Wrestling Q&A – December 5, 2017

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A
December 5, 2017

A few wrestling questions to be answered. Let’s just do this, shall we. Happy Tuesday!

Thoughts on the NWA world six man titles. Was it a meaningless title . What is your opinion?

For the most part, it was a meaningless title that was designed to give Dusty or his friends a belt without taking away spots from the other top talents. However, I do think that during the original run of the title, during the JCP era, when you had Ivan Koloff, Nikita and Krusher Kruschev running around as a unit, it was a fun time to watch and they gave the belts credibility. But aside from that short time, those belts were a waste of everyone’s time.

I remember Dutch Mantel in JCP as part of the Kansas Jayhawks in 1986. My question is, what was so special about him ?

Dutch’s role in JCP and WCW for that matter was pretty much a waste of time and he really wasn’t used as he could have been, but the man is a great talker and not too shabby in that ring as well. Watch some of his work from Puerto Rico or Memphis and you’ll get more of an idea just how good Dutch actually was as a performer. And he was / is also a good booker who knows how to make matches that make sense and have logic behind them that the fans actually enjoy, a rare thing in today’s wrestling world. I think his best spot though was as the color commentator, at least during the Crockett run. He told the stories, sold the matches and wrestlers in the ring and was entertaining while doing so. He was the Jesse Ventura or Bobby Heenan of Southern Wrestling commentary before we had a Bobby Heenan or Jesse Ventura doing commentary on a regular basis.

What’s your favorite Andre the Giant moment?

When I was like 13 years old and saw Andre live in Lumberton, NC, wrestling against John Studd. Andre won by DQ when Studd lifted him (barely) over the top rope and the match was pretty much a stinker so far as the wrestling goes, but Andre was so huge and larger than life. It’s a great memory from my childhood days.

You have your own promotion. Who would be your Champions? Please NO WWE GUYS. ONLY GUYS FROM THE CROCKETT ERA OR LIKE TERRITORIES.

World Champion : Ric Flair
US Champion: Rick Steamboat
NWA TV Champion: Arn Anderson
Mid Atlantic Champion: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine
World Tag Champions: The Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette
Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions: Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen

Who was the best commentator?

I would love to say Bob Caudle since he’s the voice of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and that’s what I grew up on, but it’s not that easy to answer anymore. Tony Schaivone, when he first started out and before he was burnt out, was excellent. Jim Ross is damn good and Michael Cole can do a great job when he’s not being over-produced by Vince and his earphones. I think though, for my personal favorite, I’m going back to the old school and the then-host of World Wide Wrestling for Jim Crockett Promotions, Mr. Rich Landrum. And Bobby “the Brain” Heenan and “Dirty” Dutch Mantell were my two favorite color guys of all time.

Has there ever been a PPV in which every current wrestler on the roster appeared?

The only ones that I can think of is way back when WCW held their World War 3 pay-per-views with the three ring sixty man cluster-f*cks they called a Battle Royal. I think WWE has come close with the past few Wrestlemania’s, with the Andre the Giant Battle Royals, but I’m just guessing at that. I’ll give WCW the nod for this question.

Thoughts on Woken Hardy ?

I’m glad to see Matt back with the crazy role. I think the idea of a feud with him and Bray Wyatt together will be most excellent and make for some fun and memorable moments. Wrestling on Monday nights will be “must see” again just to see what his “Woken Brilliance” will come up with and anyone who does not agree needs to be DELETED! ‘Nuff said!

And that’s all for now. Until the next time, take care and stay sweet!


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