• Height: 6 foot 1
• Weight: 222 pounds
• From: Chicago
• Signature Move: G.T.S. (Go to Sleep); Koji Clutch; Anaconda Vise
• Career Highlights: WWE Champion; World Heavyweight Champion; ECW Champion; World Tag Team Champion; Intercontinental Champion; Raw commentator
Luck is for losers, at least according to CM Punk. Even though his arm is literally tattooed with good-luck charms, Punk believes you make your own good fortune through hard work and intense preparation.
Growing up in Chicago, the Superstar’s childhood consisted of watching the likes of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Jimmy Snuka exchange words, then blows. Such heated rivalries helped Punk realize that WWE was where he belonged. Adopting the “Straight Edge” movement — in which one bases their life around personal development, and avoids drugs, alcohol and a dependency lifestyle — Punk has brought his own style to WWE.
Punk’s in-ring repertoire is an assimilation of fighting styles he has learned from his travels around the world. In his WWE pay-per-view debut as a part of Team DX at Survivor Series 2006, Punk brought down the house in Philadelphia where fans showed their respect for his talents.
After becoming the only multiple-time Straight Edge World Champion in WWE history, Punk set out to convert his fellow Superstars as well as members of the WWE Universe to his way of thinking. Through his use of persuasive arguments and keen intellect, “The Second City Savior” has acquired a devout following both in and out of the squared circle.
Punk would later use his silver tongue to target his superiors in the hope of inspiring change in WWE as the self-appointed “voice of the voiceless” shortly before his monumental first WWE Championship victory over John Cena on July 17, 2011 — the final night of his contract. After the bell, Mr. McMahon watched helplessly as The Straight Edge Superstar vanished through the Chicago crowd with the coveted title as Punk’s hometown fans passionately chanted his name.
When a re-signed Punk returned on Raw to WWE with his title to confront the newly crowned WWE Champion, Cena, it would mark the first time in the championship’s rich history that two Superstars held claim to the WWE Title simultaneously. Punk’s re-emergence as WWE Champion was controversial but, then again, Punk has always thrived on controversy.
Whether a sole champion of his cause or flanked by supporters, verbally – from the commentary booth – or by force in the ring, CM Punk continues to preach from his self-appointed pulpit at the epicenter of the WWE Universe.