Comic Conventions have sure come a long way. What started out as smoke-filled rooms of sweaty dudes selling and trading their comic book collections, now attracts “A-Listers” from movies, TV shows and in the case of Chicago; the world of professional wrestling! Chicago, which has long been considered as having some of the best wrestling fans in the country, hosted a gaggle of wrestlers this time around from headlined by WWE Superstars John Cena and Chicago’s own CM Punk. Read more!
Also appearing were former WWE Superstars Kevin Nash, The Bella Twins, Maryse John Morrison, Melina Perez and Lita. Booker T who is currently the GM of Friday Night Smackdown was also in attendance signing his upcoming book, “From Prison to Promise.” Cena had the crowd chanting his name the first night of the convention as the autograph-seeking line jutted further back around the building. Tons of fans wore his catch-phrase “U Can’t See Me” T-shirts while others carried steel chairs in hopes of either an autograph or maybe to get to hit over the head with, who knows.
Current WWE Champion CM Punk who appeared on Saturday night of the convention is an avid comic book collector held an entertaining Q&A with rabid hometown fans after his appearance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WznijNekOhw
Lita, who was a major superstar in the early part of the 2000’s has since retired and when asked what her current plans are she said, “I’m just staying out of the spotlight right now, I was on the road for a long time and it’s nice to relax.” She made a special appearance on the 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw on July 24th in which she described as, “So much fun to see everyone and to great to see the fans again.”
Kevin Nash who is about as tall as Galactus, recently appeared in the “Magic Mike” movie and is currently under a WWE Legends contract and may still wrestle again.
The Bella Twins who until Nicole “enhanced” herself, looked exactly like her sister Brianna were let go from the WWE on April 24 of this year after their contracts ran out. “We miss our fans a lot so it’s nice to see them come out to this (Comic-Con) and we miss them a lot too,” explained Brianna. The Bella’s are currently doing Indy shows and making appearances at conventions, etc.
So while wrestling might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to Comic-Con, it makes sense as another subcategory of geek culture. Sadly, no brawl took place between any of the wrestlers; but I would take any of them in a match versus Cosplay Bane.