In a press release today, Wizard World announced that they are bringing seven big name WWE superstars to their Chicago event. Sasha Banks, The Bella Twins, Becky Lynch, John Cena, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins will be in Chicago on August 18th.
LOS ANGELES, CA– July 6, 2016 – In one of the most impressive gatherings of professional wrestling talent in Wizard World history, fans can meet some of wrestling’s biggest names when WWE® Superstars John Cena®, Seth Rollins™, Dean Ambrose™, Sasha Banks™, The Bella Twins™ and Becky Lynch™ attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 18, 19 and 20 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
“We’re very excited to have such a large group of incredibly talented WWE® Superstars attending Wizard World Chicago,” said John Maatta, CEO of Wizard World. “The addition of these world-class athletes to Chicago’s already impressive lineup of stars from film, television, comics and more will give fans a unique and exciting experience, and shows Wizard World’s commitment to including all forms of pop culture entertainment at its shows.”
The dates and times for each appearance are as follows:
Thursday, August 18
WWE® Superstar Seth Rollins™ (4-7 p.m.)
WWE® Superstar Sasha Banks™ (5-8 p.m.)
Friday, August 19
WWE® Superstar John Cena® (3-7 p.m.)
WWE® Superstar Dean Ambrose™ (4-7 p.m.)
WWE® Superstar Becky Lynch™ (2-5 p.m.)
Saturday, August 20
WWE® Superstars The Bella Twins™ (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
They will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and more, at the largest and longest-running Wizard World show.
For complete schedules, check back closer to the show date at www.wizardworld.com.
John Cena® is a 15-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, five-time U.S. Champion and record-setting Make-A-Wish granter. He has won the Royal Rumble Match twice. He has competed in 12 straight WrestleManias and counting, and — more than a decade into his tenure — he hasn’t slowed down a step.
As one-half of the dazzling The Bella Twins™, Brie debuted on SmackDown in 2008, defeating her first opponent, Victoria, by way of “Twin Magic” — a move in which she and her identical sister, Nikki, secretly switched places during matches. In 2011, the sneaky tactic helped Brie defeat Eve to win the Divas Championship. Every bit as cunning as she is cute, this half-Mexican, half-Italian beauty, along with her doppelgänger, has truly blazed a path for female athletes to follow over the years, both inside and outside the squared circle.
If there is a barrier to be broken or an accolade to be earned, Nikki Bella has done it, and done it with style. A self-admitted “tomboy” with a feminine side, Nikki originally planned to play professional soccer until a leg injury ended her career. From there, she followed her twin sister Brie’s lead into WWE. Unsuccessful in seizing spots in the 2006 WWE Raw Diva Search, The Bellas caught the eyes of execs and soon landed in FCW. Training for the competition they would soon crush (while male WWE fans formed crushes on them), Nikki and her sibling made their way onto the main roster in 2008 and turned heads whenever they set foot inside the ring.
An independent wrestler out of Boston, Sasha Banks™ worked her way through various promotions before finally landing a foot in the door in WWE NXT. Eventually, the quiet but talented young woman found her voice and realized that, well, she kind of ruled. The Boss was born. Since then, Banks has not looked back for a second, though she turned plenty of heads throughout her astounding rise to dominance within NXT’s ultra-competitive women’s division.
Seth Freaking Rollins, is really freaking good. Did you know that he took the WWE World Heavyweight Title from Brock Lesnar? Or that he’s the only man to cash in a Money in the Bank contract in the main event of WrestleMania? Or that he’s the only human being to ever hold the WWE World Heavyweight and United States Championships simultaneously? If you don’t, worry not: He’ll tell you soon enough. And if you somehow manage to tune out his (justified) boasts, it won’t be long until this hybrid athlete’s skills in the ring turn you into a believer.
Dean Ambrose™ is a dangerous man. The Cincinnati scrapper began his path to WWE with a fearless career on the independent scene where he earned a reputation for his ability to absorb and to distribute punishment in equal measure. Through his years toiling away in obscurity, Ambrose competed in some of the most vicious environments imaginable, sacrificing his body and blood in the pursuit of inflicting as much damage on his opponent as humanly possible. Victory was incidental. What mattered to Ambrose was always his message: No one is safe.
A fiery redhead from Dublin, Ireland, Becky Lynch™ is ready to fight anyone in her path. Trained for the squared circle at the age of 15, Lynch traveled the world perfecting her craft before joining NXT in 2014. One thing is certain: Where there are lasses to be kicked and arms to be snapped, you will find Becky Lynch.
The seven join a standout lineup of superstar entertainers scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza, including Carrie Fisher (Star Wars); Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson (Back to the Future); David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”); Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”), Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Rosario Dawson, Elodie Yung and Elden Henson (“Daredevil”) and many more.
Wizard World comic con and gaming events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 18, 3-8 p.m.; Friday, August 19, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.