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 Posted: Sun Feb 24th, 2008 08:24 pm
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Ports brought up a good topic about the rasslin's fans, and when I went to respond, I remembered an art that went out the window through the years...

The Art of Seeking An Autograph

Do you all remember how fans used to scratch, bite, and gouge when they flocked to ring corners to get a wrestler's autograph?  This aspect of wrestling match was huge in the 60's and 70's. 

What happened to it?

It seems that all the major feds got rid of it around the same time.  It was probably done away with due to security reasons. 

So, do you remember any memories dealing with yourself or other fans seeking or getting an autograph before or after a match?

I think the jobbers were even flocked upon.  Any funny stories related to somebody asking for an autograph from a wrestler like Sylvano Sousa or Frank Williams?

Do you remember any wrestlers being rude when seeking an autograph?

Did a heel ever sign an autograph for you?

To hell with all these autograph sessions, and guys like Good Ol' Buddy Rose asking $10.00 for an autograph while sitting a banquet table munching down Fritos and Little Debbie snack cakes. 

 

 

 

 



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By the time I became a teen and was going to shows with friends, that was already dead at the big arenas.  Everything was blocked off and you couldn't get close to anyone.  I have a friend who got a bunch of autographs in a parking lot as wrestlers were getting out of their cars at Universal Studios for a WCW Worldwide taping, but that's about it. 

At airports, I saw Hulk Hogan several times, always dressed in full gimmick and not stopping to talk to anyone.  Attention-whore, yet didn't want to be bothered at the same time, complete douche.  It's 50 degrees out, Hogan is wearing a sleeveless rip-off "Hulkamania" T-shirt, "Hulkamania" bandana, and wrestling tights and then pushes past everyone saying he's late and can't sign autographs, not once but 3 times. 

I caught Tito Santana and Yokozuna as they were deplaning from a flight from England once and they were both friendly.  I've since heard tons of stories about Tito being rude to fans, which really goes against his image and I can tell you that wasn't my experience at all.

I'm part of the newer generation that lined up outside the Lost Battalion Hall and Elk's Lodge at 1:00 PM for an 8:00 PM start time with a cooler full of beers and greeted the ECW wrestlers as they walked into the building.  New Jack was the friendliest, spending sometimes more than a hour with us, while Stevie Richards was the biggest prick.  The only old school heel who stayed in character at all times was Buh-Buh Ray Dudley.  RVD tried to score pot off my friend once, but he was cool otherwise.  "El Puerto Ricana" Pablo Marquez (remember him?) hit on  some 15-year old  girl we were with and tried to convince her to come home with him.

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They did the autograph thing in World Class (at least at the Sportatorium) well into the 80s.



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I was at what used to be the Rosemont Hotel in Rosemont IL... I was there for a convention but the WWF had a show the same night at the Horizon.  The next morning some of the wrestlers were walking around the hotel.  Out of everyone  I saw, the one whose autograph I did want, Paul Ellering, was sitting at a table eating breakfast.  I thought about asking him after he was finished and leaving the table, but I decided to leave him alone.  

I had no idea if Ellering would of been rude or not, and if he was then every time I would watch a Road Warriors match I would remember it. 

After seeing his shoot a couple years back, Ellering seems cool.

 

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The biggest asshole I've ever encountered when asking for an autograph or photo was (big surprise) HHH. Once he said that unlike us (some other fans and I) he had to work. Another time he literally stood in a revolving door while a valet pulled his car around so he wouldn't have to interact with the fans.

Flair was always a class act, calling everyone "sir" or "miss", and all my experiences with Hogan have been terrific. Raven was another jerk, while Vince and Shane will do just about anything to please the fans.



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I've met Vince and Shane twice but it was at stockholders meetings so they would've blown everyone in the room if asked.  I was well beyond the point of asking for autographs by then, but they graciously signed for everyone who did and pretended to listen while people told them how to book the shows.



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In the WWWF anyone could go to ringside in the 70's while the introductions were going on, and get autographs.  Some wrestlers would even sign after their matches also, till the next wrestlers came out.

THey signed in the hallways and in the parking lots. The valiants and heel hogan signed stuff, as did Stasiak that stand out to me.

I remember people bringing gifts to give to Putski and other wrestlers.

Haystacks was the rudest that I seen.  But then again he was traveling with the Valiants and Albano.  He was trying to chase everyone away so they wouldnt see him get in the car with them.  Meanwhile Albano and the Valiants were getting beer out of the trunk. 

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My first experience asking for autogrpahs remains probably my best.  In the Summer of 1971 the AWA put on a show in my town's public auditorium, which is right on the banks of the Mississippi River.  As my dad and I walked in from the back side of the building (the side opposite the main parking lot) I spotted Lars Anderson and Larry Henning leaning on the railing looking out at the river.

My dad helped me scrounge some paper and a pen and I went out alone to see if they were still there, which they were.  I walked up very sheepishly and asked as politely as I knew how for their autographs.  They couldn't have been nicer, asking me my name, what grade was I in school and my age.  When I answered that I was 13, Hennig said he had a son my age, who I relaized years later had to have been Curt.

Oddly the next best experience I had was with Dennis Stamp of all people. Years after the encounter when I was 13, there was another show and this time I spotted Stamp in the parking lot after the show was over.  He was also very nice and seemed a bit flattered that somebodt recognized him.  You may recall him as the guy who pouted over being asked to referee Terry Funk's 1st annual retirement match in Beyond the Mat.



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I was bussing tables in high school at a restaurant in the Short Hills Mall and Tito Santana was having lunch.  When his friend got up to use the restroom, I cleared the table and mentioned I was a fan.  He was nice and since his friend was gone for a second, I asked and received his autograph, which he signed "To Eric, Arriba!  Tito Santana.  Classic!



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Ron wrote:
In the WWWF anyone could go to ringside in the 70's while the introductions were going on, and get autographs...
I used to like when they allowed that, especially for kids. I remember on the WWWF Tv shows back then, the kids would gather around the babyfaces corner holding out a program or piece of paper, then scatter away when somebody gave the word. Never was an autograph guy myself though.

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I never saw a wrestler in the "real world". I have met Terry Funk back in 02 in Philly in the hotel he was staying in to do the XPW show.  I met him threw a woman who used to drive him when he was in Philly for ECW. We planned this for at least a month. When I met him he was cool....I was a awe and never asked for a Autograph lol

Chris Jerchio when he was in WCW...if you sent a SASE he would send u a auto pic for free which I thought was cool,



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Standing in that ridiculous line to get into the ECW Arena one could catch the wrestlers entering the door for the matches.

Biggest jerk I remember was The Sandman

Some guys like Dreamer and Whipwreck would actually go out to "the line" and completely intermingle with the fans before the show.

I remember scoring a ton of autographs just bringing blank paper and a clipboard. On one sheet of paper I have Mikey, Dreamer, Jannetty, The Dudleys and I think even Eddie Guererro. (there are some names that I can't make out who it was that signed)

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beejmi wrote:  (there are some names that I can't make out who it was that signed)
Prolly James Beard.



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Noooo, Beard is all about the kay faybe, so he would have made damn sure that the boys didn't come back out to sign because damnit, that's not real then!



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