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Phil Brooks (born October 26, 1978 in Chigaco, Illinois) is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name, CM Punk. Currently performing for World Wrestling Entertainment, Punk is well know from his time in Ring of Honor, as well as it’s sister promotion Full Impact Pro.
On September 21, 2002, Ring of Honor held a show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The show was to feature a one night tournament to crown the first ROH Tag Team Champions, but several wrestlers missed the event, causing the plan for the intended show to be “thrown out the window”, and instead became Unscripted. CM Punk and Colt Cabana, both of whom were scheduled to wrestle in ROH later year, were wrestling at another show across town, and afterwards went to the ROH show to see what it was like. ROH officials asked the two to go out and cut a promo. Punk went out and hyped his upcoming debut, while Cabana, who came out a little later, interrupted him demanding to know “why he wasn’t booked to wrestle in ROH”, yet Punk was. Punk then challenged him to a match on December 7.
Punk would make his in-ring debut two months later at All-Star Extravaganza. He competed in a gauntlet match for the Number One Contender’s Trophy, but was eliminated in the first match when Michael Shane pinned him while holding on to the ropes. The following month, Punk had his first match against Colt Cabana in ROH, with Cabana winning following a Colt 45. After the match, Gary Michael Capetta announced that the two would meet in a rematch later that month, with the winner receiving an ROH contract and thus will be flown to all future shows. Punk said that if he won, he would sell the ticket so that they could drive to the shows and both wrestle for ROH; however, Cabana said that he hated driving, so when he won he was going to take the ticket. At Final Battle 2002, Punk defeated Cabana to win the contract.
At Revenge of the Prophecy
, ROH’s first show of 2003, CM Punk defeated Michael Shane
in a rematch from All-Star Extravaganza
. The following month at the One Year Anniversary Show
, CW Anderson
issued an open challenge to any wrestler. Punk accepted and defeated Anderson in his third straight singles match. After the show, Punk cut a promo directed at Raven
, who was scheduled to debut for ROH in March. Punk, who is straightedge and doesn’t believe in drinking or doing drugs, said they he respects every wrestler in ROH locker, yet he doesn’t respect Raven, who had a well documented history with drugs and alcohol. (more...)