Attending the Garden State Trading Card Show (December 12, 2021)

I decided to attend the Garden State Trading Card Show in Secaucus, NJ, to score a couple of combos. This show was only a 15-minute drive from my Jersey City apartment and admission was only $11 (after tax!), so it was a no-brainer decision to check it out. I was only going for two names (ended up being three), so Jenna was nice enough to drop me off and chill in the car while I did my thing.

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Meeting Kip Sabian at AEW Dynamite

A quick report from your old pal:

I attended AEW Dynamite/Rampage at the UBS Arena in Long Island, NY, and immediately spotted Kip Sabian – with a box over his head – posing for pictures in front of a cut-out of himself. Kip motioned that I was too tall and wanted me to bend down a bit, which I did hahaha. He also wanted everyone to cover the cut-out’s face with their hands:

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Quick and easy photo op!

A look back at some of my favorite photo ops

Hello all,

I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.

While meet & greets have begun to ramp up in the tri-state area, I have elected to remain home until the pandemic is more under control; sadly, that means I haven’t written any fresh reports since March 2020 and the content of this site has been understandably limited.

I’ve decided to review my photo op archive and occasionally post some of my favorites. I’ll share the story behind the photo op — and maybe reveal some new information I may have omitted from my original report!

Be sure to check back later in the week.

Take care,

Ant

“iseedoubleu”

An update

Hey everyone,

First and foremost: I hope all of you and your families are healthy and doing well. I miss seeing and chatting with you and, hopefully, we’ll see each other again in 2021!

I just wanted to give a brief update: I am currently not attending any meet & greets during the pandemic. I know some places have taken strict guidelines – mandating masks, temperature checks, only one or two people indoors at a time, etc. – but I’ve decided to use this pandemic to take a much needed break from the craziness.

I am thinking of starting a project that I’ll hopefully get to update you guys on in the near future.

Until then,

Anthony

P.S.

WEAR YOUR MASKS!

The end of Evolve Wrestling deals a major blow to Meet & Greet community

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Evolve Wrestling, an independent wrestling promotion that frequently ran in Queens, NY, has folded.

I highly encourage you to read EVOLVE OR DIE: THE HISTORY & END OF EVOLVE WRESTLING by Case Lowe for a full retrospection of Evolve Wrestling. It covers the slight rise and tremendous fall of a controversial Indy promotion.

The goal of today’s post is to offer a different perspective of Evolve shutting its doors: the negative impact it will have on the Meet & Greet community, specifcally those in the greater New York area.

The Pre and Post show meet & greets at Club LaBoom were a staple of any Evolve NY show. Dozens of fans would pack an incredibly tight hallway to score autographs and photo ops with the futures of the wrestling business — often at little to no cost.

Speaking from personal experience, I managed to meet several wrestlers before they ultimately signed with NXT or AEW (including the new NXT Double Champion in Keith Lee). I also managed to meet Dick Togo, a rare name in the United States.

Evolve also partnered with PROGRESS Wrestling a few years ago and, while that show ended up being a total nightmare, the meet & greet was mostly a success.

But their biggest – and last – partnership was with NXT, which opened the door to meeting current NXT stars like The Undisputed Era, WALTER, Rhea Ripley, Keith Lee, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa, Candace LaRae, and others.

The Meet & Greet community was thrilled to gain access to bonafide WWE talent. If we’re speaking truthfully, it was probably the main reason why so many people flocked to Evolve shows during their last days.

Evolve will be sorely missed by our community. Here’s hoping that another Indy will rise from the ashes and give us an opportunity to meet future stars of NXT/WWE and AEW.

Legends of the Ring postpones upcoming June show due to COVID-19

Here’s a statement from the Legends of the Ring Facebook page:

Dear Loyal LOTR Fans,

Hoping this msg finds you well and as healthy as you have always been.

With the Covid-19 pandemic reaching its projected peak in the next few months, we have been working hard behind the scenes to keep everyone healthy and safe. LOTR has made the decision to follow the recommendations of our government for the safety of the Wrestlers and more importantly the Loyal LOTR fans. At this time we have decided to postpone the June show which will be pushed back to Oct 3rd. We will be posting updates as needed. All tickets are valid and will be transferred for Oct show and we are in the process of reconfirming the talent.


Thank you as always for you’re patronage. Stay healthy and safe!