Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Crockett Cup, Impact Rebellion, Raven & More
April 30, 2019
It’s time. It’s time. It’s Ultimate Wrestling Q&A time. Thanks for Jesse for the questions. And now, let’s provide a few answers. Let’s do this…
Thoughts on the NWA Crockett Cup event?
The NWA is on a hot streak right now and this event, held this past weekend, is living proof. A flashback to the late 80’s with the atmosphere, the Rock & Roll Express wrestling The Briscoes, appearances by The Midnight Express, Jim Cornette, Madusa, Magnum TA and Nikita Koloff, some amazing action and matches and a title defense of the NWA World Championship by Nick Aldis against Marty Scuril was a match for the ages. New National, Women’s and Tag Team Champions crowned. The NWA put on a show that was as good as or better than most WWE, Impact or New Japan shows. If Billy Corgan keeps putting forth shows like this one, his new and improved NWA should have a nice and long future ahead.
Thoughts on TNA Rebellion?
Another great show this weekend. For all the slack and hell I give TNA / Impact Wrestling, they rarely fail to deliver when it comes to pay-per-views and big events. If you get a chance to watch Johnny Impact defend the Impact title against Brian Cage or even better, the Gail Kim versus Tessa Blanchard match, be it on YouTube or wherever, do so. I think Tessa and Gail may have had a potential MOTY encounter. It was and is that good. I’ll probably never watch Impact Wrestling on a regular basis due to my crazy schedule and life, but if they keep doing shows like this one, I may have to find a way to fit the pay-per-views in. They promised and they delivered. ‘Nuff said!
Thoughts on John Cena joining the “Fast & Furious” movie franchise?
Works for me. John is a decent actor and this kind of action / adventure movie is perfect for a man like him. He’s making the transition from WWE to Hollywood, following the footsteps of The Rock and Batista and a role in this extremely successful movie franchise is a great place and opportunity for the former 16-time Champion. I’m happy for him.
How do you feel WWE should handle the Luke Harper contract situation?
As it stands now, WWE has frozen his contract and extended it for six months to make up for the time he was out with an injury. I guess this is all to keep him from being a part of AEW when they kick it up and get to moving. I think that WWE has a potential big star with Harper, but just doesn’t seem to realize it. While he’s there under contract, use him. Making not going over the big names, but if WWE can show him that they have plans and place for him, maybe he’ll change his mind and decide to stay. Harper and WWE officials needs to sit down and work things out. Harper can tell them what he wants and the WWE can tell him what the plans and future hold for him if he decides to stick around. And if an agreement can’t be worked out, shake hands and part on good terms so both parties can move on. This whole “freezing of the contract” does nothing but build hard feelings and resentment. Just talk and either work things out or part ways respectfully.
Are you happy to see Brian Cage as the new Impact Wrestling World Champion?
Cage is a good talent and an impressive guy and what the hell, it was time to take the belt off of John Morrison and amp up the story-line for a bit. Cage ewas a good pick to be the new Champion and I expect we’ll see many good things from this guy in the weeks and months to come.
Are there any current WWE superstars that you’d like to see transition and become a manager / announcer?
I wouldn’t mind seeing Titus take another crack at Titus Worldwide and the role of a manager. I also think for some reason that Curtis Axel would make a good manager at some point when he decides to slow down on the wrestling stuff. And Paige has already transitioned to a manager with Asuka and Kairi Sane, but I’d like to see her add more talent to her team. As for becoming an announcer, I’d like to see WWE Hall of Famer Ivory come back and do some announcing for the company. And maybe Stevie Ray, of Harlem Heat and Hall of Fame fame. He’d be a good man to use as a color commentator, and certainly better than his brother, Booker T.
Does Chavo Guerrero Jr. belong in the WWE Hall of Fame?
While Chavito has had a really good career, both in WCW and WWE, and is an amazing talent, I don’t think that he’ll ever be considered a lock for the Hall of Fame, at least not in WWE. It’s not that he’s not worthy because he is, but he has badmouthed the company quite a bit since leaving and he’s a strong and solid mid-carder, but not really a “star” like WWE likes. If Eddie was still alive or if Vickie was to lobby for him, maybe he could get a spot in a future WWE Hall of Fame class, but on his own merit, I don’t really see it happening.
Will Raven eventually become a part of the WWE Hall of Fame?
With his career in ECW, WCW and his repeated stints in WWE, as Johnny Polo and as Raven, I think that we’ll eventually see Raven as part of the WWE. He’s not a big troublemaker behind the scenes and while he’s an odd fellow by most accounts, he’s a talented performer who has established quite the legacy over the past twenty-plus years. I don’t think that with Raven, it’s if, but just when.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Thoughts, comments and any questions, drop me a line and talk to me. Until the next time, take care and have a great one. I’ll see you at the matches.