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Shoutout to Scott Young, aka Regular Scott, and co-host of The WRAP, who along with his wife welcomed their second child into the world. Go get ’em Roman!

As many of you already know, we’re covering WrestleMania 38 and all of the shows surrounding the weekend in a major way.

We’re also going to be doing a Twitter Spaces show on Friday at 3PM/6PM to give our predictions for WrestleMania as well as talk about the shows we’re looking forward to over the weekend.

Lastly, subscribe to our YouTube channel. We’re going to be live streaming four shows this weekend including three Bruise News shows and our very first Powerbombshells live stream.

In our Facebook Group, I asked the members what’s the biggest WrestleMania match that never happened. Now, we’re not talking about fantasy booking mid-80s Kerry Von Erich into the Hulk Hogan WWF run. We’re talking about viable matchups that could’ve happened that for whatever reason didn’t.

When I asked Dave Meltzer that question on the latest Q&A that I did with him for our Patreon, his immediate answer was Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Hulk Hogan. We also talked about Sting vs. The Undertaker and The Rock vs. Brock Lesnar.

But there were other matches named by members of the group including Austin vs. Goldberg, The Rock vs. Shawn Michaels, CM Punk vs. John Cena (at actual WrestleMania), Michaels vs. Eddy Guerrero, and my favorite one, Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair.

Dave has talked ad nauseam about why Hogan and Flair never happened at WrestleMania VIII such as that the match ran its course on the house show circuit and that Vince never really saw it as the right main event for that show. Instead, he’d promised Sid Vicious the year before that he’d get Hogan in the main event. In hindsight, Hogan and Flair would’ve been the better match and probably the bigger match to the pay-per-view audience since I’d imagine most people buying the show didn’t watch them on the house show loops.

But what would’ve made that match even better is the promos that both men could’ve pulled off. Imagine Ric Flair as the top dog in the NWA, but not worldwide, doing everything possible on his end to sell that match with the story that Hulk Hogan can’t go like he can go. I imagine Hogan himself would’ve wanted to have his best match as well.

What they did at WrestleMania VIII was really solid since we did get the great Randy Savage and Ric Flair match, but to me, that was always the one from my childhood that should’ve happened.

Nick Khan’s WWE

WrestleMania season isn’t only for the wrestling fans who want to travel and see the big shows. It’s also for WWE to announce big deals and big projects.

Nick Khan was on my new favorite podcast, The Town with Matt Belloni. Now, if your bullshit detector went off when he said that both days of WrestleMania 38 were on pace to drawing 100,000 fans, then yes, you probably have to take the rest of what he said with a grain of salt.

But Khan is smooth and what Belloni says early on is key when he calls him an agent type. Nick Khan can talk to anyone he wants to. I’m not so sure you can say the same thing about Vince McMahon.

WWE has used the WrestleMania season to announce a longterm deal for WWE Shop (I liked it better when it was ShopZone) and cards/NFTs with Fanatics, the show runners for the docuseries The United States Vs. Vince McMahon, and a new fictional series for NBC called Pinned.

What’s super interesting about the latter two is that Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn are going to be executive producers. No word on if that means you’ll get sick watching with the amount of unnecessary camera cuts.

When Vince McMahon took WWE public in 1999 off the backs of Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, that company was very different from the company that brought us the very first WrestleMania. And now, fast forward 23 years and this company is a content machine. This is yet another reason why I don’t think Vince McMahon is selling anytime soon. Everything he seemed to always want, and maybe didn’t yet want because it may not have been possible, has come to fruition. WWE is a player. Maybe not a giant player. But they are a player.

Wrestling and MMA cards

What’s a little mysterious about the Fanatics deal that I linked above is that WWE’s deal with Panini just started. The Prizm set is just about to launch and is going to fetch a crazy price per box. You think those AEW cards are highly priced for the market? You haven’t seen anything yet.

There doesn’t look to be information on when WWE’s deal with Fanatics begins, or how long the deal with Panini is. Fanatics bought Topps after acquiring the MLB license, which left Topps without much. Topps has had the WWE license going back to the mid-2000s, so one would imagine that the Topps brand would be on WWE’s cards after the Panini deal ends.

UFC cards are also on Panini and are a hot commodity right now. I’ve been having a blast watching D&P Sports Card Shops break boxes on Instagram live.

As a fan of the hobby, I’ve created an exclusive YouTube show for our Fight Game Media YouTube channel talking about the hobby as it relates to wrestling and MMA. My first show was with Dave Wilson from Northern Touch Sports Cards and Collectibles. It won’t be a weekly show, but it should be regular. We’ll talk to people with a great understanding of the market and chat about news, bust some packs, and showcase some nice cards.

We’re going to keep a close eye on the collectibles market. It’s blowing up.

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