Tossing Salt Presents:
Rousey, Wahoo, Wrestling vs Sports Entertainment & More…
Match 9, 2019
Not much time before I have to go to work this morning so no chit chat today. The questions are from Matt and Eric. It’s the wrestling Q&A. Let’s do this…
What do you see as the difference between wrestling and sports-entertainment?
The best way I can say it is that while they are almost the same thing, there are some differences. Wrestling is the story told with the match, in the middle of that ring, with holds and psychology. Sports-entertainment is the interaction and promos that happen outside that ring to draw you to the match and make you want to watch. While most sports-entertainers can wrestle (to a point), not all wrestlers can be sports-entertainers. Harley Race for example, could talk and cut a promo, but no one ever paid a dime to listen to Harley talk. They wanted to see him kick ass in the ring. The Rock on the other hand, was all about promos and talking and excitement, but can you truly say there was ever a memorable Rock “wrestling match”? Not really. I’m a wrestling fan, but I love to be entertained as well. Most fans are like this and it takes a good mix of both for a company to make it these days.
Thoughts about Ronda Rousey’s comments about wrestling being scripted, etc?
While I get why they’re going in this direction, I’m not crazy about it. Yes, we all know that the matches are scripted and the promos are overly scripted, but who cares. Wrestling is an art form that allows the fans to suspend their belief and enjoy the moment. Ronda is going heel and while there’s truth in everything she says, it’s like when a TV show breaks the fourth wall. It’s hard to ignore or walk back from once the moment has passed. WWE is trying to get the most hype they can for the first ever women’s main eventing Wrestlemania and that’s all cool, but Ronda should have stuck with trading verbal jabs with Charlotte and Becky and left the worked-shoot comments on the floor. What happens later when the hype is over and Ronda is trying to get her spot as a face back? The fans are going to shit all over her for her comments now. Wrestling fans are fickle (as Daniel Bryan says), but they also can have long memories on some things and I think these comments by Rousey might be some of those things.
Memories of Wahoo McDaniel?
Just a tough, tough son of a gun and true wrestling icon and legend. While I was never a big Wahoo fan, I always respected the man and all I’ve learned about this guy and the stories I’ve heard again and again by people like Flair, Steamboat, Valentine, etc, just cement that respect. I watched him and Greg Valentine wrestle several times and each time Wahoo would chop Valentine, I could feel my own chest ready to cave in. Totally the real deal in every sense of the word. ‘Nuff said!
Who are your top 5 tag team wrestlers of all time?
When I think of wrestlers who are okay as singles, but really stand out as tag team warriors and could work with almost anyone as a partner, the names that come to mind for me are Bobby Eaton, Arn Anderson, Barry Darsow (Krusher Kruschev, Demolition Smash), Kofi Kingston and Ole Anderson.
Are there any Indy stars out there that you think AEW should try to sign, but haven’t yet?
Several guys come to mind and they’re all here in NC and part of Adrenaline Pro Wrestling (APW), Ring Wars Carolina (RWC) and Coastal Atlantic Grappling Entertainment (CAGE). I’m talking about Ethan Storm & Tazz Jackson, the team of AC/DC, the Carolina Kidd, Brad Branson & Derk Douglas, the team of BD Productions and so many other. If you attend a show by any of these groups (and CAGE has a show tonight in Laurinburg, NC at the National Guard Armory), you will be impressed. AEW needs to pay attention and take note.
And for now, that’s all. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you later. Keep those thoughts and questions coming. Have a great one.