Credit: J and prowrestling.net
I attended the Glasgow leg of the Q&A tour Nash, Hall & Waltman are making of the UK. The event has caused a lot of controversy with fans booing, asking for refunds, and taking to social media to vent their fury.
The £30 ($50) event was scheduled to begin at 7.30, but by this time all the fans were still left squeezed into a small hallway and not allowed to take their seats.
The Q&A didn’t begin until 8.30 and lasted only an hour. The host said Nash, Hall, and Waltman would be back for ‘Part 2’ in 15 minutes, but after 15 minutes announced that the Q&A was over and the wrestlers wouldn’t be coming back out for a part 2.
Many fans were infuriated with the high charges which were being applied to photographs and signatures, although some did say that if they asked the Wolfpack nicely they were willing to sign more items than the fans had paid for.
The wrestlers came over really well – all three were very funny and engaging during the hour long Q&A – however the promoters have been slammed for sneaking on last minute charges, and for cutting the Q&A session in half.
The promoters have been deleting posts on FB from customers unhappy with the event and from those asking for refunds. Several of the comments were advising how to obtain refunds through PayPal, or how to contact Trading Standards for refunds on cash tickets.
In light of a recent surge in former wrestlers coming to the UK for speaking tours this could mark a turning point, with fans now wary of cowboy promoters charging high prices and failing to deliver as advertised.
Some highlights from the Q&A…
-Scott Hall telling a story about how Vince McMahon tried to explain the Goldust/Razor feud to him – and Vince using the line “It reminds me of my first homosexual experience”.
-Kevin Nash claiming Steve Austin had told him he felt “nothing” after his Hall of Fame induction, and that Nash finds the HoF lacking credibility with wrestlers such as Koko B Ware & Edge in, whilst other more deserving guys are not.
-A very funny line from Sean Waltman on cutting Michael Hayes ponytail – “When I cut it the whole thing cam off in my hand and the plane erupted in the biggest pop you ever heard, it was like Hulk Hogan had came through the curtain on the plane.”
-Scott Hall joked openly about his troubles, from joking about the amount of women he meets in rehab, to asking a fan to bring him up his beers, and pretending to drink from Nash’s bottle of red wine when he forgot what he was going to say.
-When Hall was describing his recent recovery he came over as very humble and genuine. Nash had tears in his eyes, whilst Waltman was visibly sobbing. Hall then took a standing ovation from the audience.