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Superfan dream come true
From WWE Magazine...
'Tis the season of No Mercy, yet we showed mercy to one luckless fan whose entire WWE collection was destroyed in a flood.
Meet Mike Labbe, an emergency medical dispatcher from Pittston, Maine. He's a husband, father and rabid WWE fan. His basement was once a shrine to all things sports-entertainment. All seemed well in Mike's life until one fateful day, when the creek in his backyard swelled and poured into his basement. Years of collectibles, most of them irreplaceable, went right into the drink, never to be seen again. Ordinarily, a sad tale from a fan warrants a polite response and little else (so don't send your sob stories, please!). But, considering the extent and value of Mike's collection, we felt like we had to take action. We dialed the poor guy up and invited him to Titan Tower for a merciful, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
WWE Magazine: WHAT DID YOU THINK OF YOUR EXPERIENCE AT WWE HQ?
My wife summed it up by saying, "You know, I've read about things like this happening to other people, but this stuff doesn't happen to [us]." It was an unbelievable experience, and I was very appreciative.
WWE Magazine: STILL SORTING THROUGH YOUR LOOT?
Once I showed my wife everything, she said, "Wow, it's too bad you don't have your wrestling room anymore, now that you have so much nice stuff to put on the walls!" I've been trying to figure out how I want it all set up and laid out. I didn't put anything in the basement, I promise; it's in a spare room upstairs right now!
WWE Magazine: LEARN ANYTHING WHILE ROAMING THE TOP-SECRET HALLS OF TITAN TOWER?
When I left Titan Tower, I looked at my watch and I was like, "Oh my God, I've been here for more than three and a half hours! I cannot believe time went by that fast and that I only took four pictures!" It was sensory overload just trying to see everything. I came home that night and I was trying to write down anything that I could remember. It was like a blur, but it was awesome.
WWE Magazine: ONE THING WE'RE DYING TO KNOW: WAS IT WORTH HAVING YOUR COLLECTION DESTROYED IN ORDER TO HAVE THIS ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY?
I'd have to say yes, to be honest. It pains me to say that, because I lost so much personal stuff that I will never be able to replace. But, getting a chance to come to Titan Tower, that's equally irreplaceable. I feel extremely fortunate that it happened.
We took Mike through the halls of WWE HQ, where he soaked in the scads of memorabilia on display, like Andre the Giant's boots.
A quick stopoff at WWE's private gym for a session on the weight pile.
Then it was over to our TV facility for a complete rundown of how WWE programming goes out over the air each week.
At the end of the day, we led Mike to a conference room packed wall-to-wall with enough WWE memorabilia to replenish two collections!!!!