Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
The Shield, Becky Lynch, Del Rio & More
August 28, 2018
Today is Tuesday. I should have done this on Sunday. Stinking apes! Better late than never though, right? It’s that ever so popular Fact or Fiction thing, the wrestling edition. The questions, which were posted on Sunday, came from my friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling. And I’ll provide the rest. Let’s get to shaking and do this…
1. You are excited for the reunion of the Shield.
FACT: I’m not really sure which way to go with this one because I’m not really a big fan of any of the Shield guys as individual talents and grouping them together usually doesn’t work much better for me, but for some reason, this time it does. With Roman as the Universal Champ, Rollins as the Intercontinental Champion and Ambrose as their “enforcer”, the SHIELD is the closest thing we’ve had to a legit super-faction since Evolution (the HHH led group and not the all-woman PPV coming up in a couple of months). And I like it. It’s already having an effect on things as noted tonight when Braun Strowman turned heel and aligned himself with Dolph & McIntyre on RAW. I will never be a big fan of The Shield, but having them back together has an interesting effect on things and that’s something I can get excited by.
2. Becky Lynch is miscast as a heel.
FACT: In this particular case, she is because she did nothing wrong. Her career was on a down-slide so she turned it around, earned a shot at Carmella and was ready to challenge for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Then her “best friend” came back and in her first match, got inserted into the match as well, a big “FU” to Becky by Paige and WWE management. Then Becky had the belt won and Charlotte jumped in from behind and stole the win. Becky was screwed over here and the way the fans cheered her at Summerslam, even after she “turned” on Charlotte and then cheered her again the following Tusday night at Smackdown Live proves it. Becky can no doubt make a great heel, but in this case, she was justified in everything she did and the fans are right to cheer her and boo Charlotte.
3. Miz & Maryse vs. Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella is a good next step for the Bryan vs. Miz feud.
FACT: It’s a logical step and the right move by WWE. Miz beat Bryan at Summerslam because of aid from his wife, Maryse, who just also happens to be a wrestler. Bryan is also married to a wrestler (Brie) who is pissed that Maryse got involved and cost her man the match. So either have the two ladies fight in a singles match (which seems to be the plan for the Evolution PPV) or have a mixed tag team event with the two couples facing each other. It makes great sense.
4. Trish Stratus vs. Alexa Bliss is a good match to book for WWE Evolution.
FACT: I probably would have been saying fiction until I watched RAW earlier tonight. I guess running two days late does have a few good benefits about it. But while the match seems just thrown together, the promo that Alexa came out and cut on Trish (and watching Trish slap the crap out of Elias) starting getting me excited. Trish is starting to show her age a bit in the face, but she looks great and I think that she and Alexa will probably have one helluva good match. I was actually hoping for more of a “Team Bestie” with Trish teaming with Lita to take on The Bellas, but it looks as if Brie will be fighting Maryse and I’ve heard rumors of Nikki fighting Ronda Rousey. Lord, I hope not on that last one. But Trish versus Alexa? Works for me.
5. Chris Jericho is right when he says that, “Great Matches Don’t Matter. Personalities & Character, That’s All That Matters.”
FICTION: Jericho is actually right for the most part, but great matches matter too. A wrestler can have a great character and get all sorts of big pops, but if he sucks in the ring and isn’t capable of having a great match, he’ll only go just so far before the fans decide to take a dump on him and move on to someone else. And if a person is a great wrestler, but can’t talk or has no personality, they’ll only go just so far before they too are given the old kiss-off by fans and promoters. It doens’t take just good wrestling skills or just a great character, but a combination of the both that make the wrestler complete. Only then will they truly be successful and over with the fans.
6. You’d be perfectly happy never having to watch Alberto el Parton in another major promotion every again.
FACT: I was never a fan from his first run in the WWE or any time since and given now how he no-showed Impact to get fired, very unprofessional, and from what I heard and witnessed about his toxic relationship with Paige, if we never see him wrestle again, it’ll be too soon. I’d rather see Hulk Hogan in the ring again “beating” AJ Styles, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar in a 4-Corners Match to become WWE Champion than to have to look at or see Del Rio on my TV again. Good riddance to him.
And there you go. Thanks for reading. Any thoughts, comments, questions, etc, are welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take care of yourself and I’ll see you at the matches. Take care.