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So how many of you all have gone to a fanfest?  What did you think about meeting the people you used to watch on TV?  Won't bore you with my stories or photos but most of my experiences were pretty cool.

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I’ve never been to one and really don’t have any interest in attending any but who knows I may change my mind.



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I went to one when I was considering going into Wrestling. It was the NWA convention held in Cherry Hill and the head of the ECWA of the time was creeping me out, stalking me and such to join his school on Delaware.



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Never been to one and don't think I'd feel comfortable at one.  I really don't see the point in following around old wrestlers and being the 500th person that day to tell them that you're a huge fan.  I know that there are some really cool stories that can come out of these events because old timey wrestlers tend to want to talk about themselves, some one-on-one conversations over a beer and even some semblance of friendship, but I just don't have the personality for that.  I barely want to talk to my friends at parties, much less strangers I only know from TV.  It's just not my thing.



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I went to one when I was in HS back in the 80's. I just happened to be in NYC in the fall of 87 for a few days with my father. THey were having a convention while I was there. I can't even remember how I found out about it....maybe something in the Apter Mags. Got to meet Loo Thez and Ox Baker. Won a bunch of old NWA house show programs for winning a trivia contest.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: I went to one when I was considering going into Wrestling. It was the NWA convention held in Cherry Hill and the head of the ECWA of the time was creeping me out, stalking me and such to join his school on Delaware.

Did you ever get to work in the ring?

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I met Ric Flair at Caroline's in NYC in I believe 2008 or 2009. Whenever he lost to HBK to end his career, and he started doing the shows/shoot interview stuff. I hated it. Took my wife and kids, and it just sucked balls. My kids didn't really mind standing in line because the whole time they could see Ric, but when they got to the front of the line, they got pictures and hand shakes and autographs but to be honest it seemed like Flair wanted to be anywhere else. My son had him sign an action figure and asked if it could be signed "To Michael", and I asked him to sign a picture "Nature Boy". Well, he signed my sons figure with Nature Boy, and then he asked me who I wanted the picture made out to. My son wasn't disappointed, he actually laughed which says a lot for a ten year old. I convinced him he got the better deal because someday he could sell it. His response was "I'll NEVER sell this!". Well guess what, when he got his car at 17, Flair was one of the first things he got rid of to get money to pay for shit. He got $100 for it, and remembered what I told him. I still have the picture here in my office.



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Superstar wrote: I met Ric Flair at Caroline's in NYC in I believe 2008 or 2009. Whenever he lost to HBK to end his career, and he started doing the shows/shoot interview stuff. I hated it. Took my wife and kids, and it just sucked balls. My kids didn't really mind standing in line because the whole time they could see Ric, but when they got to the front of the line, they got pictures and hand shakes and autographs but to be honest it seemed like Flair wanted to be anywhere else. My son had him sign an action figure and asked if it could be signed "To Michael", and I asked him to sign a picture "Nature Boy". Well, he signed my sons figure with Nature Boy, and then he asked me who I wanted the picture made out to. My son wasn't disappointed, he actually laughed which says a lot for a ten year old. I convinced him he got the better deal because someday he could sell it. His response was "I'll NEVER sell this!". Well guess what, when he got his car at 17, Flair was one of the first things he got rid of to get money to pay for shit. He got $100 for it, and remembered what I told him. I still have the picture here in my office.

wish there was a "like" button, great story.  personally, i have never been to one.

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Superstar wrote: I met Ric Flair at Caroline's in NYC in I believe 2008 or 2009. Whenever he lost to HBK to end his career, and he started doing the shows/shoot interview stuff. I hated it. Took my wife and kids, and it just sucked balls. My kids didn't really mind standing in line because the whole time they could see Ric, but when they got to the front of the line, they got pictures and hand shakes and autographs but to be honest it seemed like Flair wanted to be anywhere else. My son had him sign an action figure and asked if it could be signed "To Michael", and I asked him to sign a picture "Nature Boy". Well, he signed my sons figure with Nature Boy, and then he asked me who I wanted the picture made out to. My son wasn't disappointed, he actually laughed which says a lot for a ten year old. I convinced him he got the better deal because someday he could sell it. His response was "I'll NEVER sell this!". Well guess what, when he got his car at 17, Flair was one of the first things he got rid of to get money to pay for shit. He got $100 for it, and remembered what I told him. I still have the picture here in my office.

  I was at those.   Greg Price used to run them.  Always fun.  A new promoter is hosting one in the same place in August.

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I went to the first one that Greg Price did back in '05, and it was really cool, got to meet up with a bunch of internet posters I only knew by screenname, and got to meet no less than 40 of the wrestlers.

Back then it was a novelty, and almost all of the wrestlers just hung out with the fans, took pictures and bullshitted with us, of course there were gimmick tables and special photo sessions where you could pay a fee and get an autographed photos, etc etc.

The only real assholes were Larry Zbyzsko who was a total dick to everybody, and Buddy Landell who got drunk and started something with a fans girlfriend, and the fan kicked his ass for it.

I have heard from guys who have attended later fests that many of the wrestlers are no longer mingling with the fans and only appearing at their designated times to sign things and/or take pictures, and many will not even pose with a fan unless you pay them even if they are not on stage, it's become a money racket instead of a fanfest appreciation type of thing, but then again if a guy can fleece the marks by demanding $25-50 dollars for a picture and an autograph and the mark is stupid enough to pay it, then as the saying goes, a fool and his money are easily parted.

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Went to one about 15 yrs ago at the Cow Palace. What I liked about it was when the stars were not scheduled to sign autographs they were walking around the floor looking at merchandise and talking to the fans.

Snuka and Race had long autograph lines.
Larry Zbyzsko wanted out to go golfing.
Sandman was drunk
Bockwinkle and Bastien were just standing behind a table and taking questions/photographs
Virgil was selling his autograph action figure for 40 bucks
Tonga Kid was shorter than I thought he would be.
Rock Riddle was giving his autograph to anyone who wanted it for free.
Christian would sneak up to kids in wheel chairs and ask if he can have his picture taken with them. Thought that was cool of him.
OMG , Slick, Smirnoff, Beefcake, and G. Valentine were also there. A few more were there that escapes my mine right now.

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katook wrote: I went to the first one that Greg Price did back in '05, and it was really cool, got to meet up with a bunch of internet posters I only knew by screenname, and got to meet no less than 40 of the wrestlers.

Back then it was a novelty, and almost all of the wrestlers just hung out with the fans, took pictures and bullshitted with us, of course there were gimmick tables and special photo sessions where you could pay a fee and get an autographed photos, etc etc.

The only real assholes were Larry Zbyzsko who was a total dick to everybody, and Buddy Landell who got drunk and started something with a fans girlfriend, and the fan kicked his ass for it.

I have heard from guys who have attended later fests that many of the wrestlers are no longer mingling with the fans and only appearing at their designated times to sign things and/or take pictures, and many will not even pose with a fan unless you pay them even if they are not on stage, it's become a money racket instead of a fanfest appreciation type of thing, but then again if a guy can fleece the marks by demanding $25-50 dollars for a picture and an autograph and the mark is stupid enough to pay it, then as the saying goes, a fool and his money are easily parted.

Interesting hearing Larry not being nice.  Don't doubt it but the times I met him he was friendly  Just goes to show, catch someone on the wrong day.....
Also yes very accurate about the photos.  When I first started going to these events you could catch some of the guys in the bar or hotel lobby and get a freebie autograph or photo.  See less of that now.  I think the only wrestler who I truly thought was a jerk was (of course) Virgil.  LOL

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The Doc wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: I went to one when I was considering going into Wrestling. It was the NWA convention held in Cherry Hill and the head of the ECWA of the time was creeping me out, stalking me and such to join his school on Delaware.

Did you ever get to work in the ring?

I was at a WCW House show in Philly and during intermission, my friend Lyle ( was CZW Photographer) and myself were heading back towards our seats and a lady gave me her business card saying that she was a talent recruiter for ECW and to give Paul a call. So I did and I was invited to hang out at a couple of ECW shows in Philly and South Jersey. After having a meeting with Paul, Taz, Chris Chetti (who was the main trainer at the school in Long Island), I decided that I didn't want to leave my good paying job on a hope and a prayer. They wanted me to be Sandman's younger brother ( already had Blonde hair) and to gain a bit of a beer belly ( wouldn't have done). I would be at the shows and get TV time as I was training. They didn't offer me much money and that was the sticking point. They did send me to Pitbull #1 ( Anthony Durante) school in Hammonton NJ, which I did for 3 months. They wanted me to go to Long Island since I learned the "basics" for the angle and I could learn on the fly. I would eventually turn on Sandman and basically get my ass beat for several months after that.



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Superstar wrote: I met Ric Flair at Caroline's in NYC in I believe 2008 or 2009. Whenever he lost to HBK to end his career, and he started doing the shows/shoot interview stuff. I hated it. Took my wife and kids, and it just sucked balls. My kids didn't really mind standing in line because the whole time they could see Ric, but when they got to the front of the line, they got pictures and hand shakes and autographs but to be honest it seemed like Flair wanted to be anywhere else. My son had him sign an action figure and asked if it could be signed "To Michael", and I asked him to sign a picture "Nature Boy". Well, he signed my sons figure with Nature Boy, and then he asked me who I wanted the picture made out to. My son wasn't disappointed, he actually laughed which says a lot for a ten year old. I convinced him he got the better deal because someday he could sell it. His response was "I'll NEVER sell this!". Well guess what, when he got his car at 17, Flair was one of the first things he got rid of to get money to pay for shit. He got $100 for it, and remembered what I told him. I still have the picture here in my office.Met Flair at a local Walmart.  The regional Coke distributor signed him to do these showings.  He was wicked nice and engaging when I met him. 



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I went to a couple of TNA's Interaction events that accompanied their PPV's on the road. The main draw was getting to meet Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair as well as the entire roster for like $200 with a guarantee on getting Hogan and Flair. Was supposed to be Sting, too, but he had personal issues.
I can't say much bad about any of the talent I met although Flair had checked out with TNA at that point. I believe it was his last appearance for them before he no-showed them. Hogan was awesome with everyone.
Looking back, that was quite the crew to get to meet with Samoa Joe, Roode, Eric Young and tons of other guys that are now either in the WWE or AEW.



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