It’s not unusual for wrestlers to hook up with one another while on the road. You can’t blame them either, as traveling 300 days in close proximity with someone is bound to create tight relationships. While some couples are very public and are even featured on WWE programs like Total Divas and Total Bellas, some are very reserved about their relationships. It’s understandable that some wrestlers want to keep their relationships private, considering that they already expose enough of their lives on television every week. Arguably no couple kept their relationship closer to the chest than former WWE employees AJ Lee and CM Punk.
Punk and Lee had a ton of information leak out regarding their relationship, but in relation to how famous the duo actually was, the information wasn’t that revealing. Sure we’ve seen some photos here, and heard some comments there, but what do you really know about the Brooks’? The answer you should be saying to yourself is not much, which is why today we will be looking at 15 things you didn’t know about their relationship. You may know some of the things listed here, but chances are some of this info has slipped past you over the last few years. Let us know if we missed something in the comments section.
15. Jay Lethal Took Shots At Them
It’s no secret that current ROH World Champion Jay Lethal both trained and fell in love with AJ Lee during the early stages of his career. The two ended on pretty good terms in 2011, with Lethal only saying positive things about Lee and her life choices. It seems that Lethal wasn’t entirely positive however when he took a shot at both Lee and CM Punk in 2015 at a Ring of Honor pay per view. During an in-ring promo, Lethal exclaimed that he wasn’t going to take “hand-me-downs” from Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe or CM Punk. He was of course, referring to the legacy of these men in the promotion, but he continued on to say that Punk would take his “hand-me-downs”. Now this could be a case of wrestlers working a crowd, but even so, it seems a bit harsh to take such a hard shot for no reason.
14. Starring in a movie together
You read that right, the dynamic married duo of Punk and Lee are going to be starring in a film together. The movie titled Hellstorm is a post-apocalyptic horror flick which was originally slated to come out in 2016. As 2016 winds down, it seems that the date may be pushed back to 2017, but a film with the married couple does exist. CM Punk revealed that he actually took time off of his MMA training to shoot the movie after they made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. It’s hard to believe that besides a few documentaries, this will be Punk’s first movie. Lee on the other hand, was featured as a main character in the video game spoof Madden NFL 16 The Movie.
13. He wouldn’t let her watch his UFC fight at ringside
One thing that we learned from the UFC Miniseries Evolution of Punk, was that AJ Lee was hesitant to watch Punk spar, let alone watch him actually fight. Knowing this, Punk insisted that Lee pull an Adrian to his Rocky, and watch from backstage. Though her support for him was shown to be over the top, she was not visible to any of the millions watching UFC 203. Lee instead met up with Punk backstage to help him get over his loss to the hands of Mickey Gall.
After hearing that Lee didn’t want to see Punk with bruises all over his head, it makes us wonder what she thought when she saw his swollen face as he walked back to locker room. We’ll see if Punk gets in the octagon again.
12. Heat with Michelle Beadle
So this is a bit odd, but apparently back in 2013 there was a real life confrontation between AJ Lee and then NBC sports host Michelle Beadle backstage at WWE’s Tribute to the Troops event. Beadle, who had been friends with CM Punk prior to this incident, jokingly made a comment to the former World Champion. After hearing about the comments, Lee tracked down Beadle and let her have it in front of everyone in the backstage area.
The story originally showed up on dirt sheets, but was later confirmed by Beadle via interview. Punk later corroborated the incident via Twitter. The WWE wasn’t pleased about Lee being so rude to a non-WWE celebrity and immediately went into full damage control trying to minimize the backlash.
11. They Are Spiritual Successors to Macho Man and Elizabeth
As seen by Punk’s attire during the latter part of his WWE career, the former WWE Champion was inspired by the Macho Man Randy Savage. Punk even went as far as to incorporate the elbow drop into his move set following the death of Macho Man in 2011. On the flip side, AJ has been quoted as calling Miss Elizabeth one of her idols in wrestling. Comparisons between Lee and Elizabeth were made while the former WWE Divas Champion was working as a valet for Daniel Bryan, citing her innocence as a driving reason.
Ironically two wrestlers who separately idolized the most famous wrestling couple of all-time, would end up taking their place as the most famous couple of this era. Wrestling’s fun like that.