Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A (Extended Edition)
Heel & Face Turns, Crown Jewel, Adrian Street & More
October 31, 2018
Happy Halloween and welcome to the Tossing Salt Wrestling Q&A. The questions come from Facebook and the two groups, “Jim Crockett Promotions: A Great Time In Pro Wrestling” and the Kult of Kayfabe, aka “The KoK”. There are a lot of questions and I’m playing catch up before I go to bed so excuse me if there is little chit chat tonight. Let’s get busy and do this…
Thoughts on the Ambrose heel turn on Rollins, and the “Face turns” of Elias and Braun Strowman?
The Ambrose turn, which had been hinted at for several weeks, was great. The announcement by Roman earlier in the night had kind of sucked the energy from the arena and they needed to do something and it was a great move for Ambrose. Even if you’re a Dean Ambrose fan, you have to be a bit disgusted at him for killing the magic moment of winning the titles “for Roman”. As for the Braun and Elias face-turns, they were a bit forced, but make sense because Braun should never have turned heel to start with. His turn didn’t make sense at all and seemed forced so this is just correcting an earlier mistake. As for Elias, he’s being cheered anyhow so may as well run with it. The timing seemed a bit odd, but whatever. It was just a matter of time to happen.
Do you think John Cena and Daniel Bryan are right to refuse to work the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia?
I can see Cena’s point since he’s moving away from WWE these days and trying to build a career in movies. He has to watch himself and mind his P’s and Q’s as to not offend the powers-that-be in the entertainment industry. As for Bryan, he has every right to refuse to go, as should all the WWE superstars for that matter. He has the right, but I don’f think that, if I was in his place, I’d cross the boss like that. Be a team player and put the company first is what I think he should do. He has the right not to go and is one of the few people on the roster that I think can get away with not going, but I don’t really agree with his decision.
What should the WWE do in regards to the RAW Tag Team Titles situation?
Since it’s obvious that the current champions, Ambrose and Rollins, won’t be teaming again and defending the titles, the belts should be stripped from them and either a tournament or Fatal 4-Way Match should be held to determine new champs. Since everyone is kind of busy at Golden Crown, hold a match at the RAW taping next week with Ambrose and a partner, Rollins and a partner, Drew & Dolph and since they’re the most recent champions, the B-Team and the winning team gets the titles. Or make it more interesting with an 8-team tournament on RAW with the four teams I already mentioned and then add the DOA, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, The Ascension and Heath Slater / Rhyno to the mix with the matches on RAW for the next few weeks leading up to the Survivor Series where new champs can be crowned.
Which match at Evolution was your favorite?
The entire show was pretty decent and I liked the Team Bestie match versus Alicia / Mickie and the Ronda versus Nikki fight which was far better than it had any right to be. But my favorite matches of the night were the Battle Royal which featured Ivory, Madusa and Asuka. The ending sucked, but I got to see Ivory and Carmella do a “dance break” and that was awesome. And the match of the night was Charlotte and Becky Lynch. It had Match of the Year written all over it. A great match to be sure.
What match at Crown Jewel are you most looking forward to?
Probably the match with the Undertaker / Kane versus HHH and HBK. The rest of the matches are okay, but nothing special in my opinion. But this match, with these four men, I’m sure that we can count on to deliver.
Thoughts on the new partnership between The Big Show and The Bar?
I like Cesaro and Sheamus, but why they need to add the Big Show to their group, I don’t get it. I guess that they needed something for Show to do and acting as the second to The Bar was the best idea that WWE Creative could come up with. It makes sense since they’re fighting a three-person team in The New Day, but for me, it doesn’t really add anything to the Sheamus / Cesaro brand. They don’t need Big Show.
How did you discover wrestling?
I’m the youngest of five kids and my older brother’s and oldest sister liked wrestling. And through them, I started watching Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling on Saturday nights at 11:30pm and going to the local matches at the Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC when I was 4 or 5 years old. I was hooked instantly and still am even today.
Figure Four versus The Indian Deathlock. Which is a better finisher?
The only people I ever saw use the Indian Deathlock on a regular basis was Paul Jones. It was a good move, but too complicated and took too long to apply. The figure four leglock, made famous by the original “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers and used by others like Ric Flair, Jack Brisco, Greg Valentine and so many others, it’s the better move. Quick and easy to apply and more effective in my opinion.
Thoughts on the “Exotic” Adrian Street?
He took every gay stereotype out there, amplified it by 100 and was still one of the toughest men in the room. Who else could prance around, wear pink and boas, wear make-up, especially in the 70’s and 80’s, and still be respected and feared by everyone. He was a great wrestler, a fantastic entertainer and a true pioneer for the sport of professional wrestling. A true legend and icon.
Was Ric Flair still a traveling champion when he along with Ole, Arn, Tully formed the Four Horsemen ?
From what I remember, he was still doing some traveling, but Jim Crockett had gained control of the NWA for the most part and thus, kept Flair close to home most of the time. When Flair did travel to New Orleans or Japan or whatever, he would have one of the Horsemen as his traveling partner. So Flair was still racking up the title defenses and frequent flier miles, but not quite as many as he did when the NWA was truly a world-wide operation. As the Horsemen grew more popular, Flair cut back on the travels to territories and spent more time focused on business in the Crockett areas instead.
Thoughts on the “Powers of Pain?
The Warlord and The Barbarian. Two of the toughest men to ever step foot in that squared circle. And in the case of Barbarian, also one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the chance to meet.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts and any questions welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, I’m out of here. Have a great one and remember to support your local Indy wrestling companies. Have a great one and Happy Halloween.