Jul 12, 2012
WWE Invades Comic-Con
By Jeramie McPeek
Posted: July 12, 2012
Before arriving in the Valley for Sunday's night's "Money in the Bank" pay-per-view at US Airways Center, a number of WWE superstars stopped by the San Diego International Comic-Con this week.
The action started Thursday when WWE ring announcer (and Phoenix resident) Justin Roberts introduced World Champion Sheamus, WWE Champion CM Punk and the self-crowned "Internet Champion" Zach Ryder, who were on hand for a Mattel toys panel previewing an upcoming line of wrestling action figures.
The crowd of several hundred fans, who waited in line for up to an hour at the San Diego Convention Center, broke into a number of chants throughout the appearance, including one with several fans impersonating Punk's challenger in Phoenix, Daniel Bryan, "YES! YES! YES!"
After getting a look at the soon-to-be-released figures, fans also got a chance to ask the three wrestlers questions, before Punk and Ryder had to slip out for an autograph appearance on the main showroom floor.
Sheamus, the 34-year-old red head from Dublin, Ireland, stuck around an extra 15 minutes to take more questions, but was interrupted after several minutes by his opponent, Alberto Del Rio, who burst in through a side door to confront the heavyweight champ.
The Mexican aristocrat, who arrives for his matches in a different luxury sports car each week, arrived with his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, and a healthy dose of disgust and disrespect for both Sheamus and the Comic-Con crowd.
"All of you are here to worship idols, super heroes and super humans like this guy," he told the fans, while pointing at his rival. "The problem is, this guy is not an idol. He's not a superhero. He's just a peasant. A common guy with no social life, no friends, no girlfriend. He's nothing. Nothing but a nerd. Pretty much, just like all of you."
As the boos and catcalls rained down on Del Rio and his expensive suit, the controversial and arrogant grappler pulled out a copy of "Action Comics," issue No. 1, the 1938 comic book in which Superman made his debut.
"I paid $2.1 million last week at Christie's (auction house) in New York," he claimed. "And I know you would do anything to have one of these. But to me, it represents nothing. In fact, I think I'm going to give it away."
As excited hands shot up in between all the camera phones recording the confrontation, Del Rio ripped up the rare collector's item and threw the pieces to the mob of angry fans.
The chaos ended as quickly as it began, though, when Sheamus suggested the two begin their championship match a few days early. Slipping out the ballroom doors, Del Rio disappeared into the mass of 25,000-plus in attendance for the pop-culture extravaganza. But he won't be able to escape for long.
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