Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Rodney Mack, Ken Shamrock, Wrestling Heaven Wrestlemania and More
September 13, 2019
Yes, I’ve been MIA for a while. I have issues, okay? But I also have the day off from work today and I have these questions that are waiting to be answered, courtesy of Maggie, John G. and D-Rock. So what’s a man to do? Answer the questions and do an edition of the “Ultimate Q&A” of course. So are you ready? And away we go…
Courtesy of Maggie…
Is there any WWE Superstar you’d like to see become part of the R-Truth / Drake Maverick 24/7 title chaos on a regular basis?
I personally would love to see Heath Slater join the craziness and show everyone what the “One Man Band” can really do. It was really cool to see Bo Dallas get a few moments with the title last week and I’d like to see Curtis Axel get some title time as well and finally, seeing Matt Hardy as part of the craziness, that would be EXCELLENT!
Would you be interested in Randy Orton and The Revival bringing in Madusa as their “manager”?
I think that would be an excellent move harking back to the days of the original “Dangerous Alliance” in WCW and it would add a new degree of excitement to the trio of WWE Superstars.
Thoughts on Rodney Mack?
A good wrestler who really shined, along with manager Teddy Long, doing the “White Boy Challenge”, a novel idea that couldn’t happen now, but stood out during the Attitude Era. He was not in my opinion, a main event star, but he was a strong mid-card performer who put on good matches and filled a necessary role in the WWF at the time. Both he and his wife, Jazz, were extremely underrated as performers.
Thoughts on Ken Shamrock returning to wrestling and signing with Impact Wrestling?
If Shamrock can still go, and based on what I’ve seen over the past few weeks in Impact Wrestling, he can, then it’s a good move. Shamrock was a solid performer in his day as well as a top Ultimate Fighting star and he’s a tough and legit bad-ass in every sense of the word. I’m glad to see him back.
Who do you consider the “face” of AEW right now?
Without a doubt, it’s the man who currently holds the AEW World Championship and likes to celebrate with a little bit of the bubbly, Chris Jericho. Other names are getting moments to shine, but it’s Jericho who is currently the most recognizable and bankable star in AEW at the moment.
Many celebrities have participated in matches over the years. Who was actually good at it and could have good matches?
David Arquette wasn’t much back when he worked for WCW and had a quick run as the WCW Champion, but his more recent efforts have been much better and he’s turned into a good performer. Kevin Greene did really well in his few matches for WCW and could have easily made the transition from football to wrestling. And Dennis Rodman, say what you will about him, had some memorable moments performing in the WCW ring as well.
Courtesy of John G…
Would Ricky Morton have made a good NWA World Champion?
Thinking back to when Morton was challenging Flair for the NWA Championship, I don’t think a run as the champ would have worked very well. It would have broken up the team of the Rock & Roll Express and Ricky was a good performer, but far better as a tag team performer than a singles star. His battles against Flair were top notch for the time, but could he have done well against the wide variety of opponents that the champ had to face back in the day? I don’t think so.
Who would you consider to be the best team to hold the NWA World Tag Team titles back in the territory days?
For me, it’s down between three teams: Rick Steamboat and Jay Youngblood, The Anderson Brothers (Ole and Gene) and the odd pairing of Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke. All three great teams and legendary, but for different reasons. Other teams would come and go and make their marks, but these teams set the bar for the others to follow. And if I only have to pick one team, it’s going to be Ole & Gene. The best of the best. ‘Nuff said!
Were the territory days better for wrestling?
There were more opportunities for people to work and make money, but it’s a double-edged sword and hard to answer. I prefer the territories, but the money is bigger now and the fame is international now and that’s because of cable and how everything is so much more larger than life.
What would you consider the five greatest feuds in terms of the impact they made in wrestling history?
Right off the top of my head, the wars that changed the face of wrestling were: McMahon versus Austin, Zbyszko versus Bruno, Flair versus Race (leading up to Starcade 83), Blackjack Mulligan versus Ric Flair (The Robe versus The Hat) and The Horsemen versus Dusty. I guess I should add the Monday Night Wars, WCW versus The WWF as well, but that makes six instead of five. Works for me.
Should the big promotions bring back studio shows or just stick to arena shows?
I liked the studio shows, but they don’t make any money and tie up valuable resources for a wrestling company for a whole day with little return. Arena shows means paying fans, merchandise, concession stands and a larger and lively crowd. Arena shows are the way to go.
Courtesy of D-Rock…
If you were booking a “Wrestlemania” for Wrestling Heaven, with twelve matches, what would the show look like and who would you book?
Twelve matches involving legends and stars who have passed beyond the mortal coil. There are so many great names and legends to choose that no matter who I include, I would leave out way too many true iconic legends. But I’ll give it a shot and book this off the top of my head.
Bruno Sammartino versus Harley Race
The Ultimate Warrior versus Dusty Rhodes
The Von Erichs (David, Kerry, Mike) w/ Fritz versus Gino Hernandez, Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert & Chris Adams w/ Gary Hart
Fabulous Moolah w/ Mae Young versus Penny Banner
Andre the Giant, Blackjack Mulligan & Wahoo McDaniel versus Ernie Ladd, John Studd & Dick Murdoch
Nick Bockwinkle & Ray Stevens w/ Bobby Heenan versus Verne Gagne & Johnny Weaver
Terry Gordy versus Bruiser Brody
4-Way Dance: Eddie Guerrero versus Mike Awesome versus Hector Garza versus Chris Benoit
Rick Rude, King Kong Bundy, The Spoiler (Dan Jardine) & Road Warrior Hawk versus Buzz Sawyer, Matt Borne, Doug Somers & Playboy Buddy Rose w/ Sherri Martel
Mr. Perfect versus Owen Hart
The Public Enemy versus Ivan Koloff & Nikolai Volkoff
Mighty Igor versus Crusher Blackwell
Announcers would be Gordon Solie, Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan and the interviews would be conducted by Mean Gene Okerlund
And there you go. So many people I remember from my younger days and so many others, I’ve forgotten and left out, but this is a solid card of those superstars and personalities that have left us and are now performing in that great big arena in the sky. This would make for an event of epic proportion to be sure.
And with that, I’m out of here, my friends. Thanks for reading. Questions, comments or any other thoughts, drop me a line and tell me what up. Until the next time, take care and stay safe. Have a good one and I’ll see you at the matches.