Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
November 26, 2017
Now, let’s talk about some rasslin’, shall we? Last night in Greensboro, NC was the return of Starcade. Combined with the return of the War Games this past weekend at the NXT Takeover event, this is a good time to be a wrestling fan, especially an old school fan of the NWA / WCW. I’m in a good mood. Let’s do this…
1. There are rumors that NXT will use WarGames as an annual event, similar to how WWE uses Hell in a Cell as an annual event; this is a horrible idea.
FICTION: While less is more and I’d rather see WarGames used rarely instead of multiple times a year, as Hell In A Cell is, if WWE was to decide to make it an annual event, so be it. I enjoyed seeing the return this past weekend, even with the changes that WWE made to the original concept and I’m sure I’d enjoy watching it again whenever the match is used. With a classic match like WarGames, it’s hard to go wrong.
2. The Velveteen Dream came out of Survivor Series weekend as the biggest winner.
FICTION: The “biggest winner”? Nah, I don’t think so. He had a fantastic match with Aleister Black and Dream is definitely on the pathway to bigger and better things as a result of it, but so many people had great showings and came out as “winners” this weekend. Men like Adam Cole, Andrade Almas, AJ Styles, Braun Strowman, etc. A lot of careers got the hard push this weekend and not just Dream. He’s just one of many.
3. Survivor Series was a better show than NXT Takeover: WarGames.
FICTION: Both shows were great and had solid cards, amazing action and good advances to the storylines. Both shows left us wanting more. I’ll give NXT the edge (just barely) because it wasn’t quite as long and had the WarGames match, but I can’t honestly say that one or the other was better. Flip a coin and you’re right. A great weekend for wrestling fans and WWE fans too.
4. You are excited for the main roster call ups of Ruby Riot, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Sarah Logan and Live Morgan.
FICTION: While I’m happy to see these women come up to the main roster, along with the return of Paige, it just kind of overcrowds an already crowded and confusing division. Six women at one time is way too much to take it and for the fans to invest their time and emotion into and still be fair to the talents. I am interested to see how this all develops and what the game plan is, but I’m scared that the women already on the main roster, the ones I know and like and have invested my time and emotions into, will just be now lost in the shuffle.
5. You would rather see Triple H vs. Braun Strowman than Triple H vs. Kurt Angle at WrestleMania.
FACT: Let HHH face (and job to) Braun and let Kurt face his two-faced traitorous “son” Jason Jordan and I’ll be happy.
6. WWE will run a women’s Royal Rumble in 2018.
FACT: With close to twenty women now on the main roster, plus the fact that the women are already doing every other type of match that the men have been doing, such as “Money In The Bank” and “Hell In A Cell”, I don’t see how WWE can not have this happen. The women have proven their spot and earned the chance to have their own Rumble and WWE will be dropping the ball big time if they don’t come through on this. And for those who say that having two Rumble matches on one card is too much, there’s a solution to that as well. WWE has their own network, right? The weekend before the Royal Rumble, or even the weekend after, run a special event on the Network and use it for the Women’s Rumble match. Or devote an episode of RAW or Smackdown Live and feature the women there. Regardless of how it’s done, it does need to be and most likely will be done.
And there you go. That’s definitely all for me this morning. I’m going back to bed now. Thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, questions and any and all feedback is welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take it easy and have a great one.