Circa October 2003, Punk was hired as the first head trainer of the Ring of Honor wrestling school, having previously been a trainer for the Steel Domain and Primetime Wrestling.
Shortly before a TNA show on February 25, 2004, Punk had a physical scuffle with Teddy Hart outside of a restaurant that was broken up by Sabu.
He first started using the ring name CM Punk when he was put into a tag team named the Chick Magnets with CM Venom after another performer skipped out on the card.
Please help us improve our content by removing questions that are essentially the same and merging them into this question.Phillip Jack "Phil" Brooks (October 26, 1978), better known by his ring name CM Punk, is an American mixed martial artist and former professional wrestler. He was titled in the company as "the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the modern era", having held the title for 434 days from November 20, 2011 to January 27, 2013.From February 2003 until May 2004, Punk refused to wrestle for IWA: Mid-South, because he claims that this was in protest to Ian Rotten's mistreatment of Chris Hero in the company.Hero, however, has stated he believes there were other reasons, and Rotten's treatment of him was just an excuse by Punk to stop working for the company.Between WWE and Ring of Honor (where he is a two-time World Tag Team Champion), Punk has won a total of 11 championships.
He was also the winner of the 20 Money in the Bank ladder matches (the only wrestler to win the match twice in a row), and was the 2011 Superstar of the Year Slammy Award winner.
Following his retirement from professional wrestling, Punk had signed with a deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and began to pursue a career in mixed martial arts.
Punk's first venture into wrestling was a stint in a backyard wrestling federation called the Lunatic Wrestling Federation with his friends and brother Mike Brooks in the mid-late 1990s.
Punk's reign is the longest during the time it was called 'WWE Championship' while Hogan's is the longest during the time it was called 'WWF Championship' (narrowly eclipsing Backlund's second reign).
Sammartino's reign occurred when it was called 'NWA Championship' and his second reign made him the longest-reigning in the 'WWWF Championship' as well (narrowly eclipsing Morales).
On June 24, 2006, Punk made his WWE television debut, performing in ECW, which was then a branch of WWE.