To navigate the world of high school, some teenagers start rock ’n’ roll bands. Others build wrestling rings in their backyards and have throw-downs with dreams of sports entertainment glory. CM Punk fell in the latter category.
“There was no manual when I was a kid to deal with my parents or high school or bullies or whatever, so a lot of the time you figure it out yourself and you do it yourself,” said Punk.
Punk, a 34-year-old Chicago native, wasn’t your standard bloody backyard brawler, either. “My mindset on everything – everything I do is like punk rock – is do it yourself,” Punk said. “I wasn’t jumping off my roof, I was trying to technically wrestle like (wrestling legend) Bret Hart in a backyard.”
Over the years, Punk has gone from backyards to the biggest show of them all: on Sunday, April 7, he’ll compete at WrestleMania 29 at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium.
By James Viscardi
After holding the WWE title for 434 days, longer than any other competitor in decades, CM Punk could rest on his laurels heading into this year’s WrestleMania. Instead, the self-proclaimed “Best in the World” will attempt to achieve something the likes of Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Edge have all failed at: defeating the Undertaker and ending his winning streak at WWE’s biggest show of the year.
Before he heads into battle with the Deadman, Punk took the time to talk to us, not only about his big match, but also a certain Mad Titan threatening the Marvel Universe this summer.