ICW wrote: ↑
June 11th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Man, I'd love to hear about your entire experience. Did you meet the Horsemen and Savage? Any pics?
It was 20 years ago. I remember the dumbest things about these shows. I have pics, most aren't scanned. None are being posted here ;)
The March 1998 show had Austin, Yokozuna, Afa, Sika, Lou Albano, Chris Candido, Tammy, Paul Heyman, and a plethora of other wrestlers I can't recall. It couldn't have cost more than $10 to get in. Most wrestlers were not more than $20 a combo. I'm pretty sure Austin was the most expensive, maybe $25 tops. Austin's line never ended. I got at least 5 figures signed by him and maybe paid for 2-3. Yoko barely had a line. Capt. Lou was introducing Afa to his brother Sika. It was all ridiculously surreal.
The August 1999 show was at Crowne Plaza in Secaucus, NJ. The convention had Randy Macho Man Savage, Georgous George, Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Ole Anderson, JJ Dillion, Dawn Marie, New Jack, The Iron Sheik and every indy wrestler that was working for JAPW or in the NY/NJ area. I would think this one didn't cost more than $10-15 to get in. (I knew Frank, the promoter, and I think he comped me).
I didn't get Savage at this show because I had already gotten him at a KMart opening in Bohemia (with Miss Elizabeth) and at an appearance he made, at a hotel near JFK (with Chet Coppock), prior. (It was some ridiculously small card show. Savage was there one day, Shawn Michaels was there the next. Savage was PHENOMENAL. Michaels only looked up if you were young, and female).
I remember the Four Horsemen line was LONG and moved slow. They had Ole first, and he took forever. He took time to make sure every person who came to get him knew how miserable he was to be there and how much he hated Flair. It was Ole! It's what he does. It's why fans love him. Arn was his usual miserable self. JJ and Tully were fine. Flair was fine, but rushed. I don't think the whole group cost more than $100-150 and that included an 11x17 photo they would all sign, a photo with each (if you wanted), and an autograph on one of your own items.
They had matches as well. I seem to recall a lot of people were still on line for Savage and the Horsemen as the matches began.
Both JAPW conventions were great, for me, as I cleaned up on sigs/photos. They were no John Arezzi's Weekend of Champions, but they were fun since there hadn't been anything like it since Arezzi left, and Tommy Fierro's Fan Slam conventions wouldn't start for a few more years.
Wow. I wrote a lot more than I expected to. lol