Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
The McMahons, Asuka, TLC & More
December 23, 2018
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone. Let’s do that Fact or Fiction thing, the wrestling edition. As per the usual, the statements come from the fantastic folks at 411mania.com/wrestling. And I’ve got the rest of it covered. Let’s do this and a Ho Ho Ho… Away we go!
1. The obvious way to fix WWE programming is always more McMahons.
FICTION: The occasional McMahon here and there is fine and good for ratings, but the presence of all McMahon – all the time gets old really quickly. When a member of the family shows up, it should be a big deal and mean something big. Having them in control, week in and week out, just feels like a broken crutch that will not hold up for long. Far better to have surrogates having the leadership roles and the family saved for the really big moments than to keep going back to the well that is very nearly dried up. Focus instead on continuity in the stories being told, good competative matches and an atmosphere where everyone is more on an equal sphere and anything can happen instead of going back again and again to the family and things will get better.
2. You are excited for Mustafa Ali’s promotion to Smackdown.
FACT: I’m happy for Ali’s sake since this means more time on TV, probably more money and a chance for some merchandising, but let’s be honest here. He’ll get a short push and maybe a few fights with Daniel Bryan and then WWE creative will lose interest and he’ll be lost in the shuffle and become just another face. He has all the talent in the world and that special “it” about him, but odds are, the shine and rub will short-lived. At 205 Live, he was a big dog, but now that he’s on one of the main shows, I can’t see that momentum lasting for long. I hope it does and I’m happy to see him with a big opportunity. I just hope it’s the exception to the rule rather than the usual status quo.
3. The WWE TLC PPV was one of the best main roster shows of 2018.
FACT: It was a top notch show from start to finish and all of the matches delivered. Everyone worked hard, the stories made sense (for a change) and we got some solid action mixed with comedy, drama and suspense. I’d put this show up against almost any other show WWE has presented this past year.
4. Asuka winning the Smackdown women’s title at TLC was the right call.
FACT: It was definitely the right call. Becky needed to drop the belt so she can focus more on the woman who “broke her face” (Nia) and her good friend Ronnie (Ronda). Charlotte has been the go-to for WWE so many times that, much like the McMahon’s appearing on TV, it’s become a crutch and gets old really fast. And Asuka, who had that great run in NXT and has really been wasted since coming to the main roster, was just there and waiting for her opportunity. This match was a big time big deal and Asuka needed the win far more than either Charlotte or Becky. Now there are so many fresh matches waiting to happen and it just feels right.
5. You plan to watch both Raw & Smackdown next week during the holidays.
FACT: I will watch both shows probably come around Thursday or Friday via InDemand, but watching them at their regular times isn’t very likely. I work on Monday night and it’s arguably our busiest day of the year and then, when I get home, I have cooking to do, plus a other things to do too. I’ll check the websites and read the results of course, but unless it’s something that really catches my attention, I’ll probably not bother until I have some free time later in the week. This is what I normally do anyways so it’s not a big change of routine for me one way or the other.
6. With reports of low viewership and many stars ending up on Raw & Smackdown, WWE 205 Live will not survive 2019.
FICTION: It just takes one great moment or one break-out star or moment and the ratings will increase. Wrestlers can do both the main two shows and 205 Live. It’s not a big deal really and Lio Rush, Drake Maverick and The Lucha House Party all go back and forth and other wrestlers can as well. I don’t think 205 Live will be going anywhere anytime soon.
And there you go. My thanks for reading and again, thanks to the folks at 411mania.com/wrestling for providing the questions. Any comments, thoughts or questions, please feel free to comment and let me know. Until the next time, stay awesome and have a very Merry Christmas. Take care.