For the first time Monopoly Events held a Wrestling convention over the last weekend in Liverpool at The Exhibition Centre. The line up they put together was outstanding. The Undertaker (doing his first and possibly last Meet & Greet outside the WWE), Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Chris Jericho, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Booker T, Rob Van Dam, Psycho Sid, Christian, Jim Duggan, Ted Dibiase, Eric Bischoff, Lita, Brutus The Barber Beefcake, Marty Janetty, The Mouth Of The South Jimmy Hart, Virgil, Brooklyn Brawler, Tenille Dashwood, Summer Rae and Kelly Kelly.
This was the first ever convention I have attended so I have nothing to compare with how this was run to other conventions. For me it was run superbly, all staff were very friendly and helpful making the weekend even more enjoyable. The unsung heroes of the weekend had to be the guys and girls doing the photo printouts. They were absolutely fantastic at organising and getting the pictures out at a rapid pace. The whole layout was fantastic, there was plenty of space to easily explore all the awesome displays and stalls. The highlight for me was getting to play retro wrestling games like WCW/NWO Revenge, WWF No Mercy and ECW. Even queuing for photos and autographs was fun as we got to chat with like minded wrestling fans about how amazing this whole amazing opportunity to meet our heroes was.
Now I have met a lot of Pro Wrestlers over the years but apart from Mick Foley, Vader and X PAC none would be what I would consider to be my childhood heroes. Getting to meet Bret Hart, someone I idolised as a child was a dream I honestly never thought would ever happen. For me the greatest wrestler of all time is Ric Flair and to just be in his presence let alone thank him for everything he has done for this business was surreal. I also met Jericho who was awesome, Booker T chatted with me about his Supermarket Fight with Austin, Kevin Nash was unbelievable as he let me sit with him for a few minutes and chat, I saw no one was in line for Bischoff so I got to have a great conversation with him about how amazing WCW was and that it’s miles better than anything that is being put out now. I also got a quick pic with RVD who looks in phenomenal shape.
Then there were the Q&A’s each one I got to listen to was absolutely fantastic. The guy doing the interviews did a great job and I definitely learnt something new from each of them.
This was a dream come true for me like I am sure it was for many others that attended this event. All of us at Universal Wrestling Reviews would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at FTLOW, the staff at The Exhibition Centre and all the other fans that attended in making this a weekend that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. We can’t wait to see what is in store next year. See you all there !!