During his tenure with WWE, Teddy Long has made significant strides, etching his name in the annals of the company's history. However, there's one achievement that's always eluded him: having his action figure. This absence, as Long revealed during his conversation with "WrestleBinge," was not due to oversight but a deliberate business decision.
They long recalled discussing the missing action figure with John Laurinaitis, the former road agent, and talent relations executive. "I remember going to him once and asking him [why I didn't] have an action figure," Long remarked, recounting their exchange.
Laurinaitis responded bluntly: the consumers had spoken and wouldn't buy a Teddy Long doll.
Long's Frustration Over Action Figures
Too Long, the explanation felt like a slap in the face, especially given his previous frustrations over the action figure sets he'd received.
These sets included other WWE Superstars like The Undertaker and Rey Mysterio, yet, they had to be purchased in multiples to assemble a complete Teddy Long figure. Perplexed by Laurinaitis' explanation, Long turned to The Undertaker for assistance.
He implored 'Taker to speak with Vince McMahon about Laurinaitis' statements to shed some light on the issue. "Maybe that's why I don't have one," Long pondered aloud, reflecting on the situation. Despite his disappointment, Long held a realistic outlook on the situation.
He recognized that there were components of his action figure available, but they were scattered across different sets. Consumers must buy three to five locations to gather the necessary parts to create a full Teddy Long figure.
It was as if WWE was making the pieces to say they made them without committing to a stand-alone Teddy Long figure. Interestingly, Laurinaitis and Long were in opposing roles during the first half of 2012, serving as the General Managers of "WWE SmackDown" and "WWE Raw," respectively.
Their professional paths were intertwined, yet there was an apparent disparity regarding merchandise. Teddy Long's story serves as a reminder that recognition within WWE extends beyond the ring and into the world of merchandise and consumer products. It's an arena where popularity and marketability reign supreme, and for Teddy Long, it's a battle he's still fighting.