Michigan Comic Book Expo and Attack At The Yack is very happy
to announce the guests for this years event.
All Autographs are only $20!
Ron Simmons is a man of few words, but his actions as a pioneer speak volumes.
A multiple time tag champ in both WWE and WCW and a College Football Hall of Famer, the big man’s greatest achievement came on Aug. 2, 1992, when he defeated Big Van Vader to become the first officially recognized African-American world champion in sports-entertainment. Like “Sailor” Art Thomas, Bobo Brazil and Rocky Johnson before him, Simmons broke down barriers and paved the way for future Superstars like The Rock and Booker T.
The powerhouse’s journey to sports-entertainment immortality began in his native Perry, Ga., where he excelled on the football field. A defensive nose guard, he earned All-American honors playing at Florida State University, where he ruled the turf under legendary coach Bobby Bowden. His No. 50 jersey was retired by Florida State University, and he was ultimately inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame for his accomplishments at FSU.
After playing for the Cleveland Browns in the NFL and the Tampa Bay Bandits in the short-lived United States Football League, Simmons focused his talents on the squared circle. Trained by Hiro Matsuda, he made his professional debut in 1986, ultimately evolving from up-and-coming NWA standout to tag team and World Champion in WCW. In NWA, Simmons also befriended SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, as Teddy guided the big man and his partner Butch Reed in a team called Doom.
After a brief stint at ECW, Simmons joined WWE in 1996 under the name Faarooq, and formed The Nation of Domination. Mentoring members like The Rock and Mark Henry early in their careers, he played a significant role in shaping the future of WWE. After a falling out with The Great One, Faarooq went back to his real name and teamed with JBL as The APA. As tough as they come, the two drank beer, smoked cigars and raised a lot of hell while winning the World Tag Team Titles three times between 1999 and 2001.
Towards the end of his career, Simmons became one of WWE’s most popular personalities with one word — “Damn!” Routinely appearing out of nowhere after a particularly tense or embarrassing situation in the locker room, he would unleash his booming voice on an unexpecting Superstar, sending WWE fans into hysterics. The hilarious vignettes made it clear that Simmons wasn’t just a serious buttkicker, but he was funny as hell.
One thing is certain — Ron Simmons was a shoe-in to be voted into every Hall of Fame he was eligible for, including WWE’s.
Brown is well known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation between 1997 and 2003 and also in 2008. There, he held the WWF Intercontinental Championship once and the WWF European Championship four times. He is also known for his appearances in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where he held the NWA World Tag Team Championship, Ring of Honor and in Japan with the promotions All Japan Pro Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Noah. He also was the longest active member of the Nation of Domination.
made his official WWF debut in 1997 as a member of Faarooq‘s Nation of Domination heel stable, debuting as one of several non-descript people in suits that accompanied the group to the ring. During this time, his most notable moment was when Ahmed Johnson slammed him onto the roof of a car during Shotgun Saturday Night. His first televised match as a member of the Nation was on the April 26, 1997 episode of Shotgun Saturday Night, as he, Crush, and Savio Vega defeated Aldo Montoya, Steve Corino, and Freddie Joe Floyd. On May 26, 1997 he had his first match on Monday Night Raw, defeating Bob “The Spark Plugg” Holly. After the King of the Ring 1997, Faarooq fired the rest of the Nation’s members, except for D-Lo, who was later joined by Ahmed Johnson (later replaced by Rocky Maivia), Kama Mustafa, and Mark Henry. In early 1998, the group turned on Faarooq, allowing Maivia, now going by the name “The Rock”, to assume leadership. During this period Kama also changed his name to “The Godfather” and began portraying a pimp character. D’Lo and Henry eventually turned on both Rock and Godfather separately, moving into a feud with the Rock before finally branching out as a moderately successful tag team, later turning face along the way. Prior to the face turn, Brown had started wrestling with a chest protector, supposedly for a torn pectoral muscle sustained in a match against Dan “The Beast” Severn. Instead, he used the chest protector to his advantage, making his finishing move, the Lo Down, more effective.
Ken Anderson (born March 6, 1976) is an American professional wrestler and actor. He is best known for his time under the ring names Mr. Kennedy and occasionally Ken Kennedy during his time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) between 2005 and 2009, and in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where he performed under the ring name Mr. Anderson from 2010 to 2016, and he has become a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion in addition to being a member of Immortal and the former vice-president of Aces & Eights.
Before working for WWE, Anderson wrestled for numerous promotions, winning various singles and tag team championships. Upon signing with WWE, Anderson was assigned to the company’s developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in Louisville, Kentucky in 2005.
After signing with WWE, Anderson made his debut on the SmackDown! roster in August 2005. In September 2006, he captured his first and only title with the company, the United States Championship, and would hold on to it for a month. The following year at WrestleMania 23, Anderson won the annual Money in the Bank ladder match, a contract, which guarantees a match for one of WWE’s then three world level championships. He was fired from WWE on May 29, 2009. He returned to the independent circuit before signing a contract with TNA in 2010, which he was fired from TNA in 2016 and would return to the independent circuit for a second time. He opened a wrestling school in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late 2016 along with Shawn Daivari, Molly Holly, Ariya Daivari, and Arik Cannon called The Academy School of Professional Wrestling.
The Michigan Comic Book Expo is very pleased to announce that joining us this year will be Evil Genius Entertainment. Producers of some of the finest indie horror films, they will be debuting their latest feature Five Must Die on July 29th with us free with paid admission. Seats will be limited so don’t miss your chance to be one of the first to see it.
Evil Genius Entertainment is Michigan’s longest established independent filmmaker specializing in horror & sci-fi feature films.
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