Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Kenny Omega, Antonio Brown, David Benoit & More
September 23, 2019
I have been so slack. Okay, busy and depressed and lusting after the video-posting guy on Facebook that loves to dance. Whatever… I’ve been neglecting the site though and I have so much backlog waiting to be tackled. And so many fences that I need to mend because I’m an anti-social pinhead at times. I don’t even deserve a little bit of the bubbly. But I’m going to try and kick it into gear and make things right. Are you ready to do the Dougie? Well, you’ve been warned. Now, before I head to bed, let’s tackle a few questions about the world’s greatest sport. These come from Jesse, Wild Bill and The Cheese. Yes, that’s what she calls herself and who am I to object or complain? Now, let’s can the chit chat and get to stepping. Let’s do this…
R-Truth is now, as of this writing, a 17-time 24/7 Champion. Does this mean he’s better than Ric Flair and John Cena, both of whom are recognized as 16-time World Champions?
R-Truth is also a former NWA World Champion, a multiple time tag team champion and has a major fear of spiders. Is he better than Cena or Flair? That’s arguable because there is only one Ric Flair and only one John Cena and R-Truth isn’t quite recognized as the superstar that either of these men are considered to be. But he’s still going, still entertaining and has constantly reinvented himself to keep his character fresh and fun to watch. So is he better? Nope, but he’s not any less of a champion either. And that’s the (R) Truth!
Thoughts on Kenny Omega’s comments about NXT that AEW will feature “real stars, not developmental talent”?
Omega, if he’s serious,. comes across like a real asshole and brat, especially when several of the “developmental talent” wrestlers at NXT, such as Ciampa, Gargano and Adam Cole for example, are probably bigger stars in the U.S. than Omega and 98% of the AEW roster. With the exception of the , Jericho, the Young Bucks and Cody, who made his name in WWE, the majority of the AEW talent is not well known to the casual fans. Omega was probably just speaking without seriously giving it any thought and I soubt he really means what he said. Maybe it was just an attempt to get some heat and attention and if that’s the case, it worked, but probably not in the way that he intended.
Will Orange Cassidy resonate with casual fans watching AEW?
I think Cassidy will do just fine if not overexposed by the AEW television. He’s a damn good performer with an unique gimmick and he has that “it” that draws attention. Some may not quite “get it” at first, but I think that the majority of fans, when they get a taste of “Freshly Squeezed” Orange Cassidy, will appreciate his talent and what he brings to the table.
Should Vince McMahon attempt to sign Antonio Brown for the XFL or maybe even the WWE?
An alleged sexual predator who has talent, but is a constant disruption to the locker room, according to reports, is disrespectful and pretty much a spoiled brat and piece of shit? Vince should stay as far away from Brown, as should every other team and sports-franchise, as possible.
Thoughts on Baron Corbin as the new WWE King of the Ring?
Corbin is a good, old school heel and of the people who were in the tournament for the King of the Ring, he was by far the best choice to come out as the winner. Faces don’t make good “Kings” in wrestling. An ego and character full of arrogance is needed for this kind of spot and nobody currently on the WWE roster is better at getting the fans riled up, often just by being there and never saying a word, than Corbin. So I’m happy for Baron and I think it was a good call by the WWE.
From “Wild Bill”…
In my opinion, Rick Stemboat and Jay Youngblood was the best tag team in the history of wrestling. Agree or disagree?
Steamboat and Youngblood were an excellent team and those five reigns as the NWA World Tag Team Champions prove it, but the best in the history of wrestling? I think that The Anderson Brothers, The Rock & Roll Express, The Midnight Express, The Usos, The Road Warriors, Arn & Tully, Demolition, Kronik, The Freebirds, The Revival, The British Bulldogs, Buddy Rose & Doug Somers, Hall & Nash, etc. might all disagree with that proclamation.
Thoughts on Sgt. Slaughter? I always thought he was on tough SOB.
Slaughter was a good character and tough as hell, especially when he wrestled for Crockett in the early 80’s. He seemed, to me anyways, to lose something when he moved to the WWF in the mid-80’s and was just a shadow of himself when he worked the AWA in the early 90’s. But I respect the man for what he did in professional wrestling and his tag team with Don Kernodle, another tag team who had many battles against Steamboat and Youngblood, the team mentioned in the previous question, have always been among my favorite tag teams of all time.
Who was the greatest promo cutter in JCP history and why?
Most people would probably go with Ric Flair or Dusty Rhodes or maybe Ole or Arn Anderson and I would agree that they’re among the best promo guys of all time, but for me, when Blackjack Mulligan came out and started telling you to “get Mama from the kitchen” and bring in “Grandma from the porch” and listen up to what he has to say, you knew it was serious business and it was about to get real. So Mulligan would be my pick and I’d go with Bill Eadie, aka The Masked Superstar as my #2 Promo guy.
With the exception of Bobby Eaton, Brad Armstrong probably had more pure wrestling talent than anyone. Agree or disagree?
I’ll agree. Armstrong never had a bad match with anyone and along with Eaton and Barry Windham, was probably one of the best pure talents and greatest in-ring performers of all time. Unfortunately, since he wasn’t the biggest guy and had only average promo skills, he didn’t get the recognition or push that he probably deserved, but the man could definitely go. There’s no doubt about that.
Do you thik Ole Anderson will ever go into the WWE Hall of Fame?
While he’s alive and breathing, I seriously doubt it. Ole hates Vince McMahon and Vince isn’t crazy about Ole either and if Ole was going to be inducted, it would have and should have been as part of the Four Horsemen, a group of which Ole was a founding member. I do feel however, that once Ole passes away, that WWE will probably induct Ole and Gene Anderson, aka the Minnesota Wrecking Crew, into the Hall of Fame, as part of their “Legacy Division”. Ole and Gene are recognized, even by people who don’t like Ole, as one of the best tag teams in history and deserve to be part of any wrestling Hall of Fame. It’ll happen one day, but Ole won’t be around to complain about it.
Who would be on your Mt. Rushmore of professional wrestling valets?
Valets as opposed to managers? My quick picks would be Baby Doll, Woman, Missy Hyatt and Miss Linda, the valet for Adrian Street.
If you could meet any wrestler from past or present, who would it be?
Right now, it would be Ole Anderson and Jim Cornette.
Rumors are that David Benoit is hoping to sign with AEW. Should they give him a chance?
If Benoit is good enough in the ring, then sure, why not? I think a team of David Benoit and Brian Pillman Jr. could really get over well and enjoy success. I know that his name and close resemblance to his father could be a problem, but I think that most fans would get over that pretty quickly if Benoit can go in that ring. The son can’t be blamed for the sins of the father and Benoit deserves the same chances and opportunities as every other wrestler.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. And with that, I bid you good night. I have to be up in just a few hours for a long day of selling booze and fine spirits and now that bed is calling. Any comments, thoughts or questions, drop me a line in the comments or else give me a shout at Doug28352@yahoo.com. Until the next time, take care and don’t forget to support your local Indy wrestling promotions. Take care.