ICW meets Mr. August and the Big Red Machine

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ICW meets Mr. August and the Big Red Machine

Post by ICW » November 28th, 2019, 12:10 pm

It's a Thanksgiving 2-for-1 special as I grace you fine readers with not one but TWO reports! I'm sure you're all jumping for joy! Let's get to it:

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Sunday:
I made the early morning trek to the Wrestling Universe in Queens, NY, for an incredibly rare name: Masahiro Chono. I am a massive fan of Japanese wrestling, particularly New Japan Pro Wrestling, so meeting Mr. August was a must. I wasn't making the trip to Philadelphia on Saturday (for a number of reasons) so I was thrilled to see that Chono was appearing at the Universe the following day.

I arrived just before 11:00 AM and picked up my ticket at the Universe. Jack told me that Chono, Sid, and Doug Gillbert would be signing at the Comic store up the street while Nikita Koloff and Magnum T.A. were signing at the Universe.

The line outside the Comic store was healthy and the rain made it seem every worse. Ira showed up shortly after I did and joined me in line (we were also joined by a couple of other friendly faces later on). We waited for about 30 before one of the employees asked if anyone was just getting Chono and, thankfully, we were brought right in.

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Masahiro Chono was really cool and I added him to my Wrestle World 2000 Program, which was also signed by his opponent The Great Muta (and also signed by Shinjiro Otani and Scott Norton). Danny DeMento, who brought in Otani, Atsuhi Onita, and Taka Michinoku at WrestleCon was the one who brought in Chono. I was thrilled to meet another legitimate legend in pro wrestling and LOVED how the photo turned out.

Afterward, I chatted with WOODMO, Ira, non-board member Anthony, and finally got to me latinoheat578 and (I believe) wewantflair. Great day in the books.

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Tuesday

I decided to head over to Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ, for the 6:00 PM book signing with Glenn "Kane" Jacobs -- a.k.a. the mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee (!). There was KILLER traffic that turned a 15 minute drive to well over 35 minutes, which infuriated me beyond belief. I arrived just after 6:45 PM, picked up my book, and joined the small line outside. In fact, we were all let in after about 10 minutes -- but that's when the quickness stopped.

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It took well over an hour before I met Kane and, as it turns out, he really is incredibly nice! I told him that I was at MSG when he first took his mask off. He smiled and said, "You're the third person tonight to tell me that. That's really cool!" and I asked him if he was nervous that night. He replied, "I was a little but Triple H told me that it was going to be really great and memorable." He asked me if I wanted his book personalized (I did) and he signed the solo entry in the Encyclopedia. I was going to ask him to sign the others but he immediately asked me if I wanted a picture with him and that was that. I know other people scored extras despite the "one item per book" rule but oh well. Can't complain.

His handlers also commented on the piss poor shape of my Encyclopedia, my poor baby, and I REALLY need to look into getting this thing repaired. It can be done, so we'll see how much it costs!

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Re: ICW meets Mr. August and the Big Red Machine

Post by mrira » November 28th, 2019, 12:33 pm

Great photo's. Great seeing you at the Chono signing.

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Post by Jason1980s » November 28th, 2019, 12:53 pm

I'm loving all these great Kane reports.
I'm sure he really appreciates his fans because he probably felt like (1995-1996) he would never be famous with the awful gimmicks he had at the time. Luckily creative was able to make a character that allowed his talent to show. I know I've read a lot of good things about him from fans over the last 20 years.
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Post by crossfire » November 28th, 2019, 1:00 pm

Great stuff!!!

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Post by Greg2600 » November 28th, 2019, 4:22 pm

Chono has a really intricate graph.
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Re: ICW meets Mr. August and the Big Red Machine

Post by Anthony18 » November 28th, 2019, 6:01 pm

Great stuff! You should have had him sign the Dr Yankem page. I know he would have not minded.

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Post by mrira » November 28th, 2019, 7:24 pm

Greg2600 wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Chono has a really intricate graph.
Kind of looks like he signs his name using Japanese characters. Only other person I saw do that was Fujinami.

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Post by Bozarth » November 28th, 2019, 8:44 pm

mrira wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Greg2600 wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Chono has a really intricate graph.
Kind of looks like he signs his name using Japanese characters. Only other person I saw do that was Fujinami.
I don't know how he signs nowadays, but Tajiri did when I met him behind the ECW Arena in 99 or 2000

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Re: ICW meets Mr. August and the Big Red Machine

Post by mrira » November 28th, 2019, 9:00 pm

Bozarth wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 8:44 pm
mrira wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Greg2600 wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Chono has a really intricate graph.
Kind of looks like he signs his name using Japanese characters. Only other person I saw do that was Fujinami.
I don't know how he signs nowadays, but Tajiri did when I met him behind the ECW Arena in 99 or 2000
I think the more Americanized guys sign in English. Mutah’s name looks it & even the NJPW guys usually sign like that here.

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Re: ICW meets Mr. August and the Big Red Machine

Post by WOODMO » November 28th, 2019, 11:08 pm

Nice seeing you man! Kane is a real class act.


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