Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction (Extended Edition)
Royal Rumble, Edge, Street Profits & Much More
February 9, 2020
After almost two weeks of pain, blues and agony, I’m back and ready to rumble. I can’t walk very well, but I can sit and write with the best of them. It’s time to play catch-up with an extended edition of the Wrestling Fact or Fiction. All the questions and statements are courtesy of Jake Chambers and 411mania.com. The opinions that follow, that’s all me baby! We’ve got a lot of ground to cover and not much time so let’s cut the chit chat and get to stepping. And away we go…
Statement #1: CM Punk being on WWE Backstage has been a complete waste of time.
FICTION: It has brought Punk back into the WWE family (almost) and has attracted eyes to the program that normally wouldn’t waste their time on a WWE recap show, me for instance. I like Christian and Paige, but an additional hour of TV that I don’t have time to watch is the last thing I needed and even with their participation, it wouldn’t have been enough to make me find the time. Punk adds to the program and for that alone, I have made it a point to find the time to watch. That sounds positive to me.
Statement #2: Following their victory at Worlds Collide, Imperium is currently the best faction in WWE.
FICTION: While an argument can be made for Imperium, I think that the newly formed faction of Seth, Murphy and the AOP on Monday Night RAW is just a little bit better. The AOP and Murphy were greatly misused and under-rated and now that they’re aligned with Seth Rollins, the sky is the limit.
Statement #3: While watching the Women’s Royal Rumble Match, you believed anyone other than Charlotte had a chance of winning.
FACT: My personal choice was Carmella to win although I knew that wasn’t very likely. I did think that Shayna Baszler had a great chance to win and coming in at #30, I wasn’t sure which way it would go between her and Charlotte until the actual ending. It was a well-booked match.
Fact or Fiction – Quick Hits
– one sentence is all you need for this FoF lightning round!
1. You wished Ronda Rousey had returned and won the Women’s Royal Rumble.
FICTION: I would have liked to see Rousey return, but not as a participant for the match, but to instead make a statement and maybe challenge the winner of the Becky / Asuka match,
2. You wished John Cena had returned and won the Men’s Royal Rumble.
FICTION: While I’d like to (and fully expect) to see Cena return and do something at Mania, for the Rumble, he was not needed.
3. Pro-wrestlers never really retire.
FACT: So long as there is breath in their bodies, there will always be a desire for one more match.
Statement #4: You’d be happy to never see another ladder match again.
FICTION: While I’d prefer to see less of them and less of the gimmick matches in general, if the match has a purpose and reason for being, then bring it on. Gimmick matches should be for a reason and not just thrown out there for every night and every performer. Keep them few and far between so that they’re important. Ladder matches included.
Statement #5: The Street Profits are funny.
FICTION: They do have some funny moments and spots, but I much prefer to see tag teams wrestling and cutting wrestling promos instead of cracking jokes and acting like goofs. I don’t mind some character spots and the occasional backstage skits, but when that’s all they seem to do, it’s getting old fast.
Statement #6: The way Drew McIntyre won the Men’s Royal Rumble Match was great.
FACT: No complaints here. He eliminated Brock, with an assist from Ricochet, and then went on to win convincingly. Good booking by the WWE for this match.
Statement #7: It is worth the health risk for former A-level PPV main event-ers, such as Daniel Bryan and Edge, to come out of retirement even if they only end up having B-level status.
FACT: For their peace of mind, if they can return and desire to do so, it’s work everything and anything. Wrestling, once it’s in your blood and that desire to perform and entertain, she’s a tough lady to walk away from. To get to fo what you love again after being forced to walk away and give it up, no price is too much.
Statement #8: If you could see Hulk Hogan in his prime versus one wrestler today in a PPV main event, it would be Roman Reigns.
FICTION: Roman would make for a good match, but against an “in-his-prime” Hogan, I think someone like Braun Strowman or even John Cena would make a much better opponent.
Statement #9: Jon Moxley should defeat Chris Jericho for the AEW Championship at the Revolution PPV
Special Task: Please write your response within the new 280 character limit for a Tweet
FICTION: Jericho is Le Champion. Moxley is good as resident crazy for AEW but as champion? I don’t think so.
Statement #10: At Wrestlemania XII, WWF President Gorilla Monsoon made the right call to allow the 60-minute Ironman match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels go to sudden death overtime after it ended in a draw.
Special Task: Please write your response as if it is an official entry in the WWF(E) rulebook
FACT: In regards to Championship matches, the WWE President / Chairman / Ranking Authority Figure present, can change and modify stipulations for the match if deemed necessary to allow a conclusive finish to said match. In the case of a draw or non-finish, the ranking Authority Figure can, at his or her discretion, make adjustments to allow for a conclusive winner and loser for said match.
Statement #11: The Mount Rushmore of Pro-Wrestler / Actors is: Roddy Piper, The Rock, John Cena, Dave Bautista
FICTION: The Rock is an obvious choice and for his work in the classic movie, “They Live”, I’ll agree with Roddy Piper. But the other two spots, they should belong to Hulk Hogan and Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Hogan, as Thunderlips in the Rocky III movie and Ventura, in Predator & The Running Man paved the way for everyone else.
Statement #12: YouTube views are the best indicator of the kind of content the majority of WWE fans want to see.
FICTION: What the fans watch on YouTube can be one indicator of what is and isn’t popular, but it isn’t necessarily the best. Surveys, TV ratings, Twitter and Facebook comments and just listening to the audiences at the live shows are also important. YouTube viewers can help WWE management get some ideas, but everything else has to be considered as well.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts and any questions are welcome and appreciated, either here in the comments or at my e-mail addy of Doug28352@yahoo.com. I guess my work here is finished so I’m down and gone. Until the next time, take care and don’t forget to support your local Indy Wrestling companies and performers. Take care and I’ll see you at the matches.