The New Year is almost upon us and I am excited for it. 2017 was…okay. A lot to be thankful for, sure, but just a ton of craziness that I can’t wait to put behind.
2017 was undoubtedly a good year, hobby-wise, though. Assembled below is a recap of my year in wrestling autographs:
My first meet of 2017 was with Tara, formerly known as Victoria in the WWE. She was incredibly nice and signed a trio of programs (Two TNA programs and WrestleMania XX program). Check out the report posted on Marked Out here.
A short time later, I was back at the Universe to meet Vader. This meet happened during a particularly uncertain time in Vader’s life due to his health. Here’s hoping that Vader’s 2018 is filled with nothing but good health.
I ended 2017 by attending a NWA Big Apple show in Hackensack, NJ. Meets included Manu, L.A. Smooth, Rodney Mack, Bruce Tharpe, and Rob Conway. Click here more details on what I had signed (sorry, Photo Bucket deleted the pictures)
February began with spontaneous meets at an NXT house show in Asbury Park, NJ. I didn’t post an official report anywhere – laziness! – but I did meet Swayer Fulton, Robbie Brookside, Ember Moon, Oney Lorcan, Angelo Dawkins, and D.Y.I.
I also met Ryan Shamrock at the Wrestling Universe
February ended with a ton of cool meets at Evolve #79 at the famous Club LaBoom. Meets included ACH, Candy Cartwright, Keith Lee, Zack Sabre Jr., Jason Kincaid, Chris Dickinson, and Fred Yehi. Full report can be found here
The month of March wouldn’t be complete without a Big Event! Check out the full report here
Later that day was ROH’s Manhattan Mayhem featured a number of meets: Will Ospreay, Silas Young, Dragon Lee, and the Broken Hardys. Wild story there that you can check out here.
This was another Wrestling Universe signing — this time with Rhythm and Blues, XPW’s Supreme, Sami Callihan, and Pentagon Jr. Report (minus photos) can be found here
May featured another ROH show at the Hammerstein: War of the Worlds. This was another meet and greet with several stars of New Japan Pro Wrestling. This was also my first and only chance to get Adam Cole (Bay-Bay!) before he made the jump to NXT. You can read a report here
Another June, another LOTR. Full report can be found here but, once again, Photo Bucket did a tremendous heel turn and deleted my photos
The 7th month of 2017 saw me meet a familiar face: Mick Foley. I had Foley sign a ton of stuff and we had a fun conversation about Dave Meltzer’s infamous star ratings! Check it out here
The Wrestling Universe held another signing and brought in the iconic Stan Hansen. As he was signing my AJPW ’91 Tag League program, he noted that this travel companion wrestled in the tournament as Sunny Beach, who also signed my program. Talk about luck! Report can be found here
This CRAZY month started with multiple meets at the Evolve/PROGRESS double-shot. I scored a great photo op with the British Strong Style, Jack Gallagher, and others. Check it out here
I also met Becky Lynch, who was cool as can be. Report can be found here. I would also meet Paul Heyman, Jim Ross, and Jinder Mahal but never posted an official report anywhere because of laziness. Whoops.
Another October, another Legends of the Ring — one of the more calmer Legends of all time despite featuring a ton of rare guests like Dory Funk Jr. Check out the report here
I closed out December with another Ring of Honor show meet and greet: Final Battle. This was a pretty low-key meet and greet but fun and the report can be found here
And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the recap! I hope you all had a great 2017 and a better 2018.
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Looks like you had a great year, Anthony! Happy New Year!
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Thanks, Ron, and a happy new year to you and yours!