CM PunkPhillip Jack "Phil" Brooks
- Birthdate: 8/26/1978 (age 36)
- Height: 6'1"
- Weight: 200 lbs
CM Punk ProfilesPhillip Jack Brooks was born on...
What Former WWE Superstar He Wishes He Could Have Wrestled: "I wish I could have been in the ring with Shawn Michaels. I tagged with him a lot, but I never got to actually wrestle with him which sucked. Shawn -- he's close to here, right? In San Antonio? Right, well, Shawn needs to come out of retirement so I have something to do. I get bored, you know? Oh, and that other guy Steve Austin. Whatever his deal is."
Dream Matches He Wishes He Could Have Seen: "I don't know, I mean, I'm a wrestling fan. I like all sorts of stuff. My fandom doesn't just exist within the WWE Universe. I know it's happened a lot but I would have liked to have seen it in person, a Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Harley Race match or something like that. You can do fantasy warfare where you take someone like Harley in their prime vs. a Samoa Joe in his prime. I think that would be pretty cool. There's a billion -- I mean, selfishly, I would say me vs. Shawn Michaels or that other guy Steve Austin, whatever his deal is. [Laughs.] But, that's a good question. I'll probably be thinking about that all night now. Thank you."
If A Weak Tag Team Division Hurts Young Talent: "Does it hurt them? Maybe. Tag team wrestling used to be an attraction just because it was something different. That is the biggest way you learn in this business. When I had Serena with me -- actually, we'll use AJ as an example. AJ wants to have her gear on and she wants to be in the ring every day. And that'll come, I mean, she's like 16-years-old or whatever she is. I tell her all the time, number one, this isn't going to last forever but she's got a good head on her shoulders. I think she's got a pretty bright future. So, the stuff she's doing now or the stuff she was doing when she was at ring side and involved in matches with Daniel Bryan and I'll throw my name in that hat, too. Sounds a little egotistical. But, you learn more just standing there and then I would take her into the back and I would explain things to her. When I had Serena, I could communicate to her without even saying anything. I would look at her and she would know various things to do. So, when you're out there and our young guys are on the apron, I would like to think they're paying attention. I mentioned I was tagging with Shawn Michaels, I was a sponge. I just sat there and I watched and then when I got tagged in, I went in and did whatever the hell I did but I was paying attention to everything. That's how you learn so you are right in that aspect. It hurts a little bit but it's the world we live in now. It's not like wrestling world is going to cease to exist because of it. But it is something I wish we'd see more of."
What's Been The Hardest Part About His Career: "When you operate at a very high level which -- contrary to what probably a lot of people may think -- I do, I mean, I'm on TV every Monday, I'm wrestling Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Tuesdays and all this stuff. I think at times it's hard to top yourself. That's why moments are special. I can't go out there and do a 2011 C.M. Punk/John Cena Money In The Bank match every night because the circumstances are always different. But I think that when you have a moment like that or you have that Las Vegas promo, people always want that. So, when you always fall short of that, either now you suck or you only have one good thing in your career. You see what I'm trying to say? It's hard to always operate at that level. Conversely, if I went out there and I did always do that and it was always ridiculous and crazy, those moments wouldn't mean anything. It would all be the same. The hardest thing is just keeping my finger on the pulse of what you guys want and going out there every Monday and trying not to be stagnant. Putting a little bit of a spin on everything and making it fresh, interesting and different. I mean, that's difficult."
Advice He Would Give To Somebody Wanting To Enter The Business: "Just get in the business. I know that sounds kind of condescending, but that's what I did. I didn't know...