Now, I still have some of those old WWF magazines (the ones with those mini merchandise catalogs that featured the old t shirts and Hulk teddy bears and whatnot), and from what I remember - the selection wasn't all that appealing---
Are you kidding? The stuff was awesome. In one of my old magazines the Razor Ramon Teddy Bear, Bret Hart mini-leather jacket key chain, WWF role-playing game notebook... I want it all! They also had good selection of tapes, video games(anyone have Raw for Sega?) and signed autographs. I don't know how they would go about releasing retro items, but either way I'm all for it.
I know these have nothing to do with the WWF, but the shirts I get asked about the most are my old ECW shirts, especially the BWO one. Also the SWO (Stoned World Order) I wear over my bathing suit. I still have an ancient Hulkamania one from years and years ago. I used to wear it to bed. Haven't worn in years.
Originally posted by drjayphdThink they'd recycle WCW merch? I know it isn't that old, but I NEED the ORIGINAL Eddie Guerrero "Eddie Guerrero Is My Favorite Wrestler/Cheat to Win" shirt. The WWE version's just... meh. "Cheat 2 Win" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
If they're going that route, I'd sure like to get my hands on a "Monday Night Jericho" shirt...
On one level, I think retro merchandise could be a brilliant idea. And there's a good reason...
Every 2 or 3 years (or whenever the ratings fall dramatically and the bookers are looking for something to boost the ratings), inevitably you get a rehashed nWo (or something suspiciously similar - NeW blOod for eg.). Why, the first time Bischoff tried it it worked, and it always ships a lot of merchandise. Sure, it failed the last half a dozen times, but this time it'll be different. Hall's going to AA meetings, getting his life together and this time he pinkie-promised he'll never have another beer again. And Nash is in the best shape he's been in years. Plus we've got SyxXPac / Giant / Hogan / Steiner, just like the good 'ol days. Why, throw in a couple of B-grade jobbers and you have yourself... well... it'll be different this time! Or so all the federation's spokespeople keep telling us.
And inevitably, within weeks Hall's hit the bottle, again, Nash is "severely injured" and has to sit back at home doing nothing while the cheques keep rolling in, Hogan / Waltman / Steiner / Big Show go AWOL / get injured / get fired / get pushed in a different direction / get thrown in jail after a bad roid rage incident, leaving a bunch of guys who are lower midcard heels for a reason, accompanied to the ring by a posse of cripples as the plug is pulled on the angle. The whole mess is forgotten, until 2 or 3 years later some booker decides they've worked out how to jumpstart the ratings... all, basically, in the name of selling nWo t-shirts.
NOW *IF* the WWE decided to sell retro merchandise, we can skip that whole process and sell the t-shirts. No more "Nash is really going to work this time", no more "Hall's finished his love affair with the bottle", no more bad nostalgia trip, no more seeing why WCW went outta business.
I.e. pro-wrestling doesn't have to go down the tubes for an excuse to sell more nWo merchandise. And hell, even if no-one *actually buys any*, it might well be the best business decision they'll ever make.
This makes two straight PPVs with screwy main events, and in an age where anyone can pirate a PPV with the click of a mouse, they absolutely CAN'T have people thinking "I wish I hadn't paid for that" or "I'm glad I didn't pay for that.