CM Punk

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CM Punk is a Chicago native professional wrestler. He is best known for his time in WWE.

26 Oct, 1978

CM Punk born in Chicago

Birth

Punk is born in Chicago, Illinois. Punk grows up in the area as an active fan of rock music, comic books and the Chicago Cubs. Both of his parents struggle with substance abuse through his early life.

I grew up with an alcoholic father. He never beat me, he never raised a hand against my mother or anything like that, but I’d seen enough stupid and ridiculous things between that, my mother and her prescription pills, and just hanging out with an older crowd when I was a kid, that I didn’t understand a lot of the fun to what partying was, so I just never did it. I didn’t understand waking up next to somebody you don’t remember going to bed with; I didn’t understand getting, you know, blackout drunk and not remembering the good times you have with your buddies; and I feel so strongly about it that I’ve just always been this way—it just made sense.

10 Jan, 1995

Founds Lunatic Wrestling Federation

Punk starts a small promotion with many other untrained friends that starts in his backyard. Lunatic Wrestling soon begins running shows out of Warehouses and charging for tickets. Punk’s longtime friend, Larry Statkus, recalls:

I think at that point it was our biggest attendance and it was like, Wow, this is it. You look out there and there’s like 1,000 people. I was just blown away by what we had done because we had literally started in the backyard.

15 Sep, 1998

Lunatic Wrestling Federation shuts down

Punk closes Lunatic Wrestling Federation after discovering his brother has embezzled thousands of dollars from the small company. He cuts off contact with his brother and decides to pursue a more professional environment.

I think I have always had to outsource for support or anything I want to do. The people who were willing to accept me with open arms weren’t blood related to me. To me, that’s what family is. Family supports you. So like my Mom, my Dad, my brother – the only thing my brother ever did to me was steal a (crap) load of money from me.

1 Nov, 1998

Begins wrestling training

Punk discovers the Steel Domain wrestling school, run by Ace Steel and Danny Dominion and begins his training for professional wrestling.

Thanks to the Internet, I wound up finding out about the Steel Domain Wrestling School [in Chicago]. After that, it’s a lot like the Mob. When you talk to anyone who is in wrestling, they’re very guarded about how you actually get into the business.

1 Sep, 2000

Begins work with IWA: Mid-South

Punk begins working for IWA: Mid-South as an in-ring performer. This federation is considered his home, although indy wrestlers are free to work anywhere, in his early career.

I think it was September of 2000. My debut match was against Colt Cabana, he had been there about a week or two before I arrived. It was Dave Prazak that recommended Colt and I to Ian. Ian had been looking for guys that could do straight out wrestling. Looking back it wasnt a great match but after I worked Cabana it blew Ians socks off. He said he couldnt afford to pay me a lot but I would have an open invitation if I was free to come down and work. I really learned to wrestle in IWA by working guys with many different styles and I still have that open invite to this day. In MAW I learned to cut heel promos and how to work the crowd. I owe Ian a lot because when you’re first starting out you don’t get offered lots of bookings.

21 Sep, 2002

Ring of Honor debut

TV Appearance

Punk debuts for Ring of Honor. He cuts an in-ring promo and claims he is shocked that the crowd recognizes him.

I got a phone call while I was out with my head injury. The first thing Gabe asked me was how my head was, which was rally cool. Then he asked me if I would be ready to work in November and I told him no problem. I got myself and Cabana in the group. We were working the 3PW show on I think September 21st and we walked across the street to the MurphyRecreation Center where ROH runs and they asked me to do an in-ring promo. I went out there and was surprised at the reaction as the fans knew who Cabana and I were.

6 Nov, 2003

Joins TNA

Hired

Punk begins appearing for TNA Wrestling on their weekly pay-per-view events. He appears as part of the faction “The Gathering”.

I got into NWA:TNA through an old friend from Minnesota, Mortimer Plumtree. After my concussion and head fracture I was in Philly traveling with my good friends Josh Prohibition and M-Dog 20. Ace called me and told me to come home; we were going to be on the PPV. We got there and saw on the booking sheet we were going to be a tag team that was going over and getting into the battle royal. Like lots of times in this business, dont count your chickens till they hatched.

18 Mar, 2004

Leaves TNA

Quits Job

Punk leaves TNA when the company ends their talent sharing agreement with Ring of Honor. Punk, wishing to still compete in ROH, severs ties with the company entirely to continue working with ROH.

9 May, 2005

Signs with WWE

Hired

Punk competes in a try-out match on WWE Sunday Night Heat. He is later offered a developmental deal with WWE to begin training in their OVW territory which he accepts.

18 Jun, 2005

Punk vs Aries – ROH title

Punk defeats Aries in singles competition at Death Before Dishonor to become the Ring of Honor World Heavyweight Champion. The match ends when Punk delivers a Pepsi Plunge and picks up the pinfall. Punk announces that he has signed with WWE and begins threatening to take the ROH championship to WWE with him.

11 Feb, 2006

Final Ring of Honor appearance

Punk makes his final appearance for Ring of Honor. Punk is not obligated to appear beforehand, as he’d wrestled his final scheduled match months earlier. When TNA prevents multiple wrestlers from travelling to appear at the Undisputed II event due to a snowstorm, Punk agrees to make a special appearance to fill in.

24 Jun, 2006

Called up to main roster

Punk is called up from developmental to join WWE’s main roster as part of the ECW brand. Heyman comments on bringing Punk to the brand:

They never wanted CM Punk to begin with. When I was in Louisville, doing WWE Developmental, they sent CM Punk down to me so I could fire him. Every week I would send memos to guys who were in charge of the Raw and SmackDown rosters saying: ‘You have a main eventer down here; someone scoop him up’ and no one would take him for a year—to the point when we launched ECW in WWE, I brought him with me because no one else on Raw and SmackDown even wanted him.

23 Jun, 2008

Drafted to RAW

Punk is drafted from the ECW brand to begin appearing on WWE’s flagship program, Monday Night RAW as part of WWE’s 2008 draft pick lottery.

28 Mar, 2010

Wrestlemania 26

Wrestlemania 26 is held at The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The event features Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes vs Ted DiBiase, Triple H vs Sheamus, Rey Mysterio vs CM Punk, Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon, Chris Jericho vs Edge, John Cena vs Batista and The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels in a retirement match.

WWE WrestleMania 26 2010 Highlights

3 Apr, 2011

Wrestlemania 27

Wrestlemania 27 is held at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia. The event is hosted by The Rock and features Sheamus vs Daniel Bryan, The Undertaker vs Triple H, Cody Rhodes vs Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton vs CM Punk, John Morrison, Trish Stratus and Snooki vs LayCool and Dolph Ziggler and The Miz vs John Cena.

WWE Wrestlemania 27 Highlights

16 Apr, 2012

Punk vs Henry – WWE title

Wins Sport Event

Punk defeats Henry in singles competition, contested under no disqualification rules, on Monday Night RAW to retain the WWE Championship. Punk picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a top rope elbow drop with a chair at thirteen minutes and ten seconds.

20 Jun, 2012

The Art of Wrestling interview

Interview

Punk takes over as host of the podcast to interview regular host, Cabana. The pair discuss wrestling , Chicago and the podcast’s 100th episode.

Colt interviews me something like, two years ago. I approached him and said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if for the 100th episode I interview you?” And I’ve known Colt the longest in this crazy world of wrestling so, who better to do it?

15 Jul, 2012

Punk vs Bryan – WWE title

Wins Sport Event

Punk defeats Bryan in a singles bout contested under no disqualification rules at Money in the Bank to retain the WWE Championship. Punk picks up the pinfall victory after delivering a German suplex through a table at twenty-seven minutes and fifty-five seconds.

19 Aug, 2012

Punk vs Cena vs Show – WWE title

Wins Sport Event

Punk retains the WWE Championship at Summerslam by defeating Cena and Big Show in triple threat action. The match ends and is restarted due to Big Show submitting when both men had him on a hold. Punk ultimately picks up the pinfall victory over Show at fourteen minutes and twenty-five seconds.

16 Sep, 2012

Punk vs Cena – WWE title

Wins Sport Event

Punk retains the WWE Championship by fighting Cena to a draw at Night of Champions. Both men’s shoulders are on the ground as the referee counts the pin, thus ending the bout in a double pinfall at twenty-six minutes and fifty-five seconds.

3 Apr, 2013

Ashbury Park Press interview

Interview

Punk talks to Ashbury Park Press about using Paul Bearer’s death in his storyline with The Undertaker.

Everything is designed to push people’s buttons – so it’s unfortunate that Percy had to die for him to be a part of this story – but trust me, he would have loved it, he really would have loved it.

5 Apr, 2013

Marvel.com interview

Interview

Punk talks to Marvel.com about wrestling The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29.

Well yeah, I mean a match against the Undertaker any other day of the year is still a big deal but not as big of a deal when you’ve got the opportunity to do that nobody’s been able to do for over 20 years this week at WrestleMania.

29 Jul, 2013

CBS Chicago interview

Interview

Punk talks to CBS Chicago about Brock Lesnar and Vince McMahon.

There are a lot of people back there who say me and Brock are very very similar. Unapproachable, bad attitude. A kind of cloud hanging over our heads. But to me, he’s a sweetheart. I have no bad stories about Brock, yet.

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