Wrestling By The Numbers: Phillip ‘C.M. Punk’ Brooks
World Wrestling Entertainment has parted ways with top level main event superstar Phillip ‘C.M. Punk’ Brooks. The 35-year-old Chicago Illinois native had spent the last 9-years with the WWE after having been signed to a developmental contract back in September 2005. Brooks first debuted with Ohio Valley Wrestling where he had a highly successful 1-year stint becoming the second person in history to be a OVW Triple Crown Champion. He made his WWE television debut with the ECW Brand in June 2006 and defeated John Morrison to win the ECW Championship 14-months later. After winning Money In The Bank at Wrestlemania XXIV and forming the Straight Edge Society with Luke Gallows and Serena, his stock within the organization started a steep rise. Brooks’ exceptional sharp tongued promo ability and his respected technical in-ring skills quickly made him a fan favorite of the WWE Universe. He became the 19th WWE Triple Crown Champion and went on to have legendary feuds with the likes of John Cena, The Undertaker and Jeff Hardy.
From late 2011 until early 2013 Phillip Brooks’ 434 day reign as WWE Champion was one the longest in recent history and 6th longest reign of all-time. His match against John Cena at the 2011 Money In The Bank pay-per-view from Chicago is considered one of the greatest main event contests in WWE history. Brooks had refused to fulfill the last 6-months of his contract as he remained at home since leaving a WWE Raw taping on January 27th. He has remained mostly out of the public eye since his split with the WWE which was reportedly over frustrations with both creative direction and talent compensation. The 2014 Royal Rumble Match ended up being his final with the WWE as his contract with the organization officially expired on July 15th.
Phillip Brooks is a 15-year veteran of the squared circle who first debuted in professional wrestling in 1999 after having been trained at the Steel Dominion Wrestling School by trainers Ace Steel, Danny Dominion and Kevin Quinn. Prior to formal training he had competed in backyard wrestling for a company called the Lunatic Wrestling Federation which he promoted with his real life brother Mike Brooks. He first made a name for himself competing as C.M. Punk with IWA: Mid-South where he competed in memorable matches against the likes of Colt Cabana, Delirious, Chris Hero and A.J. Styles. Brooks joined Ring Of Honor in 2002 and over the next 3-years went on to become a former 1-Time ROH Champion and 2-Time ROH Tag-Team Champion with Colt Cabana. His feuds with both Raven and Samoa Joe helped establish and carry the company and resulted in many classic matches. In late 2003 Brooks also had a short stint with TNA Wrestling which ended in early 2004 after TNA and ROH stopped exchanging talent for shows. Since leaving the WWE Brooks has referred to himself as a retired wrestler and has expressed no interest in continuing his in-ring career.
Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Phillip ‘C.M. Punk’ Brooks by the numbers…
World Wrestling Entertainment:
* 82 Matches ( 13th Most All-Time ) on WWE Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 2006 Survivor Series With Triple H., Shawn Michaels, Jeff Hardy & Matt Hardy Vs Randy Orton, Edge, Gregory Helms, Johnny Nitro & Mike Knox Last Match: 2014 Royal Rumble In The 30-Man Royal Rumble Match)
* 23 Main Event Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Event As A Commentator on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 161 Matches ( 24th Most All-Time ) on WWE Raw. (First Match: March 26th 2007 Vs Kenny Dykstra Last Match: January 20th 2014 Vs Billy Gunn)
* 57 Main Event Matches on WWE Raw.
* 98 Matches on WWE Smackdown.
* 38 Main Event Matches on WWE Smackdown.
* 6 Matches ( 4th Most All-Time ) on WWE Tribute To The Troops. (First Match: December 25th 2006 Vs Shelton Benjamin Last Match: December 28th 2013 With John Cena & Daniel Bryan Vs Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan & Luke Harper)
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE Tribute To The Troops.
* 5 Matches on WWE Superstars.
* 3 Main Event Matches on WWE Superstars.
* 1 Match on WWE Main Event.
* 1 Match on WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event.
* 90 Matches ( 2nd Most All-Time ) on WWE ECW On Syfy. (First Match: August 1st 2006 Vs Justin Credible Last Match: January 12th 2010 Vs Ezekiel Jackson, Kane, Matt Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, Evan Bourne, Yoshi Tatsu & Vance Archer)
* 42 Main Event Matches ( 2nd Most All-Time ) on WWE ECW On Syfy. (First Main Event Match: July 24th 2007 With Tommy Dreamer Vs John Morrison & Elijah Burke Last Main Event Match: January 12th 2010 Vs Ezekiel Jackson, Kane, Matt Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, Evan Bourne, Yoshi Tatsu & Vance Archer)
* 2 Matches on WWE Heat.
* 2 Matches on WWE NXT Wrestling.
* 39 Matches on WWE Ohio Valley Wrestling Television.
* 21 Main Event Matches on WWE Ohio Valley Wrestling Television.
* 23 Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 3 Main Event Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 4 Matches on TNA Xplosion.
* 1 Main Event Match on TNA Xplosion.
Ring Of Honor Wrestling:
* 75 Matches on ROH Home Video Releases.
* 23 Main Event Matches on ROH Home Video Releases.
Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE:
* 3 Matches on ZERO-ONE Fire Festival.
* 1 Match on ZERO-ONE World In Nagoya.