My (very late) 2018 SummerSlam experience

Another year, another Summerslam meet & greet weekend for yours truly. I overindulged myself in 2015 but had fairly easy experiences in 2016, 2017, and now 2018. In total, I attended only 2 WWE meet & greets and 1 signing at the Wrestling Universe.

Thursday

I decided to attend the free Carmella meet & greet signing at the StubHub store in NYC. I attended their free Jinder Mahal signing last year and was very pleased with how efficiently it was run; however, I was getting a little nervous that Carmella would be more of a draw than Jinder (despite him being WWE champ at the time!). There was even a rumor that a couple of people had camped out outside the store the night before (a rumor which I think ended up being false) and other people were pointing out how quickly wristbands went for their Sasha Banks signing back in January.

I received a text message from my friend Eric that morning and he told me that 30-50 people were already in line. I showed up about 15 minutes later and the line was probably about 80 people deep. I met a cool fan, Rob, and we chatted for a while which helped kill the time.

Finally, we received our wristbands and instructions prior to the signing: each wristband was numbered (I was #84) and you had to show up between 6:15-6:30 PM in order to be placed in line by your number. They couldn’t guarantee you meeting Carmella even with a wristband if you showed up after 7:00 PM because she had a “hard out” at 9 PM. Also, she mentioned photo ops were not guaranteed (“at the discretion of her manager”).

Fast-forward to 6:15 PM: I show up and I’m lined up by number. They brought people into the store around 6:45 PM and I was relieved to be one of the first people brought all the way down to the room where the signing was being held. Carmella showed up right before 7 PM and the staff announced that photo ops WOULD be happening.

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It was about a 30 minute wait before I got to meet Carmella and she was very, very nice. I had her sign my WM 32 Program and we took a solid pic. I was out the door by 7:35. Easy peasy.


Saturday:

I made my way to the Wrestling Universe for the Hakushi signing. Hakushi is an ultra-rare name and there was no way in hell I was going to miss this. I got there just before 12:00 PM and there was only a small line of people waiting outside the store (which really surprised me). Hakushi showed up just after 12 and the signing immediately started. I ended up buying this cool print from the previous night’s Joey Janela’s show.

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Hakushi was very nice. He signed my Encyclopedia, my ECW Heatwave ’98 DVD, and the print. Sadly, my print would eventually rip in multiple spots as I didn’t expect to travel with it. Oh well.

I then made my way to the Barclays Center for my Miz and Maryse signing just before 2 PM. I saw Ira on line and we said our hellos (he was way ahead of me). It started to pour just before doors opened but, thankfully, I brought my umbrella.

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I had a very decent spot in line and Miz and Maryse showed up right before 3. They had TV’s playing the WWE Network and the Miz & Maryse arrived during an old Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena match. The Miz saw this and watched the match with disgusted glances. I waited on line for about 30 minutes before it was my turn. They had a handler take your bags and another who held your item for them to sign. I like the pic but it’s a little off-centered. Oh well. Miz and Maryse were nice and signed my Encyclopedia. Th

I attended the NXT show and I noticed that Mike Rome was doing a spot on the floor with fans surrounding him. After he was done, I walked over and asked if he’d sign my new Summerslam program and he said, “Of course man, I got you.” Very nice guy.

That was that! It was an enjoyable time.

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