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Here's why you should check out Sunday's event in Chicago

April 26, 2012|By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye

When's the last time you watched pro wrestling? Maybe it was randomly on at a friend's house, or late one night in college. There's probably a better chance that the last time you saw it when you were a little kid.

I'd like to implore you to change that habit.

Boxing is a shell of it's former self, and UFC can be hit-or-miss, depending on the card. (Did I mention former UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar is wrestling again?) This Sunday, the WWE (you may remember them as WWF) rolls into town for a pay-per-view called "Extreme Rules," and it provides a pretty good jumping-on point for the whole mishegas. I say you go check it out (the event is sold-out, but select bars in the city will be showing it or you can order it).

While you're watching, here are a few things I think you should keep an eye on.

>> Brodus Clay: Remember the Chris Farley Chippendales sketch? Yeah, imagine that, but then add two smoking-hot ladies and a little person. That = his entrance. Worth the price of admission alone.

>> CM Punk: The current WWE champ is so Chicago it hurts. How so? He lives here, will be singing the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley in May and wears the Chicago stars on his trunks. Currently feuding with Chris Jericho (whom you've probably seen on shows like "I love the '90s"). They're going to tear the house down. Support your own.

>> The crowd: Wrestling crowds are always the X-factor at a PPV. You'll hear some interesting chants, see some ridiculous signs and be entertained the whole time.

>> Daniel Bryan: He looks like a Groupon employee but is secretly one of the three best wrestlers on Earth right now. Fun tip: take a drink every time he says "Yes." Sorry in advance for the hangover.

>> The main event: the aforementioned Lesnar is making his WWE return after being away since 2002. He's taking on current golden boy John Cena, and the match will either be decent or a trainwreck. UFC fans, this one's for you.

Anyway, all that I'm saying is give wrestling a chance. I'll see you Sunday. | @ernestwilkins

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