Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
Mysterio, Murphy. Smackdown 1000 & More
October 14, 2018
Greetings, salutations and all of that lovely crap. It is 5:30 in the morning on a cool and crisp Sunday morning and I can’t believe I’m up this early. Insomnia is a bitch to be sure, but I may as well make the best of it by getting a head start on what promises to be a busy and eventful day. It’s time to do the Fact or Fiction thing, the wrestling edition. The statements come from the always awesome folks at 411mania.com/wrestling. And as per the usual, I’ve got the answers. Let’s do this…
1. To solidify his return to WWE, Rey Mysterio should win the world cup at WWE Crown Jewel.
FICTION: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m not at all excited about the return of Rey Mysterio to WWE. I think he’s over-rated at best and just a shadow of what he was a few years ago and if WWE is so determined to have a Latino star and legend, I can think of many others that are better options than Rey Rey. He’s a nice guy from all accounts, but I’m just not buying the hype. If he does come back, send him to 205 Live to help jump start that brand. And the World Cup? Rey doesn’t need to be in this tournament and there are other ways to use him and promote his return. Let this big event be used to build a new star that is going to be around for a while and is the future of WWE. Not a mini-me part timer like Rey.
2. WWE made the right call turning the Trish & Lita singles matches into a tag match at WWE Evolution.
FACT: Look at the facts here. Despite their past careers, neither Trish or Lita have been in a ring regularly for many years and Lita especially, is prone to botching things up. The thoughts of either of them having to work singles matches wasn’t well thought out and even with Mickie and Alexa carrying them, the odds were that the matches would have sucked. Now, with the tag match, less is more as they won’t have to have quite the pressure on them and can work shorter segements before tagging out to get their wind, etc. They can get in their spots, but have less chance of screwing up. And also, it’s going to be a crowded event with lots of matches so this gives more time for this match to happen rather than have two rushed singles events. All in all, this was a smart move and good change for the event.
3. Buddy Murphy’s rise & success is WWE’s best feel good story of 2018.
FICTION: It’s a great story to be sure and I’m happy for Murphy, but in a year that has had Ronda Rousey excel from Day 1 and shut up the critics and more importantly, the return of Daniel Bryan to the ring after being told that he’ll never wrestling in a WWE ring again, the Buddy Murphy story is a good one but it doesn’t quite top the charts. Sorry Buddy, but Daniel gets the nod this year. Thanks for trying though.
4. Moving Mike Kanellis to 205 Live will be his best chance for success in WWE.
FACT: Since coming to WWE, Mike Kanellis’s career has been pretty much dead in the water and needs a big shot in the arm. Anything will do at this point and moving to the 205 Brand is definitely a step in the right direction. Mike and Maria have been hampered by injury and other issues since Day 1, but this is a new opportunity and I see a chance for Mike and Maria to recreate what they did over at ROH and attempt to dominate the 205 brand and division. Raw and Smackdown both are too top heavy with stars and big names and M&M kind of got lost in the shuffle. At 205, there are no other top women around and having his lovely wife there, a WWE legend in her own right, will make Kanellis stand out. This is definitely a good move.
5. While WWE is heavily teasing it, Dean Ambrose will not be the one to turn heel on the Shield.
FACT: It’s been teased so much again and again that if it does happen, where is the surprise? Where is the swerve? I could see maybe Reigns and Rollins doing a Horsemen like move and turning on Ambrose, seeing him as the “weak link” of their unit and recruiting new members for their team instead to have a more dominate faction. Actually, thinking of it, a group of Reigns (Universal Champion), Rollins (Intercontinental Champion), Ziggler and McIntyre (RAW Tag Team Champions) could be mighty impressive. Where is James J. Dillon when you need him? As I was saying, there may be a turn down the road at some point, but if it happens, it won’t be Ambrose being the one who turns. ‘Nuff said!
6. What is your level of excitement for next week’s Smackdown 1000?
Maybe a 6 out of 10. I’m trying, but I just can’t seem to feel it right now. The hype for the show has been okay, but it seems to me that between the advertising and promotion for the Super Show-Down that happened this past week, the Evolution pay-per-view and the upcoming Saudi event, that Smackdown 1000 has just been kind of lost in the shuffle. I’m sure that it will be a great show and it will be fun to see the cameos and returns by all sorts of names from the past. I’m also sure that Vickie will ask to be “excused” and that Teddy Long will book a tag team match, playa! Hell. we’ll probably even see The Rock in some way, shape or form (I hope). I’ll be watching and hopefully by Tuesday night, I’ll be all pumped up and hyped. Right now though, it just hasn’t happened yet.
And there you go. Questions? Comments? Thoughts? Dirty Jokes? I want to hear them. Just drop me a line and tell me what up. And with that, I’m out of here. More stuff to write and I think I need some breakfast too. Until the next time, take care and stay awesome. I loves ya!