Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
September 17, 2017
Let’s just get right to it, shall we? And here we go…
1. Asuka going to the Raw brand is the wrong call.
FICTION: I don’t really think it matters right now which brand of WWE that Asuka ends up on. She’s so damn good and talented that she’s going to do well and rise to the top of the women’s division. On RAW, she’ll be facing Alexa, Emma, Mickie James, Nia, Bayley and Sasha. Those are some pretty good matches to look forward to with Bayley and Mickie being rematches from Asuka’s reign in NXT. While I’d love to see Asuka face off against Charlotte, that’ll happen soon enough. Asuka will be fine on RAW and make Monday’s something to look forward to again. Works for me.
2. WWE giving away John Cena vs. Braun Strowman was a bad move.
FICTION: On the face of it, it looks dumb, but WWE was up against Monday Night Football and needed to do something special to keep their ratings up. And while Braun pretty much ran through Cena during this match, it still ended in a DQ finish with Cena winning so you know this isn’t over and they can go back to it at any time they want. Right now, Cena is busy with Roman while Braun is focused on Brock so just consider this match a priming of the pump for something big in the near future. That’s how I’m seeing it.
3. If Big Show ended his career with his WWE Raw cage match against Braun Strowman, you feel that would be a great end to his run.
FACT: Big Show made his WWF debut almost twenty years ago in the steel cage and now, what may be his last match was also in the cage in an epic encounter with Braun Strowman. Show has been hit and miss in his in-ring appearances over the past few years, but these last few matches with Braun were great. He looked good, had a great match, told a story and helped build the reputation and legacy that is Braun, thus passing the torch. If Show comes back for a few appearances, that’s his right and that would be great. But if this is it and Show is truly calling it a day, this was a great way to end it, doing things the right way that’s best for business. His legacy is secure and safe. Show is the consumate professional and major kudos to him.
4. Kairi Sane was the right call to win the Mae Young Classic.
FACT: I haven’t watched the entire Mae Young Classic, but the matches that I have watched, several of which featured Kairi Sane, were very impressive. She’s extremely good in that ring and has that “It factor” about her that the NXT fans will love and embrace. Plus, she’s under contract already. I think Sane will do very well in NXT and be a major player for the WWE in years to come. I was pulling for Tessa Blanchard or Rachel Ellering, but that’s mainly due to my old-school nepotism wishes and love of second and third generation superstars, but if I’m honest, Kairi was a great choice to win and this was the right call.
5. Considering WWE just signed American Ninja Warrior vet Kacy Catanzaro, you expect the company to start looking more into the gymnastics and obstacle racing arenas to sign athletes for the performance center.
FACT: WWE has gotten more and more about thinking outside the box in recruiting talents from all sorts of genres to train as potential WWE superstars and I’m good with it. A variety of backgrounds means more diversity in the talents and that’s always a good thing. Rather than just look in the high school gyms for the Independent wrestlers, WWE is getting the best athletes, period. Some will make great wrestlers and some will wash out and be gone pretty quickly, but it’s all a positive step that shows WWE is looking for the very best of the best to make sure WWE stays strong and has the best talent for many years to come. It’s a good idea and great move.
6. Bianca BelAir was the break out star of the Mae Young Classic.
FICTION: I didn’t really watch enough of the MYC to see all of the women and thus, be able to determine who the “break out star” would be, but Bianca BelAir is very impressive and looked really good in the two matches I watched with her. Is she the break out star? I can’t say, but she’s good some great moves, a good character and will, I think, make a strong and lasting impression in that ring in NXT. This woman has skills.
And there you go. Another “Fact or Fiction” in the books. I didn’t mention it earlier, but the questions I’m commenting on come from my friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling. The answers come from me. And I wish I had a taco right now. Nah, I’ll settle for a PB&J for lunch. Thanks for reading. Comments and all feedback is welcome. Tell me what you think. I’m down and gone. Take it easy, Peeps!