CM Punk was born Phillip Jack "Phil" Brooks in October 26, 1978. As he grew up, he was always fascinated by wrestling. His first stint in the ring was with Lunatic Wrestling Federation where, to save a match from being canceled, he was hurriedly added as a tag team partner to CM Venom under the name Chick Magnets since Venom’s partner failed to show up for the match. He later enrolled at the Steel Dominion wrestling school in Chicago. Here, Ace Steel, a one-time ZCW World Heavyweight Championship holder, trained him, along with Kevin Quinn and Danny Dominion.
He then joined Steel Domain Wrestling where he met his long-time best friend Colt Cabana. Over the years, CM Punk has had a largely successful pro wrestling career. He is a five-time IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion and a two-time IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Champion. He is a three-time holder of the World Heavyweight Championship title, a two-time holder of the WWE Championship title, a one-time holder of the ECW World Championship title, a one-time holder of the WWE Intercontinental Championship title and a one-time holder of the OVW Heavyweight Championship title.
He has also won several Money in the Bank Ladder matches. He sports several tattoos on his body and claims that each one has a meaning or inspiration behind it. In the recent past, he has been involved in a defamation lawsuit brought by the lead WWE ringside physician.
Here are the 10 staggering things you probably do not know about Phil "CM Punk" Brooks:
10 His Tattoos and Their Meanings
CM Punk has many tattoos on his body, and each of them has a meaning or an inspiration behind it. His cobra tattoo symbolizes his love for the G.I. Joe cartoon. He also has a four ace cards tattoo that signify good luck. In addition to good luck, the first of the four ace cards is a special dedication to his friend Ace Steel. He also has a tattoo of the number 13 placed inside a spider web. Now, you may think of Friday the 13th and the many horrible things associated with this number, but it is actually CM Punk’s lucky number.
9 His Favorite Comic Is Preacher
CM Punk loves to read comics in his spare time. His interest in comics came about while he was working for the shop All American Comics in his home town of Chicago. No, his favorite comic isn’t Batman, it's Preacher. Created by Steve Dillon and Garth Ennis, the monthly series has a total of 75 issues. Its characters include Jesse Custer, Arseface, Tulip O'Hare, Herr Starr, and Cassidy. The comic follows the story of Jesse Custer who has been possessed by a supernatural creature named Genesis. Genesis also kills Jesse’s congregation and destroys his church. The comic influenced the creation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born.
8 His Bffs Include Colt Cabana and Cliff Compton
Punk is close friends with Colt Cabana and Cliff Compton. He met Colt at Steel Domain Wrestling and immediately took a liking to him. Colt is a 20-time ICW Tag Team Champion, a two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, and a two-time ROH Tag Team Champion together with CM Punk. You will better recognize Cliff Compton by his ring name, Domino. He is a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion, a three-time OVW Heavyweight Champion and a Ninth OVW Triple Crown Champion. Punk is also close friends with Lars Erik Frederiksen, a vocalist for the band Rancid.
7 He Has Been Romantically Linked To Many Professional Wrestlers
CM Punk’s wrestling career has resulted in many romantic relationships with his fellow pro wrestlers. At Ring of Honor, CM Punk dated Daffne, a one-time WCW Cruiserweight Champion. He also dated Traci Brooks, a one-time RingDivas World Champion. After moving to Ohio Valley Wrestling, he dated Maria but the two broke up after Punk moved to ECW. Maria is currently married to Mike Bennett, a professional wrestler singed to Ring of Honor. In 2009, CM Punk and Lita dated for about a year and then broke up. In 2011, he dated Beth Phoenix and in April 2013, it was alleged that Punk and Lita were seeing each other again. In 2014, he married AJ Lee.
6 WWE Doesn’t Support Him on His Staph Infection Defamation Lawsuit
In 2015, Punk claimed that Christopher M. Amann, WWE’s senior ringside doctor, misdiagnosed a staph infection on his lower back. However, the doctor denies the claims and sued CM Punk for defamation and invasion of privacy. Surprisingly, WWE came out in support of the doctor. They released a video of Punk’s latest fight, zooming on his back where he alleged the infected lump was. WWE also issued a statement saying, “CM Punk did not discuss this alleged condition with WWE’s team of physicians and trainers, nor did he discuss it with anyone in our Talent Relations department.” They also said that they had no written medical records in support of Punk’s staph infection.
5 His Impressive Championship Titles
Punk has amassed an impressive collection of titles throughout his career. Starting out in the independent circuit, he is a five-time IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion and a two-time IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Champion. He is a three-time holder of the World Heavyweight Championship title, a two-time holder of the WWE Championship title, and a one-time holder of the ECW World Championship title. He is also a one-time holder of the WWE Intercontinental Championship title, a one-time holder of the OVW Heavyweight Championship title, a one-time holder of the NWA Revolution Heavyweight Championship title and the Nineteenth Triple Crown Champion. He has also won Money in the Bank ladder match twice, in 2008 and 2009.
4 He Is Worth $7.5 Million
Over his wrestling career, CM Punk has amassed a networth of $7.5 million. With that kind of money, you can purchase 10 Rolls Royce Phantoms and still have change for fuel. He is WWE’s longest-reigning WWE Champion in recent times and is classified as the sixth longest reigning WWE Champion of all time. He has worked for the Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, Extreme Championship Wrestling, Ring of Honor, World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He also lives lavishly in a $2,150,000 house in Chicago. The house has a two-story living room, bathrooms with heated floors, a wine cellar, and a three-car garage.
3 He Started Using the Name CM Punk A Long Time Ago
CM Punk started using this ring name back when he wrestled for the Lunatic Wrestling Federation. When asked what the CM stands for, CM Punk has jokingly replied with several answers. Some of them include Charles Manson, Cookie Master, Chuck Mosely, Chicago Made, Crooked Moonsault and Charles Montgomery. However, in a serious interview with IGN, the wrestler stated that his name originally stood for Chick Magnet. He was hurriedly put into a tag team because one member failed to show up. He was then given the name Chick Magnet. He tried to get rid of it multiple times but the name just stuck. He decided to shorten it to CM.
2 He Has Over 20 Signature Moves
CM Punk’s dramatic moves in the ring include over 20 signature moves. These moves include the Pepsi twist, the tiger suplex, the Mongolian chop, the arm trap elbow strike, the hangman's neckbreaker, the slingshot somersault senton, the rope hung arm trap can opener, the swinging neckbreaker, and the diving elbow drop. He is also equipped with multiple kick variations including the step-up enzuigiri, the leg lariat, the spinning back, the calf, the Muay Thai and the soccerball. Other signature moves associated with Punk include the arm trap swinging neckbreaker, the belly-to-back suplex, the double underhook powerbomb and the step-up high knee. His two main finishers are the Anaconca Vise and the GTS.
1 He Is Actually “Straight Edge”
During his time at WWE, CM Punk formed a villainous alliance known as The Straight Edge Society. Members of his group were to refrain from smoking, drinking, or taking drugs. New entrants into the group were forced to shave their hair as a sign of new beginning. The group denounced any WWE wrestler who engaged in smoking, drinking, or drug use. Outside WWE, there is a subculture known as Straight Edge. Members of this group completely desist from using alcohol, tobacco, and other recreational drugs. In his actual life, CM Punk follows the Straight Edge lifestyle. Punk is also a pescetarian meaning that he doesn’t consume meat from animals.