For all of my friends up north, this is how we do it in Dixie…
For all of my friends up north, this is how we do it in Dixie…
I remember this song from the movie “Hair”, but I didn’t know this earlier version of it existed. I think I like this version better if that’s possible.
Tossing Salt Presents:
July 31, 2017
Greetings and welcome to yet another wrestling Q&A. Yes, I do way too many of these things, but what the hell? There are questions and I have answers and what is a man supposed to do? I guess I could just go watch YouTube or Netflix and try to put myself to sleep for a few hours. It’s late at night and I’m tired and have to be up early. That would be the smart thing, but when have I ever claimed to be smart? A “sexy beast” to be sure, and definitely smarter than the average bear, but I still like to occasionally just go with the flow and say to hell with conventional wisdom. This is one of those times, besides, sleep is over-rated anyhow. The questions come from Facebook, both the Jim Crockett Promotions group and the KoK. The answers are from me. Let’s do this…
What is everyone’s moment when they fell in love with wrestling?
It’s hard to pick just one defining moment, but I know of a few from back in my childhood days that were strong factors. How about The Mighty Igor bouncing Crusher Jerry Blackwell around in the ring like a basketball? How about Blackjack Mulligan and Ric Flair teaming, then feuding and having classic battles all over the territory. How about the Anderson Brothers getting a man in the ring and working on that arm, breaking down their opponent piece by piece. How about watching Johnny Weaver and Gene Anderson go thirty minutes in Lumberton, NC and putting on a wrestling clinic, bell to bell. How about the first time seeing Andre the Giant live and in person. That man was freakin’ big. So many great moments to choose from and all of them contributed in some fashion to turn me into the fan I’ve always been and remain today.
Who was the greatest three man team to hold this title (NWA World Six Man Tag Team Championship)?
I had to go look this up because while I certainly remember the six-man tag titles in the NWA, they weren’t around for long (1984 – 1989) and were never really big or important in the overall scheme of things for Crockett or the NWA. They weren’t held by many groups and certainly not the teams like the Freebirds or Midnight Express, who you’d expect to see in six man tag matches. The main teams that held the titles were the Road Warriors and Dusty, The Road Warriors and Tenyru, The Russians (Ivan, Nikita and Krusher Kruschev), Ivan Koloff and the Powers of Pain, and a makeshift team of Sam Houston, Buzz Tyler and Manny Fernandez. WCW had their own six-man tag titles for a while too, but this question was specific about the NWA version. And of the teams that held the title (and mainly because I didn’t like Dusty as a wrestler and refuse to give him any credit for his titles), I’ll go with the first set of “Russians” to hold the titles as the greatest team. That was Ivan, Nikita and Don Kernodle.
Who had the better 1st year in WWE? Angle or Styles?
Different times and different eras, so it’s like comparing apples to oranges in my opinion. Both men have done incredible in their WWE debut years, but AJ has a long professional history behind him, having been a major star all over the world. Kurt was relatively new to the world of professional wrestling and when that is taken into consideration, to do as great as he did and score the success he did, in his rookie year, I have to go with Kurt on this one.
How is it fair in an rumored 13 Match Summerslam card, 8 of the 13 are Raw matches??!!
It doesn’t have to be fair. It’s the WWE and RAW is considered the A-brand and # 1 show by WWE management. That’s just how it is and how Vince McMahon wants it. How we feel about it isn’t important.
Is There a Match that you have seen, that others have not that you would recommend to fans?
I have long said that the match between Ric Flair and Barry Windham w/ James J. Dillon (The Horsemen) versus The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) w/ Jim Cornette at WCW Clash of the Champions IV: Season’s Beatings, is one of the best matches I have ever seen, bar none. I would strongly recommend this match for everyone to see at least once.
Who you think was the strongest man in jcp? I think maybe Superstar Billy Graham.
Superstar Graham was strong to be sure, but during his time with Crockett, he had slimmed down and worked a more martial artist type style than his usual muscle man character. The strongest man I can remember would be the Mighty Igor. He played a character of a simpleton in the ring, but the man was so damn strong and this was pre-steroids. He regularly would perform tests of strength like bending steel bars, breaking cinder blocks or even, with his back braced against a wall or a wrestling ring, use his legs to hold back a moving car. He was billed as “The World’s Strongest Man” and this was twenty-five years before Mark Henry. And like Henry did in the WWE, Igor definitely could live up to the hype with his muscles and power.
In your era of watching jcp, who is your top 5?
You don’t specify singles wrestlers or tag teams so I’ll do both. I’m not going by the best or most titles, but who I enjoyed the most and I loved to watch and see and hear from the most. For singles, it would be in no particular order, Blackjack Mulligan, Ric Flair, Baron Von Raschke, Masked Superstar and The Great Kabuki. As far as Crockett era tag teams, I’ll go with, again in no particular order, The Anderson Brothers, Steamboat and Youngblood, Ray Stevens & Jimmy Snuka, Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke and finally Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle.
Is that it? I was just starting to get some momentum going and was getting into it. Well, if you have any wrestling questions or any questions of any kind, about anything, send them to me and I’ll do my best to answer. Nothing is off limits around here. I’m at Doug28352yahoo.com or at Twitter at @doug28352.
And thank you for reading. Feedback is welcome and appreciated. I guess I’m going to try that bed thing again. Wish me luck. Have a great night and I’ll catch you later.
Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
July 31, 2017
It’s time to quit writing about dirty elbows and get back to the subject we all know and love the best, professional wrestling. It’s Sunday night, well actually Monday morning, but why be technical, and it’s time to do that whole “Fact or Fiction” thing we know so well. The statements come from my friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling. And the answers / statements, be it fact or fiction, come from me. Let’s do this…
1. WWE Battleground was the worst WWE “major show/PPV” of the year.
FACT: I actually enjoyed most of the show to be honest, but so far as in comparison to all of the other pay per views thus far this year by WWE, it was lacking in a major way. The matches were solid and everyone worked hard, but that’s common for a WWE event. But the screwy finishes, such as a DQ finish in the Corbin – Shinsuke match, the out of nowhere pin in the Owens / AJ match and just all of the shenanigans at the end of the Orton – Jinder match, took away from the event. And watching Super Cena bury Rusev was annoying. The show, all in all, was entertaining and all that, but the memorable moments were not the good ones and I haven’t even bothered to go back and re-watch the show at all, something I usually do for most events to see what I missed the first time around. That right there should say all that needs to be said.
2. You have no desire to see a potential Wyatt Family reunion.
FICTION: I would like to see it if only to get Luke Harper back on television and in a prominent spot on the roster. Bray has kind of drifted since losing his “family” and Harper and Rowan have been totally forgotten. They all deserve better and if a reunion of the Family is what it takes to get these guys going again, so be it.
3. Rey Mysterio would be better off signing with GFW instead of WWE.
FACT: Rey’s knees are a mess and he was barely able to stay healthy during his last WWE run, so what makes anyone think he can handle it any better this time around. If WWE was to bring Rey in as a cruiserweight version of Jericho for the 205 brand, with a limited schedule, that could work, but I don’t see Rey being worth the trouble and effort any more. Let him go to GFW, where he has never worked before, work their extremely limited schedule and stretch a few more years out of his career. That’s probably the best move for him at this point.
4. WWE is rushing the first John Cena vs. Shinsuke Nakamura match.
FACT: A match like this should definitely have more build than just a week’s notice. It’s Cena and Nakamura and it’s probably one of the few dream matches left to be had. Maybe if there’s a screwy finish and that leads to a major storyline leading up to another, more high profile match, it’ll be okay, but this hot shotting of star matches is dumb and needs to stop.
5. WWE is likely building to a Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens match, and it’s a match you want to see.
FACT: Why not. Shane can go in that ring and Owens is about as anti-authority as it gets and it would be a damn good match to see. Just so long as Owens wins, I’m all for it. Bring it on.
6. You’d be down for a match between the Four Horsewomen (Banks, Bayley, Becky & Charlotte vs. Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke) in WWE.
FACT: While I prefer the WWE Horsewomen being singles stars and making their own way, I can see the appeal of this match. It transcends pro wrestling and could be a huge crossover event for the WWE and UFC. I’d have Ric Flair getting involved, as one of the original Horsemen and maybe even find a way to incorporate Tessa Blanchard into the mix since she’s also the daughter of one of the Original Horsemen, Tully Blanchard. This has all the makings of a major special event that could really be a big boom for the WWE’s women’s movement. Would I be down for it? Hell yes!
And that’s all for tonight. I’m awake now, but sleepy-time approaches and I have to be up way early in the morning to do some stuff. Thank you for reading. Thoughts and comments are welcome. Let me know what you think. And now, I’m down and gone. Have a great night and I’ll catch you on the flip side.
A Little Elbow Grease?
July 30, 2017
Last night, at the store, I noticed something and well, I probably shouldn’t talk about it, but what the hell. Nobody reads this blog anyhow and I found it funny. Well, I actually found it kind of disgusting and repulsive, but for some folks, repulsive and disgusting is kind of funny. Those people are weird. I love those people. Those are my people and I thank them for being weird because it means that I’m not alone. And what was I saying?
Oh yeah, at the store last night, we were busy. No big deal there because it’s Saturday night and people are going out and partying and getting their drink on and just having a good time. That’s what Saturday night is all about. Well that and fighting, at least according to Elton John. (Obscure song reference). And on the weekends and on holidays, you get a good mix of people, some dressed like they just got out of bed and others, dressed to kill, all made up and looking ready for the clubs or a wedding or something like that. The person I’m about to speak of was like that, all decked out, wearing a sun dress, displaying her killer hot and sexy body and damn, she was looking good. She was wearing just a little make-up and smiling and laughing and had it going on. On a scale of one to ten, I’d give her a definite 8. (Eight is pretty damn good since there are no tens and nine only goes to hotties who are also charming, funny and sleeping with me.) So for a woman to get an “8” from me, you know she’s smoking.
She made her purchases and came to my line and I waited on her, making small talk and ringing up her sales and then I noticed… IT! This incredible hot looking young lady standing in front of me had the nastiest elbows I have ever seen. They weren’t slightly discolored as some are, but just plain dirty, nasty and almost a different skin tone color. And my mouth just fell open and though no words came out, my mind was going, “what the hell?”.
This girl had obviously spent plenty of time fixing herself up to go out. She looked nice and smelled nice and was all glowing and stuff, but didn’t take the time to wash her damn elbows. Does she not wipe herself completely down while in the shower? Does she not look in the mirror? What the hell was she thinking? Was she even thinking? Oh vey!
I see it so often though. Women who are all dressed up and made up, but they have nasty elbows or a dirty ring around their neck. Or guys who are trying to get all hot and sexy for whatever reason and their hands are caked in dirt or grease. I get that with the guys, kind of, because a working man’s hands are going to show evidence of his labors and all the scrubbing in the world won’t remove the stains. That’s cool, but I’m talking about guys who don’t work like that, that don’t labor at all if it can be avoided and for who, washing dishes would put them down for the day. They come in wearing the clothes all tight and matching and be pimping and it looks as if they haven’t washed their hands or at least cleaned under their fingernails in a year.
What the hell is wrong with these people?
So here it is. A tip for men and women everywhere. Before you get all dressed up to go out and paint the town red, wash your elbows. Wash your necks. At least try and wash your hands and clean up under the finger nails. It’s all simple and easy stuff that can make a major difference between being a “Nine” and a “Nope”. Trust me on this. Clean is the way to go. It’s true. It’s damn true.
And nasty elbows? Don’t do deet! ‘Nuff said!
And now, I have to go out to buy cat food and run some errands. Yes, I made sure my elbows are clean… and my neck too. Have a great one and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Thanks for reading.
Forty Question Survey
July 29, 2017
I’m bored. Let’s do a survey.
FORTY QUESTIONS YOU’VE NEVER BEEN ASKED IN A SURVEY
1. Do you know anyone in prison?
I know many people who have been in prison, are currently in prison, have worked in a prison and / or belong in a prison. I’m a person who knows people.
2. Have you ever logged onto a boyfriend/girlfriend/crush’s myspace / Facebook?
Yes, I have, but I had permission to do so.
3. When is the last time you ate peanut butter and jelly?
It was one night last week. I love me some PB&J…
4. Do you have a desk in your room?
I have a huge ass desk in my living room from where I work and do my computer stuff.
5. Have you ever gotten naked at a party?
It’s not a real party unless a couple of people are naked.
6. What kind of car insurance do you have?
I don’t see Flo anywhere so it’s not Progressive. Let me look. State Farm.
7. Are you named after one of your parents or grandparents?
Nope. I’m named after General Douglas McArthur and a friend of my Mom’s.
8. Does your first significant other still live in the same town as you?
9. Do you throw up gang signs?
Only for the Four Horsemen, the Wolfpac and the nWo… cause they’re just too sweet!
10. Have you ever broken a rib?
Nope, I’ve never had that misfortune.
11. Would you rather be a girl or a guy?
Hell, this is 2017 and a person can be either whenever they want. It just depends on how they feel at the moment. Personally though, I’ll stick with my sexy-ass man self.
12. Who is the most spoiled person you know?
My sister and my oldest brother.
13. Would you rather have a million dollars or true love?
Give me the money. I can rent love.
14. Have you ever had sex in church?
Many times. It gives a whole new meaning to screaming out “Oh God!” and having a religious experience.
15. Is your boyfriend/girlfriend a marine??
Nope, but I did have a friend that I used to be very close to end up joining the Marines. And my cousin was a Marine too.
16. Do you watch the Grammy’s?
I used to, but haven’t watched them in several years.
17. Would you ever work for the border patrol?
Hell yes. I’d love to help end the Sanctuary Cities and build the wall. Make America great again!
18. Which one word would describe your last relationship:
19. Would you rather date someone 2 years older then you or 20 years older then you?
Two years older because at my age, twenty years older would be disgusting and they’d probably be dead anyhow.
20. Have you ever had a eating disorder?
I like to eat and I’m fat. Does that qualify?
21. Do you have a porn collection?
Not so much anymore, but before we had the internet, I had an impressive collection of magazines and videos.
22. How many proms have you been to in your life?
23. Have you ever been in a inter-racial relationship?
Yes. Race isn’t important to me. It’s the person that matters.
24. Is your birthday on a holiday?
I share it with Tom Cruise. Does that count?
25. Are you old enough to vote?
I have voted many times. I’m an old fart!
26. Do you have any friends or family in the War right now???
I have some friends who are stationed overseas, so yes…
28. Do you worry about global warming?
Global warming is a fake ass myth.
29. Do you like polar bears?
I don’t know – I’ve never met one.
30. Have you ever been cheated on?
Yes… the bastard! But it was his loss. Stupid ass-clown!
31. What kind of birth control do you use?
I only have sex with other guys, thus no chance or worry about having babies.
32. What slang word(s) do you call marijuana?
Either pot or grass.
33. Are you an atheist?
Nope. I’m not the most religious person around, but I do believe in a higher power and am of a spiritual nature at times.
34. Did you lose your virginity to your neighbor?
Technically, I guess so.
35. Did or do you think your childhood dreams will come true?
Nope. I’m not a mutant super hero, a millionaire or a TV weatherman. My dreams have been shattered.
36. Do you wear your sweetie’s clothes?
Sure, why not.
37. What’s your opinion on gold diggers?
Put those stupid idiots on the list.
38. Are you a country or city girl/boy?
Neither. I am just me.
39. Is your car a 2002 or higher?
Nope. My jeep is a 1987 model.
40. Do you floss daily?
Unfortunately no, but I do brush at least three times a day and usually more than that.
And there you go. I’m still bored and going to bed. Have a great night.
Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
July 28, 2017
Greetings, salutations and all of that great stuff. Welcome to professional wresting’s most eclectic column since 2002, the one and only “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News”. I’m Doug and I’m your host for the evening. Enter freely and of your own will. I haven’t been around all that much for a while now, spending more time trying to build up my own blog over at DougMaynard.com rather than commenting on the great sport we all love, but at the request of our resident boss-man of all things PWBTS, I’m here today to throw together a little something something for your reading pleasure. How about some Q&A and lots of it? Does that sound fun? I think so, so let’s get to it. These questions come from Facebook and a little group called the KoK (Kult of Kayfabe). And a few come from the group “Jim Crockett Promotions – A Great Era In Pro Wrestling”. Both groups are awesome and you should really check them out if you get the chance. And with that said, let’s talk some rasslin’…
Simon says, “The Observer is reporting that WWE are looking to do another roster shake-up after Summerslam, with superstars possibly being sent down to NXT… So, my question is who would you select to drop into NXT? And why?”
Off the top of my head, the top men and women that I’d send down to NXT would be probably The Ascension, Dolph Ziggler and maybe Big Show. The reasons are as follows. With Dolph, he’s a great talent, but has grown stale on the main stage and isn’t really being used much anyhow. So let him go to NXT to work with and help guide the new guys, add some “star power” to the NXT events and possibly re-brand himself for another run on the roster. With the Ascension, it’s the same thing. They were buried pretty much from the start when they came to the main roster and they need to be re-branded or rebooted or something. How about a trip back down to NXT to get repackaged and allow them a second chance when the time is right. And Big Show because his act is stale and tired and he could be more useful as a trainer / agent with the NXT wrestlers, plus like Ziggler, he would add star power and name recognition to the NXT live events.
Ben says, “Name a wrestler that everybody HATES but you LOVE.”
Bo Dallas, Heath Slater and Curtis Axel… the former Social Outcasts and current Miztourage, plus one who has kids. Always loved their work and characters even when they’re working the c-shows and being buried.
Ben says, “Name a wrestler that everyone loves but you hate.”
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. I just don’t get them or like their characters. They do nothing for me at all.
Dallas says, “Am I the only one that don’t want the Broken Hardys in WWE? I feel like they will end up like the Wyatts or something… I just dont see it being taken serious in WWE.”
I don’t think that the “Broken Universe” characters and concept would work in WWE either and would quickly end up being buried, especially since we’ve already had Matt and Jeff back and being Matt and Jeff Hardy, not the Broken Matt and Brother Nero characters. While I don’t mind a few teases here and there, I think that Matt and Jeff are better to just go on being themselves and not be trying to rehash the past and what they did in TNA. But with that being said, I still have to say this too. “F*CK THE OWL!”…
Nick asks, “With what WWE has done with Nakamura, Finn Balor and Gallows and Anderson, do you think its a good move for Kenny Omega to go there when he can?”
I’m kind of on mixed opinion on this. If Omega does end up in WWE eventually, he’ll make more money and get more mainstream recognition than he ever has at any point in his career. But that being said, he’ll go from being the big fish in a relatively small pond to being a big fish in an ocean full of big fishes and he’ll be one of many fighting for the top spots rather than automatically being given that spotlight from the beginning. He could end up like AJ Styles or he could be buried like Gallows and Anderson. It could go either way. I think he’s talented enough and charismatic enough that he’d have a good run in WWE and be moderately successful, but would he be the big dog? Nope, I doubt it. Omega just needs to decide what he wants to do and then weigh all the options, both pro and con. I think he’d do well.
Nick asks, “When Carmella cashes in, will she be successful or not? I think she will be successful. Why or why not?”
She is the first Ms. Money In The Bank. And Naomi is not all that as the Smackdown Women’s Champion. I think Carmella will be successful when she cashes in that contract and will be a great Smackdown Women’s Champion as well.
Is it smart for Baron Corbin cash in at Summer Slam for a Raw belt?
Baron Corbin is a Smackdown Live superstar so I don’t even know if cashing in on a Raw title is possible. But if Corbin wants to jump into the mix with Roman, Braun, Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar, so be it. Go for it. I don’t think his odds would be all that great, but what the hell? It’d be fun to see. Corbin is much better watching the action with Jinder Mahal and either Cena or Kensuke and get involved at the end of (or during) that one. His odds would be much better.
What should be the stable name? (Jinder, Khali, Sighn Brothers)
It should be “प्रभुत्व”, pronounced “prabhutv” and is the Indian word for “Domination”.
So on a scale between 0-meh how excited were you for The Great Khali’s return?
I had a feeling we would be getting a surprise, but I was for some reason, thinking Shawn Daivari rather than Khali. But whatever. So long as Khali doesn’t try to wrestle any single matches, it should be okay. I’m actually glad to see him back to add a little credibility to Jinder’s reign.
Should I be embarrassed that I just now realized PJ Black is Justin Gabriel?
Yes, you are an idiot and should have immediately recognized that Black and Gabriel are one and the same. And you know what happens to stupid idiots who can’t recognize that these two names were used by the same man? Do you know what happens? You just made the list! (I am so glad that Chris Jericho is back!)
On the lookout for some decent podcast to listen to at work, usually mix it up between Jericho’s, E&C’s pod of awesomeness, stone cold and Sam Roberts, any others recommended?
Eric Bischoff’s over at MLW and Jim Cornette’s are both excellent to listen to. Tony Schiavone’s is pretty good and even though they’re not technically podcasts, listen to the audio shows on PWInsiderelite.com (subscribe) and listen to Dave, Mike, Eps, Les Thatcher and the rest of the PWInsider crew. Great stuff all around.
I seriously hope that Braun wins at Summerslam. Who you guys want to win? Strowman, Joe, Roman, or Lesnar?
I don’t think that Braun is quite ready to be the Universal Champion at this point and I sure as hell don’t want to see Roman get it, so I’ll go with Samoa Joe. The man is a walking and talking wrestling machine and definitely deserves the opportunity to be the top dog on RAW for a while.
In just WWE, where do you rank New Day in all-time greatest stables?
I won’t discount their success and marketability, but for me personally, I probably wouldn’t even have them in the Top 10.
2 part Question: #1 Why is WWE still holding on to Paige and Her Contract. #2 By Now, is Paige even Marketable?
I think that the only reason that WWE has not fired Paige yet is because of the movie they’re filming about her career and her family. They have so much money and time already invested, plus The Rock is one of the executive producers, and they don’t want to lose on this project. And is she still marketable? If Paige was to start acting right, dump Del Rio and clean up her act, America loves a great comeback story and Paige would be a living, breathing example of hitting rock bottom (or extremely close) and then making that journey back to the top. I don’t think it will happen though because there are stories (not confirmed) that a warrant has been issued for her arrest due to the incident with Del Rio a few days ago in an airport and if she is arrested for Domestic Violence, it’ll be her third strike with the WWE and they’ll have no choice but to fire her. It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out.
And now, let’s go old school with some questions about the Mid-Atlantic region and the territory that was Jim Crockett Promotions…
Who in your opinion was the most underrated talent in Jim Crockett Promotions?
So far as talents in Crockett that were fantastic and could go, but never got their just due, I’ll go with Gary Royal, who had success in the Central States as a manager and was also a former NWA Junior Heavyweight Champion. And how about Dewey Robertson, who went on to later fame as the Missing Link in Texas and then the WWF. So many names to choose from. Wait, I know. Let’s go with Don Kernodle. The man was awesome as part of a tag team with Sgt. Slaughter, but aside from that, was rarely given the kudos he deserved so often.
Nivram asks, “Did Dusty Rhodes copy his mic style after Thunderbolt Patterson?”
Yes. Dusty copied his promo style after both Thunderbolt Patterson and Superstar Billy Graham. He’s admitted to this in several interviews and I believe also in his book.
Doug asks, “Who was the poorest fit in JCP? I would say Larry Zbyszko in his 1987 run, didn’t fit at all.”
Zbyszko could have been used better than he was. I admit that, but think about this. We (fans) still talk about Zbyszko and Baby Doll and whatever was in that manilla envelope thirty years later, so was it really a bad spot for Larry? The first character that comes to mind for me was Superstar Billy Graham. Not long after his WWWF run, he came to the Carolina’s and had shaven his head and was doing a martial arts gimmick, plus was placed with Paul Jones as his manager. I still scratch my head at that and wonder what were they thinking?
Joe asks, “Who do you think was the greatest manager in JCP? Mine was a tie between JJ Dillon and Jim Cornette.”
I love Dillon and Cornette and would even go so far as to say that Corny is one of my favorite managers of all time, but I’m going to go with Gene Anderson for managers who were solely Crockett. The man barely talked, but he was an “Anderson” and having Gene in your corner was instant credibility. I remember him managing Iron Sheik, Jimmy Snuka, Ray Stevens, etc and he was great in his role. Maybe he was never the “big star manager” that the others were, but he was damn good at what he did.
John asks, “In JCP, what matches never happened that you wish did happen?”
I would have liked to see Flair and Kabuki have a go at it. The Andersons versus The Briscos or versus Steamboat / Youngblood would have been fun to watch. And how about Blackjack Mulligan versus Ole Anderson in a wrestling ring (and not at the WCW Power Plant). That could have been great to see.
Lamar asks, “Road Warrior Hawk vs Road Animal in a Chicago street fight – who ya’ll taking? I’m taking Hawk!”
Well, they snack on danger and dine on death, but the dead man here would have been Animal as Hawk would have totally whipped the “big man’s” ass.
Lamar asks, “Best memory of JCP?”
Where do I start? Valentine breaking Wahoo’s leg? Valentine breaking Flair’s nose? The whole “Hat versus The Robe” feud with Flair and Blackjack Mulligan? The antics of the “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant? Enforcer Luciano chewing on a light bulb during an interview. The Anderson Brothers trying to “sacrifice” Ray “The Crippler” Stevens to keep their tag team titles? The Battle Royals in 1981 where the eventual winner (Sgt. Slaughter) won a 1981 Cadillac? The Brisco Brothers turning on Jimmy Valiant and breaking his boom-box? Tully Blanchard’s search for his “Perfect 10”? Abdullah the Butcher coming out of nowhere and attacking Wahoo McDaniel? So many great memories to choose from here. I think though, I’ll go with the build towards Starcade 83 with Dick Slater and Bob Orton Jr. going after Flair and trying to collect the bounty placed on Flair’s head by then NWA World Champion Harley Race. That was a fantastic build for a truly historic event.
Josh says, “A while back, Jimmy Valiant told me that Crockett had all the talent to compete with an organization up north. He said the problem was Crockett didn’t know how to use or promote his talent on that level and that he tried to expand too fast. I agree with Jimmy. What are you thoughts and opinion on this?”
I think I agree. Crockett was fine being a big fish in a small pond and if he had kept Crockett Promotions in the south-east, I think things may have worked out a big better in the long run. But moving the company HQ to Texas and trying to go all over the United States was too much, too fast and the company wasn’t ready or prepared for that kind of expansion. Also, having Dusty as the booker probably didn’t help matters either because Dusty had big ideas, but couldn’t really get past the idea of maybe having others in the spotlight instead of just Dusty and his friends. If Dusty had been just a booker and not an active wrestler, things could have worked out better as well, but the “Dream” had to be at the top of the card and his act grew stale after a while. From what I understand, Jim Crockett didn’t want to run JCP and was selected by the family to run things after the death of their father and the original pick to run things, Frances Crockett’s husband, left the business. So maybe if David or Frances or some other member of the family had been the boss and making the decisions, things could have worked out differently too. But this is all speculation. Valiant was there though and part of the company at the end so I would guess he knows better than most of the rest of us. He’s probably right.
Larry asks, “If you were given the chance to induct an all JCP Class to the WWE Hall of Fame, who would be your picks?”
Well, if you take away the most obvious picks, who are already members of the WWE Hall of Fame, like Ric Flair, Dusty, Rick Steamboat, Blackjack Mulligan and Jimmy Valiant, I think you would still be able to have a really strong group of inductees. My choices would be Jim Crockett Jr., Wahoo McDaniel, Paul Jones, The Anderson Brothers, Baby Doll, Magnum TA, Baron Von Raschke, Nikita Koloff, Bob Caudle and referee Tommy Young.
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