Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Roman Reigns, Nitro, Dana Warrior & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Roman Reigns, Nitro, Dana Warrior & More
March 1, 2019

The questions today come from Jesse, Matt and the JCP Facebook group. Let’s do this…

Is Kofi Kingston a future WWE Champion?

While I don’t honestly see Kofi as a long term WWE or Universal Champion, I can see the WWE giving him a short run with the title and giving the fans and Kofi a “feel good” moment at Wrestlemania. Kofi has been in WWE for over a decade and being the top dog is pretty much the only thing that he hasn’t done so a few weeks as the WWE Champion would be pretty cool to see.

Should Roman Reigns be added to the Seth Rollins / Brock Lesnar match at Wrestlemania 35?

Should he be? Nope. But will he be? Probably and it’s not fair to Seth, but it’s WWE and Roman is Vince’s “boy” so…

How long do you think it will be before the fans start booing Roman Reigns again?

I’ll give them another week, maybe until Fastlane, but before Wrestlemania is here, he’ll be hearing the lovely sounds of boos once again.

Who do you consider the most underrated wrestlers in the WWE?

The biggest name that comes to mind is Bo Dallas. Go watch a Bo Dallas match from his days in NXT and as the NXT Champion. Then watch his matches in WWE. What the hell is the WWE doing with this man? Other names that come to mind are Curtis Axel, a phenomenal performer in his own right, Fandango and The Ascension. Just look at their history and look where they are now. Talk about wasted potential. It’s freakin’ crazy!

Thoughts on Don Kernodle?

A “home-town hero” from the old Crockett days who we were able to watch go from jobber to a top tag team wrestler with Sgt. Slaughter and then Bob Orton as his partner, dominating in a division full of some of the greatest talent of all time. Kernodle isn’t well known to most fans outside of the Carolinas and Virginia, but if you get a chance to go back and watch the matches that he and Slaughter had against Rick Steamboat and Jay Youngblood in the early 80’s, culminating at Starcade 83. A great name from the past and one of the top performers to come from the great state of NC.

Does Dan Spivey belong in the Hall of Fame?

His career itself was kind of iffy, working as one of the Skyscrapers in WCW and then as Waylon Mercy in WWF, but his after-ring career, working as a drug counselor and life counselor, kind of balances out the credentials. I’ll use the best argument here that if Koko B. Ware and James Dudley are Hall of Fame worthy, then definitely so is Spivey. Besides, he’s a cool dude and I’d like to see him get the honor.

Word is that Dana Warrior has joined the WWE Writing team. Good idea?

What is her writing and creative background? While I fully support and understand WWE’s partnership with Warrior, using her name in their charitable efforts, I don’t get this particular idea. Has Dana Warrior ever booked a wrestling show? Or written a TV show? Or performed on a show as a character? This actually seems more like a job to be given to Warrior to justify her presence and paycheck, but they probably don’t and shouldn’t expect any real contributions or real work. It’s a token job and nothing more. Maybe she’ll pull a Vickie Guerrero and surprise us all, having a ton of great ideas and being very creative, but I don’t really see too much actually coming from all this except for the publicity for the WWE for doing a good thing.

Thoughts of Kurt Angle versus Brock Lesnar one more time before Angle retires?

While it sounds good on paper, looking at Kurt as of late in the ring, I don’t think he could keep up and go toe to toe with Brock in a realistic fashion. Let’s just remember the past matches and watch then on the Network, but so far as new matches and a new rivalry goes, my vote would be for it not to happen.

How would you rank Greg Valentine’s run in the Mid-Atlantic region / Crockett Promotions?

Every time Valentine was in JCP, he was a top guy and did very well including runs as the U.S. Champion, the Mid-Atlantic Champion, the TV Champion and multiple runs as a tag team champion. Plus, he was able to have legendary battles with Ric Flair and especially Wahoo McDaniel that are still talked about even to this day. So I would consider his career, at least the Mid-Atlantic version of it, to be top of the line and very successful.

Thoughts on Madison Rayne returning to Impact Wrestling after leaving ROH?

She didn’t like her ideas about reuniting the Beautiful People with Angelina Love in ROH being shot down so she asked for a release and is going back to Impact where they’re so desperate for ideas and ratings, that she’ll be able to do whatever she wants. It’s a loss for ROH, but no big deal. It’s a gain for Impact, but again, not really a big deal. Rayne is a good wrestler and attractive woman, but so far as being any kind of a ratings changer, she’s just another body on the roster… period.

Between Baron Corbin and Wade “Bad News” Barrett, who do you think would win? They’re pretty similar and they’re brawlers and they’ve both had songs talking about the End of Days, maybe if Wade stayed a little bit longer, imagine an Tag Team between him and Corbin as “End of Days”.

While I actually like Corbin, I don’t think that it would be much of a match with he and Wade. My money is on Wade every time. I do like the idea of a tag team with Corbin and Barrett and the “End Of Days” name is pretty cool. Maybe one day, Wade will decide to come back and we can see that happen. I’m not holding my breath though.

What did you honestly think of WCW Nitro from 97 through 99? Is your opinion formulated by the Internet or are you a true fan and formulated your opinion based on watching the episodes?

Nitro, in the years you speak of, were mostly hit and miss. You’d have some great matches and then endless and meaningless promos that just dragged on and on. It was good drama and entertaining for the most part, but I didn’t like how the emphasis was always on the same people (nWo) over and over again and the newer guys, like Three Count, Lenny & Lodi and the Natural Born Thrillers, were pretty much thrown out there and ignored, unless of course Kevin Nash wanted to be their “Coach” or be part of their stories rather than have a match or two. Nitro was a mess in many ways, but there was still some amazing talent that in the right situations, could have been big time and really, really good. And my opinion comes from watching every single Monday night from Day 1 until the last episode. I was and will always be WCW. ‘Nuff said!

Which would you consider the greatest World Tag Team Champions of the Crockett era?

There are plenty of tag teams that held those titles that can be considered great teams, such as Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle, The Brisco Brothers, PAul Jones & Baron Von Raschke, Ric Flair & Blackjack Mulligan, Blackjack Mulligan & The Masked Superstar, Flair and Greg Valentine, Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen and of course, Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood. But the best Tag Team Champions of the Crockett era and in my opinion, the best tag team of the 70’s, period, has to be “The Minnesota Wrecking Crew” Ole and Gene Anderson.

And there you go. My thanks for the questions and thank you for reading. Any thoughts, comments or questions, please drop me a line and give me a shout out. Until the next time, take care and never forget to always support your local Indy wrestling companies. Have a great one and take care. See you at the matches.


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