WWE Fantasy Booking: Fictional Characters Who Could Be Huge In WWE
I am a huge fan of WWE and the professional wrestling world. However, I am a bigger fan of video games, television, movies, and especially comic books. Recently, I came across a new (or relatively new) comic book series called "WWE Heroes." Yes, a comic book about WWE Superstars doing supernatural things.
The plot of the book (from what I read in the comic book store) seems to be that a group of criminals have taken the WWE Superstars hostage during an event (I think Wrestlemania, but I could be wrong) and are forcing them to compete against each other. At one point Jericho is shot and killed, but comes back to life with the power of Satan or something stupid like that. Anyway, it was a horrible, horrible story.
Why am I telling you this? Well, it got me thinking: if fictional characters were real, how would they fare in the WWE?
So I came up with a list of fictional characters from all sorts of media (TV, comics, movies, etc.) who I believe would make great WWE Superstars. I figured "if WWE is able to invade the world of comics, why can't comic characters, television characters, and movie characters invade the world of WWE?"
I know this article is a little irrelevant, but I wanted to try something new.
Let's start this list with a pretty obvious choice: Batman.
Created in 1939, Batman has evolved greatly during his lifetime. Starting out as just a detective wearing a batsuit, Batman has become a symbol of fear in criminals everywhere.
As a master of almost every form of martial arts in the world, Batman has the potential to be a fantastic in-ring performer. He has the ability to strike fear into the hearts of his opponents, so he would be able to maintain a very popular tweener gimmick (much like Randy Orton, but better).
He's even blessed with a great gimmick, though WWE would probably make a mockery of a guy who dresses like a bat. Even without the "Batman" character, Bruce Wayne seems to show signs of multiple personality disorder. He's a rich, high-class playboy during the day, but then a seemingly heartless badass at night.
With a great mixture of in-ring ability, mic skills, and a great gimmick, Batman could be the total package.
Created by Stan Lee in 1962, Spider-Man has become one of the most recognizable comic book characters in history.
After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Peter Parker gained spider-like abilities (crawling on walls, heightened senses, super strength, etc.). With such strength and agility, Spider-Man could easily be a force in the ring. He even beat Macho Man Randy Savage (aka Bone Saw McGraw) in his first movie (kayfabe).
If you've ever read the Spider-Man comics or watched the TV shows/movies, you know that Peter Parker is a very witty guy. With such great wit, he could easily give John Cena a run for his money as the top face mic-worker in the WWE.
Like Batman, Spider-Man's gimmick would need a little reworking. I would love to see a character like that in WWE, but unfortunately, characters like that are treated like jokes (The Hurricane, anyone?).
With amazing dexterity, strength, and mic skills, Spider-Man could have the "It" factor that WWE is looking for. However, he is a pretty average sized guy, so Vince may not agree with me.
In 1986, Alan Moore wrote "Watchmen", widely considered one of the greatest graphic novels ever conceived.
The "villain" of the book, Ozymandias, is the textbook definition of the word "badass." Not only is he a master martial artist, but he is also a super-genius. Outsmarting Rorschach and Nite Owl, Ozymandias set his dastardly plan to destroy New York City into motion BEFORE they even had time to react. As such, Ozymandias has earned his place in supervillain history.
With such a high IQ and fascinated with Egyptian mythology/monarchy, Ozymandias could have a great heel gimmick. His martial arts background would give him an advantage in the ring over a lot of other Superstars. While not very strong, Ozymandias could easily outsmart a large majority of his opponents, using any means necessary to achieve victory.
With such great forces working in his favor, Ozymandias would have a huge impact on the world of professional wrestling.
Archnemesis of the one and only Superman, Lex Luthor. Created in 1940, Luthor, despite being a mere mortal man, has proven to be a match for the all-powerful "Man of Steel" on more than one occasion.
However, he would not be a great wrestler. He lacks the physical prowess to be a big main event or even midcard performer. However, he would make a phenomenal manager.
Much like the "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase,Luthor has the means to get what he wants. And he has the ability to get people to get it for him. With his great mic skills and fantastic managerial presence, Lex Luthor could prove to be a major thorn in the sides of John Cena, Randy Orton, and the WWE Universe as a whole.
Imagine if he was the RAW GM! Things would definitely take an interesting turn.
We now reach the first TV character on this list: Sayid Jarrah from LOST. As a survivor of Oceanic Flight 815, Sayid was stranded on a mysterious island. During his stay, we were given glimpses into his past and his experiences while on the island. Out of all the things that we learned throughout the story, one thing stayed true: Sayid Jarrah was a beast.
As a former interrogator/torturer for the Republican Guard, Sayid has the potential to be a great mic worker. He's a man that has seen a lot during his life, so the emotions that he displays are magnificent and could easily be portrayed in the ring as well. Though he isn't trained in the art of professional wrestling, Sayid could easily learn with the proper training. Plus, with his combat training, he could take great bumps with ease.
Joss Whedon's "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" earns her spot on this list.
Created in 1992 and receiving her own TV series from 1997-2003, Buffy Summers is probably the toughest fictional woman in history. From vampires to hellish demons, Buffy has wrestled with the worst of the underworld.
With such combat experience, Buffy would prove to be a force in the WWE Divas division, even giving Trish Stratus and Lita (two of the greatest Divas of all time) a run for their money. Unlike a large majority of the Divas division today, Buffy knows how to fight and would be able to mix in her martial arts experience into her wrestling, allowing for great technical and possibly high-flying manuevers.
She could even be a match for the newly signed "Awesome Kong."
The title character of one of my favorite movie series, Rocky Balboa. I know, I know, he was a boxer, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't be a good wrestler. It wouldn't be too hard for him to learn a few powerhouse moves.
Created in 1976 by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky has gone toe to toe with some of the toughest fighters of all time (Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and the seemingly unstoppable Ivan Drago).
With a background in professional fighting, Rocky could be one of the greatest brawlers of all time. His background tells the story of an average man who tries to get by, doing what he loves. The crowd could easily get behind such a face character, and he has the potential to be a great mic worker.
He even went toe to toe with Hulk Hogan (aka Thunderlips).
The resident wrestler of one of the most popular fighting games of all time, Street Fighter II. Zangief is a straight-up beast in the ring. With a very powerful moveset consisting of devastating suplexes, lariats, diving splashes, dropkicks, powerbombs, and the deadly Spinning Piledriver, Zangief could easily get the crowd excited and put his opponent away.
His high charisma would allow him to be what Vladimir Kozlov fails to be (a fun and interesting Russian face) and of course, he has the look of a champion.
Vince McMahon would fall in love with his build, allowing him to achieve great success in the WWE.
There are many other characters I could have put on this list. Superman, for one. However, he could not be able to use a large majority of his powers, besides super strength, and his gimmick would be a little lackluster for WWE. Plus, we already have John Cena. Do we really need another "Superman?" (just kidding, Cena fans).
I also didn't want to use characters from the same series. I wanted to use Robin, but I already had Batman. I wanted to use John Locke (from LOST), but I already had Sayid. I think you guys get what I mean.
Anyway, what do you guys think? Do you agree that these fictional characters could be huge in WWE (if they were real, I mean)? Are there any characters I left off? Who would you put on this list?
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