Those of us that love it...love it for what it is, and while we sometimes have no idea what exactly it is, IT’S ENTERTAINING TO US! So there!
Every year, since this is the biggest event in wrestling, I usually love to do a very special wrestling enthused column for you, Bleeder King style (I’m not saying that would be my wrestling name...but it’d likely be my wrestling name)!
Now, I’ve written a few times about the ties between wrestling and my #1 love in my life: comic books, but this year I’d like to take it a step further and think of which current WWE superstars would fit best in the pages of a comic book! WWE has had a few comics in the past, most recently they had WWE Hall of Famer who not only is also a bestselling author but also a former star of his own comic, Mick Foley (also known as Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love) write for them a series of comics! Other wrestling organizations like WCW and Lucha Underground have also had several other comic series’ starring their wrestlers. So, it’s not so weird to see this occur.
What if WWE were to get into the comic biz again with comics starring their wrestlers and their personas, who would make the most entertaining comic heroes and villains? Let’s find out!
Finn Bálor: The Demon
This is a pretty simple choice for an up-and-coming grappler with an AMAZING gimmick for the comic book world. Finn Bálor is the current NXT (WWE’s developmental league) world champion and this Irish-born superstar is mesmerizing every time he enters an arena. Bálor has adopted a persona he calls “The Demon” for when he goes into battle where he wears this epic bodypaint that literally makes him look like some sort of demonic creature, complete with a menacing crawl to the ring and haunting music...and believe it or not...he’s a “good guy”! He’s immensely popular with the fans. Don’t try to understand wrestling fans...we like what we like!
The truth is, when Finn was wrestling in Indie promotions under the name Prince Devitt, he became accustomed to using bodypaint and infused cosplay culture into wrestling! He would wear paint resembling many comic book characters like Venom, Spider-Man, Joker and Spawn. So clearly, he’s a huge comic book fan already.
The obvious thing would be for WWE to produce some sort of awesome comic starring him and perhaps his “Demon” persona! It would be pretty popular, I think. And would help propel this wrestling personality who already has such a bright future even faster.
Neville: The Man Gravity Forgot
Neville is also a very young talent and like Bálor, the groundwork for his comic is already been laid out. Neville (once known as Adrian Neville in NXT and Pac in the indie circuit) flew into the WWE main roster just in 2015 as “The Man That Gravity Forgot”, with a persona similar of a superhero like Superman (but according to internet rumors, the WWE were thinking of creating a Mighty Mouse-like character who is small but strong for his size. Why? We don’t ask why WWE’s writers do stuff).
Well, it’s not like the guy doesn’t deserve the nickname. Neville’s one of the most talented high-flying cruiserweights on the roster that mesmerizes viewers with his moves on a weekly basis. A comic based on Neville’s heroics would possibly be a pretty entertaining one.
Need more proof? Well, Neville has even teamed up with Green Arrow! True story! In a series of events that would only happen in the sport of wrestling, Arrow star Stephen Amell got into a (scripted) feud with one of WWE’s most dastardly baddies, Stardust (the real life son of WWE Hall of Famer, the late Dusty Rhodes), and Amell was challenged to a tag match against Stardust and his then ally, King Barrett (no relation) at Summerslam. Amell needed a partner...who to pick? WWE’s own caped crusader, Neville! So, yeah. Neville has already had his first superhero team-up (Amell and Neville won that match, by the way, and Amell actually performed better than pretty much any celebrity that has ever tried to wrestle)!
I can see the Man That Gravity Forgot comic book being revealing that Neville is actually not an alien at all...but is actually from Tolkien’s Middle Earth, because his ears are quite elfish and he’s unusually light on his feet. I wonder how he would do at archery...hmmm....
New Day Adventures
Not all comics need to be about superheroes, right? I think we could sneak in a comedic, cartoony comic about 3 strange video game loving, clap happy, booty obsessed, wanna-be unicorn, trombone enthusiasts. Yeah. That’s pretty much what this trio is. Like I said before, I don’t know what it is, but we like it.
The New Day have a weird story, even in the world of wrestling. These three wrestlers, Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E were once floating around in the WWE’s mid-card singles division with no real future to their individual careers. So these 3 friends decided to become a faction. And at first, The New Day seemed to be a happy-go-lucky group of ...church going folk? Spouting messages of positivity and teamwork. Of course the WWE fans turned on them faster than....wrestling fans turn on wrestlers with horrible gimmicks. So, the next course of action when goodie two-shoes wrestlers get booed...YOU TURN THEM HEEL! And of course, as soon as the WWE did that...these 3 guys, no matter how evil and despicable they got, they were hilarious at doing it. And the fans now ADORE THEM. This is how wrestling has worked for quite awhile now. Almost the EXACT story happened to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, actually. An entertaining badguy will always be more popular than the hero, right?
And the sillier the New Day get, the more loved they are. Woods will play his trombone, Francesca II (we won’t talk about what happened to Francesca I) down to the ring, the 3 will wear glowing unicorn horns on their head, they will gyrate and make booty jokes....they JUST get funnier and more popular. It’s become a phenomenon.
What I’m saying is...these guys NEED their own comic book series, drawn by one of the most whacked-out artists in the industry (I nominate Skottie Young, I love that guy’s work), and just WATCH how popular this thing would become. The comic book adventures of the New Day is something I need to see, in the same style as Adventure Time or (obviously) My Little Pony! Most of their t-shirts and merchandise are already in a wacky comic art style already!
Oh, and by the way, these 3 are already making moves in the geek community. Xavier Woods has his own web-series called Up-Up-Down-Down, where he plays all sorts of video games with not only Kofi and Big E, but pretty much ANY WWE superstar with opposable thumbs that he can find backstage at events. It may sound weird to watch pro wrestlers play video games usually out-of-character, but it’s addictive! You can find it on Youtube. The New Day are also often making appearances at comic and video game conventions all over the place and Woods even cosplayed as Rufio from Hook at a pay-per-view match one time. The crowd even began a “RUFIO” chant. It was glorious!
The New Day are tailor-made for their own comedy comics! Make it happen WWE, or you’re booty!
The Divas Revolution
One thing we love in our comics, are tough-as-nails- yet beautiful ass-kicking ladies that take no guff from anyone. Well, that’s basically what the Divas division is in the WWE. These ladies are gorgeous, athletic and each have their own charismatic persona.
So, why not create the ultimate team-comic featuring WWE Divas like Paige, Charlotte (the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair), Natalya, Becky Lynch and The Bella Twins battling each other in and out of the squared circle? Also, not only are more women reading comics nowadays, we happen to be in the midst of a women's wrestling resurgence lately, so that would help too! Thanks to NXT branding and training these young women into quite capable and fun-to-watch wrestlers, it only makes sense to release as much Divas themed merchandise as possible. Comic books are the perfect avenue for that.
Whether you make the Divas superheroes or even just play on their characters in another setting, this comic would likely be a top-seller.
Just imagine the covers alone, if you get top industry artists like Adam Hughes, Frank Cho or J. Scott Campbell to re-imagine the Divas as comic book heroines?! I’m sold!
The Untold Story Of The Wyatt Family
Last but certainly not least, we have the most haunting group ever in the WWE, the Wyatts. Based on creepy outback swamp-men, these guys give the heroes of the WWE nightmares any chance they get. Bray Wyatt is their leader, and he’s a creepy mix of Charles Manson, Max Cady from Cape Fear and something out of The Exorcist! And let’s not go into his stable of sadistic ginourmous “brothers”. These guys you do NOT wanna run into in a dark alley, that’s for sure.
These guys sure aren’t heroes, but it’s not to say all comics are about heroes! I actually can imagine some awesome writer like Jason Aaron or Garth Ennis writing an origin story for this creepy cult-like family, focusing on the dark truth behind this “Sister Abigail” that Bray has always talked about in his cryptic promos. Who is she? Is she alive? Has she ever existed? I actually like all the mystery behind the Wyatts, and personally hope those questions are never answered, but it’s not like it wouldn’t make an awesome comic story. We could also learn the pasts of the other members, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Braun Stroman, and even Bray himself.
It’s actually not too rare that the more darker wrestling personas end up gracing the comic book page. Brian Pulido’s Chaos! Comics actually produced comics for Undertaker, Kane and that Mankind comic I mentioned earlier. A Wyatt Family comic would definitely be in the same vein.
Well, there you have it, wrestling (and hopefully non-wrestling) Bleeder budz! Another Wrestlemania themed Bleed in the books! Are there any other current or even past wrestlers you’d love to read a comic about? Let me know in the comments below!
That’s all for now!