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Cards and games top new WWE release roster
By SLAM! Wrestling


As WWE fans, we're used to seeing previews coming on a regular basis for the latest DVDs to hit the market.

Yes, every couple months you'll see the latest word from KOCH on WWE products set to hit the market here in Canada, here on SLAM! Wrestling. Today, however, we're looking into two other realms that wrestling fans have been getting excited about over the last number of weeks.

Topps WWE Heritage II

Back for a fourth set of trading cards dedicated to the Fed's mat wars, Topps has retured with a brand new edition of the popular Heritage line.

Released earlier this week, Heritage once again draws on Topps' rich history, incorporating a couple different designs from the early years of the company. Like it's predecessor, Heritage II includes the top WWE wrestlers, Divas and Legends in a large base set.

One of the big draws this time around, undoubtedly, will be the Turkey Red inserts. For those not familiar with the cards, Turkey Reds were initially released as a baseball set in the late 1800s, utilizing artistic renditions of photographs. With separate cards for hobby and retail distribution, there will be a strong dual pursuit for this beautiful set.

Returning are event-used cards and autographs, as well as a few special suprises that will surely be hits with collectors of all ages.

Smackdown vs. Raw 2007

As much as wrestling fans have enjoyed the 2006 incarnation of the strong Playstation 2 brand, the latest edition is looking like it will be better than its predecessor.

Slated for release in November, Smackdown vs. Raw 2007 improves on what many were calling the best wrestling game since No Mercy. With even clearer graphics and more detail on the wrestlers, the appearance of the new game will be reason enough to pick it up.

Of course, the boys and girls at THQ have made a number of other improvements to gameplay, including new capabilities such as going over the guardrail for some action in the stands, as well as some improved environment interactivity. In total, 40 WWE stars, plus a number of legends, are included in the game.

Smackdown! vs. Raw will be available for PS2, PSP and XBox 360 consoles.

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Stay tuned to SLAM! Wrestling for our thoughts on these exciting releases.

- with files from Jon Waldman


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