The Mighty LWF is the true story of the Lunatic Wrestling Federation, the renegade Chicago wrestling company that started former WWE Champion CM Punk on his path to the top. Written by CM Venom, co-founder of the LWF and CM Punk’s ex-tag team partner, The Mighty LWF is an exciting tale of friendship, family, business, and ultimately, betrayal.
“The LWF had been reduced to a footnote on a Wikipedia page, and that’s gone on for far too long.” author CM Venom says. “CM Punk’s version of the past was that he was the only one serious about the business, and left the LWF behind when we didn’t share his passion. In reality, his ego grew to uncontrollable heights, and he eventually attempted to destroy his friends, family, and the very company that he helped build from the ground up. There’s a lot about his actions in the past that CM Punk doesn’t want anyone to know.”
The Mighty LWF isn’t written to be a hatchet job or a sordid tell-all about CM Punk, but is an accurate and sometimes irreverent history of the LWF from the very beginning, detailing both the good and the bad. Dissatisfied with the direction of televised pro wrestling, several like-minded friends created the LWF, which quickly grew into a coarse and borderline vulgar form of guerrilla wrestling theater.
After plying their trade in a home-built ring in front of hundreds of ravenous fans, the LWF eventually decided to go “legitimate”, and faced a massive uphill battle trying to break into the closeted Chicago wrestling scene. Driven by their manic and arrogant creative spirit, they defied all conventional wisdom by succeeding in changing the very landscape of professional wrestling in Chicago.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CM Venom is a co-founder of the Lunatic Wrestling Federation, and for over a decade, acted as booker, commentator, wrestler, and company historian. Having been present at the very beginning and during the meteoric rise of the LWF, he is uniquely qualified to chronicle the company’s turbulent history.
He is also a Staff Writer for Absolutely Reliable News & Rumors, and is the creator of Thag the Brute, the weekly National Football League caveman columnist featured on 411Mania.com.
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