Tossing Salt Presents:
September 8, 2017
Are you ready to talk about the world’s greatest sport? It’s time to do that wrestling Q&A thing that is so popular with the kids. All of the questions today come from the Facebook group, the KoK (Kult of Kayfabe). The answers come from me. Let’s do this…
What match will close out Wrestlemania this year? I say Finn vs Roman.
I’m pretty sure that unless we have The Rock and Ronda Rousey come back to go against HHH and Steph, the main event will either be a match for the WWE Championship or the WWE Universal Championship. I’m kind of hoping that Jinder Mahal will still be the WWE Champion when Wrestlemania rolls around and that would be awesome, but I can’t see Jinder as the main event of Wrestlemania, no matter what title he may be holding. So my prediction for the closing match at Wrestlemania, how about a Universal Championship defense by Brock Lesnar, defending against the challenge of Roman Reigns. And by the way, Brock wins.
If Vince buys Impact, you think he’ll just keep the tape library or will Mr. McMahon actually absorb the talent? And if he does what do you think he will do with them all? I think it would be a good idea to put them on the network on their own show ala NXT.
If Vince and the WWE end up buying Impact Wrestling, it will be strictly for the tape library. I’m sure that Vince and Hunter will look down the roster and pink a few talents to bring to WWE or NXT and add to the WWE roster, but most of the talent would just be released from their deals and cut loose. And a show on the Network sounds like an idea, but with NXT, 205 Live, RAW and Smackdown, not to mention the B-shows for syndication and of course, all the pay-per-views and specials, the WWE “Creative” is already stretched out with shows and new content each week. I think a new show each week would be too expensive and too much at this point. Better to just incorporate the talents and good things from Impact into the current WWE product and just forget about the rest.
Have an idea for a good debate, since both have similar backgrounds in Amateur wrestling and MMA I thought this would be a very interesting matchup : Brock Lesnar vs Bobby Lashley, 1st who would win in an MMA fight, 2nd who would win in a Wrestling match.
Lashley is a tough man to be sure, but in my opinion, Brock is a pure monster and would not only win, but also dominate in both fights, be it MMA or wrestling. Never bet against the Beast.
Kurt Angle versus Cesaro – who wins?
Kurt in his prime versus Cesaro would be a wrestling clinic on par with the Flair – Steamboat matches of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Both men are so good and such pure, wrestling talents. I love Cesaro and I think he would give Kurt one helluva fight, but as far as who wins in the end, never bet against an Olympian Gold Medalist who won that gold medal with a broken freakin’ neck. Angle wins.
Would you rather see Chris Jericho return for a year or Edge return for one more match?
That depends. Does Edge get to bring Christian with him and make that final match a tag match? I’d love to see the WWE ring reek of awesomeness one more time. But in all seriousness, Edge’s neck can’t handle any bumps and one more match would risk serious injury to the “Rated R Superstar” and that’s not acceptable. Let’s bring Jericho back for another year of…. IT! And if you don’t like that idea, do you know what happens? Do you know what happens to people who don’t want the “Ayatollah of Rock & Roll” back in the WWE ring? Do you know what happens to people who don’t want to drink it in… maann! You just made the list. Bring back Jericho!
With all of this GFW/Anthem mess, do you think that the company would be in better shape now had they sold to Billy Corgan last year instead of stringing him along to pay for tapings and eventually selling to Anthem?
I think for a temporary fix, they would have been better to let Corgan run things and buy Impact. But to be honest, there is so much baggage and they have been so messed up for so long now, I don’t even think Corgan would have been able to turn things around and make the company strong and viable as the #2 wrestling company in the United States again. There’s just too much damage and mismanagement from previous owners and the name is forever tainted. Better to just shut it down, shelve it and start from scratch, period.
Who do you think should be the next NXT Women’s champion?
Ember Moon really impressed me in her match against Asuka at the Takeover event and would be a great pick. But my choice would be former NXT Women’s Champion / WWE Diva’s Champion Paige, should she be cleared by doctors and able to return to the WWE ring in time. She’s had a totally f*cked up past year, with injuries, the video and pictures scandals, two suspensions, the relationship with Alberto Del Rio, etc. I think her career can be saved if she’s willing to do what she needs to do and if WWE is willing to take the chance and give her a good push, as a soul looking for redemption. I don’t know where she’s at in terms of her return or even if she’s got her head back on straight, but could you imagine the pop from the crowds if she came out on NXT as a surprise and won the NXT Women’s Championship in her first match back. It would be epic.
If WWE was to do a female version of The Shield in either NXT or on the main roster, who would you choose to be in this group?
I’d bring back former WWE Diva Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon) and package her with Emma and Tamina and let them run wild over all of the other women in the WWE and NXT.
Hello, I’m a huge fan of 205 Live and the cruiserweights in general. After NXT it is my favorite WWE program. Yet I notice that the fans are absolutely lackluster about the brand, which is terrible. Why do you think that apathetic attitude from the fans happen ? And more importantly how would you fix it?
The problem that I see is that while the matches are excellent, the wrestlers, as characters and personalities, are boring. With the exception of maybe a couple of the Cruiserweights, such as Neville and now Enzo, the wrestlers have no characters. They’re generic and cookie-cutter. You have a few stereotypes here and there, but where is the character development? Why is Wrestler X doing this and Wrestler Z doing that? It’s never explained and the fans, us, are left to fill in the blanks and guess. While I’m not a fan of Vince Russo, he was right during the Attitude Era and even in WCW that every character and every wrestler should have a story, a character, a memorable trademark or schtick. To fix this, I’d try to make sure that everyone on 205 Live has a reason to be there and a purpose. And I’d also change the filming of the show. Currently, 205 Live is filmed, live for the Network, immediately on Tuesday nights after Smackdown Live ends. The crowd has already sat through two and a half hours of live action and TV when 205 Live starts. They’re worn out and exhausted and since they don’t really know or care about the Cruiserweight wrestlers and have no reason to be invested in them, they just don’t care. Move the show to a regular place, kind of like NXT does and film several shows at once with a crowd that is there for the Cruiserweights, into the Cruiserweights and that’s what they want to see. That’s probably the direction I would take and it would probably be more cost-effective for the WWE too instead of the current system.
And now, as the great Baron Von Raschke would say, “Dat’ is all de’ people need to know!”. Time to call it a night. Questions, comments and all feedback is welcome. Let me know what you think. And on that, I’m out of here. Until the next time, take it easy and I’ll catch you later.