Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Conner McGregor, ALI, Varsity Club & More
March 27, 2019
Welcome to the Q&A that puts the Q in Questions and Answers. Ok, I don’t get it either, but that’s what we do here. Questions today come from Jesse and the Facebook group, the Kult of Kayfabe (KoK). And I’ve got the answers. Let’s do this…
Thoughts on Trevor Murdoch?
Murdoch was a WWE wrestler who wrestled in WWE from 2005 – 2008 and is best known for his tag team partnership with Lance Cade. Murdoch was trained by Harley Race and had a strong resemblence to “Captain Redneck” Dick Murdoch. He was a good talent, albeit mostly tag team and lower mid-card, but had a good ring presence and could talk and even sing for a while. He worked for Impact Wrestling for a year and has mostly done the occasional Indy work since then, most often working for Harley Race as a wrestler and a trainer for Race’s wrestling school. I liked Murdoch and would love to see him have another run, possible since he’s only 38 years old, but since his name and character is so intertwined with Lance Cade, who unfortunately died of a drug overdose, I doubt that will ever happen. He was a good solid hand though and would be, in my opinion, a good hire for any wrestling company.
Which wrestler’s death will be the saddest day of all time in professional wrestling?
The one that will have the most impact is pretty easy and that’s Vince McMahon. When Vince passes away, the wrestling world will change forever. As for the death that will make the most people cry, I’m thinking Ric Flair or maybe Bobby Eaton. Everyone has either wrestled or partied with Flair at some point and Bobby Eaton is generally regarded as the nicest guy in the wrestling business, bar none with the possible exception of Mick Foley. If anything ever happens to any of these three men, many tears will be shed including my own.
Conner McGregor anounced that he’s retired from MMA. So is he WWE bound?
McGregor is also under investigation for sexual assault charges right now so there is no way that WWE would approach or touch him right now. He may end up as part of the WWE at some point in the future if all matters are resolved and he’s cleared of any allegations, but so long as he’s under investigation, he’s tainted and WWE will not go near him.
Thoughts on the Bellas announcing their retirement?
It’s actually kind of sad because even though I was never a Bella fan, I do respect the ladies and what they managed to accomplish over the past ten years. Some may say that they just slept their ways to the top, given who their boyfriends were and Brie’s current husband, but as they proved at Evolution this past year, they worked a great angle with Ronda Rousey and showed that they belong in that ring. They may have been hired for their looks and as a novelty act, with the whole “Twin Magic” angle, but they evolved as the women’s division and kept up and had some good matches in the process. I never thought I’d be the one to say this, but I’ll hate to see them go. We never even got Bellas versus Team Bestie and that’s a shame.
Book an intergender match on RAW.
An intergender match that makes sense, would be believable and could be entertaining. How about Tamina Snuka and Nia Jax versus The Singh Brothers w/ Jinder Mahal. They’re all about the same size and I think that Nia and Tamina actually have the size and strength advantage. I’d watch it.
Ali Mustafa has changed his named to just ALI. Good move?
What is it about Vince and the WWE and the changing of names, dropping any first names from the talents once they start to take off? Antonio Cesaro became Cesaro. I can’t even remember Neville’s first name before it was shortened. Charlotte Flair has used both her full name and just Charlotte. Tamina Snuka was shortened to just Tamina. Shawn Daivari became just Daivari. It’s just a WWE thing and a Vince McMahon thing and he likes to keep names short and simple, kind of like most of the WWE booking. I don’t think it’s a good idea because the name “Mustafa Ali” reflected his heritage and is just a bad-ass name. Ali is okay, but I hear Ali and I think of the boxer, not the 205 Live guy who’s on Smackdown now. I hope it doesn’t hurt him, but I definitely don’t see any way it can help him either.
What former World Champion definitely didn’t deserve to be champion?
So many in my opinion, but mainly Vince McMahon as ECW and WWE Champion, Vince Russo as WCW Champion, David Arquette as WCW Champion, etc. Non-wrestlers should not be the top champion of any company. The most recent case of someone not really deserving to be champion that I can think of would be when Bill Goldberg became the WWE Universal Champion, capturing the title from Brock Lesnar. I understand why they did it, but for someone who has not wrestled in over a decade to come in and immediately defeat the man who has dominated the WWE for so long, just didn’t strike me as fair to the rest of the superstars in the locker rooms.
Do the Varsity Club (Kevin Sullivan, Rick Steiner, Mike Rotundo) get the respect they deserve?
When people talk about groups and factions in the past, the Varsity Club is often overlooked and that’s not right or fair. With Kevin Sullivan as the man in charge and a membership that consisted of Mike Rotundo, Rick Steiner, Dr. Death Steve Williams and Dan Spivey at different points, this was a group that could legit probably take out anyone in wrestling. They didn’t get the strong push and the main events, but had some great battles around the WCW TV title and tag team belts and didn’t take a backseat to anyone. Everyone in this group had great success at different points of their career and not a single one of them was a pushover in any sense of the word. Definitely under-rated.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts or questions, please drop me a line. And with that, I’m out of here. Have a great one and I’ll catch you on the flip side.