Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
Evolution, Cena & Bryan, RAW and More
November 4, 2018
Are you ready to do that Fact or Fiction thing? It’s the wrestling edition and as per the usual, the questions come from my long time close and personal friends over at 411mania.com/wrestling. And the answers, they come from me. Let’s do this…
1. WWE Evolution was the best non-Takeover WWE PPV of 2018.
FACT: Maybe it was because it was in front of a smaller crowd and not quite as over-produced as the usual WWE product. Maybe it was because of the historical factor and that it was the first ever all-women’s PPV event in WWE ever. Maybe it was just because I got to see my one true love and beloved, Ivory, back in a WWE ring and in action against my current crush, Asuka. Hell, it may have even been because of the incredible match between Becky and Charlotte that is definitely a Match of the Year contender. Whatever the reason, the show worked and was well done from start to finish.
2. You respect John Cena & Daniel Bryan for not working the WWE Crown Jewel event.
FACT: They made a decision and stuck to their guns and they have to be respected for that. Cena doesn’t want to mess up his upcoming life and career in Hollywood and that makes sense. Bryan has the most to lose since he’s actually one of the grunts in WWE and doesn’t have quite the pull of Cena, but he doesn’t care and if there are reprocussions for this boycott, so be it. I don’t think there will be, but I don’t think Bryan is stressing it. He’s a good guy who does what he feels he has to do. Kudos for that.
3. WWE will abuse Roman Reigns’ leukemia diagnosis for the Rollins/Ambrose split.
FICTION: I don’t think so. While Roman’s name may be bantered around a few more times as the story builds between Ambrose and Rollins, that’s natural since his leaving the WWE to deal with his medical issues kind of was the straw that broke the camel’s back in the tension with Seth and Dean. But considering how much work that WWE does with Susan B, Komen, Conner’s Cure and Make-A-Wish, I don’t think that Roman’s illness will be mentioned much more if at all. It’s a kinder and gentler WWE now than in the past and they have too many partners and people that would object if they don’t toe the line. I think they’ll keep it all in check this time around.
4. Shinsuke Nakamura as US Champion has been a waste.
FICTION: While his run as the United States Champion has been less than exciting and pretty forgettable, it’s still far better than what he was doing before, trading nut shots with AJ Styles and fighting with Tye Dillinger. As proven this past Friday at Golden Crown, Nakamura can have great matches and a feud against Rusev could be pretty interesting to see. Hell, a few more battles against R-Truth could be fun. So having Nakamura as the champ hasn’t been a total waste. Not great, but better than nothing.
5. WWE Monday Night Raw is a complete chore to watch live.
FACT: Sometimes, it’s not so bad, but there definitely are times that staying awake for three hours can be a task. It’d be much better if there were only two hours instead of three, but then again, if the writers and Vince stepped up a bit, three wouldn’t be quite as bad. I write, cook, do laundry, do dishes, clean and text while watching so it’s not that bad. And sometimes, I sleep too.
6. Trish & Lita sticking around and working as a tag team is a good plan.
FACT: Personally, I’d rather see Ivory, Molly and Madusa (Alundra Blayze) stick around instead, but the WWE fans like Trish and Lita so what the hell. Let them stay and have some fun. With all of the current talent out due to injury right now (Roman, HHH, Owens, Zayn, Dillinger, Lashley, , Matt Hardy, Samoa Joe), plus John Cena out making movies and Taker / HBK / Kane going back on the shelf, WWE needs all the big names that they can get right now. Having a couple of Hall of Fame Superstars hanging around definitely can’t hurt anything.
And that’s all for now. Any comments, thoughts or questions, contact me here at the site or via my e-mail at Doug28352@yahoo.com. And with that, I’m out of here. It’s sleepy-time. Have a great one and I’ll see you at the matches. Take care.