CM Punk, AJ Lee and Sin Cara invade Ringside Fest 2012 in New York City

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October 20, 2012

They say the lights are bright on Broadway. But when WWE Champion CM Punk, AJ Lee and Sin Cara invaded the world-famous Carolines on Broadway comedy club for the 2012 edition of Ringside Fest, the lights had never shone brighter in the heart of New York City. (VIEW PHOTOS)

Each year, WWE Universe members convene in midtown Manhattan — long considered the Mecca of WWE — for Ringside Collectibles’ squared-circle celebration, giving WWE Universe members a chance to mingle with their favorite Superstars and get an early sneak peek at Mattel’s upcoming WWE action figures.

Sin Cara fans from around the five boroughs and beyond lined up around W. 49th St. to meet The International Sensation. Some members of the WWE Universe dressed just like their high-flying idol, and some even brought merchandise from Sin Cara's days as Mistico, when he became a lucha libre phenomenon. The fan favorite seemed to be having a blast greeting his legions of supporters, as did AJ Lee who appeared alongside Sin Cara. (MORE SIN CARA)

“It’s so bizarre because not long ago I was a little girl that would dress like the Divas on TV because I would look up to them so much,” AJ told WWE.com, reminiscing on her transition from WWE Universe member to WWE Diva to Raw General Manager. “At Ringside Fest, there were little girls with cut-up custom AJ T-shirts, little skulls on their clothes and Converse. It just blows my mind and is the cutest thing ever. That’s why I got into this, so it’s weird to see it all happening.”

The enthusiastic fans got creative with what they asked the spunky Diva to autograph. “I got to sign a Chuck [Taylor sneaker],” AJ proudly admitted. “So that's near and dear to my heart. I'm waiting for that Converse endorsement deal any day now.”

A toy collector herself, AJ is anxiously looking forward to her first Mattel action figure, due to hit shelves in early 2013.

“It’s what I’ve wanted my whole life,” Lee said with a grin. “I’ve had people make action figures of me, and it’s so amazing to see. But to have a real one that no one had to customize, and she’s wearing my outfit, has my Chuck Taylors on and looks like me, it’s so amazing. I think it’s one of every Superstar or Diva’s goals: be an action figure, be in the video game and win a title. Fortunately, I’ve gotten to mark a lot off my checklist.” (MORE AJ LEE)

Surprisingly, members of the WWE Universe came out in droves to meet WWE Champion CM Punk despite The Straight Edge Superstar’s atrocious behavior over the last several weeks. When approaching Punk for his signature, New Jersey native Jules Cornelious proceeded with appropriate caution.

“I made sure I gave him a dap on the hand and kept my mouth shut,” Cornelious said with a laugh, leaving the “pipe bombs” to the WWE Champion. “I didn’t want to say anything that was going to offend him.”

Another WWE Universe member who wouldn’t dream of disrespecting Punk at Ringside Fest was Max Lawson, 12, from Long Island.

“I completely respect Punk,” Lawson told WWE.com moments after meeting The Second City Saint. “Punk deserves respect. He’s the WWE Champion.” (MORE CM PUNK)

Michelle Michelson is a Chicago native, much like the polarizing titleholder, but now lives in Brooklyn. “[Punk]’s amazing,” the 25-year-old Kings County resident said of her fellow Chicagoan. “I think he deserves the utmost respect for the fact that he's had the WWE Championship for a year now.”

Michelson added, “I love that all the little kids come out with their titles. It's really awesome to see that,” she said. “They're so excited.”

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