Wrestling Q&A – November 4, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A
November 4, 2017

Are you ready to talk some pro wrestling? I said, “ARE YOU READY?” Well, let’s do this…

Emma, Darren Young and Summer Rae were just released by the WWE. Who’s next?

If I was Curt Hawkins, Apollo Crews or the Colons, I wouldn’t be planning any long term big investments in my life right now. Also, I think that the Ascension might not be much longer for the main roster. Good guys, but working skits with Breezango doesn’t really assure anyone of a longer stay when it comes time to tighten the budget a bit.

Steamboat and Youngblood versus The Rock & Roll Express… Who Wins?

No offense to the Rock & Rollers, who are one of the best teams in wrestling history, but we’re talking Steamboat and Jay Youngblood here all the way.

In Your Opinion Who In JCP Could Wrestle But Had No Mic Skills?

I was going to say Rufus R. Jones, but he really wasn’t much of a wrestler either. He was a great entertainer to be sure, but can you imagine Rufus and anyone going for a sixty-minute broadway? Great in the ring, but not really good at talking? How about Jimmy Snuka? Paul Jones also comes to mind. He got better (slightly) when he became a manager, but was never a great promo guy.

Terry Funk Or Harley Race?

No offense to the Funkster, but there was and is only one Harley Race and no one beats Harley unless he wants them too.

Should Greg Valentine ever been NWA Champion?

No, I don’t think so. Greg was solid in the ring and a good performer, but wasn’t really a great talker. And his style was methodical and more of a smash and bash than trading arm locks and headlocks and only worked well against a certain style of opponent. He wasn’t really able to change his style to conform to the other wrestlers and make them look like top stars, even when they weren’t, like a Flair or Race were able to. Valentine was better off in the mid-card or tag team scene than trying to carry a company as large as the NWA and I think he would agree to that as well.

Any thoughts about Mike Rotundo?

A good wrestler and talent, but as himself, was kind of bland. He found himself as the I.R.S. character in the WWF, but when being himself or Michael Wallstreet or whatever, he didn’t really stand out that much. A solid lower to mid-carded who had a good career in that ring, now works with WWE as a producer / agent. And his biggest contribution to wrestling in recent years has to be his sons, Bo Dallas and Bray Wyatt. He’ll be in the WWE Hall of Fame one day for his work as Irwin R. Schyster. A good hand and someone that would be welcome in any company.

What are your thoughts on the team of Ray “The Crippler” Stevens & “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka (PWI Tag Team Of The Year)?

On paper, this was an odd combination, but the chemistry was there and along with manager Gene Anderson, they pretty much dominated the Mid-Atlantic tag team scene for a period of the early 80’s before Snuka (and later Stevens) took off to do battle in the WWF. Two solid and strong performers who were in the right place at the right time and made it work and work very well. One of my favorite tag teams from that era of Mid-Atlantic wrestling.

And there you go. That’s all folks. Thoughts, comments and questions are welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take care and stay safe.


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