Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Missy Hyatt, Jim Ross, Championships & More
January 21, 2019
Happy MLK Day. Dr. King had the right idea and good intentions and did what was needed in his time. Too bad so many others have taken that dream now and corrupted it. I don’t think that what we have going on today is what he had in mind. But that’s a commentary for later and this is neither the time nor place. What this is the place for is a super-sized wrestling Q&A. Questions are courtesy of Matt, Jesse and Kevin. And the answers, that’s all me. Let’s get busy and do this…
Could an all-Women’s promotion work and be successful in the United States?
Maybe to a point. There are companies like Shimmer and Women of Wrestling that do fair and have good followings, but honestly, I don’t think that an all-woman promotion would be able to draw enough of an audience to make money and stay strong for an extended period of time. And in the same sense, I don’t think that with the strong showing of women in WWE, Impact, ROH, etc, that an all-male promotion would work anymore. I think that the fans of 2019 demand a variety of stars and action. All women or all men could work for a while, but eventually, it would have to be both to make things successful in the long term scheme of things.
Should the WWE take a look at Brian Pillman Jr?
Most likely, they already have. He’s a very talented guy and working his way up the ladder, currently working for MLW and paying his dues. Being a second generation superstar isn’t what it used to be, but Pillman has a lot of the same energy and charisma that his father had and I’m pretty sure that he’s already on the WWE radar and it’s not if, but when he moves up to become a WWE Superstar.
Who would you include in an all-ECW class for the WWE Hall of Fame?
The headliners would be Paul Heyman, Tommy Dreamer and RVD. I’ll fill out the rest of the Class of Extreme with The Sandman, Raven, Tazz, Bill Alfonso, Francine, Joey Styles and (posthumously) Woman (Nancy Benoit).
Do championships matter?
Absolutely. There has to be a reason and incentive for the competition and the title belts are just that. Yes, we all know that the actual selection is made by management and the promoters, but having two or three top people in the company makes things look better and gives the fans and company a guideline to use as to who is worth keeping an eye on and what to focus on when watching. And for the wrestlers, being a champion shows that the company has faith in you and you’re doing your job well. So do they matter? Most definitely.
Is Missy Hyatt deserving of a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame?
Absolutely, Look at her work in Memphis with “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert and Hot Stuff International. Throw in her work as a manager, valet and announcer for the NWA and WCW and then her time in the land of Extreme, ECW. Plus she’s responsible for helping to discover Marcus “Buff” Bagwell. Okay, we won’t hold that last part against her. She was also the first manager for Sting and Rick Steiner and helped them to develop and become bigger stars. Missy was an important part of wrestling in the 80’s and early 90’s and paid her dues. The HOF would be a nice pat on the back for all she’s done and accomplished.
How about Dark Journey?
Not really. She was Dick Slater’s rat and worked Mid-South and the NWA, but didn’t do much besides that. Well, she did work some stiff cat-fight matches with Missy Hyatt and was Tully Blanchard’s valet for a week or two, but aside from keeping Slater happy and causing Sting to have his butt kicked that one time, she was just kind of there. No Hall of Fame for her.
Who would you consider the biggest success story to come out of the WCW Power Plant?
It would have to be Bill Goldberg. He went from the NFL to wrestling and WCW was the place he started and learned his craft. He became a mega-star. Also big nods go out to the “Natural Born Thrillers” Mark Jindrak and Chuck Palumbo. They started off with no wrestling experience, but the Power Plant helped them to develop and both men still work regularly today, having become top notch stars. Jimdrak works Triple A in Mexico and Palumbo had a good WWE run that lasted several years.
How about from WWE Developmental / The Performance Center / NXT?
When you talk about stars that never wrestled anywhere else, but came up through WWE Developmental, the top names that come to mind are Randy Orton (OVW) and Charlotte Flair. Bo Dallas and Bray Wyatt are two others who come from wrestling families, but never worked the Indy’s, coming up instead through WWE developmental and becoming top talents. And I nearly forgot the biggest name of all, He came from the NCAA and college to the WWE Developmental area of OVW and then straight to WWE and success has been unreal. I’m talking about “The Beast” Brock Lesnar.
Thoughts on the rumors of Jim Ross and Mike Tenay as the AEW Commentary team?
If the rumors are true, it’s a big deal for AEW as they’ve got two of the most respected and talented analysts in the business. I’m not really a big fan of Tenay and he’s a bit bland for my tastes, but he’s smart and knows his stuff. Having these two men on board shows that AEW is ready to really go All In and be a top promotion. I just hope that if they do decide on Ross and Tenay, they add a third man to the announce table. Both Ross and Tenay are play-by-play guys and having a good color guy to stir the pot and push the issues would make things a hundred times better. I know of a guy who used to wrestle and was a pretty big name that’s now doing commentary for MMA. Maybe CM Punk would be interested in being the third guy with Ross and Tenay? They should look into that.
How would you rank Paul Jones as a wrestling manager?
Jones was a good wrestler in his time and was an interesting manager. For the 80’s, he was perfect in that he wasn’t really a great talker, but he was perfect to handle the odder and more unique wrestlers and was perfect foil for Jimmy Valiant and his boogie-woogie man character. On a big, national scene, Jones wouldn’t have worked and even in the Mid-Atlantic territory, he was always relegated to third or fourth wheel behind James J. Dillon, Gary Hart and Jim Cornette, but he knew what he was doing and he and Valiant managed to keep a story going for over five years and make money doing so. So I’ll give the man his dues. He wasn’t a great manager, but he made it work and gave to the territory rather than detracted from it. Bottom line, he knew his role and did it well. What more matter than that?
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any questions, thoughts or opinions to be expressed, just give me a shout out and tell me what’s on your mind and what you want to know. And now, I’m out of here. Time to go do my good deeds and civic duties. Until the next time, take care and I’ll see you at the matches. Have a great one.