“Ripping packs of baseball cards was one of my favorite things to do as a kid,” my colleague David Roth wrote in June in an essay accompanying a video of the baseball card-opening series that I’ve now somehow both wormed my way into and made about professional wrestling. “I like the experience of opening something that’s closed to find whatever’s inside. I like not knowing what’s in there to find.”
That’s something I like, too, and maybe why it’s fun to open these packs of cards even now, as a 35-year-old. Unfortunately, these particular packs of Classic WWF History of WrestleMania Series 2 cards were not made with the care one might expect from pro wrestling merchandise. I have realistic expectations on that front, too. I still have the Bret Hart wraparound shades I bought at SummerSlam 90 and I don’t think I’ve ever worn them for more than five seconds at a time. And in contrast to my cool shades, these cards are not great: In this episode of Remember Some Wrestling Guys, Roth realizes that the cards were packed in the numerical order in which they appear in the set.
So, again, sorry for switching this show from baseball to wrestling and ruining it for Roth, and sorry about the bad cards. But: in this episode, we open the numerical pack of cards and cover the Bushwhackers, the Fabulous Rougeaus, Dino Bravo, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and, again, Akeem. There are also bad Jesse Ventura impressions. Enjoy!