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ICW's Legends of the Ring XXII Report!

Post by ICW » June 17th, 2016, 10:37 pm

This report is a few days later because I spent the past 6 days at the glorious Barcelo Maya Beach Resort in Cancun. It's one of those all inclusive gimmicks -- including alcohol! I tried to post the report but the resort's wifi was not having it.

Anyways, Legends of the Ring XXII was a smashing success. Yes, there were hiccups and plenty of frustration but, in the end, the results are overwhelmingly positive. So instead of the usual ranting and raving, bitching and moaning, I’m just going to focus on the positives of the day.

I arrived to the Crowne Plaza hotel just before 10:00 AM. Before entering, Overthetop spotted me and introduced himself. It was an absolute pleasure to meet him! He informed me that the Superticket was being held in a different room than usual.

After picking up my tickets, I made a beeline for the new Superticket room. I asked a few people what number they were up to but, apparently, they hadn’t let anyone in. When I peeked inside, though, I saw a few people were in the room. It seemed like Mr. Terry Funk was holding up the flow of the Superticket. He’s so friendly and people were bringing a TON of stuff for him to sign. I don’t blame them because of Mr. Funk’s health.

My girlfriend offered to hold my spot in line while I went into the vendor room to knockout some pre-orders. Overthetop mentioned that the vendor room wasn’t very crowded and, sure enough, it wasn’t.

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I decided my first get of the day would be Butterbean (combo) since he hardly had a line. He couldn’t have been nicer! Genuinely great guy. He signed his entry in my beloved Encyclopedia. Great guy.

I then decided to get Jamie Noble out of the way. I had this weird feeling that Noble would be leaving as soon as he could so I wanted to make sure I got him out of the way. Another fan had other ideas, however, and I had to leave the Noble line after Jenna texted me that the Superticket line was moving.

While on the line, we met a fellow fan named Mark and he an absolute pleasure to talk to on line. Big shout out to you, Mark, if you’re reading this! You’re awesome.

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We were in the new Superticket room by 10:20ish and, according to the timestamp on my phone, I didn’t meet the first guests until 10:40 – Demolition. This is now my THIRD time meeting Ax and Smash but they’re always a pleasure. I had them both sign the WrestleMania IV section in my WM 32 Program. Weirdly enough, Smash signed under Ax’s picture! Oh well. I also had Smash sign a Russians 8x10 that’s previously signed by The Koloffs.

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The Powers of Pain were also in face paint and were quiet but very polite. They also happened to take one of my favorite photo ops! I had them sign the Powers of Pain entry in the Encyclopedia.

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Next was Scott Steiner. There was a slight delay as Disco Inferno talked with Steiner for a little over 5 minutes or so. Funny story: a fan started playing Disco Inferno's theme song and Disco actually did a double take and chuckled. Scott signed his entry and the Steiner Brothers entry in the Encyclopedia. He was quiet but polite.

Finally, it was time to meet Terry Funk for a 2nd time. I decided to get two autographs and skip the photo op as I was very satisfied with the photo op I got from Big Event. He signed the HOF portion of the WM 32 Program as well as the Ultimate Superstars Guide. Class act as always.

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We were out of the Superticket room nearly an hour later. We then waited on the Sting deluxe photo op line – luckily they were sticking to the numbered system, which worked out beautifully for me as I was #4. Sting really looked awesome; I believe he wore his ring jacket from WrestleMania 31. Totally surreal to take a picture with an icon like that.

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We then made our way into the vendor room and banged out the pre-orders: first was the West Hollywood Blondes (combo), Lenny Lane and Lodi. Both were very awesome, especially Lodi as he complimented my Yankees hat. I had them sign an 8x10 I had printed out at CVS and took a cool pic.

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Next was Hector Guerrero (combo), who was a class act. I felt weird asking him to sign the Gobbledy Gooker entry in the Encyclopedia but it had to be down, folks.

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Elijah Burke (combo) was next and I had him sign the Encyclopedia. Very nice guy! He noticed my girlfriend’s GoPro and made us promise we wouldn’t post the footage to YouTube. I’m sure he was kidding because nothing damning was being recorded – we were just testing it out as we’re going to Mexico tomorrow and want some practice using it lol.

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Next were Muhammad Hassan and Daivari (combos). Both were nice, Daivari a bit more personable. He told Hassan, “I hate when fans are taller than me!” which made me laugh.

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Next was Mean Gene (combo), who immediately asked about Jenna. He was awesome! I had him sign the Encyclopedia and told him what a pleasure it was to meet him. He replied, “The pleasure, Anthony, is mine.” Awesome.

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After him was La Resistance (combo). It was weird because Sylvain Grenier YELLED at the handler to pay attention and I think he was kidding but the handler looked pissed off and said something snarky in response. It was weird. Anyways, they both signed the La Resistance and their individual entries in the Encyclopedia. Too bad they didn’t put Rob Conway next to them for an easy trio photo op. Dupree also commented on my height.

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Next was Heidenreich, who was in LOD face paint. He was awesome to meet! Sadly, he was walking with a limp as his knee was bothering him. Poor guy. He still insisted on standing for a photo op though. Great guy, truly was.

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Next was Jamie Noble with zero line. Seriously, not a soul even near him. He was buried in his phone, so maybe that had something to do with it. Anyways, he signed his entry and the Pitbulls entry in the Encyclopedia (previously signed by Kid Kash).

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Bobby Fulton, who was incredibly nice and personable, was up next. He signed a 8x10 and was just an absolute class act.

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I then met Eddie Edwards. I was supposed to meet Davey Richards and Angelina Love as well but both cancelled. Lame. Eddie was as nice as could be and signed my TNA 2014 program.

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The J.O.B. Squad reunion was next. I opted for the Encyclopedia special so Al Snow and Scorpio signed all their entries. I had Meanie sign all his already so I had him sign an 8x10. Then, amazingly enough, Scorpio handed me a JOB Squad t-shirt for the photo op! I LOVE this photo op! Gillberg even jumped in! If only Hardcore Holly didn’t cancel!

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After that, I was surprisingly done with the pre-orders! Back in March, Jenna gave me an awesome present for my birthday: $100 to be used at LOTR! So I decided to get another combo with Stan Hansen. I had him sign the HOF portion of the WM 32 program and got a (correct) photo op with him.

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I decided to get Kevin Sullivan next, who talked me about the Red Sox’s superiority over the Yankees (boooo!). Great guy and we posed for a great pic. I had him sign the Encyclopedia.

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I circled around the room and decided to get a combo with Jeff Jarrett! Double J was awesome and signed both his entries in the Encyclopedia. He then told Jenna that she was a great girlfriend for coming to all these cons with me – and that she is.

It was time for the Sting autograph. Again, I was in and out. I had Sting signed the G.A.B. Sting figure that was recently released and the HOF portion of the WM 32 Program. Awesome stuff.

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I then decided to lineup for the 2nd block of the S.T. but they were only up to 1-25 (I was 55). I had a Hardy Boyz VIP ticket, so Terrance allowed me up front and I was in the room. It was hot as hell in there, man. Woof. The line moved slowly but I got to meet two childhood favorites of mine. They signed their entries in the Encyclopedia (minus the Brood) and a 8x10.

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I then made my way back into the S.T. room. The first two were the Harlem Heat. Booker T was in a GREAT mood and even gave a shout out to my GoPro lol. It was truly awesome to meet him and Stevie. I had Stevie sign the WCW Ultimate Superstars Guide while Booker signed his entries in the Encyclopedia (minus the nWo) and his entry in the WM 32 program.

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Next was Candice Michelle, who looked PHENOMENAL. She insisted on two pics with everyone – a standard and one where she’s leaning in for a kiss on the cheek. She wan absolute sweetheart. She signed her entry in the Encyclopedia.

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Next was Dutch Mantel, who was very nice. I had him sign the Encyclopedia.

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Finally…Butch Reed. He was quite but polite and I had him sign the Encyclopedia as well to finally end the day.

Overall, it was an exhausting day with bursts of frustration but hey…I can’t deny the results. I thought the organization of the con was a bit disorganized, especially in comparison to the others, but still very manageable.

Also, it was great seeing Gene, Greg and meeting CM Showstopper as well as seeing a lot of other people I usually see around the con circuit.

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Post by cmshowstopper » June 17th, 2016, 10:46 pm

I always thought Candice looked amazing. But the last time I saw her, I thought she aged terribly. I cant believe she looks amazing again. WOW!
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Post by overthetop17 » June 18th, 2016, 12:57 am

Great report man! Nice to finally meet you as well! I love the Job Squad photo, it came out great. Autos all look good and so did Candice, however I still think Karen Jarrett wins this battle...

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Post by capman » June 18th, 2016, 6:07 am

Fantastic job and report. Kevin Sullivan s probably someone on my radar from the 1982/3 Florida territory devil gimmick which was so taboo then. Love that picture and I may need to steal a pose somewhat like that if I meet him! great work.

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Post by MrTonyRuben » June 18th, 2016, 7:14 am

Some awesome pics and autographs! JOB Squad pic is pretty epic! Just a heads up, your Heidenreich pic is missing. A double of the La Resistance pic is there.


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Post by WOODMO » June 18th, 2016, 7:30 am

Awesome stuff. Everything turned out great but the JOB Squad group is probably my favorite

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Post by class316 » June 18th, 2016, 9:09 am

Hector Guerrero never had an issue signing Gobbledy Gooker stuff.

Agreed that Job Squad shot is pretty awesome.

Show us your Heidenreich shot and your Candice kiss shot
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Post by Greg2600 » June 18th, 2016, 3:40 pm

Wow, love the report, tons of graphs. Job Squad photo is very cool. The Hardy line moved absurdly slow, the LOTR guys at the door couldn't understand what was happening.
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Post by prowrestlingmall » June 18th, 2016, 5:53 pm

AWESOME report dude!!! Tremendous pics and autos! I had a great time at the show as well! A quick question...Did Hector Guerrero say anything about signing as the Gooker? It looks like he signed his own name where in the past he has signed "Goobly Goo" for the Ency entry. Again, thanks again for sharing the report!

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Post by ICW » June 18th, 2016, 6:16 pm

cmshowstopper wrote:I always thought Candice looked amazing. But the last time I saw her, I thought she aged terribly. I cant believe she looks amazing again. WOW!
She just had a kid too, I believe. She was originally scheduled for Big Event in either November or March but had to cancel due to her pregnancy.
overthetop17 wrote:Great report man! Nice to finally meet you as well! I love the Job Squad photo, it came out great. Autos all look good and so did Candice, however I still think Karen Jarrett wins this battle...
Thanks, man! Karen looked terrific.
capman wrote:Fantastic job and report. Kevin Sullivan s probably someone on my radar from the 1982/3 Florida territory devil gimmick which was so taboo then. Love that picture and I may need to steal a pose somewhat like that if I meet him! great work.
Thanks! I'd definitely meet Kevin Sullivan, man, he was very nice to talk to. The pose was his idea!
MrTonyRuben wrote:Some awesome pics and autographs! JOB Squad pic is pretty epic! Just a heads up, your Heidenreich pic is missing. A double of the La Resistance pic is there.
Thanks for the kind words and the heads up! I'll def. post that Heidenreich pic...
WOODMO wrote:Awesome stuff. Everything turned out great but the JOB Squad group is probably my favorite
Thanks, man! I loved the way it came out, it's a shame Bob Holly had to cancel.
class316 wrote:Hector Guerrero never had an issue signing Gobbledy Gooker stuff.

Agreed that Job Squad shot is pretty awesome.

Show us your Heidenreich shot and your Candice kiss shot
Thanks! I'll post the pics at the bottom of this post.
Greg2600 wrote:Wow, love the report, tons of graphs. Job Squad photo is very cool. The Hardy line moved absurdly slow, the LOTR guys at the door couldn't understand what was happening.
Thanks, Greg. The Hardy Boys seemed a little lethargic at times, almost tired.
prowrestlingmall wrote:AWESOME report dude!!! Tremendous pics and autos! I had a great time at the show as well! A quick question...Did Hector Guerrero say anything about signing as the Gooker? It looks like he signed his own name where in the past he has signed "Goobly Goo" for the Ency entry. Again, thanks again for sharing the report!
Thanks, man! Nope, he just signed. He was very nice.

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Post by lanza218 » June 20th, 2016, 1:40 pm

Good stuff. How was vacation?

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Post by ICW » June 20th, 2016, 7:26 pm

lanza218 wrote:Good stuff. How was vacation?
Thanks! And beautiful! All inclusive resort in Cancun. Meals, booze, flight, room all for an insanely great price. Weather was gorgeous. Bought some lucha masks lol. Beautiful time, thanks for asking!
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