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By Mike Johnson on 2018-07-18 13:00:00

The 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International will be held this weekend over 7/19-7/22.  Here are the latest pro wrestling related updates for SDCC:


Thursday 7/19 at 11:15 AM - WWE Mattel Panel in Room 6A featuring WWE Champion AJ Styles, Matt Hardy, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Cathy Kelley and more to be announced.  Promotional material for the panel notes, "The WWE Elite Squad invades San Diego Comic-Con! Elite Squad members Zack Ryderand Curt Hawkins will be joined by Matt Hardy and a surprise superstar or two, along with the Mattel team, for this collector panel moderated by WWE correspondent Cathy Kelley.  Get the scoop on the hottest new Mattel WWE action figures!"

Thursday 7/19 at 1 PM - "Strange Bedfellows - Wrestling & Comics" in Room 29AB - "Some have called the spectacle of pro wrestling "a comic book come to life." That is not so far from the truth. From the heroics of Hulk Hogan to the anti-heroics of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and the villainy of Ric Flair, this panel explores the parallels in character development and storyline advancement between these forms. Featuring Rik Offenberger (First Comics News), Francis Szyskowski (The Massacre Twins), Scott Lost (The 2nd Shift), Michael Kingston (Headlocked), Kevin Kleinrock (Masked Republic), Flobo Boyce (Legacy), and Anthony Ray Bench (Film Threat). Moderated by Joshua Waldrop (Red Guerrilla Media)."

Thursday 7/19 at 2:15 PM - Dragon Ball Super movie panel, including Kofi Kingston and Zack Ryder.  Hall H.

Friday 7/20 at 5 PM - "Bumblebee" - Paramount Pictures brings Transformers to Comic-Con Hall H for the first time with Bumblebee. Director Travis Knight will be joined by star Hailee Steinfeld and cast in a panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican.

Friday 7/20 at 6 PM - "The Writer's Journey: Maximizing Your Potential in the New Marketplace" - The shifting 21st-century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant, and this group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Note from Mike: Easton has written a graphic novel on Andre the Giant and is working on the forthcoming Jim Cornette graphic novel), the panel includes producer Geoffrey Thorne (Black Panther's Quest, The Librarians), artist/writer Tony Puryear (Queen of the South, the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), writer Ubah Mohamed (DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Gang Related), writer Brandon Thomas (Catalyst Prime: Noble, Skybound's Horizon), and writer Bryan Hill (DC's Titans, Ash vs Evil Dead).


Headlocked Comics will host Rey Mysterio, Jerry Lawler, Lita, Psicosis and Joey Ryan at their booth (#1901).  Psicosis will be appearing on Thursday 7/19.  Jerry Lawler, Rey Mysterio & Amy "Lita" Dumas will be appearing on Friday 7/20.  Saturday 7/21, Headlocked will feature Lawler and Dumas.  Lawler and Joey Ryan will appear on Sunday 7/22.  

WWE star Becky Lynch will be signing at BOOM!'s booth (#2229) to promote the WWE comic book series on Friday 7/20 from 12 PM to 12:50 PM.


Viz Media (Booth #2819) will have copies of the Shinsuke Nakamura autobiography King of Strong Style: 1980-2014, the only place where the book can be purchased in advance of its 8/7 release date.

Funko has announced they will be releasing an exclusive Asuka Funko Pop doll at the San Diego Comic Con next month.

Mattel will also be releasing some exclusive WWE M.U.S.C.L.E. action figures as part of the SDCC.

Headlocked announced the following exclusives for SDCC:

Masked Republic announced:


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