Year in Review: April

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The Year in Review 12 day countdown continues with Day #4, highlighting my Hardcore adventure in the month of April. 


April 15, 2016

House of Hardcore XII

Corona, Queens, NY

I decided to attend Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore 12 at the Elmcor Youth Center in Corona, NY (in the Queens borough). I bought a 2nd row ticket with the intention of staying for the entire show but, alas, plans changed the previous evening. I was dead tired and felt a little out of it; plus, I was making the trip from NJ to Queens via public transportation and belltime was scheduled for 8:00 PM, meaning the show would be over by 10:30 or 11 at the latest. I would get back home by 1 or 2 AM, way too late for me.

Anyways, there was a pre-show meet and greet scheduled for 6:00 PM so I took a bus that got me into Port Authority at 4:15 PM. I got to Penn and boarded the 4:45 PM LIRR train to Flushing Main Street. I arrived there roughly 15 minutes later and took an Uber to the Elmcor Youth Center. I arrived at 5:30 PM and saw two or three people waiting by the doors. I killed sometime outside talking to my girlfriend on the phone before going in and claiming my tickets. While there, I saw Beulah talking to the ticket vendor.

A couple of minutes before 6:00 PM, they told us we could go down to ringside for the start of the meet and greet. I first went to my seat — Section A, Row 2, Seat 11 — and scoped out the surroundings. I saw Rhyno at his table but didn’t have a need for him.

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I spotted Sami Callihan heading for his table and decided to get him in my NXT program. I was the one of the first to approach him and he offered me a deal: $20 for a t-shirt, autograph, and photo op! I jumped at the offer and got his green “Death Machine” t-shirt. He signed my NXT program and we took a selfie, which I hate, but nobody was around to take the picture for us. Boo.

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Lance Hoyt was seated to his right and decided to get him in my Encyclopedia (he was known as Vance Archer in WWE). A combo was $10.00 but the selfie came out blurry. No worries, I’d get a cooler photo op with him later.

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Tommy Dreamer was up next and he was talking with a bunch of locals. I waited for him to finish a story before asking him how much a combo would be. He whispered to me, “I don’t charge at my shows.” :jawdrop: That’s right, folks. FREE combo. I got him in my Encyclopedia. I’ll definitely attend the next HOH that’s in Queens with the intention of loading up on Dreamer ‘graphs.

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Up next was Little Guido who offered to sign both entries in the Encyclopedia and take a photo for $10!!! Little Guido was definitely very awesome.

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As I walked away from Guido’s table, I heard Colt Cabana shout at me “What about Goldman?!?! You got Goldman in there?!?!” I told him I got him last year and he chuckled and said it was cool. I remembered I actually had something for him to sign — a GFW program he’s featured in. He signed it for $5 or $10 bucks (can’t remember). He’s super nice and funny, love Colt.

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Chris Hero showed up and his line quickly grew. He was offering $5.00 combos. I had him sign a ROH Program/Poster thingy and we took the photo. What a cool guy and a phenomenal wrestler as well.

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Next was Davey Boy Smith Jr., who finally showed up. I decided to get his autograph for $10 and a KES photo op for $20. I just realized I missed the opportunity to get him in the Hart Dynasty section…whoops. Next time. I got to pose with the GHC Tag title, which is awesome.

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Bull Dempsey also made his way over and was offering FREE combos. I got him in my NXT program. Awesome guy.

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Finally, I spotted Thea Trinidad in ring gear. She was talking to two guys at her table for nearly the entire signing period — they finally left and I approached her. She said she had to go (she was opening the show) but I asked her to please sign my TNA program and she agreed. She signed the Rosita entry. Before I could ask for a pic, she bolted to the back. Oh well.

The show then began and they had a moving tribute to Balls Mahoney. The action was great. Intermission came at roughly 9:45 PM and Rob Van Damn, who looked VERY…”glazed over”…came out to sign. I skipped out on RVD because I cleaned up on him at Big Event.

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I did see Nicole Bass roaming around and asked for a pic. I wanted to get her in the Encyclopedia but she didn’t have a table, didn’t have a sharpie, I didn’t have a sharpie…no bueno. I was going to ask Rhyno to borrow a sharpie but Nicole left to the back. Oh well. Fred the Elephant Boy from the Howard Stern Show was roaming around as well.

I left during intermission.

All in all, a VERY successful score for me. Very happy I went. Next time, though, I’ll be more armed with things to get signed and I’ll probably just buy a GA ticket since I likely won’t stay for the entire show.


Check back for tomorrow. We’ll be looking at the month of May, an exciting month for me, as I met several stars from Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

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