A straight-edge kid from Chicago soared through the ranks of a popular TV show, becoming a beloved character and person. That doesn't immediately sound like it'd be the story of a man who is best know...
The ring villain was hit in the back of the head during a staged stand-off with wrestling fans, and he turned and attacked the wrong guy.
A joint statement from Punk and his WWE bosses, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, reads: "Unfortunately, a few fans began shoving him and one struck him in the kidney and on the back. WWE regrets that proper security measures were not in place, and CM Punk apologizes for reacting in the heat of the moment."
The man he hit has filed a report with the Sacramento County sheriff's office.
The star, who also acts and plays in a rock band, took on CM Punk in the city on Thursday (24May12) and after his rival began waving the flag, Jericho snatched it from him, crumpled it up and kicked it out of the ring.
However, local police then stepped in to put a stop to the event as desecrating the national flag is a crime in Brazil, and Jericho was ordered to apologise or face punishment.
The star did as instructed and the match was allowed to continue, but Jericho has now been suspended indefinitely by chiefs at World Wrestling Entertainment for his actions.
A statement from WWE reads, "Chris Jericho has been suspended indefinitely due to an irresponsible act of denigrating the Brazilian flag at a WWE event in Sao Paulo on May 24. The WWE has apologised to the citizens and the government of Brazil for this incident."
Jericho adds, "I made a bad judgment call in the course of entertaining fans in Brazil. I apologised to the people in the crowd for showing disrespect. It was a bad move. I did it with fans' entertainment in mind and I'll accept the consequences for that."
A straight-edge kid from Chicago soared through the ranks of a popular TV show, becoming a beloved character and person. That doesn't immediately sound like it'd be the story of a man who is best known as CM Punk, but it is. CM Punk's career as a legendary WWE wrestler had its ups and downs, but throughout all of it, he kept to his convictions. He's always been straight edge, avoiding alcohol and drugs, and he's always strived to be the best at what he does. At moments during his career, he was at the top of the league, and certainly carved his name into wrestling history.
CM Punk was born Phillip Jack Brooks and grew up the son of a drunk in Chicago, IL. After witnessing his father and his friends around him, Punk decided to not drink or do drugs, something that carried with him over his entire career, even working its way into his on-stage persona. He challenged his hard upbringing into kickboxing and karate, eventually turning it into his full-time job at the age of 23. He quickly rose through the independent wrestling ranks, becoming notable for his charisma and unique straight-edge personality. Over the next five years, he won his fair share of independent wrestling titles, taking down noted wrestlers and becoming a fan favorite. In 2005, the WWE took notice, signing Punk to a developmental contract where he started at Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).
From there, he moved over to the newly revived ECW (Syfy 2006-2010) in 2006, and joined the cast of WWE Raw (USA 1993- ) in 2008. He became WWE Champion in 2011 and held onto the title for 434 days, the longest amount of time in the modern WWE era. Punk also made appearances on other shows, appearing as himself on Ghost Hunters (Syfy 2004- ) and Talking Dead (AMC 2011- ). In January 2014, Punk took a sabbatical from the WWE.
Punk is a big supporter of the Straight Edge Movement in both wrestling and real life.
"Straight Edge isn't a gimmick! It's a way of life." Trademark quote
"I grew up with an alcoholic father. He never beat me, he never raised a hand against my mother or anything like that, but I'd seen enough stupid and ridiculous things between that, my mother and her prescription pills, and just hanging out with an older crowd when I was a kid, that I didn't understand a lot of the fun to what partying was, so I just never did it. I didn't understand waking up next to somebody you don't remember going to bed with; I didn't understand getting, you know, blackout drunk and not remembering the good times you have with your buddies; and I feel so strongly about it that I've just always been this way-it just made sense." From onelifeonechance.com