Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
April 29, 2018
Let’s talk wrestling and do that Fact or Fiction thing. The statements are from my friends at 411mania.com/wrestling. And the opinions that follow, that’s just little ol’ me. Let’s do this…
1. You want to see Hulk Hogan back in WWE.
FACT: I’ve never been the biggest Hulk Hogan fan, but Hogan is professional wrestling and, along with Ric Flair, one of the biggest names of the 80’s, the era of wrestling I grew up on and love the best and despite his flaws, of which there are many, Hogan belongs front and center in the WWE as an Ambassador of sorts, providing that link to what many of us consider the true glory days of pro wrestling. He has shown remorse and a willingness to apologize again and again for his past misdeeds and so, let him do so and move on. Hogan in the WWE is one of those things, like Bruno in the Hall of Fame and Flair in a bar spending money, that just really needs to be.
2. Setting Ronda Rousey up to work with veterans Mickie James and Natalya on the main roster is a smart idea to continue her evolution as a wrestler.
FACT: This can’t do anything but help Ronda get better in that ring. Mickie and Natayla are two of the most respected and talented women in professional wrestling and using them as Ronda’s opponents will not only help Ronda improve as a wrestler, but also gives her some veteran knowledge to gain insight and learn from about the right ways to do business and get over in the business. There is no downside here.
3. You have no problem with WWE running a major event in a country that doesn’t allow the women to perform.
FACT: The WWE is a business and as a business, they were offered way too much money to say no and they shouldn’t. It’s a small step by WWE and they managed to get their feet in the door, gain access to a whole new audience and make a ton of money and any social changes, like the inclusion of women on their events while in these countries, has to come later. The women, from what I understand, are still getting paid as if they had performed and got a rare weekend off from the deal so I doubt that they’re complaining and maybe we’ll even get an all Woman special on the Network eventually to make it up to the ladies. Who knows? But I don’t have a problem with WWE having this show and running the event in Saudi Arabia. I think they would have been stupid to refuse and it’s definitely a great business move.
4. WWE will introduce women’s tag team titles by the end of 2018.
FICTION: I can see it happening eventually, but there really isn’t enough air time or women, considering how they’re split up with two brands that only interact backstage and at the pay-per-views, what’s the point? There are already too many titles in the WWE and unless it’s a title that has a history and special meaning (like King of the Ring or maybe a Television Championship that could be defended on both Raw and Smackdown), WWE just simply doesn’t need any more. If the ladies had their own show (hint hint) or maybe a three-hour special event on the Network (another hint), maybe a tag title would be viable, but not right now.
5. Considering their history, Miz vs. Daniel Bryan could be WWE’S feud of the year by a long margin.
FACT: As soon as Bryan was announced as “cleared to wrestle”, the first thing I thought about was how are they going to capitalize on Bryan versus Miz and get these two up against each other. Two damn good wrestlers with a long history and so much heat between them, it’s not even funny. I’ve been wanting to see this happen ever since their infamous “Talking Smack” confrontation and now, it can and is happening. I’m excited and I know that the majority of the WWE Universe is as well.
6. Combining the videos on Raw and the one-hour documentary, WWE did a good job of paying tribute to the late Bruno Sammartino.
FACT: Bruno is a true legend and icon in our business and his value can not be denied or ignored and WWE didn’t. With the ten-bell salute, the videos and the documentary, I think they did a great job paying honor to wrestling’s true and greatest non-Living Legend. It paid homage to the things he did and accomplished, but then moved on as time and life do and that’s the way it should be. ‘Nuff said!
And with that, I’m down and gone. Thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts and questions welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take care and stay safe. Have a great one.