My experience at Legends of the Ring 26!

The 26th Legends of the Ring followed an all-too-familiar pattern:

· A breeze through the first block of the Superticket
· A breeze through the vendor room
· A soul-crushing wait through the second block of the Superticket

I’ll get to the terribly long wait – and everything else – later in the report.

I want to start off by giving my appreciation to the friends I have made, and continue to make, in this hobby. I chatted with Marked Out’s own Crossfire, who’s always fun to chat with it. I also spent most of the day with my friends Mark and Gene; Mark actually surprised me with the paperback edition of the WWE 50 book, which was beyond generous. I later ran into Kevin, who is kind of enough to tell me that he’s looking forward to reading my reports.

The coolest moment for me, though, was when someone tapped me on the shoulder and said, “You’re ICW right? From Marked Out!” As it turns out, this person, who’s also named Kevin, said he flew out all the way from Chicago to attend this show after reading my reports! That was truly something else to hear! It was truly awesome meeting you, Kev, and I was truly blessed to spend parts of my day with the other fellas.

It was also awesome running into Ron, who always reads my reports. Good seeing you, Ron!

And now…onto the report.

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Breaking News: Col. DeBeers cancels LOTR appearance due to illness

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Some breaking news via Eric Simms:

Some bad news to report. Due to a last minute medical issue Col. Debeers had canceled his appearance.

He has cancer. No he is not dying. He is undergoing chemo treatments and had some complications with it where his doctor advised him not fly.

What does this mean
1. Obviously he is canceled.
2. All pre sales will be refunded at lotr. Please see me for a refund.
3. He agreed to sign my photos so if anyone wants an autograph i will honor it. It may take 2 weeks or so to honor this but will be honored.
4 i might have a last minute Replacement

Sorry to let the fans down on this

Due to his health i cant promise a make up date.

We obviously wish Col. DeBeers luck with his treatment. Cancer is a terrible, terrible thing.

LOTR XXVI guest updates

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Here are the latest guest announcements for Legends of the Ring XXVI:

Legends of the Ring announced a change to their World’s Famous Superticket: Virgil and Ted DiBiase have been moved to their October Superticket and taking their place are ECW legends Rob Van Dam & Tracy Smothers.

LOTR also announced their final addition to their Superticket: Little Guido. It seems that an F.B.I. photo op of Smothers, Guido. and the previously announced Tommy Rich is in the cards!

K&S Wrestlefest/Highspots are bringing in Arn Anderson, Paul Ellering, the Headbangers, and Steve Regal (not to be confused with William Regal).

Damage365 Radio announced that Bobcat will no longer appear at LOTR XXVI.

Muhammad Hassan has been added via Hero’s Hideout

RDP Promotions is bringing in Brandi Rhodes and Madison Rayne. 

Lunchtime Retro Read: Meeting Y2J

This is the first entry of the Retro Report series.

My first experience with meeting a professional wrestler occured 15 years ago.

I was a moody 12 year old kid sitting in the back of his father’s car dreading another trip to the mall. I’m sure I had my Gameboy Advance and portable CD Player with me, important tools to help pass the time.

This trip, though, would be anything but boring.

 

We pulled up to the Willowbrook Mall and advertised on their giant bulletin board was a Meet and Greet with WWE Superstar Shawn Michaels. I immediately asked my parents if they could buy me a ticket and, after some convincing (read: begging) they decided to indulge me.

My mom patiently waited on line with me for close to two hours. My excitement grew every single time we moved up. When it was finally my turn to meet “The Showstopper”, all I could ask was, “Are you going to be on RAW tomorrow night?” HBK chuckled and told me, “Of course, kid.” We posed for a photo, which he signed soon after.

I left that meet & greet with a sense of excitement that I had never felt before. There was something thrilling about waiting on line, talking to other fans about their memories and experiences, and actually meeting someone who I watched on TV.

I met two other wrestlers at that location over the next year or so: Torrie Wilson and Mick Foley.

I was heartbroken when the store closed its doors soon after.

I wouldn’t attend another signing until over a decade later.

It’s September of 2014 and I’m bored out of my mind. I had two part-time jobs and a lovely girlfriend but something was missing from my life. I came to the realization that I needed a hobby – but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with my free time.

After a nice dinner with some family in Long Island, we decided to stop by the Barnes and Noble in Carle Place. I’ll never forget walking into the store and seeing a gigantic banner hanging from their 2nd story balcony: “MEET WRESTLER AND AUTHOR CHRIS JERICHO…”

Even though I hadn’t watched much wrestling in years, I knew that I had to attend his book signing. Jericho used to be one of my favorites and he’s someone I considered a legend. There was no question that I was going to meet him.

Fast-forward to October 14, 2014. I woke up bright and early and headed down to the Barnes & Noble at Carle Place, Long Island. I arrived just before the store opened at 9:00 AM and there was more than a handful of people lined up outside the store waiting to purchase The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea. 

The doors finally opened and I immediately purchased the book. I was given a wristband (#42) and a paper with strict instructions on when to arrive for the signing.

Jericho would later tweet out that he’d sign whatever fans wanted. I made sure to bring my Chris Jericho DVD in addition to the book.

I arrived on time but Y2J was a little bit late, which pissed some people off. When he finally made it, though, the entire B&N erupted with applause and chants of “Y2J.”

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Jericho took time with everyone and was super friendly. I even scored a photo with him!

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Afterward, I felt the same sense of excitement and awe after I had met HBK over a decade before. I enjoyed that feeling.

I ran home and immediately began searching for any upcoming signings and I immediately found one that piqued my interest: Scott Hall and X-Pac appearing at a store in Queens, NY, called the Wrestling Universe…

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