Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
Rollins, James Storm, Brock and More
July 17, 2018
Welcome to the weekly edition of Fact or Fiction, the wrestling themed one. Normally I do these on Saturday or Sunday, but I somehow forgot and just didn’t manage to get ‘er done, so now it’s Tuesday night and here we are. The questions come from my long time close personal friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling. I’m the man with all the answers. You’ve waited long enough so let’s can the chit-chat and get busy. And away we go…
1. Seth Rollins has been WWE’s best in ring performer in 2018.
FICTION: No doubt that Rollins has been on fire as of late and is one of the top guys in the WWE, but the best? In a group of peers that includes AJ Styles, The Miz, Luke Harper, Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Cesaro and Roman Reigns, he is but one of many. A great performer? Absolutely. The very best. Arguments can be made about that.
2. WWE has no incentive to care about fallings rating or diminishing fan interest due to their new TV deals.
FICTION: If it wasn’t for the fan interests, those new TV deals would not exist. While catering to the old-school or hardcore fans with every movement may not be one of the top priorities for WWE at the moment, they do care about what the fans think and the ratings for their programs. Content fans and better ratings mean, in the big picture of things, more money and that’s always the bottom line, cause I just said so.
3. You want WWE to sign James Storm to a full time deal.
FACT: While the WWE main roster is already crowded and bloated, there will always be a place for a talent like the “Outlaw” James Storm. WWE needs to go ahead and sign him already and bring him up to the main roster to partner with Bobby Roode. That would be GLORIOUS! And for the rest of the teams on the roster, Sorry about your damn luck!
4. WWE dropping Clash of Champions from the PPV schedule was a smart move.
FICTION: I’m old school NWA/WCW. I liked the use of the Clash of the Champions name for a WWE pay-per-view. And dropping one show from the pay-per-view calendar doesn’t really mean anything in the overall scheme of things. Maybe they’re going to use the name for specials on Fox, kind of like what WCW did on TBC back in the day, when Smackdown Live becomes a Fox TV property. Who knows? I’m just hoping it’s been dropped for a good reason, but we’ll probably never really know.
5. What is your excitement level for Brock Lesnar’s next WWE match?
5 out of 10. That all depends upon who it’s against. I have no desire to see Brock fight Roman AGAIN or even Brock versus WWE’s version of Lashley. But if it was Daniel Bryan, Kevin Owens, Cesaro, Miz, Rusev, Luke Harper or Bray Wyatt, I’d be pumped to the gills and extremely excited to see the match take place. Brock is a special attraction and I get that, but while less is more usually, Brock has taken that concept and run it into the ground. Just get him in the ring against someone soon… anyone.
And that’s all for me right now. There was one more question that asked what was my excitment level for Extreme Rules, but since that event took place two nights ago, I decided to give that question the “Broken Matt” treatment and it was DELETED! By the way, Extreme Rules was a decent show, but too long. Most of my match predictions came true and the B-Team of Dallas and Axel won the Raw Tag Team Championships. WONDERFUL!
Questions, comments or any other thoughts, just let me know. Thanks for reading. Until the next time, stay safe and don’t let Ronda get an armlock on you. Take care.