Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
Keith Lee, CM Punk, NXT & More
December 6, 2019
It’s time once more to do that Fact or Fiction thing y’all love so much. Jake Chambers is the man responsible for the statements and he’s available for your reading pleasures over at http://www.411mania.com. The answers, that’s all me baby! Let’s do this…
Statement #1: CM Punk’s first appearance on WWE Backstage was good stuff.
FACT: It was a good surprise and caught everyone off guard. It made the fans and viewers look forward to the following week and it got people to talking, all very positive signs. How WWE and Punk keep it going in the weeks and months to come is another question, but for the first time and first appearance, it was a great new beginning for Punk as part of the WWE Backstage crew.
Statement #2: You watch old wrestling on the WWE Network regularly.
FACT: I watch the pay-per-views and the older shows like Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and Georgia Championship Wrestling, the stuff I grew up on, quite regularly. Old WCW as well and I just recently started watching Mid-South, something I read about in the Apter Mags, but never had the chance to watch. The wide variety of old stuff is the main reason I’m there and subscribing. The pay-per-views and new stuff is good, but it’s the classic stuff that keeps me around and coming back.
Fact or Fiction – Quick Hits
– one sentence is all you need for this FoF lightning round!
1. At some point in the future, Edge wrestles a full match again.
FICTION: If Edge does return for a match, it’ll be a short squash to give Edge a moment and keep the fans happy.
2. AEW will eventually end up buying WWE.
FICTION: AEW will be doing good to still be in business five years from now. They’re not buying anyone anytime soon.
Statement #3: The women’s War Games match at NXT Takeover was more enjoyable than the men’s War Games match.
FICTION: They were both really good and exciting matches, but the surprise addition of Kevin Owens in the men’s match is what gives it the edge in my opinion. Having the two matches bookend the event was a great way to promise a fantastic show and WWE / NXT definitely delivered with this event.
Statement #4: Keith Lee will be a Roman Reigns-level WWE main event-er in the future.
FICTION: While Lee is an amazing talent and can really go in that ring, I can’t see him as a WWE headliner and here’s why. Lee is 35 years old to start and looks every inch of it. Plus that body. As Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe prove, you don’t have to be sculpted and a body builder to be a WWE star, but Lee looks like a truck driver or regular guy on the streets and while that wouldn’t hurt him in most wrestling companies, it’s well known that Vince is not a fan of the Dad-bod looks. Talent will only take a person so far in WWE and while I can see Lee with a strong mid-card push, I can’t see him headlining Wrestlemania or SummerSlam for WWE. It just isn’t happening.
Statement #5: After this Survivor Series weekend, Adam Cole is clearly a better WWE brand-specific champion than Bray Wyatt or Brock Lesnar.
FICTION: All the love and respect in the world for Cole, but while I think he’s a better representative for his brand that say, Bray Wyatt, but he’s not Brock Lesnar and not even close. Brock has an aura and air about him that stands alone and above all others and neither Cole or Wyatt have that special touch. Cole is probably the best wrestler of the bunch and is a great representative for NXT, but the best champion? I don’t think so.
Statement #6: NXT will survive long term as a separate prime time WWE “brand” and not be absorbed like ECW or bled dry like 205 Live.
FACT: So long as HHH has any say in the matter and a position of power in WWE, I think NXT is safe in it’s spot as the 3rd brand of WWE. The other shows and Vince may pick and raid the roster every so often to give strength to the other two shows, but I don’t think that NXT has to worry about losing their spot and being absorbed by anyone. They’re good.
Amd there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts or questions, drop me a line here in the comment section or at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com. Until the next time, take care and stay safe. I’ll see you at the matches.