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.
Punk initially came to prominence through his career on the professional wrestling independent circuit, primarily as a member of the ROH roster.
As part of the training, he wrestled at Steel Domain Wrestling in St. It was in the Steel Domain that he met Scott Colton, who soon adopted the stage name Colt Cabana.
Punk and Cabana became best friends and spent most of their early career together working in the same independent circuit promotions, as opponents or allies.
He is the fifth longest-reigning champion in the title's history, after Bruno Sammartino & Bob Backlund (who had over 2000) and Hulk Hogan & Pedro Morales (who had over 1000).
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).
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.
When the promotion started taking off, doing spot shows out of a warehouse in Mokena, Illinois, Punk found out that his brother Mike had embezzled thousands of dollars from the small company, causing them to become estranged. He soon left the federation and enrolled as a student at the "Steel Dominion" wrestling school in Chicago, where he was trained by Ace Steel, Danny Dominion and Kevin Quinn to become a professional wrestler.
Throughout his career, Punk has consistently used the gimmick of being an outspoken, sharp-tongued, and straight edge iconoclast.
Punk's straight edge principles when in character are based on his actual way of life out of character.
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.
Punk is officially recognized as having the sixth-longest championship reign of all time.