Tossing Salt Presents:
Samoa Joe, Renee Young, Impact and More
October 9, 2018
It’s early Tuesdfay morning and guess what? I have questions! Three lovely peeps decided to send me some questions and thus, I must do my best to answer them because that’s what I do. It’s time to get busy before I have to go out and get busy. Let’s do this…
From Fave 5 J:
1) So where does Samoa Joe go now? Last summer he could not take out Brock. Now he has come up short against AJ. Is WWE coming close to portraying Joe as the guy who comes close but cant win the big one? Which is a shame especially after Joe showed what he can do on the mic when the storyline is right.
I agree with you that WWE missed a big opportunity with Joe and AJ. This past Saturday would have been a great time to put that WWE Championship on Joe, even if it was only for a short while, and prove the doubters wrong. But instead, as you noted, he has been turned into the man who talks the talk, puts up a good fight, but in the end, chokes at the big matches. I’m not sure why WWE is going this route with Joe, but they’re quickly turning him from a legit bad-ass into just another guy, much like they did with Gallows & Anderson and are doing with Shinsuke and Asuka as well. I blame Vince.
2) AJ vs Bryan. I like it, but I wish it was going to be at Survivor Series or even Royal Rumble. I don’t have a good reason for the preference, I feel if WWE would take this much energy in booking good feuds/matches for their shows in America as they have done with Saudi Arabia it wouldnt bother me as much. Your thoughts?
It does seem that they’re ignoring the base audience and instead trying to impress the Saudi’s and Australian’s instead, but I get it. It all comes down to money and WWE is being paid a lot of money to do these shows overseas and is trying to make it as big as possible to keep that flow of money coming in. They’ll say that since the shows are available for viewing on The Network, the fans in the States won’t miss anything and are getting the full enjoyment of these shows as well and technically, they’re right, but there’s a pride factor here too and the WWE seems to be taking the wife (U.S. fans) for granted while enjoying the company of the side-chick (Saudi Arabia). I get the need to make the shows big and make money, but WWE needs to give the U.S. fans something to be excited about too or else they may find something else to spend their money on instead. No one likes to be ignored.
3) I’m thrilled that Renee Young is part of the Raw commentary team. She’s extremely talented, funny and engaging, but have you noticed that her contributions to commentary since she started have been greatly overshadowed by Michael Cole and Corey Graves? At times I feel like she’s either not able to get a word in edgewise, or that anything she adds is superfluous to what Cole and Graves are saying. Am I wrong in this assessment?
For the first couple of weeks that Renee was doing commentary, I’d agree with you that she seemed like a fifth wheel out there and wasn’t really getting anything in, but things have picked up and she’s doing much better now. I think it was a mixture of finding her voice at that announce table, developing more of a chemistry with Cole and Graves and probably getting constructive criticism from backstage about making her moments on that mic and getting her stuff in. She’s gotten much better and as time develops, I expect that she’ll improve even more.
4) With WWE and Impact seemingly building bridges, do you think they’ll have a working relationship similar to what WWF had with ECW in the late 90s and early 2000s, such as talent exchanges and/or financial support? Or will this mostly be regarding licensing Impact footage when WWE needs it?
WWE won’t be loaning Impact any money or sponsoring their events if that’s what you mean. While they’re getting along better and management of both companies seemingly getting friendly, WWE is not going to support a rival business that is looked at as competition. WWE will probably just continue to license footage when needed and that’s probably about it.
5) Thoughts on the WWE Super Show-Down from Australia?
It was a good show that had a few dragging points, but for the most part, was well booked and was fun to watch. The best match, in my opinion was the Taker versus HHH match that didn’t have many high spots, but told a story and was a throwback to days gone by which made it stand out and be different from the rest of the event. The crowd stayed hot and the show had a good flow to it. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give it a solid 8.
And there you go. I have to go now and head out to pay bills and do all that crappy adulting stuff that we do, but I’ll be back later today with more stuff. Thoughts, ideas, comments and any questions are welcome and appreciated. Thank you for reading and with that, I’m down and gone. Have a great one and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Take care.