Story: The world of sports memorabilia is competitive and even cutthroat at times, as the market of buyers tries to acquire the most rare, valuable pieces of sports history. This certainly holds true when it comes to professional wrestling, where ring worn items, entrance attire, and other historic items tend to rack up high prices and the collecting world around those items can be intense. WWE wants to secure some of these rare items in order to build a remarkable traveling museum, to get these pieces of history back in front of the fans. That means hitting the road to find these curiosities and to help, several WWE superstars have signed on to lend a hand.
Entertainment Value: This show from WWE has a simple concept, with the company wanting to pick up an assortment of items related to various characters, hopefully ones tied to iconic or memorable moments in WWE’s past. For example, Ric Flair wore many robes during his career, but some are more valuable than others and none as valuable as the Black Butterfly robe, which we wore at the 1992 Royal Rumble. Because the robe was present at such a huge moment in Flair’s career, that is the robe most sought after and by turn, the most expensive to acquire. A trainee named A.J. Francis hosts the show and is present in all the episodes, but the real focus is of course on the wrestlers involved and the stories behind these iconic treasures. The show isn’t in depth in most cases, but we learn a little and get to see some interesting, historic artifacts from wrestling’s past.
This first season runs for nine episodes, each with a different wrestler or set of connected wrestlers at the center. After Triple H and the archival team lay out which items would be desired by the collection, A.J. heads up to meet up with the wrestlers themselves, who often join him in the travels to track down the various objects. In some cases, like Jerry Lawler, The Undertaker, and Kane, the performers themselves have the items in question and while that limits the hunt factor, it also means we get a look at their personal archives. Lawler’s house is like a wrestling museum, while The Undertaker and Kane keep their collections in plastic bags or storage unit tubs, so it was interesting to see the ways these athletes view these kind of collectable artifacts. While Ric Flair’s episode was drawn out and felt like a promotional commercial, the other eight episodes were light and fun. This is reality television, so expect less than spontaneous situations at times, but for fans of WWE or pro wrestling history in general, this is a fun, solid season of entertainment.