Tossing Salt Presents:
Super Deluxe Wrestling Q&A – Part 2
HOF Inductions, Legends, Vince, Movies & Much More
December 31, 2018
We are just a few hours away from the start of a new year. 2019 is coming fast and strong and it will be a banner year for all of us here at DougMaynard.com and the Tossing Salt family. But as I’m sure everyone has noticed, I’ve been a bit slack for the last few days with new material. I’ve been busy with those annoying little things like work, sleep, family, friends, etc. I know. I know. What the hell was I thinking? But while I was out acting like an adult with responsibilities, the questions for my Wrestling Q&A’s and other stuff have piled up. So what is a person to do. I guess I could just continue to procrastinate and get to it when I get to it, but I don’t want to do that. I want to start off 2019 with a clean slate, all fresh and sparkly new. So I’m fixing to blow this mutha up and get jiggy with it. So here’s Part Two of the Infamous Tossing Salt Presents: Super Deluxe Wrestling Q&A. These questions come from Matt, Jesse and the Facebook group, Kult of Kayfabe (KoK). And I guess that’s enough explanation and it’s time to get busy and let’s do this. And away we go…
Papa Shango versus Johnny B. Badd. Who wins?
We have the master of voodoo and sinister promos versus Little Richard, the boxing edition. This would be an interesting match to be sure and a fun clash of characters that have absolutely no business being in the ring together. Both men though, despite the craziness of their characters, are actually good wrestlers and know how to go in that ring. Who wins depends upon if the match is being booked by WCW or the WWF, but if I was doing the booking, I’d go with Johnny B. Badd scoring the upset victory.
Thoughts on Ronda Rousey and her first year in wrestling and time as the RAW Women’s Champion?
Ronda has taken to wrestling like a fat man to pizza and in the past year, has really grown and developed in that ring. Aside from Kurt Angle, I can’t really think of anyone else who has adapted so naturally to our business after coming in cold as she did. I think she’s doing an excellent job, sells a little too much sometimes, but knows how to work a part and tell a story in that ring. She’s the best choice on RAW to be the Women’s Champion and doing, in my opinion, an excellent job.
Could Lanny Poffo really blow himself or was that just an urban legend?
Well, according to Poffo himself, and I’ve seen and heard him say this on a shoot interview, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”.
Thoughts on Sgt. Craig Pittman from the early days of WCW?
He was a solid performer and okay for a regional promotion, but didn’t really have anything about him that made him larger than life or stand out. I remember that he had a good look and intensity about him, but not much else. Mid card wrestler at best who was fine for the early 90’s, but that’s about it.
Coming up Wrestlemania week – it’s Scott Steiner versus Swoggle. Thoughts?
For some reason, I find this more fascinating than I probably should. What the hell are the promoters of this match thinking and more importantly, what the hell is Swoggle thinking? It’ll be comedy pure and simple and I just hope that Steiner doesn’t have roid rage and protects Swoggle instead of working stiff and doing the bully thing as he’s often prone to do. I think this will just be the opening for someone else to get involved and start a program against Steiner and I’ll even call it now. Swoggle wins.
Do you think we’ll ever see Vince McMahon wrestle a match in the ring again?
If it was up to Vince, I would say yes. The man is over 70 years old and he’s taking headbutts and splashes from Kevin Owens and then punches this past week from AJ Styles. Vince is extremely intense and likes to lead by example and if cooler heads didn’t prevail and keep him from taking more bumps and spots, he’d probably still be trying to do it all the time. But age and time takes it’s toll so while I think we’re probably see Vince take the occasional bump as long as he’s alive, breathing and able to do so, I think the days of having actual matches is officially over for the Chairman. He might want to, but I can’t see Steph, Shane, HHH or Linda allowing it.
Hornswoggle – WWE Hall of Fame?
Sweoggle wrestled and worked for the WWE for over ten years. That in itself says a lot, plus he’s a former WWE Cruiserweight Champion and was once revealed to be Vince’s secret love-child. So he’s definitely a lock, right? In all seriousness though, Swoggle had a good career with the company and left the company on good terms. He’s still wrestling and performing all over the world regularly and while he’s recorded shoot interviews, his comments about Vince and the McMahon family have always been positive. I would say that he’s due a spot in the Hall of Fame one day. Why the hell not?
If WWE was to bring back “guest hosts”, who would you like to see?
For the most part, I hated the whole “Guest Host” crap, but there were a few times it wasn’t quite so bad. I loved seeing The Muppets on RAW. That was awesome. And Hugh Jackman was pretty cool too. As for who I’d like to see, how about Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes, aka “Jay & Silent Bob”? That would be awesome. And if the rumors about a “Bill & Ted 3” are true, how about Keanu Reeves & Alex Winter? I would also like to see actor / comic / former WCW World Champion David Arquette as the “Guest Host” one week. That one would be the most fun and interesting to see.
Do you think we’ll ever see a Rock / John Cena “buddy movie” at the box office?
I doubt it because I don’t really see John Cena and The Rock as friends or buddies who would look for a script that they could work on together. I could easily imagine a movie and the Rock having Steve Austin or Kevin Nash as his co-stars. That would be cool. Hell, I can even imagine The Rock and The Miz doing a buddy movie together. But Cena, while well respected, is kind of an island to himself most of the time and I just don’t think it would go over well or work well sharing screen time with The Great One.
There is an upcoming movie about Paige called “Wrestling With My Family”. Are there any other wrestlers you’d like to see a movie made about?
Almost every wrestler has an unique story. That’s part of the nature of the business. It attracts the people who walk to the sounds of their own drummers and tend to have unconventional lives. Mick Foley’s story would make a great movie to be sure. The story of the Iron Shiek, from bodyguard and friend of the Shah of Iran to the Olympics to the AWA to the WWF and the World title. It’s a great story. Hell, Eric Bischoff went from selling meat from the trunk of his car and developing toys to being a wrestling announcer for the AWA to the man who led WCW to victory over the WWE for 83 straight weeks. That’s a movie waiting to be told. How about Lisa Moretti, aka Ivory who went from Cheerleader to GLOW girl to WWE wrestler to Pet Groomer to Hall of Fame. There’s Mae Young and her story, Moolah and her story, the story of Bruno Sammartino, etc. Wrestlers and their stories are all just books waiting to be written and movies waiting to be made. It’s just a matter of picking and choosing which ones to follow up on.
And I guess this is where I close this up. My thanks for reading. And if you have any thoughts, comments or especially questions, please feel free to ask and speak your mind. Until the nex time, take care and stay safe. Have a great one and I’ll catch you on the flip side.