Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
April 14, 2018
Greetings and salutations. I just finished watching the Adam Sandler version of “The Longest Yard”. With Kevin Nash, Steve Austin, , Goldberg, The Great Khali and Bob Sapp, it is the wrestling fan’s movie. Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds and Chris Rock weren’t really all that bad either. And now, “Walking Tall” starring The Rock is coming on. Tonight is a good night for television movies.
But before I get all caught up watching the Rock kick some rooty-poo candy ass, it’s time to do some of that weekly Fact or Fiction stuff that we do around here and of course, it’s the wrestling edition. The questions and statements on which I’ll be speaking of come from my good friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling. And the opinions expressed immediately afterwards, that’s all me. And now, we shall begin, if you smell what I’m cooking. And away we go.
1. WWE re-signed Brock Lesnar, and will now likely put the title on Roman Reigns at the Greatest Royal Rumble event.
FICTION: At first, I was inclined to think that might be the plan, but then someone pointed out to me that Brock is just a few months away from breaking CM Punk’s record as the longest reigning Champion of the modern era and it got me to thinking, is WWE really just that petty to keep the title on a part-timer just to take Punk out of the record books? And my Magic 8-Ball says, “Damn skippy they are!”. Roman has busted his ass and deserves a run as the Universal Champion, but I think they’ll let Brock beat Punk’s run first, then drop the belt to a transitional champ and have Roman beat that person instead. He’s lost so often against Brock thus far that even if he wins, it’ll look like a fluke. Roman is damaged goods despite doing everything right. Against Brock, he’s not going to be the champ. Not really fair to him, but it’s the WWE and when has fairness ever mattered anyhow?
2. Charlotte beating Asuka and ending her streak at WrestleMania was the wrong call.
FACT: I get why they had Charlotte end the streak and it really doesn’t hurt Asuka much at all since the match was so damn good and balanced, but there were better ways to get the results that WWE wanted and they blew their load immediately instead of riding it out and getting a big climax. Damn, that sounds perverted, but Asuka does weird things for me. She’s no Ivory, but still. I think the best ending would have been a no-contest of some sort and then, when they do the rematch, keep it going with another no-contest. Then when Charlotte finally does beat Asuka and ends the streak, it will been after several tries, proving just how tough Asuka is and making Charlotte look great too in that she never quits or gives up and keeps trying until she finds a way to win. They could have made this a thing for several months, but instead one match at Wrestlemania and it’s over. Both women are still strong and at the top of their game, but it was kind of an anti-climatic ending for a match with such a build.
3. Shinsuke Nakamura turning heel at WrestleMania was a much needed change for him.
FACT: Since his debut on the main roster and especially since his move to Smackdown Live, Shinsuke has been just kind of average at best. Every so often, you’ll see a sign or glimpse of what makes him so special, but for the most part, it’s been “eh”. With this new attitude and some heel shenanigans every so often, maybe we can now get more of the man we know Shinsuke can be and less of the generic foreign baby-face character. His character needed to be upgraded and modified and this move, turning heel, couldn’t have come at a better time.
4. Ronda Rousey’s in ring debut was great.
FACT: Working with HHH and Steph, along with Kurt Angle worked well in providing the smoke and mirrors to hide any weaknesses and Ronda really brought it to the match. She was crisp and worked hard and showed a professionalism that far exceeded her limited experience. I was expecting either a really good match or else a train wreck and I’m happy that it was the first and not the latter. Ronda is off to a fantastic start in her WWE career and this match, with credit to all the participants, was excellent from start to finish. Ronda has been really working hard and learning the craft and it shows. Great debut by the Rowdy One.
5. Jinder Mahal winning the US Title was the wrong call.
FICTION: If Randy Orton had kept the US title, that would have been the wrong call. Roode had been champion for a couple of months and was getting over like Virgil at an autograph signing so having Roode regain the title probably wouldn’t have been the right move either. I personally would have liked to have seen Rusev as the winner and new champion, especially since Wrestlemania just happened to fall on Rusev Day, but I like Jinder too and while his run as the WWE Champion might not have been the best run ever, he makes a great mid-card wrestler and champion and will, I think, make an excellent US Champion. He can bring that foreign heel heat to the title and piss off a few million fans in the process. Kudos to Jinder and hopes to a great and fruitful run as the new US Champion.
6. On a scale of 1-10, rate WrestleMania 34.
I’ll go with a “7” here. It was a damn good show, but the problem was, it was too damn long. And that ending just killed the crowd as well. I enjoyed the show and the pacing was well done, but what really stands out as memorable? The Undertaker thrashing of Cena was crazy and decent and the majority of the matches were good, but ultimately forgettable too. We remember the spectacular, but not the content or matches. I’d love to see the WWE cut back to maybe just 9 or 10 matches that all have meaning and stand out again rather than this “get everyone on the card” mentality. It was a good show and I’ll go back and watch some of the matches again, but less is more. WWE needs to remember that sometimes.
And with that, I’m through here. Thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts and questions are welcome and appreciated. Now time to go finish watching this movie. Until the next time, take care and stay just too sweet.