Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
April 22, 2018
Let’s get busy as the day of playing “Catch-Up”, or should we just say “Ketchup” continues. It’s more of the Fact or Fiction thing, but this time, it’s about the “King of Sports”, professional wrestling. The questions and statements are from my friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling. I’m giving the answers that matter. Let’s do this.
Condolences to the families, friends and fans of the “Living Lgend” Bruno Sammartino, who passed away earlier this week. And also to the friends, family and fans of “Number One” Paul Jones, who also departed the mortal coil this week. And Paul, we all know that it was Steamboat who turned on you. It’s true. Rest In Peace to two of the icons and legends that paved the way and helped make professional wrestling into what we all knew and loved so well. And now, let’s get to stepping with the FoF stuff.
1. You were surprised that John Cena & Nikki Bella announced that they have split up.
FACT: I’m not surprised that they broke up because this is 2018 and it’s hard for any kind of relationship to succeed and make it and then when you throw in the spotlight that both are under constantly with the wrestling, the movies for John, the reality shows, etc., that they lasted this long is an event in itself. But they were (are) a franchise upon themselves now and things seemed to be going so well, even with Cena’s admitted insecurities and control issues, I honestly felt that this one would last at least until the wedding. And if they were to split, they would have kept it quiet and under wraps as long as possible. I guessed wrong though. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them attempt to get back together at some point, but I guess for now, the pressures and reality have taken their toll. Too bad because they had grown on me and seemed right for each other.
2. Bobby Roode is in desperate need of a heel turn.
FACT: I like Roode, but since coming to the main roster, his character has been lackluster at best. The “Glorious” gimmick is way over, but once the bell rings and the wrestling begins, it’s like “Eh!”. Roode is and has always been far better as an arrogant heel rather than the fan loving baby-face character. He needs to step it up and make some changes and maybe a reunion with the recently Impact departed James Storm and a little “Beer Money” antics in the WWE would make things right. Or maybe just kicking Jeff Hardy in the groin and taking back that United States Championship would do it. Roode needs a change and going rogue would be a great way to start.
3. Considering the fact that the female talent is banned from performing in Saudi Arabia, the WWE’s “commitment” to the women’s revolution, and the financial windfall the company will receive, WWE should issue special financial bonuses to the main roster female talent.
FICTION: Nothing against the women, but if they’re not wrestling and part of the event, why should they get paid as if they were or are? I didn’t see any of the male wrestlers complaining that they didn’t get a cut from the Bikini video shoots that the women used to do and were “Diva Exclusive”. The women are not allowed to wrestle in Saudi Arabia. Too bad, but it’s not the WWE’s fault. The female wrestlers instead get a day off from the road and a chance to avoid that travel for a change while the men have to travel that horiffic flight, perform, and then get right back on the planes to come home for RAW and Smackdown. So who’s the real losers here? In wrestling, if you don’t work, you don’t get paid. That’s been the rules for many decades and though the concept is outdated by the contracts of today’s talents, it should still stand true so far as bonuses go. It’s just how I feel about this.
4. Following Raw’s additions, the tag team scene was the big winner.
FACT: They may have lost “The Bar”, but gained Zayn & Owens, The Fashion Police and The Ascension, the latter two teams in need of a major reboot and this is just the way to do it. Add in the Wyatt / Hardy team, the Revival, the newly arrived Authors of Pain, Gallows & Anderson, The Miztourage, Slater and Rhyno and the pairing of Ziggler & McIntyre, not to mention a possible reunion of American Alpha down the road when Jordan returns from his injury and the tag team scene on RAW is as strong as it’s ever been. And then, when you throw in makeshift teams like Balor and Rollins or Roman and anyone, the possibilities are limitless.
5. Chad Gable will be lost in the shuffle on Raw, and eventually reunite with Jason Jordan.
FACT: Gable is good in the ring, but his character as a stand-out just doesn’t cut it. I can see him maybe as a potential member for Titus Wordwide, but unless there’s a move to the 205 brand in the works, I just don’t see him doing or being anything major for the RAW brand. When Jordon returns from injury and starts trying to manipulate his “Dad” again, I can see a reunion with Gable and an American Alpha reunion and shot at the tag team titles in the works. It’s the only thing that makes sense to get these guys over to some degree at this point unless the character is totally revamped and I just don’t see that happening anytime soon.
6. What is your excitement level for the Greatest Royal Rumble event?
Maybe it’s because it’s in Saudi Arabia and not here in the states or maybe it’s because it’s just really doesn’t matter in the overall scheme of things, but I can’t get my vibe up for this. I’d say maybe a “6” at most. It’s a hell of a loaded show and bigger in fact than Wrestlemania or the Royal Rumble in how stacked it truly is, but the build has been bland at best and there is nothing here that is “must see” in my eyes. With a show this big, there is usually a hook to pull us in and make us have to see what the fuss is about, but here, it’s just stack the card, make sure that every available man is there and oh yeah, let’s put it on the Network. It’s a major event and important to the WWE and their dealings worldwide, but just a few weeks after Wrestlemania, it’s too much too soon and just doesn’t work for me. I’ll read the results online and probably then go back later and watch on the Network, but there is no priority about it at all.
And there you go. Another one in the books. Thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts and any and all feedback is welcome. Until the next time, take care and have a great one. Later…