Arena Reports SHOW REPORT - 6/7 Legends of Wrestling at Citi Field in New York: Additional perspective on crowd size & event
Jun 8, 2015 - 8:10:55 PM
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Legends of Wrestling Live Report
June 7, 2015
New York, N.Y. at Citi Field
Report by Avi Faivish, PWTorch correspondent
From the home of the New York Mets - I was there for the VIP meet & greet with the wrestlers, which was incredible. This lasted for about an hour. It was a big room with food and drinks, and included all of the wrestlers that were gonna be fighting or signing later on. They took pictures and signed things, which was cool. I personally met Bret Hart, Bill Goldberg, Lita, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Mr. Andersen, Robbie E., Tyrus, Doc Gallows, Wes Briscoe, Virgil, Greg Valentine, The Nasty Boys, and Rob Van Dam, among others I can't remember. Unfortunately, I missed Ric Flair, which was upsetting.
Then, there were festivities from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., which wasn't great for me, being that during this time was when you could pay for an autograph or photo-op, which I already had gotten. There were a bunch of matches during that time, but they were by indie wrestlers not at the level of the advertised legends. Then came the real show.
The "Main Event" portion of the show started at 5:25 p.m. and ended around 7:45, running later than the 7:00 it was advertised to end. I had ringside seats to this part of the show. There were a total of seven matches.
Before the matches started, Robbie E. came out and cut a heel promo.
(1) Flex Armstrong & Greg Valentine's son (w/Greg Valentine) beat Bam Shaw & someone I did not recognize. John Cena, Sr. was at ringside and helped out Valentine for the win. After the match, Greg beat down Shaw and put him in the figure-four leglock. Decent match.
(2) Brian Myers (Curt Hawkins) beat Tyrus (Brodus Clay). Myers came out in all Mets gear, was introduced from Queens, and defeated Tyrus in a better match.
(3) "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan beat Robbie E. Pretty good match. Best match you're going to get from a man Duggan's age.
4) Tommy Dreamer beat Wes Briscoe in a very good match. Dreamer was in a Mets jersey.
Ric Flair came out and began to speak, but Mr. Anderson and Doc Gallows interrupted him. They said, "We've had enough of all the legends, I am the present, you are the past." The Nasty Boys came out with a garbage can and some other steel things and smacked Anderson and Gallows with it. Then the rest of the Aces & Eights came out and there was a brawl. Then, Ax and Smash of Demolition came out to make the save for The Nasty Boys.
(5) Nasty Boys "beat" Mr. Anderson & Doc Gallows. This was match of the night, in my opinion.
After this match, there was a long break. They showed the Mets game on the big screen, but it really took a long time. I don't know what they were waiting for. After 35 minutes of waiting the next match started.
(6) Matt Sydal beat Doc Gallows. This was also an entertaining match.
(7) Rob Van Dam beat Scott Steiner in the main event. Before the match, Steiner said, "I challenged Hulk Hogan, but as always he was a little b---- and didn't come." Steiner was accompanied by Gallows, who came out for the third time, while RVD was accompanied by Bret Hart. After the match, Steiner and Gallows beat down RVD, but Goldberg made the save to a huge pop. That ended the show.
Overall, the wrestling itself wasn't incredible but the event and the experience itself was an absolute blast. Anyone going to Legends Of Wrestling absolutely must get the VIP meet & greet. I had an absolute blast.
Submitted by David Cohen
I felt I needed to share my thoughts on the "Legends of Wrestling" show as well. The matches were okay, not great. Other elements were hokey like the interviewer who threw softball questions at wrestlers and the Fanfest was pretty uneventful.
However, for legends to claim there were 10,000-plus in attendance was an insult to paying customers who shelled out good money for this show. I didn't buy the VIP package, but the show should have been done in conjunction with a minor league stadium better equipped for the show and able to fill the park. To say it was filled to the rafters was insulting to fans who made the trip.
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