Examining WrestleCon 2016, Part II

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All the way back in December, I examined the WrestleCon 2016 lineup based on my own personal needs/preferences and I ultimately came away underwhelmed. At that time, 56 guests were announced and I would only have “definitely” met 11 total guests between Friday & Saturday.

 

Looking back, the number of definite meets was actually reduced to 8. Why? A few of those names made it Big Event X (and I met them) & others have been announced for the upcoming Legends of the Ring XXII (where I plan on meeting them).

Still, a slew of names have been announced the past three months and I wanted to see if these names would be enough to get me there.

  • Greg “The Hammer” Valentine – He’s more Virgil than Virgil. I do need him on a few items but I’m saving him for a convention with a light guest list. Pass 
  • Evan Ginzburg –  The WrestleCon bio page on Mr. Ginzburg states that he was an associate producer for the movie “The Wrestler.” I suppose I could get my Blu Ray cover of the movie signed but it’s not of high priority. His combo is only $25.00. Let’s put him as a maybe. Maybe 
  • Miguel Perez –  One of the members of the Attitude Era faction Los Boricuas. He’s sort of an obscure name, something I actually like. Plus, I want his signature in the Encyclopedia so he’s a…Definitely meet
  • Savio Vega – The leader of Los Boricuas! Definitely meet 
  • Tessa Blanchard –  She’s been around the wrestling convention circuit and I don’t have a thing for her to sign. I’m not big on getting 8x10s signed. Pass
  • Jessica Havok – I do have a TNA program for her to sign but I’m not particularly chomping at the bit to meet her. Maybe
  • Sami Callihan – I would love to meet him. Definitely meet 
  • Jinder Mahal –  He’s needed in the Encyclopedia so…Definitely meet 
  • Brian Christopher – He is completed in the Encyclopedia and I don’t believe I need him anywhere else. Pass
  • Scotty 2 Hotty – He’s completed in the Encyclopedia but I do need him in my WrestleMania XX program, which is signed by Rikishi. If I had time, I’d probably get him. Maybe
  • Al Snow – I plan on getting Snow’s entries in the Encyclopedia completed at LOTR XXII. Assuming I do, he’s a…Pass
  • Billy Gunn – Even though he’s completed in the Encyclopedia, I do need him in my Ultimate Superstars Guide. He’s in the same boat as Scotty 2 Hotty. Maybe
  • Kevin Nash – He’s completed in the Encyclopedia but I need him in a TNA Program, the Ultimate Superstars Guide, a GWF Program, and the WCW Superstar Guide book. But, since I’ve already met him and I’d be strapped for time, he’s a…Maybe.
  • Gene Okerlund – I plan on meeting “Mean Gene” at LOTR XXII. Pass
  • Rob Van Dam – I need RVD in a number of TNA Programs but I’ve met him twice and I need to save time on those I’ve yet to meet. Pass
  • Bob Orton, Jr. – I need his signature in the Muraco/Orton entry in the Encyclopedia but “Cowboy” Bob is always around. Pass
  • Tito Santana – I need him in the Encyclopedia & Superstars Guide. Definitely meet 
  • Koko B. Ware – He’ll be appearing at the Wrestling Universe in May, where I plan on getting him completely done. Pass
  • Eddie Edwards – He’ll be appearing at LOTR XXII. Pass
  • Davey Richards – See above. Pass
  • Abyss – He also seems to be brought in by RF Video, who I will not deal with. It seems like HighSpots is bringing him this time, so I’ll mark him as…Definitely meet 
  • Chris Hero – Love Chris Hero. Definitely meet 
  • Joey Ryan – Love Joey Ryan, who’s become a viral sensation. Definitely meet 
  • Velvet Sky – While I need her on a couple of TNA Programs, she’s always around. Plus I met her already. Pass
  • Great Muta – An absolute icon. Definitely meet 
  • Brian Cage – He’ll be appearing at the Wrestling Universe in mid-April, where I plan on getting him to sign a Lucha Underground 8×10. Pass
  • Rebel – I met her at Big Event X & have nothing else for her to sign. Pass
  • Will Ospreay – The newest NJPW signee is super talent. Definitely meet 
  • Eve Torres – She’s needed in the Encyclopedia. Definitely meet 
  • Chuck Taylor –  Big fan. Definitely meet 
  • Sabu – I need his signature on my ECW Barely Legal DVD cover but I’ve met him already. He’s in the”if I have the time and money” category. Maybe
  • Ricky Morton – While I did meet him and Gibson at Big Event X, I do need their autographs.  I originally had them as “definitely meet” but I need to save time & money here. Maybe 
  • Robert Gibson – See above. Maybe
  • Matt Striker – I met him before but would love to get him on a Lucha Underground 8×10. Maybe.
  • Shane Helms -He’s done in the Encyclopedia and I don’t believe I need him elsewhere. Pass
  • Jeff Jarrett – I need him in every entry in the Encyclopedia. Definitely meet 
  • Karen Jarrett – I would like to meet her. Definitely meet 
  • Sonjay Dutt – He’s needed in a TNA Program. Definitely meet 
  • One Man Gang – He’s bring brought in by RF Video so…Pass
  • Brian Myers – He’s completed in the Encyclopedia. Pass
  • Jackie Haas – Interesting/obscure name. She’s need in the Encyclopedia. Definitely meet 
  • Carlito – He’s done in the Encyclopedia and I don’t believe I need him elsewhere. Pass
  • Charlie Haas – Completed in the Encyclopedia. Pass
  • DDP – I need him in my WCW Ultimate Guide but his line at Big Event X was painfully slow because he really does take time with everyone. Great guy but I need to be aware of time. Maybe
  • Jake “the Snake” Roberts – I need him in the Ultimate Superstars guide and on the cover of his DVD but, again, depends on how much time I have. Maybe
  • Vince Russo – Met him although I did not get an autograph, which I’m okay with. Pass
  • Ed Ferrara – Sure, why not. Definitely meet 
  • James Storm  –  Need him numerous TNA programs but I’ve met him already. Maybe
  • Jim Duggan – Need him in the Ultimate Superstars Guide but I’ve met him before. Maybe
  • Reby Sky – She’s an awesome heel. Definitely meet 
  • Matt Hardy – I need him in the Encyclopedia (all entries). Definitely meet
  • Konnan – I would LOVE to meet him. Definitely meet
  • Rey Mysterio –  I need him in the Encyclopedia. Definitely meet 
  • Victoria – She’s needed in the Encyclopedia & in a TNA Program. Definitely meet 
  • Chyna – I do need her in the Encyclopedia but she’s always around. Pass
  • Sam Houston – An obscure name to the wrestling convention scene. Definitely meet 
  • AR Fox – Sure. Definitely meet 
  • Thea Trinidad – I think she’s appearing at the Wrestling Universe in a few months so…Maybe
  • Shawn Daivari – I need him the Encyclopedia. Definitely meet 
  • Mohamed Hassan – A rare name that’s needed in the Encyclopedia. Definitely meet 
  • Jeff Hardy – I need him in every entry in the Encyclopedia. Definitely meet 
  • Bull Dempsey – I plan on meeting him at LOTR XXII. Pass
  • MVP – Have nothing else for him to sign. Pass
  • Torrie Wilson – I need her in the Encyclopedia although I’ve met her already. Plus, she always seems to be around. Maybe 
  • Pentagon Jr. – He’s so awesome. Definitely meet 
  • Samantha Starr – I’m not familiar with her although, apparently, she’s big on the Indy scene. Pass
  • Dave Penzer – Great ring announcer. Definitely meet 
  • Zack Sabre, Jr. – Insanely talented. Definitely meet 
  • Paul Orndorff – I need him in the Ultimate Superstars guide but he’s always around. Pass
  • Russ Haas – Pass
  • Chris Masters – I need him in the Encyclopedia. Definitely meet 
  • Fireball – Sure. Definitely meet 
  • Drago – Big fan and would definitely get him on a Lucha 8×10. Definitely meet 
  • Aerostar – See above. Definitely meet 
  • Fenix – See Drago. (x2). Definitely Meet 
  • Jack Evans – See Drago. Definitely meet 
  • Jim Ross – Don’t have anything else for him to sign. Pass.
  • Chelsea Greene – Nothing for her to sign. Pass
  • Jerry Saggs –  He’s in the Greg Valentine cateogry. Maybe
  • Brian Knobbs -See above. Maybe
  • Brooke – She’s always around. Pass
  • Jimmy Hart –  See above. Pass
  • Buff Bagwell – Would love to meet him. Definitely meet 
  • Jim Neidhart – I need him elsewhere in the Encyclopedia but I have met him before. Maybe.
  • Gorgeous George –  Would love to meet her. Definitely meet 
  • Rob Conway – He’s completed in the Encyclopedia. Pass
  • Matt Rivera –  I am not familar with him. Pass
  • Ted DiBiase – He’s always around. Pass
  • Noelle Foley –  I do need her on my Beyond the Mat DVD but she’s always around. Maybe
  • Matt Sydal – I need him in the Encyclopedia, so…Definitely meet 
  • Blue Pants – She’d be a nice get if I have time. Maybe
  • Candice LeRae –  Her and Joey Ryan would make for a cool (and cute) photo op. Definitely meet 
  • Mary Dobson – I am not familiar with her. Pass
  • LuFisto –  If I had time…Maybe
  • Frankie Kazarian – I would love to meet him and he’s needed in the Encyclopedia. Definitely meet 
  • X-Pac – I need him in the Ultimate Superstars Guide but I’ve met him twice and he’s always around. Pass
  • Davey Boy Smith, Jr. – I need him in the Encyclopedia and I’m a big fan. Definitely meet 
  • Lance Hoytt – See above. Definitely meet 
  • Taeler Hendrix – She’s always around. Pass
  • Hernandez – I would love to meet him. Definitely meet 
  • Trina Michaels – Pass

Holy. Moly.

FORTY-FOUR under the “definitely meet” category. Once you add in the previous 8 under that category, that brings the grand total to 52!!!!

Here’s the million dollar question: would it be realistic to get 52 wrestlers over a two day period? Some are only appearing on Friday or Saturday. Hmmm…sounds like a good thing to examine for a future post.

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