Dot Net Reader Jonny “Mad Dog” attended WrestleCon on Friday and sent the following report on his experience. Check the main page shortly for his full review of the ROH Supercard of Honor.
I had already bought a ticket to WrestleMania on Sunday and saw that there were other events in the area and bought a ticket to the WrestleCon and ROH Supercard of Honor show and did not regret my decision at all, despite being without food, water, bathroom breaks, resting of my voice or much sitting down for roughly twelve hours straight. It was my first time attending a convention, let alone a WrestleCon and it was also my first time attending a ROH show in person (I was already familiar with them from the internet and TV stations they’ve been on) and was nervous, yet excited early in the day, with excitement beating out nervous as the night went on.
There were roughly at least a couple thousand in total wandering around the aisles and seated at the show from all over the country and the world, of all age groups too, despite it being a school-day (I can only imagine what the weekend shows will be like in the area), but navigated my way well enough through the visual overload I received early on. I first picked up a t-shirt people could sign as I made the rookie mistake of not bringing any items to be signed (something I’d recommend readers who consider going to such things to do, as there is an extra charge for getting the, say, 8X10’s at the tables), as well as a map of the different booths and the list of scheduled vendors and personalities slated to sign and pose with attendees, which came in handy.
Several people listed were not able to make it to Friday’s event, and some will probably not be able to make it to Saturday’s event either, as Fenix, for example, was listed as “canceled due to injury” for Saturday’s show, and I could not find others such as Chyna or Kelly Kelly there on Friday either, but for the most part, those listed on the sheet were there signing and posing. My first booth was “Good Ol’ J.R.” Jim Ross’s and he was very nice and was able to snag a signing and picture (with a “Hook’em” hand gesture at the last moment) before moving on to other vendors and had a goal of getting Texas-based personalities to sign the shirt I had bought that had the state of Texas on it with “WrestleCon 2016” written inside of it. However, I couldn’t quite accomplish that because of rookie mistakes of not bringing enough money, not pre-ordering signing spots (such as with Shawn Michaels, who was not there for long and I was already late due to traffic and a late start), and dilly-dallying, but will accomplish it eventually, as the remaining personalities should appear at more of these events in the future. On the topic of HBK, his line, the Hardy Bros. line, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders’ line, J.R.’s line, DDP’s line, Shane Helms’ line, and RVD’s line were the longest ones of Friday’s show, with some in the Hardy Brothers’ line waiting around for an hour or more, which was one reason I avoided that, as much as I’d like to meet them, I’ll have that opportunity again soon, when I’m more prepared.
There were some mini-events in the event itself that took place every hour or so, the first was a Scott Steiner Q&A, but I believe something didn’t work out (although I did see what looked like the Steiners nearby still) and Jimmy Hart stepped in to do it, and sang the praises of Jerry Lawler. There was a Hardy Brothers’ Q&A after that, followed by a Lucha Underground Roundtable, both of the preceding I enjoyed listening too, as well as a Road Warrior Q&A, live Colt Cabana podcast special (which was an absolute riot, Colt was a busy man Friday, yet a talented and hilarious one, doing a live podcast, an intergender tag match for Queens of Combat to end the convention’s first day (more on that in my ROH report), and appeared after the ROH world title match for a riveting, passionate promo with Jay Lethal (also more on that in the ROH report), and Queens of Combat 10 show to cap off the first day of the convention.
I noticed several female talents working double-duty as they worked the QOC show and a ROH match or two, as wrestlers or valets, later in the night, along with the “three-peating” Colt Cabana, my hat is off to them for that. I must say the girls put on a nice show, with the card being: Mandy Leon (winner) vs. Brittany Blake, Amanda Rodriguez, Angel Blue, and Miss Dis Lexia vs. the Caramel girls a.k.a. Ariel Monroe, Devyn Nicole, and Savannah Evans, (winners) Thea Trinidad/Rosita vs. Rebel (winner), Leva Bates/Blue Pants and Solo Darling vs. “Crazy” Mary Dobson and Su Yung (winners), Candice LeRae and Joey Ryan (“The World’s Cutest Tag Team” (winners) vs. Heidi Lovelace and Colt Cabana, Mickie James (winner) vs. LuFisto, and Taeler Hendrix (who has improved much since her “Gutcheck” days; winner) vs. Jessicka Havok vs. Tessa Blanchard in a three-way match for the Queens of Combat championship. Mandy Leon, Leva Bates, Joey Ryan, Colt Cabana, Candice LeRae, Mickie James, LuFisto, Taeler Hendrix, Tessa Blanchard, and Jessicka Havok were some of the standouts of the QOC show, with Thea Trinidad/Rosita and Rebel and the rest being passable and/or showing signs of improvement.
The show had moved a little differently than most expected it to, with some things running longer more so than things running shorter, so there was essentially no break between leaving the convention and attending the ROH: Supercard of Honor X (Night One) event, so I limped to my seat famished, yet still excited right after the QOC show ended without getting a shirt, signing, or pic prior to that show, but will rectify that in the future, and am sure event shirts will show up on secondary market websites soon enough.
<i>Find the full review of the ROH show on the main page.</i>