Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
December 3, 2017
Top of the morning to you and all of that. How you be? It’s Sunday and it’s time to do that Fact or Fiction thing, wrestling style. The comments for which I am commenting come from my friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling. And the opinions that follow, they come from me. Let’s get this party started and do it…
1. WWE will end up allowing Daniel Bryan to wrestle again to stop him from leaving when his contract ends.
FACT: I’ve been saying this for a while that eventually, WWE is going to end up giving in, have Bryan sign a ton of waivers, and allow him to have at least one more match before it all said and done, preferably with someone like The Miz. Bryan has made it clear that he’s not going to give up his dreams of wrestling again and he’s been to doctor after doctor who has told him that he should be medically cleared to wrestle. The only one who won’t allow it is the WWE’s head doctor, but seeing as how they’ve allowed Kurt Angle to step back into the ring, as well as Jeff Hardy, with their medical issues, not to mention Bret Hart a few years ago against Vince McMahon, it’s just a matter of time before he gives in as well and clears Bryan to wrestle. If the WWE wants to keep Daniel Bryan as part of the WWE, they need to just let him do what he does best. Otherwise, they’re just going to lose him anyhow.
2. The booking of Finn Balor has been completely horrible.
FACT: For the most part, since coming to the main roster, Balor’s WWE presence has been largely forgettable, but is that the WWE’s fault or Finn’s? Finn started off with a strong push, quickly becoming the first ever WWE Universal Champion, but injury forced him to give up that title the next day and the company moved on while he was recovering from his injuries. And since then, it’s been hit or miss with his matches. The Demon is over, but Finn as himself gets buried and stuck in a totally bizarre and forgettable feud with Bray Wyatt and then squashed by Kane and now what? It’s like they just don’t know what to do with him. He’s still popular with the audience and with the right feud or opponent, can rise back up to the top of the card easily in my opinion, but just seems stuck in a holding pattern right now, as if they’re waiting for something. Whatever it is, I hope they find it soon and he can get back on track. Finn deserves better.
3. It’s ridiculous that Brock Lesnar may not defend the Universal Title at the Royal Rumble because “WWE does not have a suitable opponent for him.”
FACT: Just by the status of their title “WWE Superstar”, any and every person on the roster should be considered as a suitable opponent for Brock. If they weren’t the best of the best, why are they in WWE? There are over sixty men on the WWE roster and at least a dozen former World and WWE Champions among the list, so the idea that no opponent is “suitable” is just plain stupid as hell.
4. The Young Bucks & Cody Rhodes plan to run a self financed, 10,000 seat event in 2018; the show will be a success.
FACT: It won’t be easy to promote and sell out an arena for 10,000 plus fans, but if any independent wrestlers can do it and make it work, Cody and the Bucks might be the ones. At least I hope it is anyhow for their sake. With the promotion that will have to be done, not to mention putting together a literal “dream card” and taking care of all of the technical aspects without the power of a big company like WWE behind them, it’s going to be a major headache at times and I can see them eventually linking up with an established group like ROH, Tommy Dreamer’s “House of Hardcore” or even Impact Wrestling (f*ck the Owl) to make it work and take care of the logistic issues. If they just manage to break even financially and put on a great show, I think they can write it down as a success. I wish them much luck with this…
5. We will see a version of Broken Matt Hardy in WWE sooner rather than later.
FACT: The Owl and Impact have given up the fight and Matt has won the rights to his “Broken Universe” and while I don’t think WWE will allow Matt and his team of Senor Benjamin, Vanguard 1, King Maxel and Reby Hardy to have quite as much freedom or craziness as they were able to with TNA, I think we might end up seeing all of them doing their thing very very soon. Matt has already set his sights on Bray Wyatt and I can’t wait to see the promos that these two men, in full character, can cut upon each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re a “Broken Matt” fan or not, it’s happening and will be shaking up RAW and the WWE like few things have ever done before. I am looking very forward to this.
6. What is your current level of interest in the Impact Wrestling product?
Honestly, it’s about as low as it can go without totally ignoring the company and their shows. I’m a big fan of Chris Masters and like to keep track of what he’s doing and there are a couple of other wrestlers also with TNA that I enjoy so I read the recaps and news on the websites and pay some attention that way, but aside from that, Impact is barely on my radar anymore. I wish them the best and hope they do well, but I’m just not into them right now.
And there you go. I think that’s enough for today, at least for this piece anyhow. Thanks for reading. Thoughts and comments are welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take it easy and always be a fan. Have a great one.