More Names Praise William Regal, Roman Reigns Acknowledged By Sports Illustrated | Fight Size Update

Here's your fight size update for Thursday, January 6, 2022:

- William Regal was released by WWE on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Having impacted many different generations of WWE superstars, many top stars are still paying homage to him:

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- Roman Reigns was acknowledged by Sports Illustrated as Wrestler of the Year.

Wrestler of the Year: Roman Reigns
Top three matches of 2021: Royal Rumble vs. Kevin Owens; SmackDown vs. Daniel Bryan; SummerSlam vs. John Cena

In 2021, Roman Reigns had no peer.

With depth and swagger, Reigns connected with the audience better than any other wrestler over the past year. His work felt natural, never contrived or forced. And when he stepped in the ring, all the way from January’s Royal Rumble match against Kevin Owens until the last WWE pay-per-view of the year at Survivor Series in a match against Big E, he made those matches gripping, compelling and always worth watching.

What would SmackDown have looked like in 2021 without Reigns? His Bloodline partnership with Paul Heyman and The Usos made every week worth watching. Reigns’s role was to be the biggest star possible for the world’s largest promotion, and he accomplished that in a marvelous manner.

The chance to see Reigns wrestle John Cena helped make SummerSlam—a stadium show taking place during a pandemic—a genuine success. His presence brought constant relevance to WWE whenever he appeared on television. After what we witnessed this past year, it is unfathomable to imagine the WWE product without Reigns.

Reigns was the best in the world in 2021, making him the wrestler of the year for Sports Illustrated.

- Upper Deck Releases First-Ever Officially Licensed Trading Cards for All Elite Wrestling

Exclusive AEW Trading Cards Feature Autographs and Memorabilia Inserts from CM Punk, Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Sting, Dr. Britt Baker and more

CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 6, 2022) – Upper Deck, the premier global sports and entertainment trading card, memorabilia, and collectibles company, announced the launch of its inaugural set of trading cards featuring top stars from All Elite Wrestling (AEW). The highly anticipated release is the latest addition to the company’s ever-growing portfolio and offers collectors never before seen autograph and memorabilia cards.

Upper Deck’s first AEW trading card set includes Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho, TNT Champion Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), AEW World Champion Hangman Page, AEW Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker, AEW World Tag Team Champions The Lucha Brothers, Sting, Jon Moxley, Miro, Darby Allin, Nyla Rose, Tay Conti, Hikaru Shida,and many more cherished by wrestling fans around the world!

“The response to our exclusive AEW relationship was overwhelming, so we are excited to release our highly anticipated inaugural set,” said Upper Deck Sports Brand Manager, Paul Zickler. “We’re thrilled to put AEW’s renowned talent in the spotlight like never before.”

Rare and iconic cards can be found within the product, including shadowbox cards of top wrestlers and tag teams in Wednesday In Action, rare autographs in The Dotted Line, memorable moments from the legendary career of Cody Rhodes in Rhodes to Success, and many more.

Additionally, Upper Deck has teamed up with Jazwares,the exclusive licensor for AEW figurines, to create an exclusive 100-card Yellow base set. Collectors can find exclusive 3-card packs in select Jazwares figurines starting with Unmatched Series 3 releasing in early 2022. A second wave is expected to hit store shelves Spring 2022 with Unrivaled Series 9.

“This partnership allows us to bring another dimension to the AEW collector experience with this exclusive parallel set from Upper Deck, a long-time, trusted industry leader,” said Gregory Mitchell, Vice President of Brand at Jazwares. “The AEW fan base is extraordinarily passionate, and the collaboration between the action figures and trading cards will be truly meaningful!”

“Upper Deck and Jazwares are key pillars of AEW’s growing licensing and merchandising business,” said Mark Caplan, VP of Licensing at AEW. “In addition to providing us another way to engage with our amazing fans, the product innovation and execution is bringing our retail partners a unique point of difference for their consumers.”

Upper Deck AEW trading card sets are now available at hobby shops nationwide and through Upper Deck Authorized Internet Retailers (AIRS). The inaugural set will also be available at a later date through Upper Deck e-Pack, an online platform that allows collectors to buy, open, collect and trade digital and physical cards with fans around the world. Fans can visit to sign up for new announcements, including AEW trading card releases.

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