Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
WWE Hall of Fame, Gimmick Battle Royal, Sami Zayn & More
December 11, 2019
It’s that time again. My thanks to Eric and Jesse for the questions. Time is fleeting so let’s get right to it, shall we? And away we go…
Thoughts on Seth Rollins new alliance with the AOP?
I like this new alliance. Seth doesn’t really work well, in my opinion, as a face and being a heel with two powerhouses like the AOP to back him up, that definitely seems to be a better fit. It gives the AOP a chance to shine and show their stuff, something that has been sorely lacking since they made their main roster debut a couple of years ago. This isn’t the SHIELD 2.0, but it could be an effective and strong faction for WWE. I’m interested in seeing how things go.
Who do you consider the craziest wrestler from any era?
I’m not sure if you’re talking about in-ring antics, the promos or just in general, both in the ring and out of it. Abdullah the Butcher during his prime was certainly able to induce nightmares, but that was in the ring only. I’ve had the chance to meet Abby since then and he’s such a soft-spoken gentleman in real life, it kind of kills the image and character. Billy Jack Haynes has some major legit mental issues, but that’s more of his real life and not about the wrestling. I guess I’ll go with the legendary Michael Youngblood. Mike has wrestled for over twenty years and he was my roomie for a while down in Wilmington. A great wrestler in the ring with few peers and one of the best people I’ve ever known, both in and out of the wrestling business. He’s my “little brother” in every way that matters, but Mike can be at times, a wild & crazy guy. Hell, I lived though it and the stories I could tell. I have to check and see what the statue of limitations are before I can share most of the stories, but suffice it to say that both in and out of the ring, Youngblood is truly one of kind.
Thoughts on Batista and the nWo being chosen as the headliners for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2020?
Batista was part of the cast of the highest grossing movie of all time and had a pretty good career in WWE as well. And the nWo, Hogan, Nash and Hall, their contributions to the world of pro wrestling are legendary. Two great picks by the WWE. What X-Pac is doing with the nWo, I don’t really get. Nothing against Sean Waltman and it’s a minor nitpicky issue, but he didn’t come in to the nWo until a few weeks in. If Waltman is there, what about Ted DiBiase who introduced the nWo on Nitro and was the “money man” for the group or what about The Giant? Hell, what about Eric Bischoff for that matter? Anyways, two good picks for the Hall of Fame show. Now, so long as they don’t forget The Midnight Express and Jim Cornette and Victoria, we’re good.
Randy Orton has said that Ken Shamrock should go into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 group. Do you agree?
Shamrock had a great career in both wrestling and UFC and was a big part of the WWE for many years with multiple reigns as a tag team and Intercontinental Champion. Randy is right. Shamrock should be a part of the WWE Hall of Fame. He certainly deserves the honor and spot.
Should WWWE bring back the “Gimmick Battle Royal”, as seen in Wrestlemania 17 for future events?
I would love to see it. That battle royal was one of my favorite parts of Wrestlemania 17. Of course, part of that was the chance to see Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan do commentary and make their returns to WWE after several years of being in WCW. But it’s a fun and entertaining match and it was great to see all sorts of older legends and superstars from the past, even if they were past their primes, get one more brief moment in the spotlight and an easy paycheck. If not as part of Mania, this would be a good thing to use for the throwback editions of RAW or maybe even SummerSlam. I hope that someone in WWE gets a feeling of nostalgia and brings this back. That would be awesome.
Sami Zayn seems to have transitioned into a managerial role for both Shinsuke Nakamura and Mojo Rawley. Is this a good move for Sami?
Sami had surgery on both of his shoulders I believe and while he can still wrestle and take bumps, the healing process doesn’t seem to be going as quickly as hoped so why not use him as a manager. Sami is a great talker and has really added to Shinsuke’s character and hopefully can do the same for Rawley as well. Whatever it takes to keep Sami as part of the mix, be it a manager, a commentator or whatever, I would consider it a good thing.
And there you go. My thanks for reading and again, thanks to Jesse and Eric for the questions. Comments, thoughts or any questions of your own, drop me a line in the comment section or at Doug28352@yahoo.com. Have a great one and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Take care.