Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Super Showdown, R-Truth, Manny Fernandez & More
June 17, 2019
It’s been nearly a week since the last time I sat and wrote and damn, the questions have piled up. My thanks to Jesse, Brandon and Dean for making sure that I don’t run out of topics to write about. I’ve been in less than prime condition as of late and it’s time to kick it back into gear and get’ er done. I’ve got many things that need to be complete to get the site back on track and hopefully, that will happen today. Now let’s can the chit chat and get to answering questions about the mat. Let’s do this…
Thoughts on the WWE Super ShowDown and did it live up to the hype?
No, I don’t think it did. It was a typical WWE event where the matches were solid, but it was ultimately forgettable with the exception of the main event and that’s memorable for the wrong reasons. WWE is so overexposed right now that even the best of events seem more like glorified house shows than anything else. They did give the new guy from Jeddah a big moment, but it’s been brushed over now and doesn’t seem to be leading to anything so what was the point but a feel good moment for the guys signing the checks? It should have been a big event for the WWE, but instead it was just another show, nothing more and nothing less.
Thoughts on the Undertaker versus Goldberg match?
The heat got to them and given how much ring rust both men have, it was what it was. A bad match that was memorable for all the wrong reasons. At this point in their careers, Taker and Goldberg can still wrestle occasionally if they want to, but it needs to be under better conditions, more smoke and mirrors to hide the flaws and problems and against opponents that can cover for them and handle their part of the load. This match was jinxed from the start and and left a big stain on the careers of both men. Better to be forgotten about and let’s all move on.
Is the Women’s Movement in WWE losing it’s momentum?
I won’t say “losing”, but it has definitely slowed. Becky and Bayley are not Ronda Rousey and things with the WWE Women’s Division have fallen into a stale, predictable pattern of same old / same old. They really do need to give the women more focus and have great matches rather than the Iiconics doing their schtick repeatedly and women like Asuka constantly being ignored.
Is Impact Wrestling still relevant?
It’s still relevant to a point because Tommy Dreamer and the former stars of ECW have been having some great matches as of late and keeping it that way. It’s not nearly what it once was though and as AEW gains power and other companies like MLW continue to grow, Impact will matter less and less. Their current TV deal is a joke and while it keeps them alive, they would be better served by being almost anywhere else. I don’t think they’ll ever be a major player again like they were ten or even five years ago, but they’re still alive and so long as they don’t shut the doors entirely, they’ll always be somewhat important to the world of pro wrestling.
Is professional wrestling better, worse or about the same as it was five years ago?
With the ongoing rise of AEW, the strong shows of groups like ROH, MLW, the rebirth of the NWA and of course, the power that is WWE, especially once it moves to the Fox Network in the Fall, I think we’re on the verge of a new “boom period” of growth and prosperity. Wrestling is strong and getting better every day so things are definitely better.
What kind of reaction do you think that Bray Wyatt’s new “Firefly Funhouse” character will get from a live audience?
From reports that I’ve read, we should find out on Monday night on RAW. It will be interesting to see how a live crowd reacts to the “Mr. Wyatt” character. It could be a make it or break it experience for Wyatt and how this whole gimmick goes, but I suspect that Bray will pull it off and do well, managing to win over the live crowd and have a big moment.
Is R-Truth and the 24/7 Championship segments the best part of RAW right now?
R-Truth is a damn good wrestler with fantastic comedic skills. I hated the idea of a 24/7 Champion, but with Truth as the Champion and Carmella acting as his “straight man”, the skits and craziness revolving around that title have been awesome. It’s helped to jump-start the pushes of EC3 and Drake Maverick as well and Maverick especially has been so good. I would rather watch things like that elevator scene with Truth, Maverick, EC3, Heath Slater and Carmella anytime than another Shane McMahon segment or match.
R-Truth mentioned on RAW that he’s “scared of Hornswoggle”. Do you think this means a Hornswoggle cameo and maybe 24/7 title switch coming up in the near future?
One can only hope. Main event of SummerSlam, for the 7/24 European Television Championship, T-Truth w/ Carmella versus Hornswoggle w/ EC3 and Drake Maverick. Book it now Vince.
Thoughts on the “Ragin’ Bull Manny Fernandez?
He was never one of my favorites, but Manny was and is one tough hombre’. A strong part of the NWA in the late 80’s as they made the transition from JCP to being Ted Turner’s WCW, Fernandez was a solid worker who had a very under-rated tag team partnership with Ravishing Rick Rude. Managed by Paul Jones, they had a good run with the NWA World Tag Team Championship titles. Fernandez was what I call a great team player in that he could work as face or heel, anywhere on the card as a main eventer or as part of Paul Jones’ “Army” and it worked. A solid worker and iconic presence of wrestling in the late 80’s.
What is next for Ryder & Hawkins now that they’ve lost the RAW Tag Team Championships to The Revival?
Truthfully, more time promoting their show on YouTube about toys, doing personal appearances and hanging out in catering eating chicken salad. I’d like to see Zack and Hawkins remain in the mix in contention for the tag team titles and maybe have a strong mid-card feud with some other team that needs something to do, AOP or maybe even The Ascension. A few matches between Hawkins & Ryder against Fandango and Tyler Breeze would be fun to see if just for the promos and build if nothing else. I hope that Ryder and Hawkins stay prominent and on TV regularly, but most likely, they’ll be ignored by management and forgotten until WWE wants another “feel good” moment to make the fans happy.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts or questions to ask, please feel free and do so. And with that, there is much to do and little time so I’m out of here. Have a great one and I’ll see you later on. Take care and stay just too sweet.