Tossing Salt Presents:
Enzo, Velveteen Dream, Windham & More
November 22, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers in the United States. And Happy Thursday to everyone else. It’s time to take a break from the cooking and take care of a little business while I’m waiting for the bird to finish up and for my “help” to get in there and do what they are planning to do. I appreciate the help in preparing the Thanksgiving feast, but if I was just left alone, everything would have already been finished and we’d be eating right now. I’m hungry. But my Mom and my sister are insisting on “doing their part” and so an additional two to three hours gets added to the preparation and cooking time. We should have just said “screw it” and gone to get Chinese.
So are you ready to talk a few minutes about the world’s greatest pseudo-sport? The questions today come from my long time close and personal friend, Matt. My thanks to this sexy man for his thought-provoking inquiries. And now, let’s do this…
Enzo Amore at the Survivor Series? A work or a shoot?
It would be cool if it was a work and with anyone else besides Enzo, but it’s all supposedly a shoot. Amore, for whatever reason, probably because he’s a goof and an idiot, thought that just twenty four hours after making news for being kicked off a plane, that it would be good to cause a disruption at a live pay-per-view event. Maybe he thought it would help his “rap concert” the next night in L.A. Guess what? It didn’t. This guy needs to get a clue and just go away… far away… far far away.
Thoughts on Barry Windham? Hall of Fame worthy?
Barry is already in the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Four Horsemen, but even if it wasn’t for that Horseman status, I can see Barry getting in on his own merits. The son of the legendary Blackjack Mulligan, Windham is arguably one of the most talented men to ever step into that ring. His only problem was that he was content and lazy. Many have said that so long as he had money in his pocket and a woman, he was happy so we only got him at about 50 – 60 % in that ring. Just imagine what he would have accomplished if he had been hungry and given 150% with every match instead of just the ones against Flair. It would have been “Bret and Shawn who?”. Windham held the U.S. title in NWA / WCW, is a former NWA Champion and held the tag titles in both WCW and WWE so his career is definitely Hall of Fame worthy.
Is the Velveteen Dream the most charismatic and gifted homegrown star WWE has had in many many years?
Homegrown star are the key words here and I can’t argue with that statement. When he first appeared on Tough Enough, I found Patrick Clark kind of boring, but he managed to reinvent himself and turn into the Velveteen Dream and it’s been all upwards ever since. Most of the other top stars in NXT have worked for years on the Indy circuit or in Japan, but Dream, while working a few Indy sbows to start, is truly a WWE star, the likes of which have not been seen since Charlotte Flair. The boy is good. Damn good. And his future is a bright one indeed.
Who do you think had the better career in WWE? Mr. Perfect or Ted DiBiase?
In terms of winning titles, I think the nod goes to Mr. Perfect, but in terms of memorability and impact, I’ll have to give the nod to Ted DiBiase. His “Million Dollar Man” character is ageless and had so many great moments and still pops up from time to time, still popular with WWE management and the fans. Both had great careers and created strong legacies for their characters, but my opinion is that DiBiase gets the nod here.
Are you interested in seeing Miz do a face turn?
Not really. Miz gets cheered as much as he’s booed anyways, but being an ass is where he seems to thrive and be his best. If this rumored face run is just temporary with a big swerve and vile betrayal of the fan’s love and trust being the end result, I wouldn’t mind it, but if Miz is turned into just another generic humble and ass-kissing face, it would suck. I don’t want to see him turn face, but if the payoff is a good one, then no objections. But if there is no swerve planned at the conclusion of the angle, I’d rather not see them go that direction.
Is professional wrestling better or worse now than it was five years ago?
Right now, it’s definitely on the upswing in my opinion. While companies like Impact are having a hard time of it, other companies like ROH, Evolve, MLW and New Japan are all moving in a positive direction and growing stronger. WWE is, of course, bigger than ever and with major events happening every few weeks, there is always something for everyone, be you a fan of old school wrestling or sports entertainment. And recently around here, the local Indy scene has taken off with talents like the Atlantic Coast Destruction Crew (AC/DC), Carolina Kidd, Cruze Bittle, the return of BC Productions, Abdullah Jr. and so many other home-grown talents. There are shows and events within driving distance every weekend now and the mixture of young talent, veterans, and up and comers, it’s a great time to be a fan. It’s better and stronger than ever and that’s definitely a positive and good thing.
Who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame first? Scott Steiner, Enzo Amore or Ole Anderson?
Scott Steiner is deserving, but he’s also a crazy and demented ass-clown. Enzo was new and interesting and different, but he’s also a goof and his own worst enemy. If he had any chance, which wasn’t likely due to the way he was terminated from the WWE originally, he blew it for sure with that crap at the Survivor Series this past weekend. Of these three, I can see Ole getting in first just because, not saying he’s petty or spiteful or anything, but Vince would do it just to piss Ole off. I can see Ole going in most likely as a “Legacy Induction”, as part of the tag team with brother Gene and raising hell because of it. Ole hates Vince and his words to such a reaction would probably be “fuck you!”, but the man’s career, as a wrestler and as the booker for the Mid-Atlantic territory and Georgia are definitely Hall of Fame worthy. If anything happens to Ole and he passes away, look for an induction as a Legacy inductee. But Enzo or Steiner? It just isn’t going to happen… ever.
And that’s all of this for now. Any thoughts, comments or questions, please feel free to talk to me and let me know. Thank you for reading. And again, here’s wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Until later, I’m down and gone. Take care.