Tossing Salt Presents: Wrestling Fact or Fiction
April 13, 2013
You know how this works. I “borrowed” these questions from 411mania.com and I’m going to take a look at each of them and answer, to the best of my ability, whether I think each statement is fact or fiction and explain why. Myself and the infamous and always awesome Russell Jackson used to do this on a weekly basis for Wrestle-Zone.UK and who knows, if there’s a wrestling site out there that wants some of this tossing salt goodness, we may end up one day doing it again. But for now, it’s just a solo thing and is for here on my blogsite, “Tossing Salt”, the home of both Tossing Salt Media, Inc and InFamousTV.
Anyhow, let’s go ahead and take this mama downtown to China town and get ‘er dun! Let’s do this…
1. You got your money’s worth from WrestleMania XXIX.
Fact: I didn’t pay anything for it and didn’t watch it, so I guess I can’t say I was deprived or cheated out of any money. All the matches were solid and it was a decent card. I think they mave have overdone it a little bit with the predictability and the long matches that wore everyone out with no break inbetween, but I’m not going to criticize it too much either. It wasn’t the worst Wrestlemania ever and there were some really good matches with the Taker / Punk fight and the Fandango / Y2J match that started the landslide of Fandangomadness that is sweeping the world. They could have done a better job with the line-up of the card and matches and maybe thrown that 8-man tag or a Diva’s match in there to buffer the fans from burnout, but all in all, it was a solid show.
2. Triple H should have defeated Brock Lesnar.
Fiction: I think HHH’s entire career, including his role as the C.O.O. should have been on the line and allowed Paul Heyman to claim that Brock “retired” HHH for good. I understand why HHH won, but in my opinion, there was just far more storyline potential and more directions to go if Brock had won. That’s just me though and I guess that HHH and Vince feel differently. Oh well, it’s their company and not mine. I just would have gone in a different direction.
3. CM Punk vs. Undertaker should have been the main event.
Fiction: While I easily feel that Punk / Taker was the best match of the night and stole the show, the main event and closing match of the night should always be for the WWE Championship. That’s the most important trophy in the wrestling business and what every man who puts on a pair of tights and works for the WWE wants and it (the WWE Championship) should not take a backseat to anyone.
4. Ryback feuding against John Cena will only increase his popularity.
Fact: People are tired and burnt out on Cena. Ryback will get a big break from this feud and it will either take him to the next level or else it will show his weaknesses and shortcomings and he’ll be regulated back to mid-card after the Cena versus Ryback experiment is over. I wish that they’d have given Zack Ryder this chance way back when Cena “stole” Eve from him. That could have made Ryder into a top level mid-card guy, but the WWE crapped all over him and it was all forgotten. Maybe Ryback will have better luck.
5. The Rock will compete at WrestleMania XXX.
Fact: Even though he got injured (allegedly) at this years event, I think that the Rock is genuine in his love for the wrestling business and being able to perform in front of the fans. Come Wrestlemania XXX, we’ll see the “Great One” come back once more and do his part to electrify the crowd… cause he’s the Rock and that’s what he does.
6. Dolph Ziggler cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Raw was the right call.
Fact: Did you hear the pop that crowd gave Dolph? It was incredible. It would have been nice to have it happen at Wrestlemania, but then it would have just been another moment among moments. Having it happen on RAW means more people go to see it and it’s now a part of the RAW highlight reel. In the long run, I think cashing in on RAW will work out better in building and getting Dolph over as the new World Champion. And damn it, he deserves it!
7. Undertaker, Kane & Daniel Bryan will be the first trio to defeat The Shield.
Fiction: I think they’ll come closer than any team has thus far, but I don’t expect for Taker to stick around too long. I think this will all lead to The Shield taking the tag titles from Kane and Bryan and then dominating the tag team division with a modified version of “the Freebird rules” governing their time as the champs. It gives The Shield more credibility and also can be used to add credibility and interest to the tag team division as well. The Brothers and Daniel Bryan will do their best, but in the end, the Shield will reign supreme.
8. You enjoyed the live audience’s treatment of Monday Night Raw.
Fact: The audience on RAW and their crazy, bizarro chants added magic and enery to RAW like we haven’t seen in quite a while. It made the show fly by even faster than usual and was great. I loved it and wish we’d have more crazy crowds in the future at the televised events.
And there you go, short and sweet, but to the point as only I can do. That’s my “Fact or Fiction” answers. Any comments or questions or opposing opinions are definitely welcome. And I’m out of here now. I think I have a blog series to work on… lol. Have a great night, my friends.