Tossing Salt Presents:
Pro Wrestling Q&A
August 24, 2017
Good morning and Happy Thursday to everyone. I’m still trying to play catch-up here after my lovely three night alien abduction, aka “visit to Moore County” and it’s time to do a very quick wrestling Q&A. It would be longer, but I have to go do a few things out there in the real world and I want to do a “Shades of Larry the Cable Guy” and get ‘er done before it gets too hot. I really do need A/C in my jeep. So it’s no time for chit-chat, but plenty of time for body-slamming action and commentary. Let’s do this. By the way, the questions come from my Facebook timeline, mainly from the KoK (Kult of Kayfabe). And now you know…
What was your best feud during the Crocketts?
Jim Crockett Promotions was all about the great action and feuds, some lasting several years and bringing in fans, putting butts in the seats if you will, for the entire time. The best one? It could be when Paul Jones and Rick Steamboat split up as a tag team, after (as Jones continues to insist to this day) Steamboat “turned on Paul”. It could have been the Wahoo McDaniel versus Greg Valentine rivalry which is still a hot topic sometimes today, which culminated in Greg wearing a t-shirt for years that said, “I broke Wahoo’s leg!”. How about the “Battle of the Nature Boys” when Buddy Rogers came out of retirement and fought Ric Flair? Who can forget Jimmy Valiant and his feuds against all the managers, starting with Gene Anderson, leading to Sir Oliver Humperdink and Gary Hart and finally a six year run against Paul Jones and his army? Magnum TA against Tully Blanchard made history time and time again. Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle versus Steamboat and Jay Youngblood was tag team magic at it’s best. Roddy Piper and his craziness against Wahoo and then later, against Greg Valentine was epic. The entire Ric Flair versus Harley Race build leading up to Starcade 83 was one of the best rivalries in wrestling history. Dusty versus Flair. Magnum versus Nikita. Rock & Roll Express versus The Midnight Express. All classic and so memorable. But what was the best? The very best? I’ll go with the “Hat versus The Robe” Flair versus Mulligan battles. Nothing like two best friends going to war. The battles were epic. The promos were crazy. It was two legends before they were legends showing why they were among the very best at what they did. And when it ended, Flair moved on to other feuds, but placed a “bounty” on Mulligan’s head and he was able to continue with wars against Masked Superstar, Crusher Blackwell, John Studd, Enforcer Luciano and so many others, keeping the story going for years. It was simple, but so effective and so real at the time.
Thoughts on NXT Takeover: Brooklyn and Summerslam?
Due to my hospital stay for the course of the weekend, from Friday night to Monday afternoon, I didn’t get to see either show as they happened. I went back on Tuesday on the Network and watched both shows via the fast forward mode. I watched the beginning and endings of each match on both shows and only watched a few in their entirety. I also did read several different recaps of both shows to see what I missed. And while some things surprised me, like the burial of Rusev for example, I think it was a damn good effort by the WWE. The shows were solid and for the most part, the right people won. The Asuka match against Amber Moon was off the charts and while the Drew match against Bobby Roode was a little too by the numbers for me, it did what it was supposed to do and I’m extremely jacked to see Drew McIntyre as the new NXT Champion. The Miztourage and the Hardys deserved better than the opening act for the Kickoff show, but the match was good and solid. New tag team champs and even though I don’t much care for Ambrose and Seth, this shakes up the tag team division a lot and I like it. I’m glad Jinder won. That was very cool. And that last match with the Fatal 4-Way was brutal and incredible to watch. How are any of those men still up and walking about right now? Brock had to fight for a change and did it well. The right man won.
Which gimmick of Cody Rhodes you like best?
Cody is such a good performer and he’s reinvented himself many times over the years. I loved the “porn-stache” Cody because they made such a big deal out of such a small thing and made it work. When he was part of Legacy with Orton and DiBiase, that was pretty cool too. But Cody is constantly evolving and getting better with each and every match and I think the “American Nightmare” Cody is probably the best character he’s done as of yet.
Who is the best signing that WWE has made in the past 5 years?
So much talent has walked into that Training Center over the past half-decade and so many great wrestlers have made the change from Indy star to to WWE Superstar that it’s hard to pick just one or two. So I’ll pick the Top 5 in my estimation who are the best “new talent” of this era. AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Charlotte Flair, Finn Balor and Luke Harper.
Do you think a Female Version of NEXUS would work In Today’s WWE? If so Which Brand?
Normally, I wouldn’t think something like this would work because it would have to be women from NXT and since NXT is ran as a seperate brand, it would deplete their roster and would be harder to pull off than it used to be. However, with the recent Mae Young Classic taking place and all of these women from all around the world getting their opportunities, it could be done. Use a woman with some name recognition like Rachel Ellering or Tessa Blanchard to spearhead the movement and form a union of women looking for their shot at the top of the WWE rosters. As for which brand, I’d probably go with Smackdown Live. The Women’s Division there, with ladies like Charlotte, Natayla, Becky, Tamina, Lana and Naomi at the top of the card, would offer a better opportunity for all parties involved. It’d be interesting to see what the “Land of Opportunity” holds for the newer women and there could even be someone like Carmella or Tamina switching sides and assuming a “CM Punk” style leadership role with the new women. It could work and could be very interesting.
And that’s all for now. I have to go and do stuff. I’ll be back later in my day, my friends. Thoughts, comments, questions and any and all feedback is welcome. Until the next time, thanks for reading. Take care.