Comic Book: WWE Superstars
WWE Superstars is a Comic Book series written by Mick Foley. It stars members of the WWE in Alternate Universe settings, though most of them retain aspects of their WWE Personae. The first issue was released in December 2013, and the comic consists of self-contained story arcs spanning 4 issues each.
- Money in the Bank (Issues 1-4): Titan City: a metropolis where everyone's hiding secrets and there's no one to trust. In a corrupt world where everyone is looking to cash in, we'll follow the journey of three men... John Cena's been framed for a crime he didn't commit. Randy Orton's on the verge of achieving citywide power. And CM Punk is determined to bring the whole corrupt system crashing down. From the scheming Southside to the barren desert no man's land where even the law refuses to go, the powerful factions of Titan City are locked in a battle for control in an unforgettable noir landscape.
- Haze Of Glory (Issues 5-8): Monday Night Raw is chaos. The WWE Championship is missing. Announce tables are destroyed. John Cena is handcuffed to Mark Henry. Ring ropes are snapped in half. Three Superstars are to blame - CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and Rey Mysterio. The problem is, none of them remember a thing!. Now they must retrace their steps over the past few hours to uncover how they could possibly be responsible for such wanton damage and save their jobs with Triple H and the McMahons.
- Legends (Issues 9-12): The Ultimate WWE Crossover! WWE Superstars of today and WWE Legends of the past engage in insane battles across the WWE Universe. From Daniel Bryan to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, from Hulk Hogan to John Cena, from Undertaker to The Rock. All these Superstars and more are forced into constant combat—all while trying to figure out how and why they find themselves in constant mayhem across a myriad of bizarre battlefields. But just when they think they know the answers, one superstar changes all the questions: The Hot Rod, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper enters the fray!
Tropes In Use
- Action Girl: AJ Lee, the Bella Twins
- Amoral Attorney: Randy Orton takes this role in his efforts to become the D.A. of Titan City while also running the Titan City Mafia.
- Arc Words: "Victory or Pacification" in the Legends arc.
- Bound and Gagged: AJ Lee is kidnapped by The Bella Twins in "Money in the Bank" and tied to a chair with rope.
- Broken Base: In Universe: Half the city believes John Cena is just another good guy screwed by the system, while the other half believe he's a Fallen Hero.
- Chained Heat: Issue 2 ends with both John Cena and Randy Orton captured by the Wyatt Family, and tied together.
- Clear My Name: John Cena has to find the missing briefcase to prove his innocence after being framed for the theft.
- Dirty Cop: The Shield. Also Zeb Colter and his boys.
- Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: AJ Lee seems to be working every side. Thought it's ultimately revealed that she's the one who stole the money.
- Femme Fatale: The Bella Twins. "If evil incarnate were twin sisters it would look like Nikki and Brie."
- Hidden in Plain Sight: AJ Lee stole the money, and hid it in the Apex Community Center ductwork, effectively hiding the money in Randy Orton's house.
- Police Are Useless: CM Punk seems to believe so.
- Shout-Out: Numerous shout-outs are made to the character's WWE personae or former personae.
- The Miz is a news reporter for Miz T.V.
- Rey Mysterio is a masked vigilante who is never seen without his mask.
- CM Punk says "Kane can be your friend. Kane can be your enemy. Kane can even be your dentist. Doesn't matter." This is a Call Back to Kane's former persona as Issac Yankem, the wrestling dentist.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Randy Orton works together with fellow D.A. aspirant Alberto Del Rio to build a community center. It's all to make him a Villain with Good Publicity.
- Vigilante Man: CM Punk, with his "Take Back The City" plans. Also The Shield. Rey Mysterio as well.
- What Did I Do Last Night?: The second arc, "Haze of Glory," sets this up for CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, and Daniel Bryan.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Naturally, a lot of the action in this comic are the characters using their wrestling moves against others.