“Eyedrum is a funkier, artsier venue, so I want to have a different feel for that show,” says Scarborough. “Our top 12 people will be going at it to see how things shake out. Whoever wins those matches will face each other at the March 19 show at the Academy Theatre, with the first champion crowned at the March 26 show.”
Despite Atlanta’s wrestling heritage, the city has never had the type of fan festivals held in other cities on the East Coast. But LegendsMania gives wrestling fans an opportunity to interact with industry legends one-on-one.
Friday night’s opening party features performances by local ‘80s hair metal cover band Iron Mullet and stand-up comedy by WWE Hall of Famer “Luscious” Johnny Valiant.
With a tag team theme, Saturday’s festivities include autograph sessions and a Q&A with legendary teams such as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express, the Midnight Express with Jim Cornette, Demolition, Road Warrior Animal with “Precious” Paul Ellering, and many more.
“We’re also setting up where fans can actually cut a promo with their favorite wrestlers,” says show producer Tom Harriman, “so you can give your spiel about who you’re going to beat like they do on television.”
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8 p.m. Fridays. $8. Academy Theatre, 119 Center St., Avondale Estates. 404-474-8332, www.academytheatre.org.
8 p.m. March 16. $8. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Drive S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-0655, www.eyedrum.org.
8-11 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. $20-$400. Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta Airport, 1900 Sullivan Road, Atlanta. 404-319-0801, www.legendsmania.com.