Tossing Salt Presents:
Miz vs. AJ, Heel vs Heel, Wrestlemania & More
November 9, 2018
Has it been really almost five days since I’ve written and posted anything? Damn, I’m a slack-ass. My apologies. I’ve got many things coming up and will be doing better in the days and weeks to come. Did I hear, “Days of Dougie Series?”. Maybe you did and maybe you didn’t, but keep the eyes open and we’ll see what happens. Congrats to Ralph Kersey for his reelection as the Sheriff of Scotland County. The best man DID win. As for the rest of the local politics, the same people who have decimated our county time and time again and put us into millions of dollars of debt were all reelected. People complain and bitch, but then put the same people back into office again and again expecting different results. Oh vey! I guess, to quote a former Presidential Candidate and habitual liar, “at this point, what difference does it make?”. But at least one local election went right and say hello in NC to Voter ID. It’s about damn time.
Now let’s get to why we’re here and that’s to answer a few questions about the world’s greatest sport, professional wrestling. The questions come from the Facebook wrestling group, the Kult of Kayfabe (the KoK) and the answers come from me. And that’s all I have to say about that. Now throw me a damn beer and let’s do this.
Would it be blasphemy to say let The Miz beat AJ Styles for the WWE Championship?
Nope. Miz has proven himself time and time again as a top star for the WWE and deserves a good run as the WWE Champion, be it over AJ Styles or anyone else. It wouldn’t be blasphemy. It would be… wait for it… AWESOME!
John Cena DID appear at Crown Jewel. We just couldn’t see him.
Nor did we miss him. The Crown Jewel event wasn’t great, but it didn’t totally suck either. John’s presence or lack of didn’t really affect things all that much and if Mr. Cena didn’t want to attend, so be it. No big loss one way or the other.
How would you successfully book a heel vs heel storyline? Do you think there’s a way to get heat on both guys at the same time or would the audience always root for one person?
How do you book a heel versus heel story? Go look at Sullivan versus Pillman, which led to the Horsemen versus The Dungeon of Doom in WCW. You take some real life hostility between the characters and play on it, amplifying it big time. Let both men be dastardly and rotten to the core, but this time, it’s against each other and not against the face characters. Have a prize at the end that’s worth more than anything the two might have in common and worth the cost of a relationship. There are ways, but it’s not going to be easy to keep heel heat on both people. The fans will pick one and take sides. The key is to make it not because they like the guy they’re rooting for, but because they despise the other one so much. There are few true heels anymore in professional wrestling, but a heel versus heel feud can be done. It just takes more work than most are willing to commit to.
Any thoughts on CM Punk’s new job working as an MMA Commentator?
Sounds good to me. Punk is a damn good talker and this gives him a way to stay involved in the world of MMA and make a good living, but quit with the wear and tear on the body. No complaints here.
Rumors are that Impact Wrestling is looking for a new home away from Pop TV. Good move or bad?
The contract with Impact and Pop TV expires at the end of the year and Pop’s recent move of Impact from 8pm to 10pm isn’t going to help them rating wise so trying to find a new home is definitely a good move. Impact needs a TV deal to stay in business and preferably it should be with a TV partner who will promote them and help the company rather than ignore or bury them. I can’t see this deal with Pop lasting much longer and if Impact can’t find a new and better partner, their options will be limited and so will their ability to stay in business. I wish them the best of luck finding someone. They definitely need it.
Who will headline WrestleMania?
With so many people out due to injuries, the main events for Wrestlemania are getting kind of scarce, but right now, I would think that the top matches might include Seth Rollins versus Lashley, AJ Styles versus The Miz and Ronda Rousey versus Charlotte Flair.
Do you think WWE is setting up for a CM Punk return?
I don’t know, but if they are, this is the time to do it. So many top stars are out with injuries and other issues, WWE needs a big name that will create excitement and get attention and having Punk come back and “punk out” Shane McMahon for calling himself the “Best In The World” would do it. Given Punk’s new job as an MMA announcer, I don’t think a return is likely, but despite the legit problems between Punk and HHH / Stephanie, the word is that Vince McMahon and Punk actually got along well and like each other so never say never. It probably won’t happen, but if it did, this is the right time and I’d love to see it.
Better show? Evolution or Crown Jewel?
Evolution by a big margin. Crown Jewel wasn’t a bad show really, but Evolution was new, fresh and went bell to bell with something always happening that mattered and meant something. No one wanted to be at Crown Jewel, but they were professionals and did their jobs. At Evolution, everyone wanted to be there as they were making history and it showed with high energy, great matches and just an all-around good event.
Was putting the RAW Tag Team Titles on AOP a good move?
Absolutely. It puts the focus back on tag team wrestling for the RAW brand and gives the AOP a chance to show the main roster fans why they were so good down in NXT. It was a very good move in my opinion.
Is a move to 205 Live a good thing for Maria and Mike Kanellis?
Well they’re not doing anything of interest on Smackdown or RAW and on 205, with the presence of Maria in Mike’s corner, they will stand out and be noticed a bit more so yes, it is a good move. It certainly can’t hurt them.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Thoughts, comments and any questions welcome and appreciated. I’d do more, but I have to go to an appointment. Wellness physical for my insurance company. Yay! I really hate doctor appointments. I’m going to get so yelled at. *sighs* Until the next time, take care and have a great one.
Happy Birthday Jackson English. You are “the man!”.