Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Matt Hardy, The Colons, Indy Superstars and More
December 12, 2019
Good morning and welcome to another edition of the Ultimate Q&A, wrestling style. I asked my main man, James, to send me some questions for the Q&A during a conversation at Wal-Mart last night and the dude came through for me. If you have any questions, wrestling or anything at all for that matter, drop me a line. Comments and any other thoughts are welcome as well. Now, let’s get to crack-a-lackin and do this thing. As they said in the movie “8 Mile” during the final rap battles, “Hey DJ, spin that shit!”. Let’s do this…
Matt Hardy’s WWE contract is due to expire soon and he’s been making hints on Twitter about leaving WWE. Thoughts?
Matt has been very vocal about getting back the rights to be “Broken” once more and more mysterious about his future in pro wrestling. His contract with WWE is set to expire soon and given that he and his wife just welcomed a new addition to the family, it’s not quite obvious where his career is headed next or what he wants to do. Matt working as an agent and occasional talent for AEW is a possibility and even signing back up with WWE and maybe splitting his time between active competition and working creative, as part of the team or an agent, could be an option. Whatever he does do, Hardy will do well and thrive. He’s a true iconic legend in this business and is still a young man. The future is “EXCELLENT!”.
If Braun Strowman left WWE, what promotion would you like to see him in and why?
I’ve never really been a Braun fan all that much so if he was to leave WWE, I don’t really have any particular favorite place for him to go. I guess Impact or AEW would be the best options, but to be honest, I wouldn’t be paying too much attention anyways.
Does Chris Benoit belong in the WWE Hall of Fame?
As a performer and for what he did, in the ring, in New Japan, WCW, ECW and WWE, the answer would normally be yes, but Benoit is a special case. While I accept that he was not in his right mind (obviously) at the time, he still murdered two innocent people, one of who was one of my favorite managers / valets of the 90’s and the other, his own son. And that can’t be overlooked or forgiven. I respect Benoit, the wrestler, but not quite so much, Benoit the man. And the actions that were taken by “the man” will forever prevent “the wrestler” from being inducted into any wrestling Hall of Fame, deserving or not.
Are you surprised that Epico and Primo Colon are still under contract to WWE?
The two men have not wrestled a WWE match since I believe January of this year and spend most of their time working down in Puerto Rico for Carlos Colon and WWC, so yes, I am surprised to see that they’re still under contract to WWE. I don’t get it since WWE obviously doesn’t have any kind of plans for them. That sucks too because the Colons are a great tag team and both very good wrestlers. I suspect that they’re still under contract most likely as a favor to Carlos Colon by Vince, an old friend helping out an old friend, but if they’re going to pay them, WWE should at least find a way to use them. It’s an odd situation that I don’t understand.
What do you consider the greatest heel turn in pro wrestling?
Is it Shawn Michaels kicking Marty Jannetty through the window of the Barber Shop? Is it Hogan turning on WCW to join and help found the nWo? Is it Triple H giving new WWE Champion Randy Orton the “thumbs down” as Orton celebrated with Evolution? Was it one of the man times that Ric Flair turned on Sting? How about when Seth Rollins turned on his SHIELD brothers? Or maybe when Arn Anderson agreed to team with Dustin Rhodes and then turned on him in a tag match against Gary Hart’s wrestlers? So many choices and so many great picks, but I’ll go with two that are a little more obscure, but stand out to me. When Andre the Giant turned on Hulk Hogan, ripping the gold cross from his neck and the other? When Barry Windham turned on Lex Lugar to give Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson the WCW Tag Team Championship belts and became a member of the Horsemen.
Thoughts on Chuck & Billy, managed by Rico and their run as WWE Tag Team Champions?
A really good team with a very touchy gimmick for the time. Billy Gunn is a great tag team wrestler and Chuck Palumbo was really starting to come into his own around the time these two men teamed and adding Rico as their manager, it was a great move for a great team. The whole “gay wedding” angle was a bust at the end, but I liked the team and they were one of the best of that era of WWE.
If you could choose five Indy wrestlers to get a WWE contract, who would you choose?
Five wrestlers that I’d love to see in WWE or NXT and getting a shot at the big time? My picks would be Ethan Storm and Taz Jackson, better known as ACDC – the Atlantic Coast Destruction Crew, The Carolina Kidd and Carolina Girl, Derk Douglas, now known as “The Artist” and his partner, Brad Branson, The long retired, but I’d bring them back if I could team of The Main Attraction (Chris Steele and Scott Powers) and finally, the Native American Warrior Michael Youngblood. Want to know more about these men and women? Just drop me a line and I’ll give you the 411 or else just look them up. But they all have that “It” quality and while the levels of experience and skills may slightly differ, these folks are all stars… period.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. And now, it’s time to call it a night and go to bed. Have a great one, stay safe and I’ll see you at the the matches. Follow me on Twitter at @Doug28352. Take care.