Phillip Jack Brooks, better known by his ring name “C.M. Punk,” was born on October 26, 1978. He is a professional wrestler, sports commentator, actor, and retired mixed martial artist from Chicago, United States. He is well known for his time in W.W.E., and more recently as an All Elite Wrestling fighter and Cage Fury Fighting Championships commentator. Let’s celebrate his birthday right here.
Phillip Jack Brooks, known professionally as C.M. Punk, is an American professional wrestler, sports commentator, actor, and retired mixed martial artist born in Chicago. He is the son of a housewife and an engineer and grew up in Lockport where he attended Lockport Township High School. Brooks began wrestling when he joined the Lunatic Wrestling Federation, which is a “backyard wrestling” ring. He then started his professional wrestling career in 1999 on the independent circuit, mainly with Ring of Honor (R.O.H.), winning the R.O.H. World Championship once.
In 2005, he signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (W.W.E.) and won the W.W.E. Championship twice. He has also won several other championships, including the World Heavyweight Championship three times, as well as the Intercontinental Championship, and the E.C.W. World Heavyweight Championship. In 2011 and 2012, Brooks was voted “Wrestler of the Year” by the readers of “Pro Wrestling Illustrated.” In 2014, he left W.W.E. and decided to retire from professional wrestling.
After retiring from professional wrestling, Brooks sought a profession as a mixed martial artist, and he signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (U.F.C.). In 2019, he made an appearance on the Fox Sports 1 program “W.W.E. Backstage,” where he subsequently became a full-time commentator. In 2021, Brooks announced his comeback into wrestling and signed to All Elite Wrestling (A.E.W.). Other than wrestling, Brooks has also starred in several films and television productions, including the horror movies “Girl on the Third Floor” and “Rabid”, as well as the shows “Heels” and “Mayans M.C.” In his personal life, Brooks married fellow pro wrestler A.J. Mendez, and they are still happily together.
He begins his career on the independent circuit with Ring of Honor.
Brooks signs with World Wrestling Entertainment (W.W.E.)
He is voted “Wrestler Of The Year” by the readers of “Pro Wrestling Illustrated.”
He retires from wrestling and becomes a mixed martial artist as well as a commentator.
He announces he is out of retirement and signs with All Elite Wrestling (A.E.W.).
Why We Love CM Punk
He is straight edge
Growing up, Brooks’ father was an alcoholic and his mother suffered from bipolar disorder, steering Brooks into the ‘straight edge’ lifestyle, in which you refrain from drugs and alcohol. We think this is very admirable, especially in the entertainment industry.
He is super talented
Not only can he wrestle, act, play an instrument, and more; but he can also write. He has written and co-written comics for “Marvel,” including Marvel Comics' "Drax" in an ongoing series.
He is charitable
Brooks has been very charitable with his time, often showing up for wishes made by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Kids Wish Network. We love this!
5 Surprising Facts
He has made history
His 434-day reign as W.W.E. Champion stands as the sixth-longest in the championship's history.
He has won an award
Brooks has won the “Superstar of the Year” award from the Slammy Awards.
His nickname “C.M. Punk”
His moniker “C.M. Punk” stands for Chick Magnet Punk.
He was part of John Cena’s entrance
Brooks was part of John Cena’s entrance entourage as an old-school gangster before making it big himself.
He can play an instrument
He has an ear for music and can play the saxophone — pretty impressive!
CM Punk FAQs
Does C.M. Punk have children?
He and his wife A.J. Mendez do not have children.
Does C.M. Punk have a brother?
Yes, his name is Mike Brooks.
Why did C.M. Punk leave W.W.E?
He left due to burnout and loss of passion.
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