CM PunkPhillip Jack Brooks
- Birthdate: 10/26/1978 (age 37)
- Height: 6'2"
- Weight: 218 Ib
He was titled in the WWE as "the longest-reigni...
On his tour of India: "It was surreal. I wrestled for five days in Guwahati in Assam, which is one of the most poverty-ridden places in the world. That's one of the great things about this weird and wacky life as a pro wrestler – it can take you all over the world. As a Jewish kid growing up in suburban Chicago, I was really never meant to see of experience anything like this. It's such an incredible thing for us to be able to use our talents and be able to see the world. These people had never seen anything like professional wrestling entertainment before. Their world is filled pollution and poverty. It was a wonderful experience going over there to perform and to entertain them, and I think it was a wonderful experience for them, too."
On his comedy work: "I don't do stand-up anymore. I did some with Mick Foley a few years back, when he was starting out. I am doing a comedy performance show, though: "Colt Cabana & Friends Hang Out and Provide Commentary on Bad Wrestling Matches." The name pretty much says it all. We take lousy matches and just riff on them. We performed at The Fringe Arts Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was amazing. I was the first-ever professional wrestler to appear there, doing it with Brendon Burns. We've seen taken it all over England and the U.S. We have a show coming up in Chicago, and sold out in New York. I do consider myself a comedian, though. I've been a comedian in the ring for the past 15 years. I wrestle a comedy style. I'm just taking it out of the ring and into the club."
On the stranges thing he's seen in his wrestling travels: "You know, when I was 18 and just starting out, every trip was full of wild things. I was a fresh-eyed kid, seeing the world and being amazed by everything I saw. I guess I became desensitized somewhere along the line. Some of the stuff that I see as just another day at the office might qualify as something insane to a normal person. I've worked for ICP. I've been the only English-speaking person in a locker room full of Japanese wrestlers. I've wrestled "Bloody Midgets" shows – that's what they were advertised as, "Bloody Midgets." All these little people all busted open. I've seen some weird things."
On what made him a wrestling fan for life: "I always say that my first memory was Andre the Giant getting his hair cut by Big John Studd and Ken Patera. I must have been about three years old when that happened. It's the first thing I remember. I have no idea why, but that just stuck. That's why I disagree with a lot of wrestling fans my age and how they criticize John Cena today. I get it. I remember being a kid and watching Saturday Night's Main Event, with Hulk Hogan beating King Kng Budy and The Honky Tonk Man. He was such a larger-than-life character that all the kids loved, like Cena is today. It's important not to forget how you saw things when you were a kid once you grow up. Hulk Hogan didn't wrestle every week. You used to tune in and watch every (wrestling) show, hoping he might make a appearance. Maybe that's what's missing from wrestling today, but it's a different game today."
On his Worst Promo Ever show: "'Worst Promo Ever' was an outgrowth of the first YouTube show Marty and I did together, "Creative Has Nothing For You," which was exactly what I was told when I was released by WWE. We used to write and film all of those shows, but it was becoming time-intensive. We had to find a way to stop the writing and keep the filming shorter. I came up with a new idea, based on this notoriously bad promo done by Jeff Farmer. I came up with the concept and we filmed some bad promo stuff for 20 minutes. I had to learn how to edit the video on my computer. Luckily, I went on a tour of Japan, and when you don't speak Japanese and you're stuck in Japan, you need something to occupy yourself or you go crazy."
On social media's impact on entertainment: "It's both a help and a hindrance. There's really no point in arguing whether the Internet or social media is good or bad. It's here. No one...