Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Announcers, Nia Jax, Legend’s House and More
November 18, 2018
It’s early Sunday morning, the only day of the week where I do not have to be up at a certain time and can sleep in if I so desire. I sat up until nearly 5am last night watching Netflix and talking to people online and had no plans to get up this morning early today. So naturally, at 8:10, even earlier than my usual 8:45 wake-up time, my eyes popped open and I woke up. I couldn’t go back to sleep so here I am, at the computer and looking through my e-mails for questions for the site. It’s wrestling Q&A time. These questions came from Jessie, with the exception of the last one about last night’s NXT event. That came from Hunter, one of the persons that I was chatting with last night. And now that we know who sent the questions, let’s get busy with the answers. And away we go…
What would be your Mt. Rushmore of Wrestling Announcers?
This is a tough call because are we talking about the actual play-by-play people or the color commentators or a combination of both? I’ll take the easy way out and double my choices with two “Mt. Rushmore’s”, one for each category. For the role of announcers, who call the action and lead the discussion, I’ll go with the grouping of Bob Caudle (Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling), Jim Ross (WCW, WWE), Tony Schiavone (NWA, WCW, MLW) and Michael Cole. And as for the “Color Guys”, my foursome would be (sorry Larry) Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Jim Cornette and Jerry “The King” Lawler, with Dutch Mantell getting an honorable mention.
Is Nia Jax a safe worker of just careless?
I think Nia, at times, doesn’t realize her own strength and gets caught up in the action too much to protect her opponent as well as she could. She’s a big woman and not really as in control of her body as she should be and shit happens. Plus, she was actually brought up from NXT too soon in my opinion and wasn’t ready for the high profile and more intense matches that the main roster and WWE requires. She needs to step up her game and be more careful in that ring before someone is seriously hurt. She gets careless far too often.
What memories do you have from watching wrestling that fans together would have no idea about?
I was fortunate to grow up watching wrestling in the late 70’s and early 80’s where it was all about personalities and characters as much as anything and often times, the more outrageous, the better. I remember people putting “bounties” on the heads of other wrestlers so other wrestlers could be rotated in and out for matches and keep things interesting and fresh. I remember characters like Shaska Whatley, The Jive Tones, Porkchop Cash, etc, that were so blatantly racist and politically incorrect, but they were over with the fans of all races because like it or not, they played to stereotypes and people didn’t have the sticks up their asses so badly and could relate to the gimmicks. I remember people who were “crazy” and played it to the max, something that the PC world of today would never allow. And I remember titles actually mattering and people would stab their best friend in the back to get a chance to be a champion. Every match mattered and wrestling was more personal and up-close and in your face than it is now. It was a great time to be a fan.
If WWE was to bring back Tough Enough, who would you like to see as the host and the trainers?
For the “host” of the show, I’d move away from the guys like Hogan and Steve Austin because even though they’re popular characters and big names, they’re so “twenty years ago” and I’d try for a fresher and more updated figurehead to steer the ship if you will. So who’s a good talker, a well respected “Legend” and has the required name recognition to make it work, but isn’t so typecast into the “attitude era” image. John Cena would be good since he’s pretty much the face of the WWE for the past 15 years and everyone knows him, but he’s also a bit of an ass-clown behind the scenes and I’m not sure how good of a mentor and coach he would be. How about Mick Foley? He knows the business inside and out, is a very popular person both in and out of the wrestling industry, knows what it takes to make it and be a star and is good TV. As for the coaches and trainers, I’d go with a well rounded group that knows the business, can teach all the skills required to make it and succeed and have a variety of backgrounds to help the prospects develop in as many ways possible. I’d use Lance Storm as the head trainer, taking the role that Al Snow did so well in the first incarnations of the original Tough Enough and for his partners, I’d have Shawn Daivari, Molly Holly, Mark Henry and Billy Gunn. And there you go…
Would you be interested in an all-female season of “Legend’s House”? If so, who would you like to see participate?
With the very strong Women’s Revolution in WWE these days and the recent Evolution pay-per-view event, are we really that far from an all-Diva version of WWE Legend’s House? I know WWE hates the word “Diva” and it’s not used much now with the exception of the Bellas, but for the marketing of a show like this, I’d run with it. Yes, I would watch it. As for who I’d have be a part of the event, I’d want wrestling women with strong personalities and characters representing all eras of professional wrestling so I’d go with Lisa Moretti (Ivory), Molly Holly, Baby Doll, Madusa, Jackie Moore, Kelly Kelly, Lilian Garcia and Vickie Guerrero. A good mix of strong women of different ears and backgrounds and roles in the business. It’d be great TV to be sure.
Thoughts on the NXT Takeover: WarGames event from last night?
What needs to be said. From start to finish, the show was off the charts, kicked ass and rocked. It set the bar for the weekend and the main roster has three chances with Survivor Series, RAW and Smackdown to top it. I don’t think they can. I have yet to see an NXT Takeover event that isn’t top notch and well done from beginning to end and the streak continues. I’ll talk more about this later, but for now, just suffice it to say that right now, NXT is “the show” for professional wrestling. ‘Nuff said!
And with that, I’m out of here. Time for breakfast, a shower and then I’ll be back with more stuff. Thanks for reading. Any thoughts, comments and questions are welcome and very appreciated. Until the next time, take care and have a great one. Survivor Series tonight on the WWE Network. I’ll be watching. Will you? Take it light.