Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Too Cool, Matt Borne, Ole Anderson and More
January 7, 2020
Happy Rusev Day! Let’s get busy with the newest batch of questions, courtesy of Mickey G. and Ryan. They ask and I answer. And you read and enjoy. Sounds like a plan to me. Let’s do this…
Thoughts on the life and career of Matt Borne?
Matt Borne, eral name Matt Osbourne, was a second generation superstar, the son of wrestler Tony Borne, and was on a rocket to the top from Day 1. I first remember Borne coming to Crockett in the early 80’s and teaming with another rookie, Buzz Sawyer. The two men moved to Georgia and teamed for a while and then Borne was teamed up with another new rookie, Arn Anderson. It was then off to the WWF and the character of Doink the Clown, followed by a stint in WCW as Big Josh. He’s had a pretty successful career and was a solid mid-card performer who probably should have had more success, but for personal demons and other issues. Borne passed away in June, 2013 due to an overdose. Bottom line is this. Borne was a talented guy who could do it all in the ring, but couldn’t beat his demons outside of it. A memorable talent and star who left a great legacy in the sport we all know and love.
Do you think that the Undertaker will have a match this year at Wrestlemania and if so, who should his opponent be?
I think that we will see Taker get back into the ring again at Mania and as for who, I would like to see Samoa Joe or Erick Rowan as the man standing across the ring from the Phenom. Sheamus could be good too.
Do you think that Chris Jericho will have another run with WWE after his deal with AEW expires?
Jericho will be, I think 53 years of age when his deal with AEW expires and if things are still doing well with the upstart company, who’s to say he won’t remain with them? But if he parts company with AEW< I think we might see him back with the occasional visit and cameo in WWE but as for a full time deal, I don’t think that will ever happen. Not to say he can’t do it, but I can’t see WWE giving any kind of big push to a fifty-plus year old man, even if it is Chris Jericho.
Was Ole Anderson racist?
Yes and no. Do I think Ole hates people of color? Absolutely. I also think that Ole pretty much dislikes everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political leanings or anything else. Change that. I think Ole liked Gene Anderson and seemed to like Arn Anderson a bit, but aside from that, Ole was not known to be a people person and didn’t suffer fools easily. If you did your job, had some sense and could hold your own in a battle of wits, Ole might respect you, but if you were a liar, a goof or a hypocrite, Ole didn’t have much use for you. As for the racial stuff, Ole didn’t care who you were or what color your skin was if you could draw fans and put butts in the seats. Ole worked programs with such stars as Ernie Ladd, Thunderbolt Patterson and Tony Atlas and didn’t care if he won or loss, so long as the match drew money and fans. Ole was an equal opportunity hater and didn’t have much use for anyone, but he kept his personal opinions apart from his business decisions and I guess that’s what matters the most when speaking of the original “Rock”.
Do you follow any wrestlers on Twitter and if so, who are your favorites?
I follow many wrestlers on Twitter including Hurricane Helms, Missy Hyatt, Zack Ryder, Kevin Owens, MJF, Jungle Boy and Orange Cassidy. My favorites are Missy and Helms. They post often, are entertaining and relevant in most of their posts and are just good people to follow and enjoy. I used to follow Tammy Sytch, but she didn’t appreciate a joke I made and blocked me. Something about jail. Oops. My bad!
Does the team of Too Cool, Scotty 2 Hotty and Brian Christopher, belong in the WWE Hall of Fame?
They were a good and solid team for the WWE as much as anyone during the Attitude Era and I can see an argument being made for their inclusion. Scotty has done some work for WWE down at the Performance Center and of course Christopher’s father is WWE Legend Jerry Lawler so that is two big reasons to give them the nod. Christopher’s battles with his demons and the way his life ended a couple of years ago, while in custody, could be used as an argument against. I think that if Jerry Lawler was to make the suggestion to Vince and WWE Management, they’d be an easy “In”, but until Lawler makes a move and brings it up, I don’t think it will happen.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts and any questions are welcome and appreciated. And now, it’s time to call it a night. Have a great one and take care of yourself. I’ll see you at the matches.