Brian Pillman vs Deadpool

Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly, movies and popcorn, Jack Daniels and Coke-a-Cola, the Internet and pornography, etc. They accentuate one another. Sure they’re all great individually, but when they’re hand-in-hand they’re damn near universal. For myself and a lot of others like me wrestling and comic books go together. Good guys versus bad guys. The suspension of disbelief. Incredible fights. Long story arcs. Over-the-top characters. Some wrestlers even wear masks like superheroes! There are a lot of similarities between the two industries and sometimes even the characters mirror each other. Today I realized two of my all-time favorites in wrestling and comic books are eerily similar. No, I’m not referring to Brad Armstrong being dressed up like a knockoff Spider-man in WCW. Brian Pillman was Deadpool before Deadpool was cool.

Since this is a wrestling website and not a comic book website I should probably give a little context of who Deadpool is in case the one person who didn’t see last February’s box office hit is reading this article. Wade Wilson was a mercenary born in Canada and would have a very difficult childhood with his mother getting cancer and his father physically abusing him. Wilson himself would later be diagnosed with cancer which would drive him to great lengths to survive which included volunteering for an experimental government program. After being injected with what would give him a healing factor similar to Wolverine’s Deadpool went out on his own. The difference now is that Wilson was absolutely insane. He would frequently argue with himself and break the fourth wall (meaning he talks to the readers, knows he’s in a comic book, and generally blurs the lines) with his nonstop talking that would garner him the nickname “The Merc with the Mouth.” In his relatively short time as a character Deadpool has become one of Marvel’s most popular comic book.

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