While many now know CM Punk as a mixed martial artist and comic book writer, he was a former professional wrestler, whose winning streaks and style of play as well as storylines were the fans delight. He is recognized in WWE as one of the longest reigning WWE Champion of all-time with 434 days record.
CM Punk’s Bio – Age
The former professional wrestler was born Phillips Jack Brooks on October 26, 1978, in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in nearby Lockport, Illinois. Phillips was one of five children born to their engineer father and homemaker mother. He attended Lockport Township High School.
He was inspired by his father’s struggle with alcoholism to become straight edge – which is basically a subculture of hardcore punk whose followers abstain from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs – right from when he was young. He goes by the ring name CM Punk by which he is popularly known.
What started as a spell in a backyard wrestling program known as the Lunatic Wrestling Federation in the 1990s with his brother Mike and friends, eventually became the art in which he was famed. While the others saw wrestling as simple fun, CM Punk genuinely wanted to be a wrestler. Afterward, he left the federation and enrolled at the Steel Dominion wrestling school, Chicago where he was trained to become a professional wrestler.
His prolific winning started in his early days. During his promotion for his early career at the Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South (IWA Mid-South), Punk had high-profile feuds with Colt Cabana and Chris Hero and rose to the top of the roster. He won the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship twice and the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship five times before he left the promotion in July 2005.
He was hired by the Ring of Honor (ROH) promotion during a hiatus from IWA between July 2003 until May 2004. He also joined the wrestling promotion NWA: Total Nonstop Action, later known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). In no time, he climbed the ranks of ROH winning titles both individually and in tag teams (twice) mostly with his friend Colt Cabana. His final scheduled match at ROH was against Colt on August 13, 2005, which he lost.
He was assigned to a WWE developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in September 2005 and made his debut on 8th September and his OVW TV debut on September 26, becoming the OVW Television Champion after defeating Ken Doane on November 9. Punk was removed from the OVW roster after he lost the championship bringing him into the WWE roster full time.
He debuted in ECW on June 24, 2006, where he defeated Stevie Richards. In no time, he established himself in ECW by going undefeated after defeating opponents such as Christopher W. Anderson, Stevie Richards, and Shannon Moore in a streak that will last for 6 months, until January 6, 2007, when he was defeated by Hardcore Holly. However, he won his first ECW Championship title in September 2007 after defeating the title holder, John Morris and reigned for a period of 143 days after successfully defending his title in a number of fights, and eventually losing to Chavo Guerrero.
Between 2008 and 2009, he won the Money in the Bank ladder match twice, was drafted to the Raw brand during the 2008 WWE draft, won the the World Tag Team Championship with Kofi Kingston, became the 19th WWE Triple Crown Champion and the fastest to accomplish the feat, was drafted to SmackDown during the 2009 WWE draft in April, and won the World Heavyweight Championship against Jeff Hardy.
Punk formed the straight edge society in November 2009 presenting himself as a cult-like savior to the crowd, growing the hair on his head, face and chest in an allusion to Jesus. His converts include members of the audience, fellow wrestlers such as Luke Gallows, Serena, Joey Mercury. The group did not last for long as it ended in September 2010. He later joined the villainous stable The Nexus from 2010 to 2011.
He was considered by many the best in the world. Punk held one of the longest WWE Championship title reigns in history at 434 days until June 2018 after Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar broke the record. He was also named the Wrestler of the Year in 2011 and 2012 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
CM Punk walked out of the WWE in January 2014 citing burnout and differences between him and the WWE regarding his creative direction. The walkout earned him two months suspension and eventually he was fired on his wedding day.
Professional MMA Career
CM Punk signed a contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in December 2014 following his exit from WWE earlier that year. He made his professional debut against Mickey Gall on September 10, 2016, at UFC 203 but was defeated via submission in the first round.
His second professional bout took place on June 9, 2018, at UFC 225 in Chicago against Mike Jackson, where he lost via unanimous decision. Following the fight, the UFC president, Dana White said that Punk would probably not fight for the company again.
Phillips Brooks had an interest in Comics from a very early age and he has also authored such books. He reads and collects as a hobby and once worked for a shop, All American Comics as well as cites Preacher as his favorite comic.
He has written a number of articles on the subject including the introduction for the hardcover edition of Marvel Comics’ 2012 crossover event Avengers vs. X-Men, an opportunity he described as a “geek dream come true.” He also wrote a foreword for Natalie Slater’s cookbook Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans.
Additionally, CM Punk has co-written a number of comic books. One of them is Marvel Comics’ Thor Annual #1 (2015), the others include The Most Cursed, which appeared in Vertigo Comics’ Strange Sports Stories #3 in May 2015, Marvel Comics’ Drax series, which had 11 issues published from November 4, 2015, to September 28, 2016, and his one-shot of Marvel’s Master of Kung Fu published in November 2017.
The former WWE champion has amassed a huge earning from his years in the wrestling arena. His other ventures have also contributed greatly to his purse. His net worth is an estimated $8.5 million.
CM Punk’s Wife – AJ Lee
CM Punk is married to AJ Lee, a retired professional wrestler best known for her time in the WWE. The duo began their love story in the WWE where they were initially involved in a storyline to getting engaged and eventually tying the knots on June 13, 2014, all in a space of two years.
AJ Lee was born April Jeanette Mendez on March 19, 1987, as the youngest of three children. She was born in New Jersey where she began her wrestling career in 2007 and was subsequently signed by WWE in 2009. During her time in its (WWE) developmental branch, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), she became the first woman to win the Queen of FCW title and the FCW Divas Championship which is both titles available to FCW’s female wrestlers.
From 2012 when she was signed to the main roaster to 2015 when she retired from in-ring performance, Mendez won her first WWE Divas Championship in June 2013, became a record-tying three-time Divas Champion, held the title for an overall record of 406 days, won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year in 2012 and 2014. Furthermore, she was voted Woman of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers from 2012 to 2014.
AJ Lee who regarded herself as a tomboy has interest in comic books (as does her husband who also writes the genre), anime and video games. She is also an author and an advocate for animal welfare and mental health awareness (she pursues a career as an animal right activist). Her memoir, Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules was released on April 4, 2017, and became a New York Times Best Seller.
The couple splits their time between their homes in Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
CM Punk’s Height and Other Facts
The wrestling legend has a huge frame which stands at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m). His body weight is 218 lb (99 kg).
CM Punk is an atheist and identifies as a liberal politically.
He supports the LGBT rights as well as same-sex marriage.
He was a recipient of the Superstar of the Year Slammy Award in 2011.
His initials ‘CM’ originally represents the name of the tag team he was a part of as a backyard wrestler, Chick Magnet.
He has a number of body inks which are an integral part of him some of which has been ingrained into his character. They include a Pepsi Globe logo which emphasizes his straight edge stance, the words “Straight Edge” spelled out on his stomach which he refers to as his identity, as well as his younger sister’s jersey number (31) behind his left ear, surrounded by stars, each of which represent his siblings as a way to bond away from home.