Tossing Salt Presents:
R-Truth, Ronnie Garvin, Carolina Connection & More
August 26, 2018
Are you ready for some wrestling themed Q&A? The questions come from the Facebook groups Kult of Kayfabe and the Jim Crockett Promotions Facebook group. And I’ve got the answers. Let’s cut the chit chat and get busy. Let’s do this…
R-Truth is one of the most under rated and influential talents in WWE. Prove me wrong.
I can’t prove you wrong because I agree for the most part. Ron Killings is a former NWA Champion and actually a damn good talent in that ring. His work in TNA and early years in the WWE proved that time and time again and he is extremely capable of far more than he’s allowed to do in today’s WWE. Part of this is due to his age. At 46 years old, Truth is one of the oldest members of the WWE roster and thus, his in-ring time isn’t quite as often as it once was, doing short, comedy based matches instead of longer, more grueling matches. I think that’s a lot of the reason he’s more of a comedy act now too, to give him a little more time in his career. Injuries have taken their toll and while Truth can still work some good matches, better to cut the fool, make people laugh and call it a day. Reportedly, he’s on great terms with HHH and Vince McMahon so his job is secure and I can easily see him working as a producer or trainer at the Performance Center when his in-ring career ends.
What would WCW have been without Hogan in 1996?
They would have been the second-place wrestling company that puts emphasis more on solid wrestling and stories that make sense. I’ll give credit where it’s due. I hated that Hogan was brought in when he was, but adding Hogan to the WCW roster at the time set the wheels moving to what would later become Nitro and the Monday Night Wars. He was that big a star back in the day and his presence made people who otherwise wouldn’t watch WCW stand up and take notice.
If Vince Russo had to induct someone in the HOF & it would make sense it would be ________??
The two names that immediately come to mind would be either Booker T or Jeff Jarrett. After all, Russo was the man who put the WCW World Championship on Booker for the first time and pushed him to the moon. And with Jarrett, they were always close and worked well together. But Booker and Jarrett are already in the HOF so who’s left? This is actually tough because Russo has burned so many bridges, most people wouldn’t want him as part of their induction. I guess I’ll go with Jim Cornette just because it would be so damn entertaining to listen to Cornette’s “induction speech” if Russo was the one to induct him and to hear both these men show their “love and respect” for each other. That would make for some damn good TV.
How over was Ronnie Garvin in JCP? Also his NWA title run. Do you think it was a flop?
Honestly, I didn’t really think that Ronnie was over all that much. He was well respected and a legit tough guy, but I didn’t really get the feeling that he was considered by most to be a main event star or on the level of Flair or the other Horsemen. And his NWA title reign? He won the belt and never defended it again until Flair won the belt back at Starcade in Chicago so yes, I would consider it a flop. At the time, the NWA title was one of those belts where the champion, especially Flair, was wrestling every night and defending against anyone and everyone. And then Garvin, a face, wins the belt and doesn’t wrestle or defend against anyone until Flair gets him rematch almost two months later? That was on the promoters and not Garvin’s fault, but it made Ronnie look weak and like a paper champion and pretty much killed any chance he had of getting over as the champion.
Thoughts on the original “Carolina Connection”, Steve Travis & Rick McGraw?
When I first saw “Carolina Connection”, my thoughts went to one of my favorite teams on the local scene, the Carolina Connection of “Old School” and “Carolina Kidd”. They’re a great couple of guys who are really making waves on the NC / SC Indy scene, especially in their battles against AC/DC (Atlantic Coast Destruction Crew). If you get the chance, check them out. But the question is about Steve Travis and Rick McGraw, two young guys back in the early 80’s who worked mainly as jobbers for Crockett, but got a slight push as a tag team and both ended up working for WWF as well in lower mid-card roles as guys who would take a beating, but never give up. Two good looking guys who really had a great energy and charisma and if they had been bigger (both would be considered Cruiserweights by today’s standards), might have had the chance to really be bigger stars. Both are passed now, but left a lasting legacy behind and are well remembered and respected by the fans and their peers. Two very talented guys who could have made a bigger impact if they had just been physically bigger. Really good wrestlers though.
Your thoughts on Rufus R. “Freight Train” Jones.
Rufus was a limited wrestler and terrible promo, but damn he had that “it” that made him popular and stand out, especially here in his home territory of the Carolinas. He wasn’t a good wrestler, but he was a great entertainer and if Rufus was on the card, you knew you’d be entertained. Did you know that he’s WWE Hall of Famer Slick’s step-father? Well, now you do. Rufus was big in the Central States region and of course, here in the Carolinas too.He was just a real guy with a good presence that took limited skills a lot farther than he probably should have. Rufus was a sports-entertainer before there was such a term. A “Legacy Inductee” into the WWE Hall of Fame last year and it was an honor well deserved.
Who was the better wrestler Ron Bass or Black Bart?
It’s like comparing apples to strawberries. Both were good at what they did and were solid acts and legit tough guys. Bass probably had more world experience, but Bart was a good talent that worked well in tag teams and the mid-card and could always be counted on to put on a good match. I remember him from his early days before he put on the Cowboy hat was and working under his real name, Ricky Harris. It was obvious that he was talented and was destined for a good career in the business and he did exactly that. Bass was probably the better all-around performer, but Bart was damn good in his own right and no one can ever take that away from him.
And there you go. Thoughts, comments and questions are welcome and appreciated. Talk to me, my Peeps. Until the next time, stay just too sweet and I’ll see you at the matches. Take care.