Tossing Salt Presents:
Pro Wrestling Q&A
February 6, 2018
It’s a beautiful (for a change) Tuesday afternoon here in the ‘Burg and I’ve got the music jamming loud, the sounds of Postmodern Jukebox. Incredible stuff. And it’s time to do a little bit of that “Wrestling Q&A” stuff that we do. The questions come from my Facebook page and largely from the Facebook group, the Kult of Kayfabe, aks “The KoK”. The answers and opinions that follow are mine and mine alone. And let’s get busy and do this…
Who do you feel is the most overrated and underrated wrestler of all time?
So far as overrated goes, I’d put Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and Bret Hart all at the top of the list. Hogan and Warrior had charisma, but their in-ring skills were, as Ole Anderson would say, “the drizzling shits!”. And Bret was a damn good wrestler, but the charisma level was lacking and was he as good as he seems to think he was? Nope. As for underrated, I’ll go with Heath Slater and Curtis Axel. There is a reason why they’ve kept jobs in the WWE for all these years despite rarely getting any kind of push and being used more as jobbers than top card guys. It’s because they really and truly are that damn good. Another name that comes to mind is Disco Inferno. He took that lame-ass gimmick as a jobber in WCW and got it over. Hell, it’s still over. Plus, Disco can actually wrestle some good matches if given the chance. So Disco Inferno, Curtis Axel and Slater are my picks for the underrated talents.
Thoughts on Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas?
As I said in the earlier question, Axel is, in my opinion, an extremely talented performer and extremely underrated in terms of his ability inside that ring. And Bo suffers from the same problems. Just watch what Dallas did in NXT and compare it to what he’s allowed to do now and it’s heads and tails difference. Both men have been treated as jokes and comedy acts by the WWE for so long and it’s a shame. Now that they’ve become affiliated with the Miz, things look to be changing and they’re getting a little more respect. I’d love to see Bo & Axel break out in the tag team scene and maybe get a run with the tag team titles. They’re as good a team as anyone on RAW right now and having the Miztourage as the tag champs while Miz retains his Intercontinental Championship would be a great way to give the entire group some killer heat.
Best jobber ever is?
I grew up in a day where jobbers were a big part of wrestling and with the exception of a main event match, you rarely saw the stars fight each other on TV. It was big name versus jobber. And some of the guys I got to witness who were among the best include Bob Cook, Gene Ligon, Keith Larson, The Mulkeys, Rocky King, etc. And then later on, it was Joey Maggs or S.D. Jones or Rick McGraw who got the kudos for taking that pin. But the best of all time? A very hard question, but I’ll go with a man who still wrestles today, a true NWA legend, the one and only George South.
Was Brock being unprofessional with his reaction to Braun or was it an honest response that got the desired message across?
It was a gut reaction by Brock and while he nailed Braun rather stiffly, telling him to slow down, he could have done a whole lot worse if desired. Braun made a mistake and Brock gave him a receipt and that’s the end of it. That’s how things work in that ring.
Thoughts on Booker T being removed from the RAW announce table in favor of Jonathan Coachman.
There is a lot of talk going around right now that Booker is blaming Corey Graves for his removal from the RAW announce table, but I think it’s all more a work with Booker trying to maybe get a wrestling paycheck out of the deal and looking for a scapegoat. Booker sucks as an announcer. That’s the bottom line, pure and simple. With Cole and Graves, he was tolerable because Cole and especially Graves made it a point to feed him lines and go along with his reaction, whatever it may be. Coach is a much better color-guy and announcer and the play-by-play has improved dramatically since he took over from Booker on RAW. Booker is a great wrestler and a deserving Hall of Famer, but he’s not a great commentator. Bringing in Coach was a definite good move by WWE and if Booker would stop and think for a moment, he’d realize it too.
Guilty pleasurers: Wrestlers that might be horrible in the ring and most don’t like that you always enjoy. Mine would be the Bushwhackers.
Disco Inferno, Alex Wright and Tokyo Magnum, aka The Boogie Knights are the first names that come to mind with this question. Also, Steve “Mongo” McMichael. He sucked as a wrestler, but he had something about him, a legit toughness and kind of crazy, that makes him fascinating to watch.
Anyone else find Asuka boring? You know how every one of her matches is going to go? Great wrestler, but not the gimmick.
Have you watched the matches the past two weeks versus Sasha and Bayley? Asuka won in the end, but the matches were top notch and very competitive. Boring? Not in the slightest. Asuka is awesome.
Would you wanna see the old six man tag team championship belts brought back?
It’s a nice thought at first, especially with so many six man teams running around WWE right now such as the Balor Club, The Shield, The Miztourage, Rusev Day & Jinder, etc. But there are enough titles in WWE as it is right now and one more would just be a waste of time, so to answer your question, should the six man tag team titles be brought back? I would say no.
And there you go. I’m through here. Questions and comments and anything else can be sent via the comment box below or to my e-mail, Doug28352@yahoo.com. Thanks for readling. Until the next time, remember who loves ya, baby. Take care.