Last year, something very interesting happened at Keystone Comic-Con that I have never seen a comic convention do before and that was to have a wrestling ring at the show with matches. That is happening again this year at the show located at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia PA as Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore will return there for live matches in a three day period.
At last year’s show, wrestling legends Tommy Dreamer and Bully Ray had matches and many up-comers from the independent circuit had matches as well to gain exposure such as Lance Anaoi, Giovanni, JF Kazan, Dennis Morga, Chris Mojo, Randy Shawn, and Dennis Morgan. It was fun to see this live at different timeslots of the show during the three days last year. Every time a different match happened, the fans and attendees circled the guardrail to see the matches. There had to be almost up to 300 fans at once at each match as many of us did not expect for that area to get that full. I always find it great that comics and professional wrestling have a great connection as they draw in a similar type of fans whether if it is the hardcore ones that follows both mediums for years religiously or the curious casual fans of both mediums. Either way, I recommend stopping by the ring area if you have never seen a wrestling ring up close before to see the action. Bully Ray even cut a promo at the show last year as well and everyone that watched reacted to him. My favorite match from last year was Tommy Dreamer vs Lance Anaoi. Lance Anaoi recently appeared on television so it was great to see how fast he has progressed since that great match he had with Dreamer last year at the show. The match went for almost fifteen minutes as weapons from the crowd were used too such as Lucille (Walking Dead fans, you know what this is), a road sign, a chair, and more weapons you can find from a crowd in these type of hardcore matches. I did talk to Dreamer after his match and I remember telling him that if Keystone Comic-Con happens again next year, this attraction should come back.
Who knows who will be there this year as Keystone Comic-Con started making announcements of their guests as of recent. Wrestling has an unpredictable way of surprises so anyone can show up whether if they have been on television before or now. You will be satisfied with the matches. Trust me.
Keystone Comic Con will take place on August 23-25th 2019 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now as you can buy general admission, premium, or 3-day VIP passes. It is the biggest comic convention show in Pennsylvania as it showcases the best of comics, entertainment, video games, pro wrestling, and music for everyone ranging from children to adults. More information about the three-day show can be found at www.keystonecomiccon.com
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