CM Punk: The Straight Edge Superstar's Career

Patrick GreenCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 07:  Wrestler CM Punk arrives at the 1st Annual Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards at the Club Nokia on April 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

A young boy named Phillip Jack Brooks dreamed of becoming a wrestler, not just a wrestler, but a world champion. And that is exactly what he did.

Anyway, CM Punk started his career as a stint in a backyard wrestling league called (Lunatic Wrestling Federation). While there, he became a tag team champion with his partner Venom, and that is when he first used the name CM Punk.

Venom didn't show up a lot, unlike his friend CM Punk wanted to be a wrestler and saw wrestling as fun. When the promotion started to get noticed, Punk found out that his brother had been making thousands of dollars from LWF.

He left the promotion, soon after that, and enrolled in a school called Steel Dominion Wrestling school in Chicago. There, he was trained by Ace Steel. As apart of Ace Steel's training he wrestled there too. And there he met his best friend in the world: Colt Cabana AKA Scotty Goldman.

They spent most of there early careers at the same promotions. He also, along with meeting Colt Cabana, he met Chuck E. Smooth, Adam Pearce, and manager Dave Prazak. They formed a group in a independent promotion called Gold Bond Mafia.

Punk's home promotion for his early career was called IWA: Mid-South. There he had feuds with friend Colt Cabana and Chris Hero. He became IWA Mid South Light Heavyweight Champion twice, and a World Champion five times.

Punk beat stars like AJ Styles and once Eddie Guerrero for the World championship.

CM Punk's phenomenal matches with Colt Cabana lead him to a contract deal with ROH. From 2003 to 2004, CM Punk refused to wrestle for IWA: Mid-South, he claimed that he was protesting of Ian Rotten mistreating Chris Hero.

Eventually he returned to the company as a wrestler and a commentator, he stayed there until 2005 until he signed a contract deal with WWE.

Initially Punk joined Ring Of Honor as a fan favorite. But he quickly became a villain and feuded with Raven. At the same time he worked for TNA.

Soon he became better and more talented in ROH and won the tag team titles twice with his long-time friend Colt Cabana.

Shortly before a TNA show a fight broke out between CM Punk and Teddy Hart. It was broken up by Sabu. The fight leaked out to computers.

This led to Hart performed three unplanned spots putting other wrestlers in danger of getting hurt. Around the same as the fight, Punk and Julio Dinero stopped appearing on TNA shows.

CM Punk later said he and Dinero stopped showing up because Dinero stopped showing up on TNA Pay Per Views.

Punk officially quit TNA in 2004 during the Rob Feinstein controversy, after having a dispute with TNA offices, Punk's ability to compete in ROH following a TNA order that there contracted wrestlers were no longer to wrestle in ROH.

In ROH, CM Punk faced off against the then champion Samoa Joe in a best of three series. The first match went to a 60- minute draw, the second match went to another 60-minute draw (This match was voted a 5 star match, and it was the first 5 star matchup in seven years), and the third Joe won to end a terrific series.

In June 2005, Punk accepted a deal with World Wrestling Entertainment, after a try out match against Val Venis on Sunday Night Heat.

Even though he accepted the deal, Punk went on to win the ROH World title by defeating Austin Aries. Immediately after the match, CM Punk became a villain and started a storyline where he threatened to bring the ROH world title with him to WWE.

For weeks Punk teased the ROH locker Room and fans as well as mocking the ROH world title that he possessed, going so far as to sign his WWE contract on the ROH belt.

During the storyline, Mick Foley made several appearences in ROH to try to convince him to defend his title.

On Aug. 12, 2005, he lost his title to James Gibson (Jamie Noble) in a four-corner Elimination match in Dayton, Ohio.

In 2005, CM Punk was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling, a WWE development territory. In his OVW debut, Punk suffered a ruptured eardrum and a broken nose after Danny Inferno hit him with a stiff right hand. Despite his injury, he quickly recovered.

On Nov. 9, 2005, Punk became OVW Television Champion after defeating Ken Doane. He then feuded with Brent Albright, losing the title to him later on.

During his time in OVW, Punk had minor appearance on Wrestlemania 22, riding in one of the 1930's gangster cars to the ring before John Cena's entrance.

After Matt Cappotelli vacated the OVW Television Championship because of a brain tumor, a tournament was held, and in the finals it was Brent Albright vs. CM Punk. The winner was Brent Albright.

Punk and Albright continued their feud, with Albright became more unstable and paranoid about maintaining his championship after several close-call matches with CM Punk, resulting in a act where Brent threaten Maria.

On May 3, 2006, Punk finally beat Brent Albright for the title in a strap match. As a champion he defended his title against Shad Gaspard, Mr. Kennedy, Johnny Jeter, and The Miz.

Punk won more gold in OVW including the tag team champions with partner Seth Skyfire.

Eventually they lost the title against former World Tag team Champions Deuce and Domino. Soon he was brought up to WWE and that is a whole another chapter for CM Punk.

On June 24, 2006, Punk made his ECW debut by defeating Stevie Richards on a house show. He made his TV debut on July 4when he cut a promo about the straight edge lifestyle. He made his TV wrestling debut on Aug. 1, 2006, by defeating Justin Credible.

CM Punk established himself, going undefeated. Soon Punk had his first feud in WWE with Mike Knox and his girlfriend Kelly Kelly, and she said that she had feelings for CM Punk.

Punk defeated Mike Knox and qualified to be in a Elimination Chamber. Kelly Kelly eventually became Punk's girlfriend in the storyline.

Punk then teamed up in his first WWE PPV which was at Survivor Series, where he teamed up with DX and The Hardyz. They won by eliminating every single one of their opponents, including Mike Knox.

Punk then particapated in the Elimination Chamber match that he qualified for, but was the first one eliminated.

Punk had a six-month undefeated streak. At this time, he feuded with Hardcore Holly and Matt Striker. Punk qualified to be in his first Wrestlemania match, it was the MITB ladder match. He did not win this one, though.

Punk made appearances on Raw and Smackdown; there he defeated former World Champion Booker T and Kenny Dykstra.

He turned into a villain in 2007 and joined the New Breed but eventually turned on them and joined the ECW Originals.

Bobby Lashley the ECW Champion, was drafted to Raw so he couldn't keep the ECW title. So a tournament was held to crown the new ECW Champion. Punk and Benoit were the two finalists of the tournament, but due to Chris Benoit incident, Johnny Nitro took his place.

Nitro defeated Punk at Vengeance 2007 for the ECW championship, they had a long feud for the ECW championship, but Morrison defeated Punk once again to retain the title.

On Sept. 1, 2007, in his last-chance opportunity for Punk to beat Morrison for the title. Punk won and had successful title defenses, including wins over Elijah Burke, Big Daddy V, and The Miz.

On January 22, 2008  he lost his title in a no-disqualification match against Chavo Guerrero when Edge intervened.

At Wrestlemania 24, CM Punk won the Money In The Bank Ladder Match. On June 23, 2008, Punk was drafted to Raw. The following week, he cashed it on Edge after Batista had just kicked Edge's ass. Punk won the World Heavyweight championship.

The win would give him the Oh My god moment of the year slammy award.

Punk held the title until Unforgiven, where he was supposed to compete in a World Championship Scramble, but he was brutally attacked by Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, Manu, and Randy Orton.

So he was not able to compete in the Scramble match. And Chris Jericho took his place, and went on to win the World Heavyweight championship.

He received a rematch against Chris Jericho Sept. 17 but failed to defeat Jericho in a steel cage match. On Oct. 27, CM Punk and Kofi Kingston became the World tag team champions together by defeating Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase.

Eventually they lost their titles, but then CM Punk was entered in an Intercontinental championship tournament. He went on to win it, by winning an outstanding match against Rey Mysterio.

He had a long feud with William Regal for the Intercontinental Championship, until he finally retained the title, but Punk soon lost the title to John Bradshaw Layfeild. 

Punk then defeated John Morrison and The Miz in a Triple Threat Match to qualify for Money In The Bank Ladder Match, and he went on to win the briefcase a second time.

On April 13, 2009, he was drafted to Smackdown. There he received surprise attacks from Umaga. They had a brief rivalry until Umaga was released from his contract.

At Extreme Rules Jeff Hardy faced Edge in a brutal Ladder Match. Jeff Hardy won, but right after that CM Punk cashed in his MITB on him and won the World Heavyweight Championship for the second time.

At The Bash Jeff Hardy faced CM Punk for his title. Punk disqualified himself. He became a heel oever this period of time. By cutting promos about how drugs are bad, and that Jeff Hardy is a bad influence on your kids.

At Night Of Champions Jeff Hardy defeated CM Punk for the title. But at Summerslam CM Punk regained the title in a TLC match. But in the end, Punk received a chokeslam from the Undertaker.

The following week on Smackdown, CM Punk faced Jeff Hardy in a steel cage match in which the loser leaves WWE. The winner was crowned the new or still World Heavyweight Champion. CM Punk won the match and Jeff Hardy left the WWE for good.

There is plenty more to come from the straight edge superstar, but were just going to have to wait and find out. I hope you enjoyed my article. Please comment.


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