A 10-card subset in the upcoming TRISTAR TNA Cross The Line set that hits stores later this month will include wrestling writers’ takes on a handful of stars in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
You’ll never guess who’s among them.
While I rarely write about myself or my collection, yours truly was selected by TRISTAR as one of the writers who selected a wrestler or moment and write that card for the Write Stuff subset. (I agreed to sign on during the summer when I worked for the Orlando Sentinel — before I came to Beckett Media.)
I chose TNA World Champion Sting.
How was I considered a wrestling writer?
Well, I wrote several pieces for the Sentinel as part of its coverage leading up to WrestleMania XXIV, the Super Bowl of wrestling, at the Florida Citrus Bowl. I also helped manage the newspaper’s coverage of its wrestling content, editing all of the other stories that I didn’t write — and there were plenty — as well as designing the pages that those stories appeared on. (The newspaper did some type of wrestling feature on a weekly basis for a few months leading up to the event and then an item every day the week of the event.)
I also wrote countless blog entries on wrestling memorabilia leading up to WrestleMania (and afterward). You can see them all here.
But none of those pieces were as tough as a 65-word summation of a wrestling career — Sting’s wrestling career. I was feeling a squeeze as intense as a Khali Vice Grip or the Von Erich Claw. After all, this is a guy who is among wrestling’s greatest performers. (And actually a dude I met on accident earlier this year.)
Writing a card back is as tough as it gets — and I’ve written plenty of newspaper and magazine pieces as well as a book and hundreds of blog entries.
What did I come up with? See it below — or you can find the card in packs of Cross the Line, which are set to arrive very, very soon.
Here’s a Write Stuff checklist with the writers:
78 — Christian Cage — Tim Baines, Ottawa Sun
79 — Jeff Jarrett — Blackjack Brown, Chicago Sun-Times
80 — Kurt Angle Meets Samoa Joe — Alberto Castillo, Newsday
81 — Sharmell — Heather Turk, SoCal.com
82 — Sting — Chris Olds, Beckett Media
83 — Important Moment In TNA History — Dave Meltzer, WrestlingObserver.com
84 — Cage vs. Abyss: “Sacrifice” (May 2005) — John “The Big Mosh” Masiulionis, Mondaynightmeyhem.com
85 — Joe vs. Daniels vs. Styles: “Unbreakable” (Sept. 2005) — John Pollock, LivaAudioWrestling.com
86 — Kurt Angle — Brian Fritz, ESPN Radio 1080 Orlando/BetweenTheRopes.com
87 — Styles vs. Angle: “Hard Justice” 2008 — Mike Johnson, PWInsider.com
Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.