Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
December 24, 2017
Let’s talk some wrestling. It’s Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas Adam to everyone out there. I hope Santa is good to you and brings you everything that your heart desires. Now, what was I saying? Oh yeah, it’s that “Fact or Fiction” thing, wrestling style. I’m procrastinating going out to find some collards. Can’t you tell? These questions come from my good friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling. And the rest comes from me. Let’s do this…
1. AJ Styles SHOULD remain WWE Champion at least through WrestleMania 34.
FACT: AJ is arguably the best performer in WWE right now who is not named “The Miz” and easily the most solid guy on Smackdown. He deserves to keep the title and even though I would have loved to see Jinder have one more crack at being Champion, AJ is the man and is the best option for a five-star spectacular match, regardless of who the opponent may be, at Wrestlemania. No one else is even close right now.
2. Monday’s announcement of a women’s Royal Rumble match came off as another “forced history” moment with Stephanie McMahon front and center to take all the credit.
FACT: While I don’t mind Steph helping to push the event and making promoting it and how proud she is on Twitter and other social media, having her out there as she was to take the center stage and hog the spotlight was kind of over-doing it. It’s a big moment for the WWE and the women who have worked so hard, but Steph had to make it about her. This is where it would have been good to have a former Diva like Lita or Trish or even Madusa come out and make the announcement. I also don’t like that with all the craziness that Paige and Absolution have creating for the women of RAW, that they could all stand there together in the ring and be all smiles and happy and totally throwing all kayfabe out the window. I’m happy for the women of the WWE, but there are so many other ways that this announcement could have been made where it would have worked better in my opinion and not seemed so Stephanie McMahonish.
3. Hideo Itami’s Raw debut was well done.
FACT: It’s one of the few things that WWE has done correctly, making Itami come across as a big deal since he showed up and competed on the main roster and played with the big boys instead of the 205 Live Crew, it was a surprise which is good too and it shows a lot of continuity, which is something that WWE is often lacking, since Itami and Balor were a team in NXT and have a long history together, pre-WWE. It made me more interested in watching the former KENTA when he goes to 205 Live and seeing how he does. A good move for sure.
4. The addition of Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt proves that ticket sales for the 205 Live events are not selling well.
FACT: If the WWE is having to bring in two of their top guys from the main roster to pad the card and give the fans something to care about at the 205 Live show, it’s obvious that the crowds are not what the WWE expected and that changes are needed. I’m happy for the fans and for Matt & Bray actually because this will move them from the middle of the usual WWE card to a spot as the special attraction and (by default) main event for the 205 Live shows. It’ll help the sales increase and give Bray Matt a little more freedon and time to cut loose and explore the possibilities with their feud. WWE probably isn’t happy about having to do this, but I find it DELIGHTFUL! (You know I had to go there at least once… lol).
5. Vince McMahon will never sell the WWE.
FICTION: I don’t think that Vince would ever sell out to any kind of corporate entity like Disney or Fox because, let’s be honest here, companies like that are not suited to run the very unique product that is a professional wrestling company. Look at Time Warner and WCW. Look at the Owl and Impact!. Wrestling is a very special type of business that requires a very hands-on touch and a vision, something that the billion dollar corporations are lacking. But that being said, I can see Vince deciding to retire and play with his other toys, like the XFL for example, and selling off his stock and interest in the company to maybe Stephanie, HHH and Shane, much like his father did with him when Vince bought the then-WWWF. He might sell his interests in the WWE, but I’m sure that it won’t go far and will stay in the family.
6. Who do you want to see as a surprise entrant in the women’s Royal Rumble match and why?
I would love to see Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon) pop up and do her thing. She’s always been one of my favorite lady wrestlers and still looks great, can still go and deserves to get the recognition that this would bring. I could also see Kharma showing up since she’s got unfinished business in the WWE from her original run and also since there is now that “G.L.O.W.” connection and I can see WWE wanting to capitalize on that. I would totally lose it and be the happiest man in the world if Ivory was to show up. But that is all speculation and wishful thinking. For a serious answer, I think the best choice would be Trish Stratus. As for why, well, she’s Trish Stratus. What more reason would you need?
And that’ll do it for now. I’ve procrastinated long enough and it’s time to head out and do what I have to do. Thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts and any questions are welcome. All feedback is welcome. Have a very Merry and safe Christmas. Until the next time…