Greetings, true believers.
Sports-entertainers have long been compared to comic book heroes and villains, and with just cause. The four-color worlds in which those larger-than-life archetypes reside certainly have their overlapping elements. Bombastic battles, colorful clothing and alliterative alter egos abound in their analogous arenas. The “good guys” and “bad guys” of the comic book universes battle it out inside the panels in a fashion similar to how scores are settled inside the WWE ring.
WWE.com has taken an inner-office argument and turned it into a blockbuster summer list event, comparing WWE’s Superstars and Divas to their Marvel Comics counterparts. So suit up and check out the list, then be sure to sound off in the comments and on Facebook about which Superstars and Divas you’d pair up with their mighty Marvel counterparts!
And of course, in the immortal words of Stan “The Man” Lee, “Excelsior!”
Wolverine & CM Punk
At WrestleMania XXVIII, CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho to truly claim the title of “Best in the World” in WWE, but a certain comic book Canadian can also lay claim to that creed. Though “worldwide sensation” may not have been one’s initial thought back in 1974 when he first appeared in the pages of The Incredible Hulk, Issue 181, Marvel’s Wolverine has become one of the most popular comic book characters of all time.
Though Punk exclaims “It’s clobberin’ time” before every match – a reference to the Fantastic Four’s Thing – he certainly has much more in common with the Adamantium-laced member of the X-Men.
Wolverine and The Straight Edge Superstar are cut from the same cloth; they are tenacious, outspoken, and always try to do what’s right based on their beliefs. Neither makes any apologies for the things they say and both back up their respective “pipe bombs” with their actions in battle. Their methods may not always be civilized, but whether battling Sabretooth or Kane, they do what is necessary for survival and victory.
And although CM Punk may not have a healing factor like Wolverine, The Second City Saint has dedicated himself to a straight edge lifestyle that keeps him strong of mind, body and spirit.