Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Nyla Rose, Super Showdown, Riddle vs Brock and More
February 16, 2020
How did I miss these? My friend, Daniel sent me some questions earlier this week and I didn’t see them until now. Oops! My bad! And I got a couple of questions from Jay R. as well. It looks like a full Q&A column to me. Let’s do this…
Thoughts on the Otis and Mandy Rose storyline?
WWE loves to have the odd romance story entangled every so often among the matches and wrestling oriented stories and I guess this is one of those times. RAW has the Rusev / Lana / Lashley drama and I guess Smackdown gets to have Otis and Mandy. It is what it is. Otis gets to work on his character, the lovable big goof and Mandy gets to be the torn and confused Vixen and we get Dolph thrown in now to be a heel and cause anguish for the big man as he steals the girl. It’s cheesy and lame, but no real complaints from me. Whenever Otis and Mandy start making out like two pervs trying out for a Pornhub flick, aka Lana & Lashley, I might complain, but so far, it’s harmless filler.
“The Native Beast” Nyla Rose is the new AEW Women’s Champion. Good idea or not?
It’s professional wrestling and for that purpose only, it doesn’t bother me. Nyla identifies as a female and in a world where Chyna was a former Intercontinental Champion and where Tessa Blanchard is the current Impact Wrestling World Champion, it’s just business as usual. If this were a real sport and real competition, I would feel differently since gender identity is a psychological thing and not physical and men and women should not compete against each other in legit athletics. Men have an unfair physical advantage and are stronger, faster and have more endurance in general than females do and your idea of what gender you want to be or feel more comfortable as doesn’t affect that. So far as AEW goes, it’s wrestling and it’s getting mixed reviews, but any publicity is good, right? To me, it’s the same as Tessa being the Impact Champion. I wouldn’t have booked it, but no real objections either and it’ll be interesting to see how this develops down the road.
Rumors say that the Bella Twins and Jushin Liger are going to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. Thoughts?
The Bella Twins were not great wrestlers, but they were competent in the ring and were good in their roles as “Divas”. Jushin Liger is a true wrestling legend although I could have done without the classic “Thumb In The Ass” bit he participated in a few years ago and I just recently watched it on YouTube. Liger, Tomasso Ciampa, Matt Riddle, Aleister Black, and many others all working a human centipede spot. Oh vey! But the Bellas have had a great career in WWE and Liger has had a great career in wrestling so no objections at all to these choices.
Are you excited about the upcoming Super Showdown event coming up in Saudi Arabia?
Not so much as of yet, but I’m sure as we get closer to the actual date of the event, my intrigue and excitement level will pick up.
Best clothesline – JBL or Stan Hansen?
JBL’s “Clothesline From Hell” is a wonder to behold in all it’s brutality and Stan Hansen’s “Lariat” is just pure brute muscle that will knock a person into the next time zone. Both are stiff, brutal and fun to watch and witness. But the best, with all due respect to Hansen and JBL, belongs to the legendary Bill Eadie, aka The Masked Superstar. Superstar whipped his opponents into the ropes and then came off the other rope and both his and the victim’s feet went flying into the air as Superstar nearly took the guy’s head off. It’s kind of like what Seth Rollins does now with his “Slingblade”, but far more precise and enjoyable to watch. Then the Cobra was applied by the iconic masked performer and victory was assured.
Matt Riddle was talking about Brock Lesnar again at a recent NXT event. Are they going to end up wrestling?
Riddle has a background in MMA and is a big, tough guy so it would be an interesting match to see, him taking on “The Beast” Brock Lesnar. Brock might not be thrilled with the idea of taking on Riddle, but I can see it happening down the road. It’s money on the table and with Triple H high on Riddle, I don’t think the WWE will ignore the possibilities. It may be a year or so down the road, but it will happen.
Who should John Cena wrestle at Wrestlemania 36?
A couple of sites were reporting earlier today that as of now, Cena is penciled in to face Elias at Mania. That makes sense since Cena made his Mania appearance last year by coming out and interrupting Elias’ concert. But right now, Elias is a face so that might be a problem building for this match unless a heel turn is planned over the next month or so. I’d rather see King Corbin or even CM Punk myself, but as of this writing, it appears that Elias will be the Chosen One’s opponent at the big show.
Should Vince McMahon place larger WWE events on Network television?
I would say yes. It’s all well and good to have all the shows and pay-per-views exclusive to The Network, but why not reach that audience that doesn’t subscribe to the Network? Work out a deal and show Starcade on NBC. Do a Legends show and air it on Fox. The idea is to get the product out there to as many eyes as possible and hope that they like it, buy merchandise, subscribe to the Network and keep watching. So air the Royal Rumble on NBC and let the entire world see what the WWE is about. Replays can be added to the Network the next day and it’s a win-win for the WWE, for the networks and especially for the fans. Vince should absolutely have this option on the table in future discussions about how to promote WWE and gain more of an audience.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts or questions, drop me a line here at the site or at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com. Lets talk. Until the next time, take care and stay safe. Don’t forget to support your local Indy Wrestling companies and wrestlers. That’s the future learning their craft today. Give them love and support whenever you can. I’ll see you next time.