Wrestling Q&A: NXT, Debuts, David Arquette, The Network & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Q&A
NXT , Debuts, David Arquette & More
December 3, 2018
DougMaynard.com

Welcome to a Monday morning edition of the Wrestling Q&A. These questions, about the world’s greatest sport, come from my dear friends at the Kult of Kayfabe (KoK). I’m the man with the answers. Let’s get to work, shall we? And away we go…

Name 3 NXT talents WWE didn’t ruin upon calling up on main roster.

While Vince and the so-called “creative team” don’t have much of a record when it comes to keeping the momentum from NXT going when calling a talent up to the main roster, not every call up has been a disaster. Three that worked well that I can think of are Kevin Owens, who went from being the NXT Champion to defeating John Cena on his first night on the main roster. Another would be Bray Wyatt, who while his character is stale and not really going anywhere now, had a strong push at first and for the first couple of years on the main roster, was considered one of the top guys. And for the third, why not the first NXT Champion, Seth Rollins. I think it’s safe to say his career upon joining the main roster has gone rather well.

Who had the best debut in the WWE?

The two that come to mind for me are going back a ways, but remember the countdown to Y2J, Chris Jericho. Immediately upon his arrival in WWE, he went one on one with The Rock, quickly moved into an upper mid-card status and has been entertaining us ever since. And the other, way back in 1991 when a man made his WWF debut carrying a World Championship title and proclaiming himself as “The Real World Champion”. With the WCW World Championship Belt in hand and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan at his side, Ric Flair had arrived and the WWF was never, ever the same again.

Did you play “wrestler” when you were a kid?

I grew up with two older brothers. Of course we did. And later on, in middle school, we had “championship belts” made of poster board, foil wrap and construction paper that my friends and I would literally beat the hell out of each other, competing for. I think every kid that grows up as a wrestling fan does this at some point and my friends and I were no exceptions.

David Arquette – WWE Hall of Fame?

I’m kind of torn on this one. One the one hand, Arquette is from all indications, a really nice guy and he truly loves and respects the world of professional wrestling. He didn’t ask for the WCW World Championship and donated all the money he earned from WCW at the time to the family of Brian Pillman, who had recently passed away so that’s a big plus for him as well. But he’s an actor and his short reign as the title holder in WCW, is a big blemish on the history of the title in my opinion. Not as bad as when Vince Russo made himself the WCW Champion, but still pretty bad. I do like that Arquette has been working matches on the west coast trying to redeem himself a bit with the wrestling fans and actually working Indy shows. That’s a big plus in his favor, but is it enough? Right now, I’d say no. He’s certainly more deserving than a few of the others in the HOF in the Celebrity Wing such as Snoop Dogg, Drew Carey, William Shatner, etc, but I’d still hold off for a bit. Maybe some day and at some point, but right now, I don’t think so.

If you were hired as a consultant for WWE and asked for ways to improve the Network, what would you suggest?

The first things I’d suggest are to bring back Talking Smack and Talking RAW, post-game shows immediately following the airing of RAW and Smackdown each week. That way, they could explain things, advance stories and help make the product stronger. I’d also have like a weekly program kind of like the “Where Are They Now” shows that once aired on VH1 where WWE does updates on former stars and wrestlers from the territory days such as Mr. Wrestling II, Adrian Street, Rico, Nidia, etc. Send a film crew out to meet and talk to these talents and learn more about where they came from, who they were and what they’re doing now. I’d also have more different guests on the pre and post game shows. If a legend is visiting backstage, like Harley Race or Victoria for example, have them sit in on a segment for the kick-off shows on pay-per-views or even during during matches on RAW or Smackdown. Get a few words of knowledge and insight from the men and women who have been there before. Another idea would also involve the legends and nostalgia, but how about having a show featuring classic historical matches and have the men and women involved in those matches sit in and do voice-overs and commentary about those matches, explaining what was going on at the time, the politics and psychology of the match, why it’s so important, etc. Just think about maybe showing the match where Harley Race, the NWA Champion, faced then WWWF Champion Bob Backlund in the late 70’s. A historical match for the ages to be sure. Now imagine that match with Bob Backlund, Harley Race and maybe Jim Ross talking over the action, explaining the politics involved and what they were thinking going into that match. Sounds good right? I have a million more ideas about the Network, but those are the main ones that come to mind if I had any kind of say in the creative aspect and programming of that entity.

And I guess that’s all for now. Any thoughts, questions, comments, etc, are welcome and appreciated. I would love to hear from you and find out what’s on your mind, about wrestling, life and everything and anything else. Just holler at me and let me know. And with that, I’m out of here. Until the next time, take care and have a great one. Don’t forget to support your local Indy wrestling company and wrestlers. Take care.

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