Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Harlem Heat, Jim Ross, Breeze & Fandango and More
March 12, 2019
Loyal reader and inquisitor of all things wrestling, Matt, sent me a large list of questions, half of which I addressed earlier today. Now it’s time to finish the job. It’s the Tossing Salt Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. I’m your host with the most, Doug and I’m the man with the answers. Let’s do this…
Would you like to see Tyler Breeze & Fandango get a push?
I would like to see this creative twosome get more recognition and TV time then they currently do, that’s for sure. As the “Fashion Police” skits last year showed everyone, Breeze & Fandango can be entertaining. But what everyone tends to forget is that both men are exceptional wrestlers as well. The characters and comedy have overshadowed the two talented in-ring performers that did so well in NXT and FCW before coming up to the main roster and that’s a shame. I’d love to see them get more serious in the ring and with the right opponents, I could easily see Breeze especially being a modern version of Chris Jericho while Fandango could be a modern day Rick Rude or John Morrison if given the chance. These men have so much talent and potential and a few subtle twists and tweaks to their characters could make a world of difference and turn them from comedy skits to a top tag team or two top singles stars rather easily.
Thoughts on Harlem Heat being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?
Ten time WCW World Tag Team Champions and probably the most dominant team of the 90’s that isn’t on the outs in some form with the WWE. No objections as to if they deserve the honor or not because they most definitely do. The only thing I don’t like is the timing and this is a personal thing. Why start giving people their second ring (Booker T) when there are teams that are equally as deserving that haven’t gotten their first rings yet? I’m happy for Booker and Stevie Ray and major kudos on an honor truly deserved, but what about The Midnight Express (Eaton, Lane & Condrey) and Jim Cornette? When will it be their day? Just asking?
Chris Jericho is in the upcoming Jay & Silent Bob Reboot movie. So shouid it be called the Snooch of Jericho or Y2Boochies?
Jericho has been full of nothing but praise for Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes and I’m happy to see the Ayatollah of Rock & Rolla as now part of the View Askew family. I think Jay & Silent Bob Reboot is a good enough name and from what I understand, it’s back to New Jersey for the traveling twosome as they near the end of their Cinematic run. We’ll see about that, but having Jericho as part of the movie makes sense in a weird sort of way and from all reports, he had a great time on the set. I wonder if he had to put anyone on “The List”. I just had a thought as opponents for an epsiode of “Drop The Mic” or something of that nature. Jericho & Kevin Owens versus Jay & Silent Bob. Comedy gold.
Should Jim Ross be part of the AEW Announce team?
If Ross is available and wants to do the job, I don’t see why not. He’s instantly recognizable, knows the business as well as anyone and is a damn good wrestling commentator. I do not however think that he should be the lead announcer. He should be at the announce table and maybe also work as an executive producer, helping to guide the other announcers, but the lead announcer and face of the company should be someone new and fresh, like the company itself and not a sixty-plus year old man. So much like Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle helped Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross in the early days of WCW, so Ross can be there to help some new talent with AEW. In my opinion, that would be the best way to do things.
Disco Inferno is scheduled to return to Impact Wrestling and face Scarlett Bordeaux in an intergender match. Thoughts?
As anyone who knows me knows, I’ve always been a big fan of Glen Gilberti, aka The Disco Inferno. He’s a talented wrestler and was a good mid-card star for WCW back in the day. But that being said, “the day” was twenty-plus years ago and why Disco is climbing into the ring again, I have no idea. This match came about because Disco was on some sort of Impact Wrestling owned interview thingy and made some comments about women’s wrestling and it’s worked-shoot and now Bordeaux has challenged the former WCW TV Champion to a match. I’m sure it’ll be a fun match and passable and if anyone remembers Disco’s match in WCW against Jacquiline, it’ll have the same results. Disco gets to have some fun, Bordeaux looks like one bad-ass and gets to humiliate Disco a bit, thus standing up for her gender and hopefully, it’ll draw a few extra fans to watch it all come to a head, thus proving Cody Rhodes wrong and that Disco can be a draw. Hell, I might even seek out and watch this match myself.
As big as Rock is in Hoillywood, do you think he’ll ever be as big as or bigger than Tom Cruise or Sly Stallone?
I don’t think that The Rock is worried about it and neither am I. He doesn’t have to be Tom Cruise or Sly Stallone. He’s as big, in his own way, as either of those men and in terms of actual box office dollars, I think he may actually have both of them beat. Who are Cruise and Stallone? It doesn’t matter who they are. He’s Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock and he’s the People’s Movie Star, if you smell what I’m cooking. ‘Nuff said!
Thoughts on Lacey Brooks and her “walking the runway” gimmick?
They already did this with the idea of changing Emma to Emmalina and of course with Eva Marie where she would come out to wrestle, but never actually wrestle for some reason or another. It’s to build anticipation and make the fans excited so when she does actually have a match, it will be a big moment. Lacey has already built up a wrestling history in NXT and also participated in the Women’s Royal Rumble match a few months ago. It’s all about creating a moment and when Evans does eventually get into that ring, it should be a big deal and major happening.
It looks as if the Spaniush Announce Table will end up missing Wrestlemania due to injuries. Thoughts?
I have no doubts that as it has many times before, the Spanish Announce Table will, like a phoenix, rise from the ashes and be at Wrestlemania once more, doing it’s job as only it can do.
If Gino Hernandez hadn’t died in 1986, would he have been a Horsemen?
I’ve heard many times from different interviews of Tully Blanchard and Baby Doll mainly that bringing in Gino was the plan so I’m assuming that it was to be part of the Horsemen. It’s interesting to think how that might have changed things because if Gino had come in instead of his tragic passing, Ole would have been out of the scene earlier and how would that have changed the dynamic and the future tenures of Lex Luger and Barry Windham? Given their past history together, would Tully have been teaming instead with Gino instead of Arn Anderson in the search for tag team gold? Could Flair and his ego have survived someone who was just as wild and bad about going “all night long” as the Nature Boy? Everything in the Horseman history and in the NWA / WCW in general would have changed dramatically if the “Handsome Half-Breed” had be able to join the fold and become one of the elite. It’s an interesting topic to think about to be sure.
Ernie “The Big Cat” Ladd passed away 12 years ago this month (March 10, 2007) – Thoughts on Ladd?
A former NFL player and one of the best big men to ever step foot inside that squared circle. Also, interesting enough, one of the first black men to wrestle primarily as a heel, a big deal during the late 60’s and 70’s. He was Bill Watt’s second hand man in the Mid-South region and had great runs all over the world, but especially in the WWWF, Georgia and the Mid-Atlantic. A great promo guy, he would call other blacks “Uncle Tom”, refer to announcers and interviewers as “Mr.TV Announcer” and could out-talk almost anyone in the business. I got to see Ladd wrestle one time, against “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” in Raleigh, NC and it was quick and more psychology as Ladd stalled again and again and then with dirty tricks and a taped thumb, followed by feet on the ropes, stole a win from the stronger fan favorite. From all reports, as mean as he was in the ring, Ladd was equally as nice outside the ring and spent his final days working with youth and helping others. A true legend and good man as well as an excellent performer, there was only one “Big Cat”. RIP, Ernie Ladd.
And there you go. Again, thank you Matt for the questions and thanks to everyone for reading. If you have any thoughts, comments or questions to ask, about wrestling or anything for that matter, just give me a shout out and we’ll do it. Until the next time, take care and I’ll see you at the matches.