CM Punk's performance in Heels is earning rave reviews from the show's star and executive producer.
Speaking with IGN, Michael Waldron, the writer and producer of Heels, was asked if any real-life wrestlers would be appearing in the series. Although his role as Ricky Rabies had already been revealed, the Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer chose to praise Punk and took pride in the fact that they got to be a part of his return to the ring. He said the following:
"Yeah, CM Punk, Best in the World, shows up in the show and delivers just a tremendous performance. So, CM Punk's return to the wrestling ring that everybody's been chanting for all these years and we're proud that we finally got to do it in our show. But the guy's a hell of an actor. It shouldn't surprise anybody and there's another couple that are pretty exciting."
It was then spilled that Mick Foley would also play a part in Season One. Stephen Amell, the co-star, shared that the Hardcore Legend will be playing a podcast host who interviews him before a show. The longtime Arrow star then stated his desire to hopefully work with more wrestlers in the future but warned them that Punk set the bar very high. This is what he said:
"Yeah, Mick Foley, the Hardcore Legend himself plays a podcast host, actually, who's interviewing Jack about an upcoming show. So that was really fun. You would hope that if the show comes out and is successful that we can start to tap into the world of professional wrestling and have some more people from the industry on the show because it just sort of gives us a lot of street cred. But I will tell you this, they better bring it because Phil especially with the character of Ricky Rabies, who appears in a couple of episodes of the first season, he set the bar very very high."
Heels is set to premiere on Starz on August 15 and tells the story of two brothers fighting over how to run their late father's wrestling promotion.
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