Merch Roundup: Progress Jersey, Billy Gunn Foam Ass, Dusty Rhodes, And More
A selection of this week's new and used items from around the internet.
BY MIND GAMES
The kings of wrestling athletic wear, Suplex Apparel, have done it again. This time, in collaboration with their fellow Brits, PROGRESS Wrestling, they've dropped an 80s inspired Euro football jersey with a graphic that harkens back to the design of athletic logos from that era. For American customers, it runs about $66 USD after shipping.
This Jim Crocket Productions-produced Dusty Rhodes shirt comes from 1986, around the time he was tag-teaming with Magnum T.A. just before Magnum's career was ended by a car accident. Dusty subsequently teamed with Nikita Koloff, forming The Super Powers, later that year. This scarce, full color Indiana Jones inspired design on Etsy, however, has nothing to do with either of those things. This was produced between the Temple of Doom and Last Cruisade films, if you were wondering.
Chalk this one up to the level of absurdity achieved in the merchandise game during the Attitude Era. WWF's foam items were generally on-point through the 80s and 90s, with classics like Razor Ramon's razor blade, Steve Austin's middle finger, and Undertaker's urn. This Billy Gunn piece, though, takes it up (or down) a notch. The idea that people would hold up a giant foam ass with the logo from Gunn's trunks on it is something that could have only existed during that time, and has a certain charm to it.
This Macho Man shirt made by WWF in 1992 has a killer 5-color screen print and also includes both WWF and Screen Stars tags. This was available around the time of Randy Savage's final WWF Championship run, during which he defended the title against the Ultimate Warrior at the legendary Summerslam from Wembley Stadium in London.
Cesaro and Sheamus, after all this time, finally have their own merchandise. Shirts for tag teams comprised of wrestlers with their own notable solo runs tend to become great novelties in the future after their inevitable splits, and aren't usually around long, so if you are a fan of these guys, it wouldn't be a bad idea to grab it now. The mashup of the Cesaro and Sheamus logos on the back print is the highlight of this piece, but this grey, comic styled shirt is a nice departure from the recent stream of endless black shirts from the WWE shop.