk became the OVW Television Champion after defeating Ken Doane, which immediately led to a feud between Punk and Brent Albright, who had previously been feuding with Doane for the Television Championship and had lost his chance to wrestle Doane after Punk hit him with a chair so he himself could wrestle Doane.
    More Details Hide Details They wrestled in series of matches, including one that ended in overtime with Albright having Punk submit to Albright's finisher, the Crowbar, but Punk was able to keep the championship, as he had not agreed to the extra time.
    On September 26, 2005 in his OVW television debut, Punk suffered a ruptured eardrum and broken nose after Danny Inferno hit him with an overly stiff right hand.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the injury, Punk finished the match and quickly recovered.
    He made his debut on September 8, 2005, in a dark match, where he, Nigel McGuinness and Paul Burchill were defeated by Deuce Shade, Elijah Burke and Seth Skyfire.
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    In September 2005, Punk was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), a WWE developmental territory.
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    Punk's final scheduled match in Ring of Honor took place at Punk: The Final Chapter on August 13, 2005 against long-time friend Colt Cabana in a two out of three falls match, which he lost.
    More Details Hide Details In his last match, Punk was visibly crying and was showered with streamers when he posed in the middle of the ring. Punk made a special appearance at the ROH show Unscripted II on February 11, 2006, when the original card had to be scrapped due to Low Ki leaving ROH the week prior. In addition, most of the ROH roster contracted to TNA were pulled from the show because of a snowstorm that TNA officials thought might prevent performers from reaching a pay-per-view scheduled the next day. In the main event, Punk teamed with Bryan Danielson to defeat Jimmy Rave and Adam Pearce in a tag team match.
    On August 12, 2005 in Dayton, Ohio, Punk lost the ROH World Championship to James Gibson in a four corner elimination match consisting of himself, Gibson, Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels.
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    Even though he had accepted the deal, Punk went on to defeat Austin Aries with his Pepsi Plunge move, winning the ROH World Championship on June 18, 2005 at Death Before Dishonor III.
    More Details Hide Details Immediately after the match, Punk proceeded to become a villain and started a storyline where he threatened to bring the ROH World Championship to WWE with him. For weeks, Punk teased the ROH locker room and the ROH fans as well as mocking the championship he possessed, going so far as to sign his WWE contract on it. During the storyline, referred to by ROH as the "Summer of Punk", Mick Foley made several ROH appearances, attempting to convince Punk to do the right thing and defend the title on his way out.
    After a try-out match on May 9, 2005 (which aired May 15) where he lost to Val Venis on the Sunday Night Heat show, Punk accepted a deal offered by World Wrestling Entertainment in June.
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  • 2004
    Age 23
    Joe ended the series by defeating Punk in the third and final match on December 4, 2004 at All-Star Extravaganza 2 in which there was a no-time-limit stipulation.
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    The second match between Punk and Joe was planned for December 4, 2004; however, due to Steve Corino being pulled from a match with Joe by Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE, the second match was hastily rescheduled on October 11, 2004, for October 16 in Punk's hometown of Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details At Joe vs. Punk II on October 16, they wrestled to a second 60-minute draw. In addition to Joe vs. Punk II becoming Ring of Honor's best-selling DVD at the time, the match received a five-star rating by Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Newsletter. It was the first match in North America to receive a five-star rating in seven years, the last one being the Hell in a Cell match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker at Badd Blood: In Your House in 1997.
    In ROH, Punk faced off against ROH World Champion Samoa Joe for the championship in a three-match series. The first match, on June 12, 2004 at World Title Classic in Dayton, Ohio, resulted in a 60-minute time limit draw when neither Punk nor Joe could pin or cause the other to submit in the 60 minutes.
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    Punk officially quit TNA in March 2004 during the Rob Feinstein controversy, after having a dispute with the TNA offices over his ability to compete in ROH following a TNA order that their contracted wrestlers were to no longer wrestle in ROH.
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    Shortly before a TNA show on February 25, 2004, Punk had a physical scuffle with Teddy Hart outside of a restaurant that was broken up by Sabu.
    More Details Hide Details The scuffle reportedly stemmed from an ROH show in which Hart performed three unplanned spots putting several other wrestlers in danger of injury. Around the time of the scuffle, Punk and Dinero stopped appearing on TNA shows, leading to speculation he was fired for the incident. Punk, however, said the scuffle had no bearing on his TNA career. He said the reason he and Dinero stopped appearing on TNA pay-per-views was that TNA officials believed that he and Dinero had not connected with the fans as villains, having turned against the popular Raven and instead formed a villainous tag team managed by James Mitchell. The officials decided that since the team was not working as villains, the storyline would be put on hold indefinitely, and thus had no work for Punk or Dinero.
  • 2003
    Age 22
    Circa October 2003, Punk was hired as the first head trainer of the Ring of Honor wrestling school, having previously been a trainer for the Steel Domain and Primetime Wrestling.
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    Their rivalry was settled at The Conclusion in November 2003, where Punk defeated Raven in a Steel Cage match.
    More Details Hide Details At the same time, Punk joined the wrestling promotion NWA Total Nonstop Action (TNA), in which he was paired with Julio Dinero as members of Raven's TNA alliance The Gathering. Punk started climbing the ranks of ROH, including coming in second at the Second Anniversary Show during the tournament to crown the first ROH Pure Champion, losing to A.J. Styles in the finals and winning the ROH Tag Team Championship twice with Colt Cabana as the Second City Saints. Both times Punk and Cabana defeated the Briscoe Brothers to win the championship.
    Initially, Punk joined Ring of Honor (ROH) as a face, but quickly became a heel in a feud with Raven that featured numerous variants of no disqualification matches. Their rivalry was rooted in Punk's straight-edge lifestyle, with him likening Raven to his alcoholic father; it lasted most of 2003 and was considered one of ROH's top feuds of the year.
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    On August 1, 2003, Punk wrestled for Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE on the final day of its 2003 Fire Festival at Korakuen Hall, teaming with C.W. Anderson, Josh Daniels, and Vansack Acid in an eight-man tag team match against Ikuto Hidaka, Jun Kasai, Naohiro Hoshikawa, and Tatsuhito Takaiwa; Punk's team was defeated.
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    Punk's matches with Cabana led him to being hired by the Ring of Honor promotion. From February 2003 until May 2004, Punk refused to wrestle for IWA: Mid-South, explaining this as a protest to Ian Rotten's mistreatment of Chris Hero in the company.
    More Details Hide Details Hero, however, has stated he believes there were other reasons, and Rotten's treatment of him was just an excuse by Punk to stop working for the company. Eventually Punk returned to IWA: Mid-South and continued to perform as a wrestler and commentator for them until 2005 when he was signed to World Wrestling Entertainment. His last appearance in IWA: Mid-South was on July 2, 2005 in which he competed in a 60-minute time limit draw against Delirious.
  • 1978
    Age -3
    Born on October 26, 1978.
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