Author: Mario Alejandro
Not too long ago, Tristar was releasing some pretty low-budget wrestling cards for their Total Non-Stop Action wrestling license. Back then, TNA was the underdog company who made it clear they were not going to compete with the giant in the business, WWE.
That all changed when TNA brought in legendary trouble maker Eric Bischoff and an old, used up Hulk Hogan and announced to the world that they were moving their show to Monday to directly compete with WWE’s Raw. While some believed Hogan, Ric Flair, and the N.W.O would be good for business, many did not believe they had a shot.
As it turns out, many were right. TNA has been awful in the ratings and continues to put on sloppy, embarrassing shows (and Pay Per Views) week in and week out. Flair, Hogan, and NWO were once giants in the business but today have no place near a wrestling ring and just cannot compete with WWE’s main attractions.
Surprisingly, while TNA’s programming has hit new lows, Tristar’s trading cards have only improved. Check out Beckett Media’s preview of the upcoming TNA: The New Era trading card set coming this month. This is one clear example of David (Tristar), knocking Goliath on its ass (Topps), at least in this upcoming release.
While Topps’ last WWE release was a great all-around product, it certainly did not have the star power of a card like the one you see below featuring four wrestling legends (Yes, even Nash). While some may feel that Kevin’s appearance on the card is just filler, it’s easy to forget that he’s been a champion in every company he’s ever worked for (WWE, WCW, TNA).
Tristar’s effort should be seen by Topps as a wake-up call to start including some real legends’ autographs in their product. Can you imagine a dual autograph of Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior or Shawn Michaels and Triple H? How about a cut signature of the immortal Andre the Giant?
The possibilities are endless.