There is no question that WWE Champion CM Punk is a larger-than-life superstar, and some may even consider him to be a real-life superhero. With that in mind, Punk's venture into the world of Avengers vs. X-Men is certainly apropos.
According to the WWE's corporate website, Punk was asked to write the introduction for the popular, limited-edition Avengers vs. X-Men Hardcover comic and the WWE Champion obliged. Punk has been a comic book fan for a very long time, so having the opportunity to be closely involved with such a momentous release had to mean a lot to him.
In typical Punk fashion, though, The Second City Saint wasn't shy about taking the occasion and using it as a vehicle for self-promotion.
To say I'm flattered to write the intro for the biggest comic book crossover EVER would be...well it wouldn't be me, said WWE Champion CM Punk. Don't get me wrong, it's super cool, but it also makes sense. Best superheroes in the world? Check. Best writers in the world (plus Ed Brubaker)? Check. Best artists in the world? Yup, them too. Best wrestler in the world. That's me! So it's the best team of all time! We are all the best! Now you will read the best!
That was obviously Punk's heel character talking; however, as I'm sure that he takes a great deal of pride in having the chance to participate in something that is near and dear to him. Ultimately, Marvel probably couldn't have made a better choice than Punk as he knows the product, is passionate, is articulate and is very familiar with conflict.
As the title suggests, Avengers vs. X-Men involves two of the most popular superhero groups of all time waging war against each other, and in a lot of ways that story compares favorably to what Punk has gone through with John Cena at various points during the past 16 months or so.
When Punk and Cena first became fierce rivals last year prior to Money in the Bank, they were two of the most popular superstars in the company. That continued for a couple months and was reprised this year as Cena failed to successfully cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase against Punk on the 1,000th episode of RAW.
Punk and Cena have since done battle at SummerSlam and Night of Champions, and although their feud is on hold due to Cena's elbow injury, I have to believe that it will most definitely carry on provided Punk retains his title against Ryback at Hell in a Cell.
A lot of parallels can be drawn between Punk's career as a professional wrestler and the Avengers vs. X-Men comic, so an alliance between the world of wrestling and the world of Marvel makes a lot of sense.
The WWE has never been shy about getting its name out in the open in other mediums, and this is just another example of that. There is a lot of crossover appeal when it comes to wrestling and comics, but it never hurts to dabble in other realms. Not only might it make the WWE a little more popular, but it should help Punk's public perception as well.
Look for Avengers vs. X-Men Hardcover in retail stores everywhere on Nov. 21.