Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
October 22, 2017
It’s Sunday morning and it’s Fact or Fiction time, wrestling style. I am doing this and then I’m going back to bed. I feel sick. The statements come from my friends at 411mania.com/wrestling. The opinions that follow belong to me. Does anyone have an alka-seltzer? Let’s do this.
1. Booking Jinder Mahal vs. Brock Lesnar for Survivor Series a bad idea.
FACT: While I understand the charm and appeal of having the WWE Champion face the Universal Champion, it’s not the time nor is it needed right now. I just can’t see any kind of good match coming out of this and it’ll probably end up hurting the two men involved, Brock & Jinder, more than it helps. If Jinder loses, then what? It makes him look weak and like his title run thus far is a fluke. If Brock loses, the legacy of the Beast, which has been damaged already by poor showings against Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe, is pretty much dead. And if there is a screwjob finish, where both men are DQ’ed or counted-out, the fans get pissed and lose out on a potential dream match. I just can’t see this going well no matter how it’s booked. And why now? Let the two men interact and build tension. Have Jinder and Paul Heyman “accidentally meet” backstage and have a confrontation first. Let them trade snarky remarks for a while first. Save this one for Wrestlemania or even the Royal Rumble. Survivor Series is too soon for a match of this level. Build it slowly first and make people anticipate and want to see it first.
2. You are looking forward to Neville’s post WWE run.
FICTION: While I’m sure that Neville will do great anywhere he goes and may go on to be a bigger star than ever, I’m not looking forward to it because I won’t be seeing it. I like Neville and the character that he’s developed and become, but due to my schedule and life, I rarely get to watch anything else these days aside from the WWE and some things on the Network. So while Neville may end up being bigger and better than ever, I won’t get to see it happen. That sucks!
3. Following Neville, there will be 2-3 more WWE departures before the end of 2017.
FICTION: More people may end up leaving the company, but by the end of 2017? That’s only a couple of months away and I think most of the current WWE roster, even the ones who are frustrated and unhappy, are in a “wait and see” pattern and will ride at least until Wrestlemania season in order to get that big payday and see if things get better before taking off to parts unknown. Nia may or may not be leaving and Neville already has, but I think that’s probably it for the time being.
4. You have faith that Asuka will be booked well on the WWE main roster.
FICTION: WWE and the main roster writers and bookers, aka “Vince”, will screw it up somehow and someway. A few tweaks here and there and in six months, my newest beloved will be jobbing to Judy Bagwell on the opening match of RAW. Okay, maybe not, but the main roster (Vince) has a bad habit of taking gold and turning it into shit, especially where the NXT roster is concerned. I think Asuka will look great tonight against Emma and she’ll stay strong and make a big impact for a while, at least until after Wrestlemania. I’d love to see her against Charlotte Flair, the best woman in WWE today, or even Ronda Rousey eventually. I hope that Vince realizes what a great performer and character he has in Asuka and leaves well enough alone. If he can keep his hands off and not try to “improve her”, she’ll do fine. If Vince decides to make a slight change here and there, all bets are off.
And that’s all for today. A short piece, but it’ll have to do. Questions, comments and all matters of feedback are welcome and appreciated. I’m going to go get a shower and see if that makes me feel better. I think I just need a good massage. Any volunteers? Until the next time, take care and I’ll talk at you later.