There they are. Standing RIGHT there! That famous celebrity you’ve adored since childhood.
Pen? Check. Item to be signed? Check. It’s go time.
Few moments in the collectibles universe are as thrilling as meeting that celeb and landing an autograph on that beloved item. The hard evidence of a lifelong dream now sealed in time. And hopefully a vinyl UV-blocking protector, as well.
When it comes to getting autographs, however, proper etiquette is always a must. Some rude fans of the WWE are finding that out the hard way.
The WWE, led by superstar Rhea Ripley, has recently taken off from the top rope when it comes to throwing pushy autograph hounds into the doghouse. Namely the ones that accost its wrestlers in airports.
People need to respect that no means no!
At airports do not follow me outside. Today has put me off completely! I will not sign ANYTHING that isn’t a personal photo of us anymore.
Hate me, I don’t care.
Disagree with me, try putting yourselves in our shoes for one bloody day.
— RheaRipley_WWE (@RheaRipley_WWE) March 20, 2023
Among the items commonly thrown into wrestlers’ faces by autograph seekers are Pop! WWE figures, which are quite plentiful in the Funko universe – especially autographed versions.
Check out Cactus Jack signed by Mick Foley, for example, with an estimated PPG value of $115.
You can’t say Rhea is anti-Pop! Turns out, she used to be a collector of Dragon Ball and Vegeta Pop!s! And last month, she finally had the chance to collect her very own Pop! So she can understand the fervor.
Stomp of approval! Watch as Rhea Ripley unboxes her very own Pop! Catch her reactions & complete your WWE collection with Pop! Rhea Ripley. https://t.co/bVPrXthHoT #Funko #FunkoFair #FunkoPop @RheaRipley_WWE pic.twitter.com/0BnTVirAkD
— Funko (@OriginalFunko) February 2, 2023
But now, the WWE star will limit what she signs and we must respect her wishes, and quite frankly, the privacy of others.
All we ask is that you use the proper decorum. Don’t spoil it for the rest of us. Don’t make us have to create a “no celebrity was harassed in securing this autograph” disclaimer.
Besides, why on God’s blue earth would you instigate someone who could submit you with a vicious Boston Crab before you could even finish muttering the name “Jimmy Superfly Snuka?”
We’d love to hear some of your celebrity autograph encounters. Let us know in the comments below!