When the promotion started taking off, doing 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. During Punk's time in IWA Mid-South, he had high-profile feuds with Colt Cabana and Chris Hero while also rising to the top of the roster winning the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship twice and the IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Championship on five separate occasions, beating stars like A. Styles, Cabana and even Eddie Guerrero in matches for the heavyweight championship.
At the same time, Punk joined the wrestling promotion NWA: Total Nonstop Action, later known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), in which he was paired with Julio Dinero as members of Raven's TNA alliance The Gathering.
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.
CM Punk and AJ Lee are now dating, according to Mexican wrestling legend and former WCW Superstar Konnan.
Last month, "The Straight Edge Superstar" and the WWE Divas Champion were shown seated together at Wrigley Field during WGN's broadcast of a Chicago Cubs versus Pittsburgh Pirates game.
The scuffle reportedly stemmed from an ROH show in which Hart performed three unplanned spots putting several other wrestlers in danger of injury.
He said the reason he and Dinero stopped appearing on TNA pay-per-views was that TNA officials believed that he and Dinero had not connected with the fans as villains, having turned against the popular Raven and instead formed a villainous tag team managed by James Mitchell.
In a recent interview (h/t Wrestle Zone) with Arizona radio station 98-KUPD, CM Punk candidly opened up about a relationship of his that came to a sour end.
Although he didn't name anyone specifically, Punk had been reportedly dating WWE diva Beth Phoenix until as late as fall 2011.
While addressing WWE happenings on the podcast, he stated, "I would also like to say that I found that AJ Lee is dating CM Punk, I don't know if that's public knowledge." Punk had been romantically linked to former WWE talent Amy "Lita" Dumas as recently as last spring.
Co-host Court Bauer asked Konnan, "He's done with Lita?
After retiring from professional wrestling in 2014, Punk pursued a career in mixed martial arts and was signed by the UFC in December of that year.