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.

LOTR Brings Shawn Michaels to WrestleCon!

Hey now.

WrestleCon is months away but that hasn’t stopped the folks at Legends of the Ring from announcing their headlining guest:

Michaels was the headlining guest at Legends of the Ring XX and will serve as headlining guest for Big Event IX in November.

WrestleCon will take place in Dallas during WrestleMania weekend.