I'll admit it - these aren't exactly the pride and joy of my wrestling card collection. In fact, I'd completely forgotten about them until I saw the cards in the same binder as the Hostess Potato Chips WrestleMania Stickers. Still, they're rarities if nothing else...
These cards were given out back in the day when you rented Coliseum Videos from your local BlockBuster, Jumbo Video, Videoflicks or what have you.
Sure, they were less collectibles and more thinly-veiled promotional material, but we were kids and wrestling fans, so who the hell cared?
You might be surprised to see Luna Vachon, of all people, as one of the four cards produced.
Particularly because, in 1994, the World Wrestling Federation didn't have a women's division. Also she was primarily a manager at the time and not a wrestler. Also there were no other female opponents in the game so it was, like, her against The 123 Kid.
While not as strange a choice as Luna, Yokozuna looked odd in this particular video game. He was a heavyset guy, sure, but at 568 pounds, he still ended up more or less the same size as everyone else in WWF Raw, because Terrible Graphics.
While still eons away from the currenting renderings that we now enjoy as wrestling video gamers, at least the characters had detail to them, moved around a certain way and kind of looked like the grapplers they were patterned after if you squinted.
Doink not only wraps up this mini-collection, but he's also the third dead wrestler in a row to prominent enough in 1994 to have a trading card named after him. Sigh.
I'm seriously hoping I don't give Nancy Grace any ideas here, but I can picture her saying on her next show that "75 percent of the wrestlers featured in the Coliseum Home Video/Acclaim Strategy Tips series are dead; does that not indicate there is a problem in the industry?".