Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
March 11, 2018
Happy Sunday morning and are you ready? I said, ARE YOU READY? Me neither. Let me stop and take a sip of my Diet Dr. Pepper. I’d much rather be sipping on a Diet Dew, but I didn’t feel like going to the store last night so this is all I have. Oh vey! The tortures I must endure. It’s time once again to do that much beloved “Fact or Fiction” thing and for today, it’s all about the magic that is the world’s greatest sport, wrestling. My friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling provide the statements and I provide the opinion and dialogue, cause that’s how I roll. Big shout out to Jennifer, my own personal stylist at Clips Haircuts For Men, located in Laurinburg, NC at the Scotland Crossing Shopping Center. I needed a haircut and she came through cause that’s what she does and does very well. Go check her out when you can. Great service. Affordable prices. Awesome haircuts. And just a really cool person to boot. Clips Haircuts for Men – We Want To Cut Your Hair!
Did I just do a commerical message in the opening statement of my column? Maybe. But for real, check her out. The woman can cut some hair. And now, it’s time to get to the nitty gritty of this piece and do that wrestling stuff. It’s Fact or Fiction time. Let’s roll…
1. WWE having Ronda Rousey appear on every Raw leading up to WrestleMania is the right call.
FACT: Ronda is being featured in a match at Wrestlemania so having her appear makes sense. It draws fan interest in Ronda, who is a legit big name and has a large following outside the WWE, and thus helps promote the WWE product. Plus for the few fans out there who may not be familiar with Ronda except for her name, it gives them a chance to get to know the former UFC and Olympic Champion and get a taste of just how bad-ass and legit this woman truly is. And lastly, it gives Ronda a chance to learn and improve on the WWE ways of doing things and to get better, as a talker, as a worker, etc. Every time she’s at WWE TV, she can watch and listen and learn and that will only help her in the long run of her WWE career. Having Ronda there every week is, for now, a definite plus that the WWE is and should take full advantage of.
2. AJ Styles will retain the WWE Title at Fastlane.
FACT: AJ versus Shinsuke is the match that we’re aiming for at Wrestlemania and while it doesn’t need a title stipulation to be great, Aj going in as the champion makes it just that much more important and better. Seriously, can you picture Dolph or Corbin right now as the main event of Wrestlemania? I think Owens and Sami will and should be wrestling each other in a dream match for two legit best-friends to try and steal the show. Cena doesn’t need to be in the title picture and I’m still holding out for him and Taker to give Taker one last big moment at the biggest show of them all. AJ is the best guy on the Smackdown roster, not named Luke Harper, to be the WWE Champion right now and there’s no reason I can think of why that should or would change just four weeks out from Wrestlemania. AJ keeps the title.
3. Impact & Lucha Underground working together for a WrestleMania weekend show is a great move for both.
FICTION: I can see the logic in this event as both companies want to capitalize on the Wrestlemania weekend and put on a great event, gain some publicity and make some money, but this is like mixing peanut butter with pickles in my opinion. Impact is Impact and the Lucha Underground is Lucha Underground and never the two shall meet in the wrestling ring or at a wrestling show. The styles contrast and what makes each show unique and special just doesn’t feel like it should be interacting with the other’s product. It’s hard to describe, but just not working for me. As I said, I can see why they’re doing it and from a promoter’s aspect, I can get it. They want to draw fans, make money and put butts in the seat. But from an artistic view and the view of a long time fan, it just seems odd and wrong.
4. It appears that WarGames may be a yearly event for the NXT brand; this will end up devaluing the stipulation similar to Hell in a Cell.
FACT: I have no objection to seeing more of the WarGames and if it’s once or twice a year, so be it, but having teams challenge each other to fight in the cage at WarGames just because it’s November or whatever doesn’t really make sense. WarGames should be one of those things that when it’s brought out and happens, it has meaning and a reason like things have gotten out of hand in a feud or two groups want to end their rivalry once and for all in the ultimate battle ground, not just because the show named after the match is coming up. Keep use of the double-cage restricted to events that make it important and matter and not just to fill a spot on the calendar. That’s the way it should be.
5. Jinder Mahal will get involved in the US Champion Bobby Roode vs. Randy Orton match, costing Roode the title at Fastlane.
FICTION: The fact that Jinder is not anywhere on the card in a match is a crying shame and wrong as hell. I would not be surprised to see Jinder get involved in this match at some point, but if it does happen, I don’t think he’ll be there to cost Orton the match. More likely, he’d get involved by causing a cluster-f*ck and getting a DQ finish so he can have himself injected into a title match against Roode at Wrestlemania or maybe make it a three-way match for the title on one of the Smackdown Live events as we build for the next four weeks towards Wrestlemania. Jinder needs to be in the title mix and be it United States or WWE Championship, it doesn’t matter. Just give this man some gold. And since Orton doesn’t need a title, but Roode, although glorious, is still relatively new to the WWE, it makes more sense to keep Roode as champion after this match and let Jinder feud against him.
6. What is your level of excitement for Sunday’s WWE Fastlane PPV?
Maybe a 5 out of 10. It’s a stacked show and I know it’s going to be lots of good matches and maybe a surprise or two, but I just can’t seem to get all excited for the event. It reminds me too much of a three-hour edition of Smackdown Live than a major happening. We may see a title change with the tag team belts just to keep things interesting, but other than that, I don’t see any titles changing hands or anything too out of the way happening, not this close to Wrestlemania. And also, this is the last “branded pay-per-view” event for a while. After this show, everything will be co-branded and that will eliminate a lot of people from having the opportunities to wrestle on these big events. I don’t like that. I’d rather see Ryder or Heath or the Miztourage or the team of Harper and Rowan (I hate that new name) wrestle and get a chance to shine for a few minutes than always AJ or Cena or Seth or Roman. Give me the mid-carders and lower card wrestlers anytime. That ends for now as of tonight. That makes me a sad panda. Tonight will be a good show and I’ll watch it after I finish doing some stuff with SMF Cyberspace, taking part in a podcast about lost and forgotten movie gems. We’re recording that tonight and it will come first. Talking with Brent and working with a new face (for me) in Luke should be fun and I’m excited. The wrestling? Not quite as much, but I’m sure it will be good.
And there you go. I’m through here. Comments, thoughts, questions and anything else is welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, thank you for reading and thank you for your support of this site. Over 5 years and going stronger than ever. And as the great Baron Von Raschke, who by the way needs t be in the WWE Hall of Fame, wouild say, “Dat is all de’ people need to know!”. Have a great one.