Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
KOTR, Carlos Colon, Tony Schiavone & More
August 25, 2019
Greetings, salutations and all of that stuff on this lovely Sunday afternoon. It’s been an eventful day here in the ‘Burg, but unfortunately, I can’t spill the beans on some very good and exciting news just yet. So instead, I’m watching videos of “Uncle Grandpa” on YouTube and getting ready to tackle a few wrestling themed questions that are sitting in my mailbox, courtesy of Alex and Leland. And then, I’ll be caught up with the Q&A stuff and can focus on other things, for an hour or two at least. So, are you ready? I said, “ARE YOU READY?”. So let’s can the chit chat and do this. And away we go…
Thoughts on Seth and Braun Strowman as the new RAW tag team champions?
It’s typical WWE booking where you have two top guys, who are also rivals, win the tag titles together. The next PPV is “Clash of the Champions”, where every WWE title is on the line and defended and you have Strowman and Seth as the tag champs and defending their belts, but since Seth is also the Universal Champion, he defends that title too against the top contender who wants that belt, who just happens to be Braun Strowman. Sounds like a recipe for drama and interesting story-telling or at least that’s what they’re hoping for. Meanwhile, the tag belts and teams like The Revival, The Usos, The B-Team, Ryder & Hawkins, The Viking Experience, etc, all get ignored and left waiting in wrestling limbo for their toys, the RAW Tag Team titles, to be back in play when the big boys are through with them.
With Xavier “injured”, what action should WWE take in regards to the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship?
Either let Kofi defend the title along with Big E as Wood’s replacement while he’s injured or else if that’s too much for Kofi, given that he’s also the WWE Champion, strip the titles from Big E & Xavier and then they have a reason to be resentful for their “brother” costing them the tag team belts and can tease a possible turn or future feud.
NXT on the USA Network on Wednesday nights, live opposite AEW. Good idea?
I think AEW should have quit while they were ahead and not poked the bear because they have made Vince mad and now, they have a major challenge on their hands. NXT is tried, true and have a very loyal following and for AEW to now be having to compete directly against them, head to head, oh vey! It’s good for WWE and the USA Network. It’s not good for TNT and AEW. Let the war begin.
Should WWE do a “King of the Ring” tournament for tag teams?
This was mentioned on RAW last week and I think it could be a cool idea for a one-night event or hell, even just something to give the tag teams something to compete for and showcase themselves. It doesn’t have to be “KOTR”, but any kind of tournament with the winners getting title shots and a trophy. I love tournaments anyways so the more, the merrier. Bring it on.
How about a “Queen of the Ring” tournament for the women?
This idea, I like even better than the tag team one because the Women’s Division is stronger than ever and given the return of “King of the Ring” to WWE, it makes sense especially since Charlotte already calls herself “Queen” (and Asuka is “Empress” and Alexa is a “goddess”). This is one idea that the WWE should definitely go with and do.
Thoughts about Tony Schiavone signing with AEW?
For AEW, it’s a great move. Tony Schiavone is a familiar voice for wrestling fans and especially on TNT, once the home of WCW Nitro. He was damn good in his day and after a break from the business, seems to have gotten back in form working with MLW. Along with Jim Ross, Schiavone is one of the strongest and most respected wrestling announcers of the 80’s and 90’s and having him there will definitely help put butts in the seats. WWE wasn’t interested and AEW snatched him up. Good move for them.
Jumping Bomb Angels – WWE Hall of Fame? Yes or No?
Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki better known as the Jumping Bomb Angels, were the first women to hold the WWF Women’s Tag Team Championship, winning the titles in January, 1988 and held the titles for nearly six months before losing the belts the the Glamour Girls, Judy Martin & Leilani Kai. They were definitely a damn good team that made an impact in the WWF for the short time that they were there, but was it enough for an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame? It probably won’t happen since both women are now retired and living in Japan, but it should happen and I wouldn’t object in the slightest if these two women were given a chance to shine once more. And while we’re at it, Leilani Kai is a definite lock who deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame as well.
Thoughts on Carlos Colon?
A legendary promoter and performer who make Puerto Rico a thriving territory with some of the most exciting wrestling action anywhere in the 80’s. He has three very talented wrestlers with his sons and nephew, Carlito, Epico and Primo as well. But on the other side of things, a shit human being in his help in covering up and protecting The Invader for the murder of Bruiser Brody. Invader got away with it because of the corrupt legal system in Puerto Rico and the influence of Colon in helping to brush things under the rug and quiet things up. While Colon isn’t the man who murdered Brody, he still has a lot to answer for and is just as guilty in many ways.
Who was the best in the 70’s?
The only people I can think of who wrestled in their 70’s was Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Lou Thesz, Gypsy Joe and Dory Funk Jr. Of that crowd, Dory was the best wrestler and Mae was the most entertaining. And if you’re speaking of the best wrestlers in the decade of the 70’s, one name – Harley Race.
“Nature Boy” Ric Flair or “Nature Boy” Buddy Landell?
I liked Buddy, but there is only one real Nature Boy… Ric Flair. Woooooooo!
Do you think Kevin Sullivan had talent or was he just good on the mic?
Kevin was not only a good talker, he also was a damn good booker and one hell of a talent in that ring. He only stands about 5’8 or 5’9 and managed to stand toe to toe and have good and believable matches with guys like Blackjack Mulligan, Dusty Rhodes and Andre the Giant. Sullivan definitely had talent to spare.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Questions, comments and any other thoughts, drop me a line and speak your peace. Until the next time, take care and have a great one. See you.