Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Roman Reigns And Terrible Royal Rumble Takes

Royal Rumble was a fantastic show.  There really was not a clunker on the show, we got an all-timer in AJ Styles v John Cena, Kevin Owens v Roman Reigns was excellent as well.

Now while I recognize the fact that we all have different tastes, opinions, etc. on wrestling and well everything, I was so taken aback by some of the senseless whining and complaining about this show that I shared the following Tweets.

Let's start with this one. I am the furthest thing from a "love it or leave it" type of guy. I just don't operate like that. I try, very hard, to understand where people are coming from when they criticize, analyze, and give their opinions on things.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Walmart Exclusive Shield Three-Pack Unboxed

I did not open my Shield three-pack, but I wondered what the figures looked like with the skull masks on.  One of my A1 buddies bailed me out though as EJ opened her three-pack and passed this picture on to me.

Photo Courtesy of EJ

The masks fit pretty well and are a nice accessory. Me and my son discussed it and they do look a little odd, but that's going to happen when you're trying to mold a mask out of plastic when it's actually very thin. Minor complaint aside I really do think they look pretty cool.

Thanks again to EJ for sharing this to the SAW Facebook page. Her photo is literally the first I've seen of this set unboxed with the masks on so I wanted to share.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

New Purchases: Kevin Owens Elite 47

My Elite 47 Kevin Owens came in from Amazon today.  As usual, I was able to snag it for $19.99.  Only issue this time was the packaging had some wear and tear on it.

Overall with Amazon I've been fortunate.  Off the top of my head, both of my APA figures arrived in fine shape as did Harlem Heat, and all three AJ Styles figures.

The packaging on one of my Magnum TA figures was torn badly, and now this KO one has some minor issues.

I am pleased with this one though.  The Universal Title looks sharp and as was suggested on Twitter, even the table that comes with it really adds something to the figure.  I am not the biggest Kevin Owens fan, but this is a great looking figure.  I am glad I grabbed it.

Ignore my hand reflection on the packaging there.  At least I kept my ugly mug out of it.

More pics after the jump...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Royal Rumble 2017 Participants

There's been a lot made of the star power we are getting in this year's Royal Rumble.  Take a second and check out this list (which I will update) and think about how true that statement is.

I got the names from Bob Mulrenin's article on WrestlingFigs.com for the record.  It looks to be correct as of the January 24th SmackDown.  I will maintain it from this point.  We've got 8 names left, and if history's any indication we will get a couple of unannounced surprises. 

List is after the jump...

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New Purchases: AJ Styles Elite 47

Watching Amazon like a hawk paid off for me as I was able to snag three AJ Styles Elites at list price ($19.99).  I'm not hoarding them, I got one for me, one for my son (it's a birthday present), and one for Norko.

The way Amazon was acting though I ended up placing an order for mine at 4:15 AM, and then was able to place the order for two more at 5:30 PM.  Mine arrived yesterday.  Here are the pics.

Unless Norko chooses to open his, I won't have any unboxed pictures for this figure.  I typically don't, but if my son gets one that's when I am able to provide those.  Problem here is that his birthday isn't until after WrestleMania so it would be a while.

I am really pleased with this figure, and it still seems surreal that a guy I saw at NWA WildSide in Cornelia, GA is now a WWE SuperStar and arguable the best in the world.

There are more pics after the jump...

Friday, January 20, 2017

WWE Hall of Fame Criteria

I am 99% sure I have already published something just like this on this here site, but I'm going to start a fresh post to discuss the criteria for the WWE Hall of Fame.

The simple answer is, "There is none."

For some reason, year after year, I continue to read things from fans about how so and so "isn't deserving."  My question always is, "How can they not be deserving if there is literally no criteria?"

Please stop trying to apply your own criteria to the WWE Hall of Fame.  In addition to that, please stop asking why so and so isn't in yet because there's clearly a template to each HOF class, and you can't put everyone in all at once.

Could Rick Rude have gone in before now?  Sure.  Should it bother you that he is just now going in?  Absolutely not.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Purchases: Harlem Heat Elites

This post has been kind of held because I had so many New Purchases posts at one time I thought we needed a break.  I purchased Elite 46 Booker T & Stevie Ray a couple of weeks ago for MSRP.

They are really sharp looking figures, and I was glad to get a Mattel version of Harlem Heat Booker T for sure.

I hate to say I was kind of on the fence about Stevie Ray, but thought it was fitting to have both in matching attires to complete the tag team.  Some Christmas money was used too so that eased some of the concern.

These found their way to my wall faster than most.  I am actually caught up and have gotten all my recent carded purchases up there.  A few were in my living room, and I had a stack in the bonus room as well.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WWE Live Event: Columbus, Ga. January 6, 2017 Reaction

We braved the sketchy winter weather and made our way 70 miles or so southwest to Columbus, Ga. for the Raw house show/live event last Friday.

I am glad for two things.  The main one was the weather behaved as we thought it would so the trip did not leave us stranded on the interstate or away from my wife and daughter.  The second thing was that I was glad I took the risk and made the show because we had a phenomenal time.

If you are not interested in hitting up a house show because "Nothing happens" or you'd like to save your money to put it towards a TV or PPV event, I'd recommend that you rethink that.

There is something simple, pure, and fun about a house show.  You get the stripped down presentation, clean finishes, a minimum of mic work, and just good ol' straight up wrestling.  It really is tons of fun.

Friday, January 6, 2017

WWE Live Event: Columbus, Ga. January 6, 2017

We are currently watching the Winter Storm rolling into Georgia, but if the roads are safe I will be going to the WWE Live Event tonight in Columbus.

I am going with my son, sister, and my nephew.  It's my nephew's first show and was part of our Christmas present to him so I am really hoping the weather holds out for us.

If we do go, I will try to take some pics and upload them right here in this post. 

SmackDown ran Atlanta on December 29th, but I chose this show for a couple of reasons.
  1. Norko and I went to the Columbus Civic Center for a show years ago and I really liked the experience.
  2. Roman Reigns (my favorite), and New Day (my son's favorite) are scheduled to appear since it's a Raw show.
  3. Until the Winter Storm was threatening, I liked the date of this show more than the idea of heading up to Atlanta during my Christmas break.
  4. Biggest reason?  The tickets were about half the price of the ATL show.  I got the Me + 3 deal and lower level tickets were only $25 after tax, fees, etc.
Like I said, I hope to get a few pics and maybe a video.  If I do, I will slap them in this post right here.  

UPDATE: I didn't have any pics or video that I just loved so none will be added here, I have published a separate post about the event.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New Purchases: Walmart Exclusive Three-Packs The Shield And Team WCW

Getting up and hitting my local Walmart before work paid off rather quickly for me.  Got the Retro Roman Reigns yesterday, and 24 hours later I am the very happy owner of The Shield and Team WCW Bash At The Beach three-packs.

As of 6:30 AM, January 5, 2017 there were one of each still on the shelves.  I hate to admit I thought about grabbing both to see if I could make a quick buck, but there were two problems there.

First problem is that once I have something in my possession it's hard for me to part with it.  Beyond that my kid would love to have them.

Second problem, and I'm not criticizing those who do this, is that I didn't want to be "that guy."  I'd rather share that they are out there and give another collector a shot at them or even maybe some kid who thinks they are just the coolest.

All that said, here's the pics.  Pardon my reflection in any of these, I really need to work on my picture taking skills if I'm going to keep doing these posts.  For now, "It is what it is."

I should add that I realized after I left that I grabbed a Team WCW with a crease on the back of the package, I wish I hadn't done that, but I'm just going to live with it.  When they are displayed you can't see the back anyway.  It is funny though because I obsessed over the packing on The Shield figures and actually swapped them after heading toward the register.  The front of this Team WCW package was better than the other one though.

Oh, and because I forgot to mention this on the Retro posts yesterday, these were $49.97 before tax.  So a little cheaper than what I had read they would be.  The rest of the pics are after the jump.