You probably won’t find CM Punk telling this story in the ring any time soon.
The WWE Superstar known for speaking his mind and inserting parts of his real life into fake wrestling angles headlined the one year anniversary of “I S— You Not,” Thursday at the Lincoln Lodge in the North Center neighborhood. The monthly storytelling series features speakers sharing embarrassing bathroom-related stories. Punk (real name: Phil Brooks) told a story about an incident he had during the Chicago Marathon in 2011 involving a portable toilet.
This isn’t the first time a pro wrestler has participated in the show. Punk’s good friend and former tag team partner Colt Cabana (real name: Scott Colton) has also taken the stage, as has their friend Marty DeRosa, a local comedian and host of the “Wrestling with Depression” podcast.
“Normally we get 30 to 60 people attending the show — last night we sold out,” said the show’s co-host Monte LaMonte, who estimated that there were around 90 people. “We were lucky to have (Punk) and thrilled he was part of the show. He was a total professional and he delivered in spades.”
My colleague Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz happened to be on hand for the show and said not everyone in attendance knew who Punk was.
“Some people did,” she told me. “There were several others who didn’t. But he made frequent references to things that made you realize he was a wrestler and famous-ish.”
If you aren’t offended by potty humor and would like to hear Punk’s story, he told it to the “Holmberg’s Morning Sickness” radio show in Arizona last year. Click here for the audio.
Jason LaBarbera is sporting the copper and blue of the Edmonton Oilers for the upcoming 2013-14 NHL season.
With the new start comes a fresh new mask design containing some familiar elements. The NHL’s biggest Wrestling and Rock ‘n’ Roll fan will be paying homage to both of these on this year’s mask.
Upon hearing LaBarbera was joining a new team and getting a new paint job for his mask, CM Punk called both LaBarbera and myself out over Twitter asking to be included. I for one was not going to be the person telling CM Punk otherwise.
With CM Punk featured on one side of the mask, the other side is guarded by the lead of Metallica, Sir James Hetfield. The images are my caricature renditions of these celebs.
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Warner Bros and WWE Studios are tag-teaming to co-produce a Flintstones animated movie to be released in early 2015. Here, fixtures of the ’60s Hanna-Barbera cartoon including Fred and Barney will be joined by WWE staples including Vince McMagma (voiced by Vince McMahon) and such WWE superstars and divas including John Cenastone (John Cena) and CM Punkrock (CM Punk). They will take part in a prehistoric WWE main event.
Considering the cartoon’s love for all things named for all things geological, it seems a glaring absence not to have Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson here, particularly since he occasionally gets in the ring. But maybe that’s too obvious, or too expensive. After all Johnson has been killing it this summer in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain and Fast & Furious 6, and this one doesn’t look like it’s going to hit theaters.
Warner Bros Home Entertainment will handle worldwide distribution on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download. The film will be co-produced by Warner Bros Animation and WWE Studios, and WWE will do its branding thing through its TV, digital media and print assets to market the movie. Bradley Buchanan, SVP Business and Legal Affairs, negotiated on behalf of WWE Studios.
“WWE is family-friendly entertainment, so partnering with Warner Bros on a Flintstones/WWE project was a natural extension of our Scooby Doo deal,” said Michael Luisi, President, WWE Studios. “This new, animated feature allows us to showcase our brand with young fans and loyal Flintstones enthusiasts alike.”