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
9 His Favorite Comic Is Preacher
8 His Bffs Include Colt Cabana and Cliff Compton
7 He Has Been Romantically Linked To Many Professional Wrestlers
6 WWE Doesn’t Support Him on His Staph Infection Defamation Lawsuit
5 His Impressive Championship Titles
4 He Is Worth $7.5 Million
3 He Started Using the Name CM Punk A Long Time Ago
2 He Has Over 20 Signature Moves
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.
Sources: sportskeeda.com, buzzfeed.com, pastemagazine.com
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