Tossing Salt Presents:
May 3, 2018
I’m not supposed to be awake right now. I didn’t get to bed until almost 5:00am, watching Avengers: Infinity War one more time. And now, it’s 8:00am and the man from Simmon’s is coming to inspect the AC and make sure it’s working correctly. A noble cause to be sure, but why the hell do I have to be up? Doesn’t matter I guess since I am up and semi-awake and all of that lovely stuff. Since I am up though, I may as well be productive. How about a “Wrestling Q&A”? Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it? The questions all come from the Facebook group “Kult of Kayfabe”, aka “The KoK”. And as foggy headed as I am right now, I still have all the answers. Let’s do this…
Name a wrestler that would have been a great Horseman, but never was.
“The Handsome Half Breed”, Gino Hernandez, from the World Class area (and Tully Blanchard’s former tag team partner) was rumored to have been a consideration at one point, but was never brought in due to his “demons” and eventual death. Al Perez had the right look and image and might have been a possibility at one point. And how about Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane, aka The Midnight Express. According to Jim Cornette, there was talk at one point right after Arn and Tully left Atlanta to go to the WWF, of putting the Midnight Express together with the remaining Horsemen, but that didn’t work out. Just imagine the possibilities. It would have been awesome.
Who was your favorite WCW wrestler?
Obviously, the Horsemen would be the top of the list, but I was also very high on Lord Steven Regal, The Boogie Knights (Alex Wright & Disco Inferno), Juventud Guerrrera and the team of Brian Adams & Bryan Clark. Never forget, “It’s all about Kronik!”.
Who was your favorite 80’s era tag team?
From the early 80’s, it was the team of Paul Jones & Masked Superstar, a highly under-rated team in the Mid-Atlantic region. And of course, the Anderson Brothers (Ole & Gene) and the epic tag team of Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood. Later, it was the Midnight Express (Lane & Eaton) and The Horsemen (Arn & Tully).
If you could hangout with any WWE Superstar for one hour, who would it be?
Probably the Miztourage (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel). I remember them doing the “Ride Along” series back in their “Social Misfit” days and they are hilarious. It would be a very interesting and great time.
Who was your favorite ECW original?
I was never a really big fan of the original ECW, but always liked Stevie Richards and of course his partners, The Blue Meanie & Super Nova. Three words for you… “We’re taking over!”. bWo for Life!
Name a wrestler/manager who had untapped potential. The one I’ve been thinking about recently is Adam Rose. Not as a wrestler but as a manager. Felt like he was giving some strong mic work when released from WWE.
I’ll go with Curtis Axel, aka Joe Hennig. I know he got a slight push at one point as a “Paul Heyman guy” and was the Intercontinental Champion, but that didn’t really get over and since then, he’s been a comedy act and second banana in the WWE, but the man is really an excellent wrestler and a damn good talker who has improved a great deal since those days. He’s nearly 40 years old so his wrestling years are limited, but there’s still time to tweak his character and make him a legit top guy if the WWE would just book him right and let him show more of his real personality, the kind we see on shows like “Ride Along” rather than the overly scripted clown her’s forced to portray. With his background and abilities, there is no reason that Axel, and partner Bo Dallas for that matter, shouldn’t be top contenders in the tag team title hunt or even as challengers for the IC or US titles. And I can see in my mind Axel in the role of a manager / mentor for his own group of wrestlers, a “Perfect Army” if you will. A strong force of three or four men and women, led by Axel, helping to fill out the mid-card roles for the company. He’d be excellent in such a position. In fact, one could almost say he’d be “absolutely perfect”.
What wrestling moves would you use in a bar fight?
A front face-lock, a DDT and maybe even a powerslam would be and are effective in real life fights. Clotheslines and spears can work too. And who can beat a pure and simple chokeslam through a table. Takes the fight out of the opposition every time.
And there you go. The A/C man is leaving and so am I. I’m headed back to bed. Until the next time, stay safe and have a great one. Questions, comments and any feedback, just holler at me and we’ll talk. Take care.