The event in Phoenix on Saturday June 19 was from 1 to 5, with a Q&A session with Flair & Goldberg one hour prior (12 to 1).
The event in Tucson on Sunday June 20 was scheduled from 2 to 5, with a Q&A session with Flair & Goldberg one hour prior (1 to 2). Understandable that it was shorter, considering that Phoenix is a bigger city and that it’s closer to the Cali peeps.
I checked out of my hotel room like at 11:45, thinking that there wouldn’t be a lot of people at the Grand Ballroom, boy was I wrong ….. the line was already like 150 people deep. Fortunately at around 12:15 the staff opened the doors for ticket sales & wristband pickups for those who purchased VIP tix online.
Things went smooth, I picked up my wristband and bought some extras: inscriptions ($15) for Flair, Hall, Lita & Edge (WWE HOF) and Brooke Adams (personalized). Plus an additional pic with Flair. If you had already purchased a pic or autograph from the celebrity, the price was $5 to $10 cheaper.
Purchased some TNA Knockouts pictures because the quality of the ones I bought on EBay was really bad. Merchandise available was very good and with reasonable prices.
Once inside, a lot of fans rushed towards the stage for the Q&A with Goldberg & Flair, I got in line for Flair. After 15 minutes I decided to go grab something to eat because I found out that you can leave the place and go back in (unlike Summerslam Axxess).
When I got back (like 1:45) the lines for Flair, Hart & Goldberg were huge, so I decided to get in Brooke Adams’ line because I did a sign for her and if I got her autograph-pic first I would be able to leave the sign & her poster I bought back in my car and be able to move easily.
Event started a little late, like 10 minutes late …. mainly because the organizers did intros for all the celebrities.
I had Brooke sign a poster and a 8x10 I had, plus our picture together. She was awesome, told me she will be back on TNA TV in November.
Lines for the female wrestlers were empty, so I decided to get them first. Taryn Terrell was next to Brooke, so I went to her and got an 8x10 autographed. The guy before me told her that she looks prettier in person, she didn’t know if that was a good thing or a bad thing. I talked to her about her great matches before she left TNA when she was pregnant and how glad I was that she was back on TV with TNA.
Lisa Marie Varon, formerly known as Victoria in WWE and Tara in TNA was right next to them and same thing ..... no line. She's so nice with the fans! As she signed my 8x10 I told her that I got excited when she started following me on Twitter and she stopped me and said "And I unfollowed you like 10 seconds later, right" and I was like "Yes!". She let me know that there's something wrong with her account, that it wasn't intentional.
After we took a normal photo, she faked like she grabbed my throat .... that was a pretty cool photo.
I decided to get in my first big line of the day, Scott Hall. It was pretty crowded, even though it was the Grand Ballroom of the Double Tree Hotel, it wasn't big enough for the # of fans that were there early. After waiting around 25 minutes, I finally got Hall's (Razon Ramon) autograph ..... paid for his WWE HOF inscription.
Got 2 pics with him, the "Clique/Wolfpack" hand signal and the other one with his closed fist under my chin.
Kept seeing big lines for the big names, thought that eventually those lines would lower down ..... so I went back to getting autogprahs/photos with the ladies that were there, thinking that how they weren't that busy they might finish early and there would be a chance on me missing out on them. Candice Michelle and Chirsty Hemme were together at a table, but Candice took a quick break as I headed there ..... so went to Christy, had her sign a 8x10 because I didn't buy her Playboy magazine (she was a last minute addition).
Angelina Love's line was empty, so I went straight to her. She's a really good wrestler! I only wished that Velvet Sky could've been brought to this event.
Lita's line had a crowd, but not too big .... so she was the next one. Funny part, VIP line was crowded and General Admission didn't have but 2 people ..... so I went to the GA one because I also paid for an extra autograph and inscription. Got her to sign a WWF Raw magazine with her on the cover, had her add the HOF inscription and 4 time Women's champ.
Talked to her for a bit, asked her for her favorite diva in the current WWE roster and she said Paige .... asked for favorite superstar and took her a while, but she went with Cesaro.
Candice went back after her break and I got her to sign the Playboy mag I bought online, didn't know what color to get it autographed (silver or gold) ..... so I asked her which looks better (I mean, she has signed thousands of those) and she said that it looks good in blue.
She said that we were going to do 2 pictures, I was more than fine with that (only paid for 1).
I'm a huge fan of the WWE Divas and TNA Knockouts, so getting to meet these ladies was an awesome experience.
I'll upload another post soon with the other 6 superstars I met: Ric Flair, Edge, Sean Waltman (X-PAC), Kevin Nash, Goldberg and Bret Hart. Plus my comments on this event organized by Clickjab Entertainment and the FanFest's they're going to have on September in Phoenix and Southern California.