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WWE APA reunion (JBL and Ron Simmons), Jerry Lawler, Michael Kingston, Paige, Tito Santana at Florida Supercon in Miami

WWE Diva Paige had fun participating in a Q&A during Florida Supercon at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Michael Kingston, the creator of the ‘Headlocked’ pro wrestling comic book series, was the moderator.
WWE Diva Paige had fun participating in a Q&A during Florida Supercon at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Michael Kingston, the creator of the ‘Headlocked’ pro wrestling comic book series, was the moderator. Photo By Victor Baloy

Fans from all walks of life once again descended on the Miami Beach Convention Center for Florida Supercon.

Day two of the celebration for everything fun was highlighted by an eclectic mix of comic book artists, movie stars, pro wrestlers, TV actors, sports entertainers and everything in between.

The list of activities for adults, children and families leads into the wee hours of the morning. That’s not even taking into account the rows of vendors selling enough stuff, creating a prime opportunity to cross off all the geeks on your Christmas list months ahead of time. Of course, this can be challenging, when you’re too busy buying shirts, swords and art for yourself. The struggle is real.

Main panel highlights included sessions with Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca from “Star Wars”), Brett Dalton (Agent Grant Ward from “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and “Arrow” villains Manu Bennett (Deathstroke) and Matt Nable (Ra’s Al Ghul).

The gathering has certainly evolved in the last decade from its humble beginnings to a comic convention juggernaut. Pro wrestling continues to have a strong presence at the convention. This year Supercon welcomed current in-ring WWE superstars and divas. Paige made Hall C her house when the popular performer participated in Q&A sessions, signed autographs and took photos with attendees.

“We were so thrilled to see the reaction the fans had to having WWE Diva Paige at Florida Supercon for the first time, and it just tells us that it’s something worth doing again and again,” said Sandy Martin, COO of Florida Supercon.

“We expect a packed house for [WWE Superstar] Daniel Bryan on Saturday [June 27], and we’re excited to see more than 50,000 people come to Florida Supercon over these four days.”

Kane is also expected to participate in the festivities on Sunday, June 28.

Jerry “The King” Lawler and Michael Kingston were part of a panel promoting the “Headlocked” pro wrestling comic book series on Friday, June 26. Lawler has collaborated artistically with Kingston, the comic book’s creator.

Lawler and Kingston appeared on “It’s Erik Nagel” for Sirius XM Radio, and Kingston was the moderator for the Paige Q&A. Former TNA star Samuel Shaw will be at the “Headlocked” table on Saturday, June 27.

It was a reunion for current WWE commentator John “Bradshaw” Layfield and WWE Hall of Famer Ron Simmons. The APA members set up shop at Supercon.

TNA Knockout Mickie James was also a popular attraction at the event. Her son, Donovan, was all smiles, while mom met fans.

The wrestling lineup was rounded out by legendary WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana, who does appearances when he isn’t teaching.

It’s exciting to see how big Florida Supercon has become. A true testament to the hard work of everyone involved led by Founder Mike Broder. There is still plenty of fun to be had through Sunday, June 28.

For information, visit

http://floridasupercon.com.

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About Florida Supercon

Now in its 10th year, Florida Supercon, one of the country’s largest comic convention and pop culture events, returned to Miami Beach to fill fans’ love for comic books, anime, animation, video game, fantasy, Sci-Fi and pop culture genres.

This four-day event has something for everyone, from celebrity guests, comic book, creators, voice actors, industry guests, panels, Q&A’s, film screenings, cosplay and costume contests, vendors, parties, workshops, video gaming, children’s events and more.

Weekend Convention Event Hours and Agenda

Florida Supercon is at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, 33139.

Convention Hours are as follows:

* Saturday, June 27: 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. (Exhibition Room: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

* Sunday, June 28: 10 a.m. – Midnight (Exhibition Room: 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

To view the complete list of activities, see the agenda.

For information, visit http://floridasupercon.com

And More

The convention has continued to grow from its first event in November 2006 with 1,500 attendees to more than 43,000 in 2014. Seeing that there was a need for more geek culture events in South Florida, Florida Supercon Founder Mike Broder has launched several other festivals, including Animate Miami (formally Anime Supercon) and Magic City Comic Con.

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