WWE champion CM Punk will be on hand for a Q&A session at Wizard World Comic Con this weekend. | AP
Updated: August 9, 2012 8:31PM
It’s been a long time since reigning WWE champion wrestler CM Punk was pinning opponents in a warehouse ring in southwest suburban Mokena. Along the way the “Staightedge Superstar” has won his share of title belts and enemies. The popular professional wrestler and Lockport resident hits town Aug. 11 for the Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. We caught up with the “Second City Savior” by phone. Here’s what he had to say:
What was going through your head when you won the WWE champion belt last November?
CM Punk: It was the highlight of my career. It’s like college graduation, your wedding, winning the Super Bowl and a retirement party all in one.
Q. You grew up watching professional wrestling. Who was your favorite wrestler?
CMP: Rowdy Roddy Piper is number one with a bullet. It’s easily explained: he wasn’t the biggest guy in pro-wrestling, but he had the biggest mouth. That was me as a kid.
Q. And of your contemporaries, who do you admire now?
CMP: I admire just about anybody for various reasons. Everyone has traits that I admire. You’ve got to admire John [Cena] for all the work he does with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, though. The WWE likes to broadcast his involvement with Make-A-Wish. And they should. I know how many of their events I do and how many John does, and there is no comparison.
Q. Speaking of John Cena, you’ve got a bit of a rivalry and you’re both appearing at Chicago Comic Con. Should we be worried about an impromptu remeatch?
CMP: [Laughing] You shouldn’t be worried, you should be hoping for one! Actually, we’re at the Con on different days. You can probably expect some trash talking, though.
Q. Do you have a favorite wrestling move?
CMP: I’m klutzy and uncoordinated. I can’t fly off the top rope. Guys who can do a back flip off a rope like they’re on a diving board . . . that is always pretty impressive. My moves? I kick people in the face. Straight high kicks.
Q. You’re also a big comic book fan. Which character is your favorite?
CMP: When I was a kid, I read based on the characters, and my favorite was Batman. As an adult, I read books based on who is writing them. I’m a big fan of “The Punisher.”
Q. You started off a DC fan and now you’re more of a Marvel guy, then?
CMP: Batman was my favorite character, but even as a kid, I had this bizarre loyalty to Marvel. I read mostly Marvel as a kid.
Q. If you could star in a movie or TV series as any comic book character, who would you like to be?
CMP: I can’t pick just one. I’d go for some pretty obscure characters. Anyone from Ed Brubaker’s “Criminals” series. I’d like to say Batman, but I can’t fill the shoes of Christian Bale or Christopher Nolan. The Punisher would be fun. Let’s face it, it’s not like I’d say no to anything. Heck, I’d even be Aquaman if they asked me.
CM Punk will be autographing Aug. 11 from 12:30-6 p.m. and participating in a Q&A session 6 p.m. at the Chicago Comic Con at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center 5555 North River Road, Rosemont. Tickets, $35-$85. www.wizardworld.com/home-ch.html.
Misha Davenport is a local free-lance writer.