I was able to visit New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center as part of my yearly tradition and came across this amazing WWE exhibit, which was available for viewing from 10/5 – 10/8. I was impressed to see these in person and hope you enjoy the photos!
First we have the robe that Ric Flair wore in his final WWE match, Wrestlemania XXIV vs Shawn Michaels with his career on the line. Flair would go on to lose via pinfall but not before giving an emotionally charged performance in front of thousands. It also happens to be one of his best robes, in my opinion.
Now you’re probably thinking, “Virgil? Couldn’t they get merch from someone who was actually good?” He’s undoubtedly one of the most popular jobbers in the history of pro wrestling, more so as “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase’s lackey, plus its got a cool retro vibe that serves as a callback to the days of WWF. I’m totally fine with this getting a display at such a prominent event.
I’m not the biggest Asuka fan but this was such an awesome addition. These are traditional kabuki theater masks that she has worn to the ring. Kabuki is a classical Japanese dance-drama known for its elaborate stylization and the costumes worn by its performers, which is what pro wrestling has striven for since its inception, so it feels natural among things that American fans normally associate with our clothesline-swingin’ pastime.
“The Big Gold Belt”. The championship title that many of us grew up in awe of during the epic run of NWA/WCW, and later became part of WWE’s accolades when they purchased Ted Turner’s company. The list of champions includes many classic and modern-day legends: Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Rey Mysterio, Triple H, The Rock, Kevin Nash, The Big Show/The Giant, Chris Benoit. Perhaps the most prestigious looking title that WWE has had in its entire history and its a shame that it became defunct when both world titles were unified.