Walking Dead actor among those to be at Tupelo Furniture Market

Billy Gunn

The Con is back. The Tupelo Con, that is. The sixth annual event takes place Saturday and Sunday in Building V of the Tupelo Furniture Market on Coley Road.

And it includes a Saturday night of big-time wrestling, an event separate from the Con itself. Doors open Saturday at 10 a.m., while wrestling doors open at 6:30 p.m. and matches begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s Tupelo Con hours are noon-6 p.m.

According to the Con’s post on a Tupelo events website, “Tupelo Con is a fan-focused convention celebrating multi-genre fandom including comic books, movies, television programs, anime, games, and other pop culture experiences. This year’s Tupelo Con will include the following types of experiences: n Meet and greets with actors or characters from popular programs n Cosplay contests and prizes n Panel discussions n Prop exhibits from popular movies and television programs.”

Last year’s Tupelo Con was held a week before the coronavirus lockdown was ordered; the event was put on hiatus until it was deemed safe enough to hold another one.

Organizers have, nonetheless, included some precautions in the schedule that are: • Increased space dedicated to areas of congregation.

• Sanitation stations in areas of high traffic flow.

• Digital options for interactive online interviews with celebrity guests.

• Panel streaming options. Weekend pass is $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Saturday pass is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Sunday pass is $15. Kids’ two-day pass is $10.

According to Jimmy Blaylock, wrestling booker and owner of Fun World, wrestling tickets are $15 general admission and $20 reserved seating. They are available at Fun World (314 South Green Street), Relics Antique Marketplace (248 South Green Street) and through www.eventbrite.com.

The VIP Wrestling features Florida-based Billy Gunn, a professional wrestler currently working for All Elite Wrestling as a talent coach and an occasional wrestler.

Gunn, 57, is best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment from 1993 to 2004 and from 2012 to 2015. He will be present during Tupelo Con to meet fans and sign autographs.

Blaylock said there will be six matches, including women’s wrestling – Nikki Lane vs Diana Taylor – and midget wrestling. Some special matches include the “first ever” Wheel of Torture Match and the Mississippi Strap Match, where fans line the outside perimeter of the ring, armed with belts, and thrash wrestlers thrown outside the ring until they return to the fray.

Among the 21 wrestlers from across the country will be wrestling celebrities Gary Valiant (son of Jimmy Valiant), Mitch Toretta, Dundee and midget Kevin Kash.

For more information about VIP Wrestling or Tupelo Con, call Blaylock at Fun World – 844-3866.

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