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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WWE Retro Roman Reigns Unboxed

Since I got a WWE Retro Roman Reigns for my son I have the opportunity to share pics of it unboxed. 

My only issue is the paint on his chest logo is pretty rough looking.

I really like these figures though and I hope we get a second series of them. 

New Purchases: Walmart Exclusive Roman Reigns Retro

As mentioned here already, I have started a thorough search of Walmarts for the two three-packs as well as the WWE Retro line.

Two days in and I have something to show for it from the Newnan, Ga. Walmart.  They had all four released Retro figures (Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Kevin Owens, and Roman Reigns/Undertaker and Ultimate Warrior have not been released yet), but not the three-packs yet.

I did speak to an employee who said she had not received any three-packs at this point.  I didn't really want to bother her, but she noticed me looking at the boxes on her cart/pallets.

Later today I will swing by the Peachtree City, Ga. Walmart and take a look for the three-packs.  I believe Norko is going to try to check a few for me as well.

The only good news for my wallet is that once I get those two three-packs, the only figure I really want for a while will be Elite 47 AJ Styles.  Hopefully Mattel slows down a little bit here, because they've been pumping out such great product it is hard to keep up.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hong Kong Selling Larry Zbyszko And Scott Hall Target 4-Pack Exclusives

Just found out from SCB on in The Wrestling Figures Thread that the canceled Larry Zbyszko and Scott Hall figures from that Target 4-pack have been found on eBay.

Larry Z is going for $45 and Scott Hall is going for $43

I have no idea if anyone has actually received one yet, if you know please let me know.

Comment Section On WWE's Site

Never really glanced at the comments on until today and boy they are interesting.  Here is a snip from the comments on the article about Sami Zayn's injuries.

Personally, I think old Tommy Holmes is the most...interesting because he was so authoritative yet still so off base.

I mean obviously it's scripted, including the push off the stretcher.  OTOH, just because it's scripted doesn't mean that people don't get hurt all the time.

Basically, it's all over the place.  This brings to mind the old axiom, "Never read the comments section."

That is solid advice. 

New Purchase For My Son: Magnum TA

Got up this morning and did some early-morning toyspotting at the Newnan, Ga. Walmart. Was hoping to find the three-packs or the WWE Retros, but I didn't. What I did find there was another Magnum TA figure. Now I already have one in the package and one opened up at home from Amazon.

I typically wouldn't have any reason to buy another, but my son told me he wanted one. Since we just got through Christmas I told him about the $10 deal on Amazon and said if he wanted to buy it, he could have it.  Unfortunately, by the time I went to place the order for him the figures had all gone back up to somewhere around their typical price.  Magnum TA was actually $22 even.

At that price, my boy did not want to pull the trigger which I totally respect.  I intended to just wait it out and see if I could catch a deal, but when I went to Walmart this morning and saw it sitting there for $17.97 or whatever exactly it is I figured I should grab it.

Again, you may wonder why and I thought about what motivated me here.