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WWF not "axxess"ible in eyes of fans

By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Lita signs an autograph for a fan at the Friday night session of WWF Fan Axxess. (Photo: Jon Waldman)

TORONTO -- The Friday night session of WWF Fan Axxess left fans wanting more, but not in a good way.

Long lines and limited autograph appearances were highly visible throughout the four-hour event, which took place at the Automotive Centre at the Canadian National Exhibition.

Lines for some stations, such as the fantasy play-by-play booth, had a half-hour-plus wait. Dan Plamondon was one of the attendees who found that he was not able to do all the activities available at Axxess. "It's kind of hard," he says. "You have to dedicate your whole Axxess time-pass to wait in line for it."

Matthew Gabriel agrees with Plamondon. He says that getting autographs took too long. "It could have been more organized," he says.

Other fans were disappointed with the lack of wrestlers participating in the session. Patrick Adams was one of the fans that attended the event. He says he would have appreciated seeing, "some of the smaller wrestlers, like not the real big names."

"I would have liked to have seen more of them cruising around."

One of the wrestlers who was on the floor was Crash Holly. The former hardcore and light-heavyweight champion spent time mingling with the fans around some of the displays. He says that he loves doing the Axxess shows because of the rare interaction he gets with the fans. "I think it's a great thing," he says. "I think it's the one opportunity that WWF wrestlers really get to be in touch with their fans."

In the end, the message is clear from the fans: more wrestlers with shorter lines for access to their wrestling heroes. "Have it moreso where you don't have to rush it," says Justin Beavers.

Plamondon adds that, "they need more wrestlers. All the virtual stuff is cool and the fan access stuff, but they need more wrestlers here."

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