Tossing Salt – Worldwide News: May 21, 2014

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
May 21, 2014
Doug Maynard
 
Good afternoon, salutations and all that other stuff.  I’m Doug and after missing a week due to work craziness and life drama out the woo woo woo – you know it, I am back.  My apologies. So how has everyone been?  Is the WWE still here, albeit not worth quite as much on the stock market?  Is TNA still in business?  Is CM Punk still on sabbatical?  Does Batista still suck?  So many questions to answer and I’ll probably ignore every single one of them so I can focus on the important stuff like has Disco Inferno been signed to a WWE Legends Deal yet?  Is JTG still on the main roster?  And what exactly does it take to be a “rosebud” instead of a “lemon drop”?  This is “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News”.  I’m ready to do this so let’s get busy, shall we.  Let’s get the party started with…
 
RAW Recap (in 500 words or less…)
 
Bray Wyatt with the sing-a-long and we learn that he had “teacher issues” growing up and admits that he is a necessary evil.  He will be the last man standing against John Cena at “Payback”. Tonight Cena fights Luke Harper.  John Cena plays his games and come to visit, landing an “AA” on Bray before all is sunny in the land of milk and honey and he escapes up the ramp before the “Family” can respond.  Daniel Bryan’s surgery was a success.  Paul Heyman and Cesaro are here and Heyman ridicules and mocks the crowd in his own unique style.  He mentions the end of “The Streak” and gets in a shot at the Queen.  Tonight, it’s Cesaro versus Sheamus.  We get a really good, stiff match that has Cesaro playing off a Heyman distraction for the win.  Sheamus offers a begrudging handshake, but Cesaro blows him off.  It’s “Beat The Clock” as we get matches to determine who gets “Bad News” (literally) at Payback.  Ryback takes on Big E.  Big E wins in a surprisingly decent match.  R-Truth comes out with the Funkadactyls and wants to know “What’s Up?”.  No one seems to care.  It’s Fandango and Layla next and the crowd is fandangoing like there is no tomorrow.  Before we get mixed-tag action, we get Summer Rae.  A kiss for Fandango and a brief brawl with Layla.  No match, but we had a kitten-fight instead.  Daniel Bryan’s music plays, but we get Stephanie McMahon instead.  They censored out the CM Punk chants. Wimps!  She teases stripping Bryan of the title, but says that she wants him next week on RAW to do the right thing because it’s “best for business”.  The Union Jacks are here.  Looks like 3MB to me. We get Rusev and Lana.  Squash by Rusev as he takes out Drew and Jinder before destroying Slater.  Where is Hornswoggle?  The Shield is backstage and talk the talk. Seth fights Batista tonight.  No mistakes for Seth and Batista is going down.  Another “Beat The Clock” match as RVD scores a win over Alberto Del Rio for the best time of the night thus far.  Cena and The Usos talk to Renee backstage.  The Usos have Cena’s back.  They’re in group-silly-mode tonight.  When I say Cena, you say “bleh!”.  Evolution is here and Batista says that he’s going to take out Rollins all by himself.  He’s got this.  It’s time for Batista versus Rollins. HHH is the guest ring announcer.  Orton is the guest time-keeper.  Seth gets the mic and announces Reigns and Ambrose as the guest commentators.  Lots of guests, right?  A good match that eventually breaks down to OINGO BOINGO.  Seth wins by DQ.  Believe in The Shield.  Alicia Fox fights Paige.  Alicia Fox wins and steals Jerry Lawler’s crown.  She’s a happy fox.  A quick Wyatt promo about Cena and the Usos.  Wyatt doesn’t seem impressed.  Another “Beat The Clock” with Mark Henry versus Dolph Ziggler.  Time runs out so the match is a no-contest and RVD will face Bad News Barrett at Payback.  RVD comes out to celebrate, but get some literal “Bad News” as Barrett lays him out from behind and cuts a great crowd-pleasing promo on the fallen former ECW / WWE Champion.  Adam Rose is here.  Party in the house! That bloody lemon drop, Zeb Colter comes out with Jack Swagger to spoil the festivities.  And finally, we get the second coming of Bruiser Brody versus John Cena.  Another great match before reverting to OINGO BOINGO and a DQ win for Cena.  Bray and Sister Abigail take out Cena in the end and Bray sings as Luke counts Cena down for ten.  Follow the Buzzards!
 
And that is how to recap a three hour wrestling program.  Let’s move on and just see if we can empty the mind of some of these thoughts that keep bouncing around in there.  
 
Thoughts…
 
Mick Foley is playing games.  He teased a big announcement and then announced that it was time to “rock the fanny pack again” and followed that up by singing Bray Wyatt’s favorite song.  Will “Mankind” or even “Cactus Jack” be a part of the Wyatt Family sometime in the near future?  Lord, I hope not.  I hope that this is all just a typical Foley “look at me” bit to promote an appearance on Duck Dynasty or something like that.  Maybe he has a cameo as a demented, psychotic lunatic in the upcoming “See No Evil II” movie?  Just keep him away from the Wyatts.  That would hurt them far worse than ever help.
 
Every single time I watch him wrestle and hear him cut a promo, Dean Ambrose reminds me more and more of an old-school Roddy Piper.
 
Vince McMahon lost an estimated $340 million dollars this past week due to the crash of WWE stock.  Wouldn’t you hate to be a WWE Superstar who’s contract is coming up for renewal soon? I don’t think this would be a great time for anyone to ask for a raise.
 
I loved JBL’s comparison last week of Adam Rose’s “Exotic Express” to the “Oddities”.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a few former WWE oddities, such as The Boogeyman, George Steele, Kurrgan, the ECW Zombie, Harvey Whippleman, etc, make cameo shots as part of the “Exotic Express” group?
 
Slam City is actually pretty cute.
 
Survivor Series this year should be excellent and full of traditional “Survivor Series” style matches.  How about Team Evolution versus Team Shield, Team Heyman versus Team Colter, Team Wyatt versus Team Cena, Team Total Divas versus Team Other Divas and team WWE Superstars versus Team NXT.  Add a WWE World title match and maybe one more match to this and you’ve got a stacked and loaded card.
 
Poor Natayla.  First she’s the fart-girl and now she’s a bad artist who pouts.  Who did she piss off?
 
CM Punk announced that he and AJ Lee will be getting married soon.  I guess that guy really does dig crazy chicks.
 
Former WCW star Alex Wright recently made an appearance at the WWE Performance Center.  That’s just a sign that we are one step closer to seeing my favorite tag team of all time (after the Midnight Express and Kronik), the Boogie Knights, Disco Inferno and Alex Wright, show up on WWE TV. It has to happen.  Actually, a cameo as part of Adam Rose’s entourage would be a perfect spot for the former WCW Tag Team Champions.  
 
Several names keep popping up as possibilities for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015, such as The Rock, Rikishi, Mickie James and Kevin Nash.  Solid names and no real objections here, but I have to ask. What about Randy Savage, Owen Hart, The Anderson Brothers, The Freebirds, Ivan Koloff,  Nikita Koloff, Magnum TA, Ivory, DX (including Chyna), the original nWo (Hall, Nash and Hogan), Stan Stasiak, Gordon Solie, Bob Caudle, Andy Kaufman, Cyndi Lauper and Baby Doll, just to name a few?  Just saying…
 
Speaking of Baby Doll, she would be a great talent to replace Ashley as part of WWE Legends’ House.  She’s still extremely hot, personable, has great charisma and most importantly, is a legend in her own right.  Nothing against Ashley, but shouldn’t someone who’s part of a reality show about wrestling legends be an actual wrestling legend herself?  I also hope that next season, they provide for a mixture of talents with both male and female participants living in the house and being part of the show. 
 
And if they don’t like the idea of Baby Doll, then how about Vickie Guerrero?  Excuse me!!  
 
Let’s move on and tackle a few questions in the old mailbag.  
 
Question Time…
 
Ben Valdez:  Do you believe that old school managers such as Jim Cornette, Gary Hart, Bobby Heenan types, should make a mass comeback?  Dutch Mantell has the right idea in the WWE as Zeb Colter.
 
I agree with you Ben.  Dutch has been doing a great job as Zeb Colter in the WWE and I would love to see the role of manager types increased and brought back to prominence.  There are so many older wrestlers who are out there who are great talkers, such as Christian and William Regal for example, and could do wonders as mentors and managers for some of the talents who are great in the ring, but not so much on the stick.  Mark Henry, Rybaxel, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel, etc.  Just imagine the impact these guys could make if they had that extra rub of an established superstar behind them and acting on their behalf.  Some of the best wrestlng feuds of all time were managers and their “families” and “stables” trying to take out certain wrestlers like the Heenan Family versus Hulk Hogan, The Paul Jones army versus Jimmy Valiant, The Dungeon of Doom versus Hogan… okay, forget that last one.  But it provided fresh matches, a story that could evolve and change as needed and never get old, and a chance for wrestlers who wouldn’t otherwise get a push, to get a chance to shine in the spotlight a bit.  There is a place for managers in wrestling that has been long neglected.  It seems that the WWE is coming around with Paul Heyman, Zeb Colter and Lana and I hope that we have even more in the near future.  
 
Joseph Bowden:  Is Bray Wyatt a future WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
 
Honestly, I don’t think so.  Bray’s character is not one that lends itself too well to personal appearances and representing the company at major events.  Having Bray as the champion and the “face of the WWE” would make stockholders nervous. He’s just too unconventional for anything long term at the top of the company. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him rewarded at some point as a transitional champion, maybe for a week or so or maybe even a month, but no more than that.  But to be honest, his character is such that he doesn’t need to be champion. He’s already over big time and the belt and being champion, while cool, would actually hurt his character in my opinion more than help.
 
Fred Tobin:  If Daniel Bryan’s last match was really his last match, how will you remember him?  In your eyes, was he a legitimate World Champion?
 
From all reports, Bryan’s surgery went well and he will be back competing in the WWE at some point. But if this injury had proven to be career ending, I think I would remember Bryan as an overachiever.  He did and accomplished far more than one would expect from a man of his size and stature.  He’s always been one of the best in-ring performers in the business, dating back to his career as “The American Dragon” Bryan Danielson over in Japan. The man is a phenomenal talent and has so much heart and determination.  He’s proven himself time and time again and if the career was to end today, he’s cemented a legacy that few can match.  And is he a legitimate World Champion?  Absolutely!
 
James Ryder:  If you had the money, would you buy WWE stock?
 
YES!!
 
Zack Carty:  If you could bring one wrestler back to WWE and one wrestler back to TNA, who would it be?
 
For the WWE, I’d bring back Carlito (and try to work in a deal for Chris Masters as well).  As for TNA, the person I would bring back to the TNA roster would be Scott Steiner.  Hey, I’m a “Big Poppa Pump” fan.  I admit it and just think of the excitement it would cause in the TNA locker-room.  But if the “Big Bad Booty Daddy” wasn’t an option, my other pick to bring back to TNA would be AJ Styles.  They should never have let him go and right now, in my opinion, TNA needs their heart and soul back.
 
James Ryder:  Who would win a modern day “Brawl For All”?  Obviously, no stars would be in it.  Comacho could be a contender if he’s 50% as tough as his dad (Haku).
 
The first step would be to decide what WWE talents would take part in this event if the WWE was to go all stupid and bring it back.  If I recall correctly, there were eight men to start so let’s figure out what eight guys would take part.  Comacho seems like a natural.  I think Titus O’Neill would be in there, as would probably Mark Henry and Big Show.  Jack Swagger seems like he might do well in something like this so I’d include him. William Regal has a legit “shooter” background so I’ll include him if he’s willing.  And to round it out, how about Alberto Del Rio and Drew McIntyre.  They both seem like legit tough guys. I’d love to add Brock Lesnar, but I don’t think he or the WWE would risk another “Dr. Death Steve Williams” situation by having Brock take part.  As for the winner, I just have a gut feeling that Alberto Del Rio would end up as the last man standing and winner.  I may be wrong, but there’s something about the former Dos Caras Jr. that says that if he wanted to, he could kick everyone’s ass.  Just saying.
 
And what else?  I think that’s it for now.  I’ll be back in a few days with the “Fact or Fiction” column and will take care of the “Who Am I?” question there.  I’m at work right now as I’m writing this and my list of everyone who answered the last “Who Am I?” correctly, as well as my new question, are both sitting on my desk at the house.   Again, my apologies for missing last week and also for the shortness of this column.  Work is keeping me far busier than I expected, but I will get back on track soon enough.  Believe it.
 
I’m Doug and I’m out of here.  Questions and comments can be sent to Doug28352@yahoo.comor come visit me at Facebook at www.facebook.com/saltpalace.  Add me as a friend.  Tell me dirty jokes.  You know you want to.
 
Thanks for reading.  I’m down and I’m gone.
 
Ubuntu!

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News: May 10, 2014

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
May 10, 2014
Doug Maynard
 
Happy Mother’s Day and welcome to a new edition of pro wrestling’s most eclectic column, kicking it hard since 2002, Tossing Salt – Worldwide News.  I’m your host with the most, Dougie Fresh.  Let’s just jump right to it, shall we?  And the best way to do that is…
 
Thoughts…
 
Congratulations to former WWE Diva / TNA Knockout / Aspiring Country singer Mickie James, who has announced that she is pregnant.  The father of the future wrestling superstar is former TNA Champion Magnus.  Best wishes to the happy couple on their impending parenthood.
 
Rumors are abound that Sheamus may soon be a part of the faction Evolution.  I guess that would be okay, but he just doesn’t strike me as a group type of person.  If they want to use Evolution to give a wrestler a boost, why not have Curtis Axel, Dolph Ziggler or even Cody Rhodes as the fourth man.  Sheamus doesn’t need the addition to his resume, but for folks like the ones I’ve mentioned, it would do wonders.
 
Kurt Angle has been forced to have surgery again due to a torn ACL and will be out of action for between 6 to 8 months.  Tough break for the former Olympian, but this will place his return to action at roughly about the same time as his TNA deal expires.  So most likely, we’ve seen Kurt’s last TNA match and the next one will probably be in a WWE ring.  Considering the shape that his body is in, Kurt needs to go ahead and call it a day.  At least that’s how I see it. I doubt that Kurt would agree though.
 
I would really like to see the WWE Netowrk go the way of more traditional networks with some of their programming.  With the “Legends’ House” and “Countdown” and a few others, they’re on the way anyhow, but why not use the WWE Studios and make some “Network Exclusive” series like Netflix has.  Why not use some of the more charismatic former WWE Superstars like Roddy Piper or Ric Flair as hosts of a weekly talk show?  Why not show concerts featuring Fozzy, Lita, Mickie James and Lilian Garcia?  How about Mick Foley’s stand-up comedy act?  Jim Ross, Jim Cornette, William Regal and Diamond Dallas Page all have one man shows that are said to be excellent.  Air those as Network specials.  I’m sure that in time, we’ll see such events and programming on the Network, but I’d just rather see it sooner rather than later.  The possibilites are endless.
 
David Benoit’s in-ring debut is now off. It sounds as if the promoter was trying to push David into a match and he’s not properly trained or ready yet.  Chris Jericho got involved, looking out for Chris Benoit’s eldest son and the match is now off.  Good for David to have someone like Jericho looking out for him.  I’m sure he’s anxious to get into that ring and attempt to restore the family legacy to some degree, but better to do it when he’s properly trained and ready and not to rush things.
 
Have I mentioned lately that they need to re-team Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins and place Christian as their manager?  Well, now I have and they do.
 
We also need more Hornswoggle and 3MB versus Los Matadores and El Torito.  Just saying.
 
I mentioned this yesterday, but has anyone else noted the strong physical resemblance between HHH and Adam Rose?  The face, the nose, the hair, etc.  I can just picture Stephanie, in a thick “Shades of Ricky Ricardo” accent, saying to HHH, “Hunter, you got some ‘splaining to do!”
 
Say what?  I think I hear some…
 
Quotable Quotes Part I…
 
“When I was World’s Heavyweight Champion the first time they all said it was a freak accident, came around the second time and they said, well, maybe, but daddy let me tell you something, erase all those maybes from your mind and get it totally out because right here is 10 pounds of pure gold that I’m gonna carry until I see fit!” – Harley Race
 
“You can’t sing the blues until you live them!” – Dick Slater
 
“Captain Lou Albano knows about ugly, one look at my face baby, it takes me 20 minutes to brush my teeth when I get up in the morning and look in the mirror!” – Captain Lou Albano
 
“I’ve dropped 43 pounds baby, I’m ready, I’m heavy, I’m like boarding house pie, looking for my main man, right there, I’m ready to go, ready to move!” – Captain Lou Albano
 
And now, it’s time for answers to be given and mysteries to be solved.  It must be…
 
Question Time…
 
Harold Schwan:  What are your thoughts on the American Wolves or as they are called, The Wolves in TNA.  They remind me of the smaller teams of the 80’s like the Rock & Roll Express, British Bulldogs and even the Rockers.  Too bad WWE didn’t give them a chance.
 
To be honest, I’ve only had the chance to watch the Wolves wrestle one time since I don’t normally watch TNA.  I just happened to be flipping channels and lucked out.  They looked pretty good and I can see why they remind you of the 80’s teams.  Quick paced and great teamwork.  WWE definitely missed the boat by not signing these two, but the way I see it, it may be better off for them in the long run.  We’ve seen how WWE wastes talents like Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel, Ryder and so many others. At least in TNA, they’re not only getting used, but a strong push as well.  They’re good talents and I expect we’ll be hearing a lot more from and about these guys in the future.
 
Adam Evenson:  What wrestling catch-phrases have you used in normal situations or to people who don’t watch wrestling?  I’ve definitely used “Yes! Yes! Yes!’, and “I’m the best in the world at what I do” and “What?”.
 
I use wrestling (and comic book) catch-phrases all the time in my regular life.  The ones that I use most often are the “Yes! Yes! Yes!” line, “two words for you”, “ass-clown”, Wooooooooooooo! (Ric Flair style) and “Woo Woo Woo – You Know It!”.   
 
Devon Ryan Martinez:  Top five factions in wrestling history in your opinion.
 
I think it would be The Dangerous Alliance, Evolution, The nWo, DX and of course, The Horsemen.
 
Jay Mercer:  Top ten favorite tag teams?
 
In no particular order, it would be The Midnight Express (Lane and Eaton), The Enforcers (Anderson and Zbyszko), The Anderson Brothers (Ole and Gene), Ric Flair and Blackjack Mulligan, The APA, The Boogie Knights (Alex Wright & Disco Inferno), KRONIK (Clark and Adams), Edge & Christian, The Hollywood Blondes (Austin and Pillman) and finally The Main Attraction (Chris Steele and Scott Powers).  
 
And with that, let’s have some more words to live by…
 
Quotable Quotes II…
 
‘ “Exciting” is a dull world to describe the wrestling business.’ – Alexander ‘Saint Alex’ Nderitu
 
“I spent my life – all my life – learning to wrestle. It’s the only means of livelihood I’ve ever had and, uh, the only gimmick that I have in wrestling is wrestling.” – Lou Thesz
 
“The grass is always greener on the other side, unless Vince Russo has been there in which case the grass is most likely dead.” – Jim Cornette
 
And now, how about a little fantasy wrestling.  Yeppers, back by popular demand from no one, it is….
 
One On One…
 
This is where I indulge the fantasy booker buried deep inside and  wonder what would happen and who would win if a wrestler of today’s genre was to face up and go against someone from the past.  It’s all speculation folks, but damn if it ain’t fun.  Cesaro has looked really impressive as late in his new role as the newest “Paul Heyman Guy”.  So why don’t we match the “Swiss Superman” against a former “Paul Heyman Guy”, a man who was Heyman before being Heyman was cool. I’m talking about a former member of the WCW based “Dangerous Alliance” from 1991 – 92 WCW.  I’m talking about “Ravishing” Rick Rude.
 
Cesaro versus “Ravishing” Rick Rude
 
Would this be an awesome match or what?  I think that Cesaro would have the strength and power edge.  Rude was amazingly strong as well, but didn’t tend to rely on it quite as much, prefering to use wrestling holds and the occasional high impact move to set his opponent up for the “Rude Awakening”.  
 
Casaro is a good wrestler and his forearm shots are second to none.  Rude is a tremendous wrestler as well and not above taking a shortcut to get the advantage.  This match would be stiff and brutal and just a total thrill and joy.  And in the end, I think that (just barely), we’d see Rude manage to evade a forearm shot and catch Cesaro with his finisher, giving the new kid on the Paul Heyman block a “rude awakening” for the pin.
 
Winner:  Ravishing Rick Rude
 
And now finally, let’s do that thing that ya’ll do so well, the ultimate guessing game called…
 
Who Am I?
 
Last week, I asked you this…
 
Long before there was a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, I was cussing and swearing up a storm on TV in defense of my niece, my ray of “sunshine”, who had been run out of a Dallas based promotion by a future Freebird and his precious little valet.  I also had a great run against a “handsome half-breed” and a lady giant, as well as the trainer and mentor of “Stone Cold” and his valet / wife before losing a match and leaving the territory.  I was known as a 2×4 carrying former truck driver, but actually had an interesting career before then. I was trained by the legendary Mildred Burke and was the first female wrestler to go against Terrible Ted, The Wrestling Bear, in two matches in 1973.  I retired not long after my departure from Texas and passed away in 1996.  Who Am I?
 
And the answer was none other than lady wrestler Tanya West, also known in the World Class region as Sunshine’s 2×4 carrying, truck driving Aunt, Stella Mae French.
 
Correctly answering were:  Andy Clarke, Harold Schwan, Jason Vinduska, Russell Jackson, Michael Materacky and Ryan Springer.  Great job people.  And now, for the newbie…
 
I’ve shared a name with a god, been part of an Alliance where I was really gangsta, and I love Fridays.  I’ve only had a few matches, but my no-holds barred character has always stood out and left a strong impression.  Who Am I?
 
Think you know the answer?  Drop me a line at Doug28352@yahoo.com and let me know who you think this person is.  Or come visit me at Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/saltpalace.  Add me as a friend too.  You know you want to.
 
And with that, I am out of here my friends.  Thank you for reading.  Have a great weekend and once again, Happy Mothers Day to everyone.  I’m Doug and I’m down and gone.  Take it sleazy.
 
Ubuntu!
 
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Wrestling Fact Or Fiction – May 9, 2014

Wrestling Fact Or Fiction
May 9, 2014
Doug Maynard
 
I’ll bet you thought that you wouldn’t see me this week, didn’t you?  It almost happened, but not quite.  I’m here and I’m not going anywhere.  I’m Doug and welcome to a new edition of “Tossing Salt Presents:  Wrestling Fact or Fiction”.  I’ll have a new edition of “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News” up tomorrow, but that is then and this is now and let’s just get right to the action, shall we?  Okey-doke!  Let’s begin with those things we call…
 
Thoughts…
 
First he brings out a whole choir and then it’s one little evil child called “Little Johnny”.  Bray Wyatt is well on his way to making a major mark on the music industry as well as the WWE.  I still think that Vince and the WWE need to release an I-Tunes single of Bray and his “family” singing his song.  If they could release a Jillian Hall Christmas track, which they did, why not Sister Abigail’s favorite brother?
 
And I want to see more of “Little Johnny” as well.  How about “Little Johnny” versus “Little Jimmy” in a “Creepy Sidekicks” match?  If Vince Russo was still the booker, you know we’d see it.  With Judy Bagwell as the special guest referee.
 
I loved that match between El Torito and Hornswoggle at the Extreme Rules event.  I want to more of these epic battles between the two tiny tots of Titan Towers.  And it’s getting 3MB and The Colons, aka Los Matadores, some tv time too.  
 
Speaking of Bray Wyatt, the match between he and John Cena at Extreme Rules was okay, but there is no way that even Super-Cena should have been able to lay out all three members of the Wyatt Family inside that steel cage.  Wyatt won and that was the right call, but the WWE went just a bit overboard in protecting Cena during that match.  Just saying.
 
Brie Bella versus Stephanie McMahon?  I’d love to see that happen. And the way things are going, it probably will.  
 
The word is that the WWE wants Ric Flair back on the roster full time, but he has to get his act together first and get his life straight.  Yeah, I can understand why having outstanding warrants for his arrest in his home state of North Carolina, where Ric is arguably most popular, might be a problem.  WWE needs to just give Ric his own talk show on The Network.  Bring back “A Flair For The Gold”.  He’s already dating Fifi so they’re already halfway there.
 
Word is that Sheamus and Sin Cara were in a bit of a spat backstage at recent TV tapings. Sheamus went to Twitter to try and downplay the situation, but what do you expect since from all I’ve heard, he got his ass handed to him.   What about it, fella?
 
Look at Adam Rose.  I mean, really look at Adam Rose.  Change the hair to blonde and you’ve got the spitting image of a younger Triple H.  How did HHH find this kid anyhow?  I think he might owe Stephanie an explanation or two. Actually, given the physical resemblence (and that nose – I mean those noses… lol), I think we’ll see a future “is Adam Rose the heir to WWE’ storyline at some point. Based on just looks alone, I think the answer would be yes!
 
Have you seen the tribute video that the WWE did for Conner Michalek, aka “Conner The Crusher”?  Find it and watch and be prepared to shed some tears. An amazing video tribute to an amazing young man. Major kudos to the WWE on a job done right.
 
“The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels recently went on the Jim Ross podcast and said that the decision was made to end the streak at Wrestlemania XXX by Vince McMahon roughly four or so hours before the match.  If this is true, all I can say is wow.  I do think it was the right call for the WWE to make, but to think they waited until the very last minute to decide is just crazy.  By the way, did you know that Paul Heyman’s client, Brock Lesnar, ended the streak at Wrestlemania XXX?  Just ask Paul.  He’ll tell you.
 
And that’s enough thinking for today. I have to rush this up so I can go get ready for work. Sixteen hours last night and this morning and I’m going back in for another eight in about an hour or so.  I thought being the manager was supposed to make my life easier.  I guess they fooled me.  I think we’ve got a few questions in the mail-bag, so let’s tackle them.
 
Question Time…
 
Juan Orlando Pabon:  How do you rate the direction of the WWE since Stephanie and Triple H took control of it?
 
Well, first off we need to clarify that despite their power in the company, only Vince McMahon can be said to control anything. It’s his baby and until he either retires or dies, Vince is the one in control… period.  But even with that in mind, Steph and HHH do have more influence than anyone who is not a genetic jackhammer and I think they’ve done a great job in helping to build and strengthen the WWE leading into the future.  The Performance Center and NXT are HHH’s babies and are really working well to create the stars of tomorrow.  The matches and storylines are making sense (for the most part) and WWE seems to be stronger than at anytime since the Attitude Era.  There might be a few minor things I don’t particularly like, but overall, I think having HHH and Steph helping in the direction of the company has been a good and positive thing for both WWE and their fans.
 
Ole Kristian:  Do you think William Regal will ever be in the Hall of Fame?
 
YES!
 
Dustin Helmick:  Do you think that if Magnum TA hadn’t gotten hurt, would Sting have gotten the push that he did?
 
That’s a good question. Part of the strong push for Sting was due to the fact that WCW needed a strong babyface to challenge Ric Flair and his control of the NWA / WCW World Championship.  Sting was obviously ready to step up and take that role, but if Magnum had still been wrestling, would that spot have been open?  Probably not.  Sting had the charisma and persona to be a big name and that would have happened eventually, but I can’t help but think that a good portion of his success was just being in the right place at the right time.  If Magnum had still been wrestling at that point, the promoters wouldn’t have been needing that strong new face to challenge Flair.  So would Sting have gotten that push?  Probably, but not as early in his career as he did.  It would have been longer in coming and later down the line and probably not quite as big if Magnum had still been a force in that NWA / WCW ring.
 
Chris Church:  Who would win if this match could have happened?  Blackjack Mulligan and Big John Studd versus Mean Mark (The Undertaker) and Kevin Nash (Oz, Diesel).
 
Who would have won?  Whoever the promoter wanted to win of course.  Hahahahahaha!  But seriously, if this match happened, it would be a double disqualification or no-contest due to the “partners” fighting among themselves.  Mulligan and Studd were never on the same side and Studd’s claim to fame before going to the WWF to fight Andre the Giant was being a “bounty hunter” who was going after Mulligan.  And I don’t think I can ever recall Undertaker and Kevin Nash, in any persona, ever getting along either.  So I figure that even if this match was booked, you’d quickly have chaos and insanity and partners fighting partners.  So this match would be a no-contest.  But I think Undertaker and Blackjack Mulligan would be the last two men standing in the ring as the action would soon get too heated for Studd and Nash and they’d take a powder to the dressing room.
 
And now, finally, let’s get to the meat of the column. It’s that “Fact or Fiction” thing I like to do. As per usual, the questions come from my friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling.  The answers come from me.  Lets do it.
 
Wrestling Fact Or Fiction…
 
1.  TNA made the right call by keeping the World Championship on Eric Young at the Sacrifice PPV.
 
FACT:  TNA made the decision to have Eric Young as their champ and they need to stick with it and him.  They made the call and gave EY the ball.  Now they need to let him run with it.
 
2.  Dusty Rhodes is an all-time To 5 talker in the wrestling business.
 
FICTION:  Maybe a Top 10 and definitely in the Top 20, but Rhodes has never really been one of my favorites and I can easily think of several men I’d rank over Rhodes where the promos are concerned, such as Jim Cornette, Jake Roberts, Flair, Piper,  Blackjack Mulligan, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, Gary Hart, etc.  See, there’s 8 right there and I’m not even trying hard.  Dusty was good on the stick and had charisma, but was he in the Top 5 talkers?  Not in my opinion.
 
3.  Adam Rose will end up like the Heart Throbs, a developmental act with a fun and popular entrance, but ultimely no shelf life on the main roster.
 
FICTION:  Truth be told, I liked the Heart Throbs and thought they had some amazing potential, but they were tag wrestlers, not singles guys, and if I remember correctly, got a little too wild on a live edition of LiveWire and that’s what led to their termination from the WWE.  Adam Rose has a great character and only time will tell if it catches on with the fans, but comparing him to The Heart Throbs is like comparing the wrestling skills of Aksana to those of Rick Steamboat… it shouldn’t even be attempted.
 
4.  WWE running two to three live NXT specials a year is a great way to  expose the NXT brand to their fan base.
 
FACT:  Anything that draws positive attention to the NXT roster and gets the fans of the WWE Universe watching has to be considered a good thing.
 
5.  Cody Rhodes and Goldust are more valuable to WWE as a tag team than as singles competitors.
 
FICTION:  They are a talented tag team and add a lot to the tag team division, but both men are great performers and strong singles wrestlers as well and I think that using those skills is where the best interests for both the men and the WWE would lie.
 
6.  You have no desire to see Kane and Daniel Bryan continue their feud.
 
FICTION:  While I was enjoying the issues with Kane and The Shield, this is a feud that had to happen.  Kane is a good wrestler and dependable to put on a good match and Bryan is phenomenal in that ring.  They’re having good matches and with the exception of that crap from Monday night, where Daniel and Brie were running away from Kane, the storyline has been decent.  Might as well just let it run it’s course.
 
7.  Batista has every right to be upset with the WWE if promises they made prior to his return have been broken.
 
FACT:  If the WWE lied to Batista and he’s not getting what he was promised, he should be upset.  That’s just natural. But taking the dirty laundry public?  That part of it doesn’t seem too smart to me.  Just saying.
 
8.  Jim Ross is correct when he says that TNA has “zero momentum or leverage with which to negotiate” in terms of a TV deal.
 
FACT:  Despite everything they’ve tried, TNA’s ratings have been stagnant. The house show crowds suck and from all reports, moral in the company is at an all-time low.  If they can get a good TV deal in place, they’d better be extremely thankful.
 
9.  WWE made the right move by having Sheamus win the United States Championship.
 
FACT:  As much as I like Dean Ambrose, the title was being ignored while he was the champion.  Putting the belt on Sheamus, especially in the way it was done, via a Battle Royal rather than a regular title defense by Ambrose,  gives it attention and a chance to have Sheamus as a fighting champion out to make his mark.  With Sheamus, the title can mean something again. With Ambrose, it was just a mostly forgotten prop.
 
10. NXT reportedly making a move to take NXT bi-weekly instead of monthly is a good idea.
 
FACT:  If they air it, people will watch, especially on the Network.  Great move by WWE to build the NXT brand.
 
11. CM Punk is not coming back; people should get over it and move on.
 
FACT:  I’ll never say never because I think that eventually he will be back in the WWE, but we can’t wait on him or dwell on it. He’ll be back when he feels ready to return and not a second sooner.  We need to quit speculating and move on so when it does happen, it will be even a bigger thrill and surprise.  And if it doesn’t happen, that’s okay too.
 
12. Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling announcing an official working agreement with AAA in Mexico makes you more interested in the product.
 
FICTION:  I think it’s a good move for Jarrett and it adds credibility and talent to his company, but does it make me more interested?  Not really.
 
13. AJ Styles winning the IWGP Title is the biggest accomplishment of his career.
 
FACT:  At this point and time, given how little the NWA Championship and TNA Championship actually mean to wrestling fans these days, winning the IWGP Championship has to be considered a major achievement for Styles.  It means credibility and respect and he’s well deserving of the honor.
 
And there you go.  I’m going to cut it off here since I just glanced at the clock and need to get to moving.  Questions and comments can be sent to Doug28352@yahoo.com.  Come visit me at Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/saltpalace.  Add me as a friend. You know you want to.  I’ll be back tomorrow with a new edtion of “Tossing Salt”, featuring a whole new “Who Am I?”, so look for that. I’m Doug and dat’ is all de’ people need to know.  See you tomorrow .
 
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Tossing Salt – Worldwide News: May 3. 2014

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
May 3, 2014
Doug Maynard
 
Happy Saturday and welcome once more to the newest edition of pro wrestling’s most eclectic column, the always infamous “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News”.  I’m Doug and once again, it’s been a crazy week, both personally and in the world of the world’s oldest, and greatest sport.  I’ve got a lot of ground to cover with thoughts, questions, predictions for the WWE Extreme Rules “special event”, and a new “Who Am I?”.  Let’s just jump right to it, shall we?  Sounds like a plan to me.
 
Thoughts…
 
Great little endorsement by “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair for The Shield this past Monday on RAW.  Is Ric walking away from his former Evolution partners and jumping ship to the new generation of WWE superstars or is it all part of a ruse by the “dirtiest player in the game”?  Maybe we’ll find out on Sunday at Extreme Rules?  Or if the reports I’ve read this morning are true, maybe not.  
 
TNA is supposedly contacting woman wrestlers for a “One Night Only” style pay-per-view taping.  I don’t think we’ll be seeing Sara Del Ray, Mickie James, Victoria (Tara) or Daphney as part of the mix and it’s probably too soon to see Beth Phoenix return to the ring either.  But there are plenty of talented women out there and it probably won’t be too hard to find some top female stars to use.  I just hope we get a variety, a mix of old talent and new, to give us both name regognition and strong matches.  And wouldn’t this be a good place for cameos by past stars such as Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, Jazz, Kelly Kelly, Major Gunns, Aysa, Nidia, etc to pop up?
 
El Torito versus Hornswoggle at WWE Extreme Rules in a Wee LC match?  Should be match of the night and a potential match of the year candidate. I want to see this.
 
How long before we see either Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella versus HHH and Stephanie in a mixed-tag match or else Brie versus Stephanie in a singles match?  I want to see that happen too.  I can already hear Joey Styles in my mind screaming “CATFIGHT!!”
 
Kane is back as the monster.  I liked “Corporate Kane”, but now he’s come full circle back to his original character. Kane is the master of reinvention.
 
Was that the most awesome segment ever with The Wyatt Family and the children’s chorus opening up RAW this past Monday?  All those kids wearing the sheep mask and John Cena, and his facial expressions sold it perfectly.  A definite “RAW moment” that will long be remembered.
 
Hugh Jackman and Damien “Magneto” Sandow?  A “RAW moment” that is best forgotten quickly and never mentioned again.
 
What’s that I hear?  It sounds like a few…
 
Quotable Quotes Part I…
 
“You cannot achieve success without the risk of failure…You cannot achieve success if you FEAR failure.” – Paul Heyman
 
“When I die, I feel it won’t be from another’s sword but by the unstoppable heartbeat of dreams.” – Jake “The Snake” Roberts
 
“That was my heart and that was my passion. All I ever wanted to do is wrestle. I never wanted to pitch in Game Seven of the World Series, I never wanted to throw the touchdown in the Superbowl, I wanted to wrestle…Be a professional wrestler.” – Tommy Dreamer
 
Question Time…
 
Joshua Von Wheeler:  When did you start watching wrestling?
 
I’ve been a fan and watching wrestling since I was a baby.  I’m the youngest of five kids and three of the four were hardcore wrestling fans, thus it was always a part of our lives and I loved it from the very beginning and have never stopped.
 
Brian Green:  Are there any wrestlers you wish you never knew about them beyond kayfabe because the real person was such a letdown.
 
Obviously Ric Flair is the first name that comes to mind.  Such a great in-ring performer and talent and that can’t be denied, but then you hear about his personal life and the divorces, the lawsuits, the partying, etc…  Others would include Bret Hart, who’s a top in-ring talent, but again, his in-ring legacy seems to be overshadowed by his bitterness and whiney attitude.  The world was a much better and kinder place when kayfabe was alive and well and we knew the wrestlers through their characters and talent and could forget that they were real people, with issues, problems, warts and all.  That has killed a lot of the magic and it’s not as easy to suspend belief anymore.  That sucks!
 
Kristian Fager:  If you started a wrestling company today and every wrestler ever, in their prime, wanted to work for you, but you could only start your company with eight men, four good and four bad, who would it be?
 
That’s hard to say because every wrestler in their prime covers so much terrritory, but I’ll try and settle on my initial eight, with more to be brought in later of course.  My four “good guys” would be John Cena, Rick Steamboat, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Dusty Rhodes.  My “bad Guys” would be Ric Flair, Harley Race, Bruiser Brody and Roddy Piper.  And even though you didn’t ask, my four “women stars” would be Sherri Martel, Lisa “Ivory” Moretti, Victoria and Luna Vachon.
 
Fred Tobin:  Do women wrestlers, as a whole, have less exciting matches than men?
 
For the most part, yes.  While some women are capable of having strong matches and putting on a great show, the very style of women’s wrestling is less physical and their bodies aren’t quite as capable of doing the same things that the men are.  Also, the women wrestlers, these days especially, are hired more for looks and the whole T&A thing rather than for their athletic ability or talents.  The training is sub-par when compared to what most of the male wrestlers endure and it relects in the product.  There’s a place for women wrestlers in this sport and there are some talented and strong women out there, but the matches, in general, will never stand up to what we’ve grown to expect from the men’s matches and be considered, in a whole, as exciting.  Sad, but true.
 
And here’s some more words of wisdom…
 
Quotable Quotes II…
 
“I got sued more times than Martha Stewart.” – Paul Heyman
 
“We’re the greatest athletes in the world without a doubt.” – Hulk Hogan
 
“I’m sorry I only gave you 13 stitches, I meant to give you 36 or 38.” – Masked Superstar
 
“When I come after you I’m gonna be like a chicken on a junebug!” – Dutch Mantell (Zeb Colter)
 
And now, time to put on the “Sister Cleo” costume and pull out the crystal ball.  We’ve got a “special event” coming up on Sunday and that means prediction time.
 
WWE Extreme Rules Predictions…
 
WeeLC Match
El Torito versus Hornswoggle
 
This is a potential match of the year for me.  Okay, not really, but I am looking forward to seeing what these two men are capable of doing in the pre-show match.  I’ve always liked watching the little people perform, and no, I’m not talking about my ex, Danny.  Look for lots of comedy and lots of shenanigans from the side-kicks of both little guys in Los Matadores and 3MB.  And since you want the crowd to be happy and the show to start off with a bang, albeit a small one, I’m going with the faces to win and for Hornswoggle to feel a GORE! GORE! GORE!…
 
Winner:  El Torito
 
Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter versus RVD versus Cesaro w/ Paul Heyman
 
The key here lies with which way that RVD, as the only non-affiliated guy in the match, will go.  Will he resume his previous status as a “Paul Heyman Guy” or will he become a “Real American” with Swagger and Zeb?  Or will he be true to the extreme and look out for only one man, the guy with the thumbs and the initials R – V – D?  I think Zeb Colter and Paul Heyman will counter each other’s presence at ringside and it will fall to the men in the ring to get the job done.  And when push comes to shove, we’ll have Cesaro doing a remake of the old John Anderson song, “Swinging” as Swagger goes for a ride.
 
Winner:  Cesaro w/ Paul Heyman
 
Handicap Match:  Alexander Rusev w/ Lana versus R-Truth & Xavier Woods
 
It’s a shame that it takes two men to face one Bulgarian Brute or whatever the heck he is.  Hey Rusev, 1985 still wants their gimmick back.  It’s a shame to see how far that R-Truth has fallen.  Xavier Woods has never impressed me, not in TNA as “Consequences Creed” and not now.  The big man with the blonde chick playing Nanitchka 2014 version takes the easy win.
 
Winner:  Alexander Rusev
 
WWE World Championship Match
Daniel Bryan (c) versus  Kane
 
If Bryan loses, we riot!  ‘Nuff said!
 
Winner and STILL WWE World Champion: Daniel Bryan
 
Evolution (HHH, Batista, Randy Orton) versus The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose)
 
Old versus new.  Tradition versus The Future. Six of the very best in the business taking care of business.  What will happen?  Can Evolution stay together?  Will Ric Flair be involved?  Will HHH feel the “superman punch” or will the pedigree take it’s toll.  So many questions and the only thing for sure that we know it that it will be one helluva match.  I’ve heard that Batista is preparing to leave to take care of movie business, so I’ll assume that he eats the Trifecta power-bomb at the end of the night.  As for the match, things are just getting started.  I think that this battle goes to Evolution, but the war continues and we must believe in The Shield.
 
Winners: Evolution (HHH, Batista and Randy Orton)
 
Divas Championship:  Paige (c) versus Tamina Snuka
 
It’s too soon for Paige to lose and even though Tamina is well deserving, this is Paige’s time.  
 
Winner and STILL Divas Champion: Paige
 
Cage Match:  John Cena versus Bray Wyatt
 
Cena won at Wrestlemania XXX so it’s time for Bray to even things up here.  After all, he’s got the whole world in his hands.  Look for the sheep to have a great night as Wyatt (and Sister Abigail) take home the win and the mind-games and feud continue.
 
Winner:  Bray Wyatt
 
Intercontinental Championship:  Big E (c) versus Bad News Barrett
 
And finally, we have the Intercontinental Championship match.  Big E seems to have gone the way of other former IC Champs, with his star fading quickly even as he reigns as the number two champ in the WWE.  Big E is okay in the ring, but can anyone think of a great Big E match?  Or a great Big E promo?  He doesn’t have that “it”… not yet.  Barrett though has the look, the charisma, the promo ability and can get it done.  I think this is his time.  Hey Big E, we’ve got some bad news for you.  You’re going down!
 
Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion:  Bad News Barrett
 
So there you go.  Am I correct in my predictions?  Am I crazy and wrong as hell?  Only time will tell and we’ll find out Sunday night.  Let’s wrap this baby up now.  That means it’s time for the…
 
Who Am I?
 
Last week, I asked you this…
 
I began my career in Florida in 1972 and had much success in the tag team ranks with a variety of partners. I also enjoyed some singles success as the NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion, a belt recognized in California and Florida and in New Japan, but not by the NWA as a whole. I eventually moved to Tennessee and found my niche as part of a fabulous tag team, a partnership that lasted nearly ten years until my partner decided he was more of a midnight type of guy.  I also moved on and reinvented myself as a tobacco spitting swamp man with a fondness for alligators.  I also clowned around a bit before heading back down south once more where I teamed with my former partner’s former partner and showed a little bad attitude.  After my in-ring career began to wind down, I opened a wrestling school in Florida and then eventually moved on to help train the NeXT generation of superstars, a role I hold today.  
 
And yeah, it was kind of on the easy side.  I admit it.  Correctly answering that the man I was looking for was Steve Keirn, were the following:  Harold Schwan, Andy Clarke, Ryan Rachal, Joe Hugelman, Brandon Hayes, Russell Jackson, Chad Burttram, Michael Materacky, Troy Miller and Larry Finder.  Great job Peeps and congratulations.  Well done.  Now here’s the newbie…
 
Long before there was a “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, I was cussing and swearing up a storm on TV in defense of my niece, my ray of “sunshine”, who had been run out of a Dallas based promotion by a future Freebird and his precious little valet.  I also had a great run against a “handsome half-breed” and a lady giant, as well as the trainer and mentor of “Stone Cold” and his valet / wife before losing a match and leaving the territory.  I was known as a 2×4 carrying former truck driver, but actually had an interesting career before then. I was trained by the legendary Mildred Burke and was the first female wrestler to go against Terrible Ted, The Wrestling Bear, in two matches in 1973.  I retired not long after my departure from Texas and passed away in 1996.  Who Am I?
 
Think you know this answer?  Give me a holler at Doug28352@yahoo.com and tell me who I’m speaking about.  Or else visit me at Facebook at facebook.com/saltpalace and inbox me with the answer.  
 
And with that, I’m out of here. I’ve got to go check on my people at work and get some breakfast in this growling stomach of mine.  I’ll be back later today with that “Fact or Fiction” thing that I do.  And I guess that’s it for now.  I’m Doug and “dat is all de’ people need to know!”.  I’ll catch you on the flip side.  
 
Ubuntu!