Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Harlem Heat, Dino Bravo, WCW & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Harlem Heat, Dino Bravo, WCW & More
March 18, 2019
DougMaynard.com

It’s early Monday morning. I hope that everyone had a great St. Patrick’s Day. Now it’s time to go back to reality and the real world and what better way to start off than a short Q&A about the world’s greatest sport. The questions today come from the Facebook group, the Kult of Kayfabe (KoK). And I’m providing the answers. Let’s do this…

You have 5 wrestlers from any era in their prime to start a promotion. Who and why?

So I’m assuming that these wrestlers will be my stars and I’ll fill out the rest of the roster with Indy guys and unknown talents to get the ball rolling. My first pick would be Ric Flair of the late 80’s / early 90’s. Be a heel or be a face, Flair was absolutely the best in the world at that time and could have a five star match with anyone. For a great champion, you need a great opponent and I’d bring in Hulk Hogan. He’s the greatest face of his era and while I was never a big fan of the Hulkster, he drew fans and made money, period. For my mid-card talents, I’d go with Bill Eadie, in his early to mid-80’s time as the Masked Superstar. Face or heel, Eadie could always deliver and have a great match with anyone. And my final two would be “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson. Strong mid-card talents who could have great matches with anyone and, especially in Arn’s case, could talk better than almost anyone. I’d also try to bring in Cornette with Eaton if possible, but he’s a manager / booker type and not a “wrestler” so he’s not really part of this list.

Why does everyone love Becky Lynch?

Because she’s real in a lot of ways and was never given the big push the way the other women from NXT were. She wasn’t supposed to be the “big star” of the Women’s Division, but people see a lot of themselves in Becky and they love the underdog. I keep hearing comparisons to Steve Austin and as the hell raising rebel, I can see it. It’s just one of those things that no one expected, but it happened and now they’re running with it.

There is a rumor that Wrestlemania 35 may have up to 17 matches and be the longest ever. Thoughts?

While I doubt that there will be 17 matches, I expect we’ll get between 10 and 14 of them and it will be long. Last year, Wrestlemania ran nearly 8 hours with the kick-off show and the actual event and it was way too long in my opinion. It was a great event, but not particularly memorable. Hopefully, things will fine tuned a little better this year and they can keep it down to a more reasonable length of time. I expect that the WWE will try though to cram every wrestler on the roster into a match of some sort so I expect a lot of multi-man matches and situations. It’s going to be an event to be sure, but longer isn’t necessarily better. I hope WWE gets that.

Who is the best tag team currently in professional wrestling?

Currently active as a team, I’ll go with the team of Taz Jackson and Ethan Storm, aka the Atlantic Coast Destruction Crew. Don’t know them? Well, you should. Check out some of the Adrenaline Pro Wrestling shows, Super Rush, I have posted at my site. Or look them up on Facebook and go to their page. Two big men who work like a well oiled machine in the style of Demolition or the Powers of Pain and could easily be a force in any company in the world. Check them out.

If you could bring back one defunct wrestling promotion from any era, which one would you choose?

Very easy answer for me. Jim Crockett Promotions was the wrestling I grew up on and was some of the best in the world, especially during the late 70’s and early to mid 80’s. Georgia Championship Wrestling, the Ole Anderson days of the mid-80’s, was excellent as well.

Who would be on your Mt. Rushmore of professional wrestling managers?

Right now, it would be Bobby Heenan, Paul Heyman, Jim Cornette and Sir Oliver Humperdink. No one remembers Sir Oliver, but I do and have a lot of love for the “Red Rooster”. So many great managers out there to choose from, but those would be my picks as of right now.

What is the best wrestling match between real life friends you’ve ever seen?

Live, it would be Roddy Piper and Ric Flair back in the early 80’s. These two guys wrestled in Raleigh, NC and tried to kill each other. Blood flew and the hate and contempt that they showed was amazing and so realistic. Great match and great rivalry. Hard to believe that they were best friends in real life, but they were.

Why was Harlem Heat called Harlem Heat when they were from Houston?

Because they were black and it makes more sense for two black men to be billed as from Harlem, given the racial stereotypes of the time, than to say they’re from Houston. Hell, why was Booker once booked as “GI Bro”? That’s a bigger question in my opinion.

When you hear “WCW”, who’s the first wrestler that comes to mind?

Ric Flair and Sting. Flair and Sting were and will always be WCW to me.

Thoughts on Dino Bravo?

I remember seeing him wrestle back in the late 70’s here in North Carolina and he was strong as an ox and held the Canadian Championship and was frequently fighting Ken Patera. A good looking kid, but not much actually in terms of charisma or promo ability, but seemed like a nice guy. That was forty years ago and while I have some memories of the man, there aren’t many. He just wasn’t a big stand out to me. The main thing I remember about Bravo was how he died, murdered by being shot many times. It allegedly had something to do with cigarette smuggling and has, to the best of my knowledge, never been solved.

And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any thoughts, comments or questions, drop me a line. And Harold, I haven’t forgotten you and thanks for the recent comments. I just haven’t had the time yet to sit and respond, but I will soon. And with that, I’m out of here. I have a lovely 11 hour workday ahead of me and need to get moving. Take care and I’ll see you at the matches.

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