That’s the statistic that matters most in the career of Sheamus, a 6-foot-6, 272-pound bruiser from Dublin, Ireland, who makes his first WWE trading card appearance in the new 2010 Topps WWE Slam Attax gaming set.
What’s the stat? Well, it’s day count for his tour of terror — err misery — that wrestling fans endured as the 32-year-old was booed in arenas around the world as the WWE Champion … a reign that thankfully ended this past Sunday thanks to Triple H in the Elimination Chamber.
Since the Irish fighter had only been in WWE full time since last June or so, many a fan didn’t take to his winning the title — even if he defeated another guy many wrestling fans love to hate, John Cena — and his Attax card, which assigns points to a wrestler that are used in gameplay against other wrestlers’ cards, affirms many of those fans’ notions.
Sheamus’ 51 Defense and 59 Attack points are topped by the likes of Melina (55-66), Natalya (52-59) and even Michelle McCool (56-62) — three of the WWE’s female competitors.
If you didn’t know, McCool is a 5-10, 135-pound bruiser who is a former seventh-grade science teacher. (Don’t get me wrong, wrangling seventh-graders might be tougher than taking down Sheamus — even if the guy only was pinned once in a match that mattered since the middle of last December.)
No word on whether Mr. McMahon has placed a call to Topps …
Sheamus ended the career of littleman Jamie Noble in brutal fashion, but only tops Noble’s Attax card by four defense points and seven attack points.
Others found in my packs of Attax that Sheamus would have no problems flattening? Smackdown GM Theodore Long (he’s 62 years old), announcers Josh Mathews, Justin Roberts and Michael Cole (though some fans might want to see that vintage showdown) along with the likes of Paul Burchill, Kung Fu Naki, Tyson Kidd, the always overwhelming Goldust and WWE Hall of Famer Nikolai Volkoff (well, and a few other WWE Divas).
Who knew that childrens’ games could be so telling?
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.