Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
Smackdown, Lashley, MITB and More
May 27, 2018
Happy Memorial Day and a big shout out to all of those who sacrificed in so many ways for us. You are not forgotten. Nor have I forgotten that it’s Sunday and time to do that infamous “Fact or Fiction” thing, the wrestling edition. I have a lot to catch up on today and this is the beginning of what should hopefully be a very productive weekend. The statements of which I’ll be commenting on come from my friends at 411mania.com/wrestling. And of course, the rest is just lil’ ol’ me. So are you ready because I surely am. Let’s do this…
1. Fox paying WWE 1 BILLION dollars over five years for JUST WWE Smackdown surprised you.
FACT: I knew that the WWE would work out some good deals for their programming of RAW and Smackdown, but I was figuring that we’d have USA cough up a few bucks and that we’d continue as we have with both shows on the USA Network. Shows what I know, right? First WWE gets nearly three times the money from USA for just RAW alone and then they work out this deal with Fox for Smackdown. So what’s the B-show now? From the top cable network to one of the major networks, Smackdown is definitely geared up to be the top brand now and for WWE and wrestling fans in general, this is incredible and great. I don’t know what kind of mojo and black magic that Vince used to convince these network execs to fork over this kind of cash, but I think it’s safe to safe that a deal this good was definitely a surprise for everyone.
2. Sasha Banks re-signing with WWE is good news for WWE’s women’s division.
FACT: Absolutely. Although Sasha is not one of my personal favorites, she’s an amazing wrestler and very talented performer. Keeping her around and part of the WWE Women’s Division is definitely a big plus for all parties involved and for us fans as well.
3. If the whole John Cena/Nikki Bella drama is a giant work to create interest for Total Bellas, the series returning to all time low viewership numbers is pathetic considering all of the media overage the “breakup” received.
FACT: Is it a work or real? Who knows and who really cares? “Not I”, said the mama hen. The ratings didn’t deliver and if it was a work, it didn’t work at all. There was plenty of press and media coverage, but the viewers didn’t tune in and watch the show. Oh well…
4. The “Lashley Sisters” angle on Raw was embarrassingly bad.
FACT: What the hell were they thinking? Was this supposed to make Lashley look like a bad ass or make Sami Zayn look like an evil mastermind villain or what exactly was the purpose. I still don’t get it and I’m one that appreciates and loves low-brow humor and tasteless skits. But this was bad. Very bad. And stupid. And served no purpose except to make fans of RAW and WWE embarrassed to be fans and to hang their heads in shame, longing for the days of high class like Big Show eating burritos and getting sick or the whole “Choppy off the pee-pee” skits. The less said about this skit, the better and let’s hope that it is never mentioned or brought up again.
5. You are excited WWE is running longer co-branded PPVs starting with MITB.
FICTION: I’m of mixed emotions here because I love the long shows and the use of as many stars as possible, but every show running four hours (at least) is way too much. So does that mean five or even six hours for the bigger shows like Wrestlemania or SummerSlam? Three hours is just right, but four is extremely tiring and hard to handle, especially if a person has a life going on too and has to work the show, along with the already five hours of RAW and Smackdown, not to mention any other shows and of course the Network, into their schedule. Also, WWE doesn’t do well with the longer shows. They start off hot and the crowd is great, but then they get worn out and by the end, it’s as Ole Anderson would say, “the shits”. Maybe they’ll work out the problems and find a way to keep it interesting and exciting for the longer events, but in my opinion, for the average fan, it might be a little too much.
6. How excited are you for the WWE MITB PPV?
I’m probably at a 7 out of 10 right now, but it’s growing as we get closer to the event. WWE has had plenty of time to actually build towards this show, unlike the previous past few events which seemed rushed and poorly promoted. MITB nearly always delivers as one of the best shows of the year and I’m actually interested in seeing the two ladder matches and which superstars manage to come out on top. Zack Ryder as Mr. Money In The Bank? It could happen. Woo Woo Woo, you know it. I know he’s not in the match, but hell, anything can happen in the WWE, right? And maybe the “B-Team” going after tag team gold? We’ll see what happens because there is still time. As for this show, I’m pumped and getting excited more and more as the time grows near. I think it’s going to be a really good event.
And I think that’s all for now. Comments, thoughts and any questions or dirty jokes are welcome and appreciated. And after you read this, go to YouTube and check out my buddies at SMF Cyberspace and their always interesting, thought provoking and somewhat slightly insane podcast. Brent, Jon, Eric, Luke and the rest are totally great guys with unique and distinct personalities that have opinions on everything and you really should listen to this stuff. You’ll be glad you did and every so often, you might even hear a particular homo-redneck salt tosser pop up and say a few words. Just saying…
And with that cheap plug, I’m down and gone. Until the next time, stay safe, enjoy the wrestling and I’ll see you at the matches. Take care.