Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
NXT Takeover, Dolph & More
February 23, 2020
It’s time to do that Fact or Fiction thing, the wrestling edition. The statements are courtesy of 411mania.com and Jake Chambers. The opinions that follow, that’s all me. Let’s do this…
Statement #1: Keith Lee vs. Donovan Dijakovic was the best match at NXT Takeover – Portland.
FACT: It was a gem among gems and yes, it was a damn good match. Others came close and I enjoyed the entire event. I was especially elated to see Pete Dunne and Matt Riddle win the tag team titles, but for bell to bell quality, the fight between Lee and Dijakovic comes out on top as the best of the night.
Statement #2: You are looking forward to another match between Tomasso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano.
FACT: Matches between Ciampa and Gargano are like the matches with Flair versus Steamboat, The Midnight Express versus The Rock & Roll Express or The Masked Superstar versus Blackjack Mulligan. In other words, they never get old. Bring it on NXT and WWE.
Statement #3: The mega-push Rhea Ripley had been getting over the past few months is well deserved.
FACT: I don’t know if I’d call it a mega-push, but Rhea Ripley is an amazing talent, has paid her dues and deserves every single bit of success that she gets.
Fact or Fiction – Quick Hits
– one sentence is all you need for this FoF lightning round!
1. There will never be a bad NXT Takeover event.
FICTION: Eventually, the streak will have to end. Ask the Undertaker how it works. Even a bad NXT Takeover event will probably be better than most shows, but it’s due to happen at some point.
2. You believe Dakota Kai and Tegan Knox really hate each other.
FICTION: This is wrestling. Hate and love are subject to change at any moment depending on which direction the wind blows. ‘Nuff said!
3. Dolph Ziggler Sucks.
FICTION: Dolph’s character may suck at times, but he’s an amazing talent and will always be a top guy with a strong spot in the business.
Statement #4: Nothing in wrestling looks dangerous anymore.
FICTION: While the wrestlers protect each other better than ever these days, the action is brutal at times. Risks are taken and accidents happen. I cringe more often now than I did ten years ago at the risks these men and women take every single night.
Statement #5: You would pay for the Network if the WWE sell off their PPV rights to another “major” streaming outlet.
FACT: For the classic programming, the old pay-per-views and the special events, the Network is well worth ten bucks a month even if they do move the new pay-per-views somewhere else.
Statement #6: The rumored Wrestlemania match for John Cena against Elias sounds good.
FICTION: Nothing against Elias, but this match is so underwhelming. Elias is currently a face and rarely even seen on television anymore. WWE may as well use Zack Ryder, Heath Slater or Jinder Mahal in this spot. At least Ryder would have a legit reason if you think back to the Eve Torres / Kane storyline. Elias has a reason based on last year’s Mania, but no one remembers or cares. Give Cena an opponent that is in his league or at least has a purpose for being there. Elias just doesn’t do it right now.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. And thanks to Jake and 411mania.com for allowing me to use their format and statements. Any comments, thoughts or questions, just drop me a line. Have a great one and I’ll see you at the matches.