Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend Eternal Con at the Cradle of Aviation in Garden City, New York where I met Tommy Dreamer and Ashley Massaro.
Tommy Dreamer was a class act. He only charged $10 for his signature on my ECW bely and a photo op. Tommy was very gracious and a nice guy.
An hour later I went to get Ashley's signature on her Playboy cover. I asked her how much it would be for a photo op and her signature. She told me her signature would be $50 and a photo w/ her would be $25. I just graciously told her that I would think about it, even though I had made my decision the minute she said everything would be $75.
My question is what justified that price? Ashley was never at the level of an Undertaker, Rock, HHH, Stone Cold, Trish Stratus, Lita, or the late great Sherrie Martell and Fabuolous Moolah. She was known for two things: 1) the Million Dollar Diva Search and 2) Playboy. Ashley never held a title and I'm sure no one can recall a favorite Ashley match. I'm sure there are those of you out there who will say, "She has the right to charge whatever she wants ?" and I agree with that. Just as she has the right to charge whatever she wants, as a fan and a consumer I also have the right to not buy her photo op or signature.
Enclosing when I met both Bella Twins at NY Comic Con last October they only charged $25, and in their case I would've paid $75 because they were world champions and they were both class acts. And on a side note out of appreciation both Bellas thanked me for coming to their signing and gave me a kiss.