Wrestling Fact Or Fiction: April 26, 2014

Tossing Salt Presents:  Wrestling Fact Or Fiction
April 26, 2014
Doug Maynard
 
Greetings and welcome to your favorite guilty pleasure, the one and only “Tossing Salt Presents:  Wrestling Fact Or Fiction”.  I’m Doug and as you probably have already noticed, I’m running extremely late this week.  A big promotion at my new job and with that promotion has come long hours, lots of on-call moments and very little free time to do the things I enjoy, like eat, sleep and write.  But it’s getting better and I’ll be back on track very soon.  But for now, I’m just doing what I can, when I can, as best I can. Just call me “Above Average”.  Hey Mike Sanders, eat your heart out, bro!
 
It’s time to do that “Wrestling Fact or Fiction” thing that everyone seems to enjoy so much. And I have predictions for the TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view coming up on Sunday as well.  With just those two things, it’s a full column all in itself, but I also have this little thing to start called…
 
Thoughts…
 
It’s come out that Vince Russo is still working for TNA as a consultant.  And Eric Bischoff, despite his claims to the contrary, is still technically under contract as well to TNA, although he’s not being used in any capacity.  I know everyone likes to hate on both Russo and Bischoff, but I don’t care.  Russo, when he has someone to censor and act as his filter, is a good idea man and could be a valuable person for TNA.  And Eric is a smart guy who knows TV production second to none.  I don’t want him in creative, but as a character if that’s what he chooses to do, and as a producer / director, he’s still a valuable hand to have around.  I hope that when his deal with TNA expires, we see him in some capacity at the WWE Network.  
 
The Shield versus Evolution in a War Games match? It really does need to happen.
 
Torito versus Hornswoggle in a “Sesame Street Fight”.  That needs to happen as well.
 
TNA may suck with their story-lines and their ratings are down big time as of late, but I read a few different recaps of Impact!  from Thursday night and they’re really putting on some great television matches in between all the B.S.  So the problem with TNA is NOT the wrestling or wrestlers.  So who does that leave?  Creative and Dixie?  Hmmmmm.
 
Hugh Jackman will be the “Guest Host” on RAW this upcoming Monday night.  That’s all well and good, but I want to know when the best “Guest Star” of all time for WWE RAW will be making his return to the ring.  Of course, I am talking about Kevin Federline.  I miss that guy.
 
Brie Bella versus Stephanie McMahon.  As each week progresses and the Authority versus Daniel Bryan story continues, you know this just has to happen.  It’s what’s best for business.
 
My condolences to WWE World Champion Daniel Bryan on the loss of his father earlier this week.  Thoughts and prayers to Bryan, his family and friends.  
 
Did you know that Paul Heyman’s client, Brock Lesnar beat the streak at Wrestlemania XXX?  Just figured I’d better let everyone know.  After all, Paul Heyman rarely mentions it.
 
I hate black jelly beans.
 
WWE needs to put their resident musical guru Jim Johnston together with Bray Wyatt and record a version of Wyatt singing his song, “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”. I smell top ten hit and big money.  WWE also needs to re-record and make a new video for “Land of 1000 Dances” with the current WWE roster.  Make it happen Vince.
 
Tony Atlas hates horses. He threatened to punch a horse on “Legend’s House”.  That reminded me of “Mongo” in the movie “Blazing Saddles”.
 
And that’s enough thinking. Let’s move on and do that infamous F&F thing called…
 
Wrestling Fact or Fiction…
 
As per the usual, the questions come from the sage minds over at 411mania.com/wrestling.  The answers come from the sage mind of me.  Let’s do this…
 
1. Steve Austin vs. Brock Lesnar is one of the few legit dream matches left in wrestling.
 
FICTION:  If this was a few years ago, it would be something to look forward to, but Austin has been out of the ring too long and while the build and promos would be great, the match would not be up to par.  Better to dream and speculate about this match and wonder what if instead of actually having the match and everyone being let down.
 
2. Bad News Barrett should not only win the IC Title Contender’s Tournament, but he should go on to win the IC Title.
 
FACT:  Barrett is a good in-ring performer and has a great presence.  He should have been pushed to the top and be in the top tier of WWE talent long before now, but it hasn’t happened. Now is his time and the IC title is a great place to start.
 
3. WWE did a great job of making you interested in Kane vs. Daniel Bryan with Raw’s opening segment.
 
FACT:  I’m a fan of Kane and with the return of “the mask” and Kane being the monster once more, I’m sure he’ll put out a great match. And Bryan is one of the best in the world. This is a great way to start off what hopefully will be a great and long reign for Bryan as the WWE World Champion.
 
4. You watched the debut episode of WWE Legend’s House and liked it.
 
FICTION:  I watched it and while I can’t say I hated it, I don’t think “liked” quite fits either. It’s got potential and possibility, but so far, it’s been kind of lame and boring. It’s a house full of retired and semi-retired old men so expecting a lot of action and energy probably isn’t the smartest thing to do, but they need to step it up a bit in the future episodes. Right now, it’s bearable, but not must-see.  With these names and talents, it should be both.  
 
5. While he may have shown interest by talking with Triple H, you have no desire to see Goldberg wrestle for WWE again.
 
FACT:  Goldberg needs to stay retired and out of the ring.  ‘Nuff said!
 
6. You are interested in this weekend’s TNA Sacrifice PPV.
 
FICTION:  There are a couple of matches I’m slightly interested in because of the people involved, but for the most part, as with most TNA shows, I can take it or leave it and usually just leave it.
 
7. Due to his injury history over the last few years, WWE should move on and stop using Christian as a full time in ring performer.
 
FACT:  It’s time to make that transition from in the ring to outside the ring as a manager and mentor.  Put Christian as the manager of Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, the former “Edgeheads”, and let that magic happen.
 
8. You are more likely to order ROH on live traditional PPV than you were when they were an iPPV product.
 
FICTION:  I rarely have time to watch what little wrestling I do get to watch with RAW and The Network.  Another product, even ROH, added to the mix would be just too much for me at this particular time, regardless of how they present their PPV’s.  It’s not the product – it’s just me.
 
And now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, TNA has a pay-per-view coming up on Sunday.  Let’s break out the Sister Cleo gear and the crystal ball.  It’s time.
 
Predictions – TNA Sacrifice 2014…
 
TNA World Heavyweight Championship 
Eric Young (c) vs. Magnus 
 
It’s too soon in the EY “not copying WWE experiment” to take the belt off of Eric.  Eric wins by pinfall and keeps the gold.
 
Winner and STILL Champion:  Eric Young
 
TNA Knockouts Championship 
Madison Rayne (c) vs. Angelina Love 
 
There will be some title changes at this show and since I don’t think that the main, World Championship will change hands, I’ll go out on a limb and take this title, the Knockouts Championship, to be the one that does change hands.  Look for some Beautiful People shenanigans and Angelina Love will walk out with that Knockouts title arround her waist.
 
Winner and NEW Knockouts Champion:  Angelina Love
 
Tables Match 
Bully Ray vs. Bobby Roode 
 
As much as I like Bobby Roode, this is a tables match and right up Bully Ray’s alley.  But then again, Roode’s on / off tag partner James Storm is in the house.  Bully’s former tag partner, Devon, isn’t with TNA anymore.  That means Bully is an island upon himself.  Beer Money reunites once again as Roode and Storm put Bully through the table.
 
Winner: Bobby Roode
 
“I Quit” match 
James Storm vs. Gunner
 
I can’t imagine either of these guys “quitting”, but I can imagine Storm and his on /off partner Bobby Roode beating Gunner until he can’t continue.  And I think that’s how it goes down.  Shenanigans by Roode and Storm and Gunner is ruled unable to continue.
 
Winner  James Storm
 
Kurt Angle and Willow vs. Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud 
 
Not even close here.  Angle and Willow win and win quickly…
 
Winners:  Kurt Angle and Willow
 
Match 3 of the Best of 3 Series for the TNA X Division Championship 
Sanada (c) vs. Tigre Uno 
 
I have no idea about either of these guys so I’ll just pick one at random.  Tiger Uno wins.  I like his name.
 
Winner and NEW TNA X-Division Champion:  Tiger Uno
 
“Committed Match” 
Mr. Anderson vs. Samuel Shaw 
 
It’s never fun in a match like this when the “heel” wins.  For a match with this kind of stipulation to work, the “heel” has to lose.  Samuel Shaw is the heel.  Thus, Mr. Anderson… Anderson wins.
 
Winner:  Mr. Anderson
 
3-on-2 Handicap match for the TNA World Tag Team Championship
The BroMans (Robbie E (c), Jessie Godderz (c) and DJ Z) vs. The Wolves (Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards) 
 
And finally, we get the 3 on 2 handicap match for the tag titles.  DJ Z gets pins and loses the titles for his partners, despite not being one of the champs.  Thus, the Wolves win the match, but the title?  Sounds like controversy, a held-up title and a rematch on Impact! to me..
 
Winners:  The Wolves
 
And there you go.  Am I right?  Am I wrong?  We’ll find out on Sunday at TNA Sacrifice, I guess. 
 
And with that, I’m through for the night.  Questions and comments can be sent to Doug28352@yahoo.com.  I’m on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/saltpalace and on Twitter at @doug28352.  Thanks for reading and I’ll be back next week with two new columns, “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News” and “Wrestling Fact or Fiction”.  I’m Doug and I am out of here.  Have a great weekend and take it sleazy.  
 
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