Fan Report From Booker T's Fanfest & AXXESS Inside
By Ryan Clark | April 04, 2009
I arrived to WWE AXXESS a little late due to the FanFest. I was only able to get down there around 7:15. They did away with the card aspect, and it was just first come-first serve with the line. They could still improve it a little more if they would comfortably allow you to take a photo with a wrestler and if they didn't close the lines off near the end of the AXXESS session. I was in line to meet Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase. However, just as I was about to get to them, they switched off and on came...Mark Henr & FuNaki!! That finally happened to me...Oh, well...I got to meet them, anway.
Tonight, they held the THQ Superstars Video Game challenge. There were many interesting match-ups in the first round, such as Ted DiBiase Sr. v. Ted DiBiase Jr., Sgt. Slaughter v. CM Punk, Nikki v. Brie Bella, Ezekiel Jackson v. 'The' Brian Kendrick, who actually just let Brian win. Kofi Kingston made it to the finals against Cody Rhodes. Kofi Kingston ended up winning...and there was suprisingly a significant number of media present for the finals of the THQ Challenge. Shelton Benjamin came out after the contest, and challenged Kofi to a match next year. However, they ended up having the match-off tonight. Kofi came out on the top of that one, as well...So, I guess if you have Legends of Wrestling play as Kofi Kingston you can't lose. Cody and Kofi had an interesting discussion about playing each other on XBox live with Halo. Jimmy Hart came back before the finals, as well, and Kofi picked Jimmy as his manager on the game. Thought it was interesting that Jimmy Hart was brought back as soon as he was finished with Booker T's FanFest. It was also an interesting dynamic to see Jimmy in two different situations today.
Howard Finkel was the main host in Jimmy's place tonight. It was interesting watching The Fink perform in the ring for so long. Howard and Jimmy also shared a memory about how Howard was the whole reason Jimmy ever got a job in the WWE.
So, AXXESS with the video game challenge was actually pretty good, as well.
Jeremy Samples sent this review in:
Booker T's Legends of Wrestling Fanfest
This was the first time that Booker had done this event, so it was expected that a few things would not be run correctly. First, I know it probably wasn't Booker's fault...but the Convention Center ticketing was extremely slow, and had to wait in line 1.5 hours just to pick up my Will Call tickets, and to purchase a VIP Pass. Inside, they were supposed to have something for you to have the wrestlers sign. However, you actually had to have your own item. I decided to buy a FanFest T-Shirt, but they all mostly just had black sharpies--and with the shirt being black, that wouldn't show up very well. They also were supposed to either have a polaroid to take your picture with the wrestler or a camera that would then print off an 8x10. The only way you could get a picture was with your own camera, or you could purchase a camera from the merchandise stand. The merchandise stand was also very slow, as I had to wait 45 minutes to an hour to get the T-Shirt, with only a few people in line.
Saying the negatives, there were actually many positives. Most of the wrestlers at the FanFest were very into it, even Jake "The Snake" Roberts was in very good shape, and was joking around with fans. Jimmy Hart was allowed to participate in the FanFest. The lines were extremely long, and took awhile to get through along with the building being very generic...kind of felt like having a few wrestlers sit down in an abandoned warehouse...led to unexciting time when not meeting a wrestler.