Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: AEW, Managers, War Games & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
AEW, Managers, War Games & More
March 1, 2020
DougMaynard.com

More questions have been sent and thus, more answers will be provided. It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A and courtesy of Larry D., we have a lot of AEW themed queries to reply to. And two questions from Mark as well at the end. Thanks for the questions. And now, let’s do this…

It looks as if AEW may be bringing back War Games, albeit under a different name. Thoughts?

While WWE owns the rights to the name ‘War Games’, it was Cody’s father credited with creating the match and WWE doesn’t seem to use it very often anyway. If AEW and Cody want to do the match, do the match. MLW did a version of the match years ago and it’s a gimmick match that the fans like and it draws money. Call it ‘The Match Beyond’, put on a great show and show WWE how it should be done. Just do it.

Moxley is the new AEW Champion. Good idea or not?

It’s not what I wanted to see happen yet, but it is what it is. I would have had Jericho get DQ’ed and Moxley would win the title in Vegas at the next big event. But AEW made the call and it’s Moxley’s turn to carry the ball. If it works, great. If not, Jericho is there to take the belt back. Congrats to Mox for a title win and AEW for a damn good show.

What was your favorite part of AEW Revolution?

It was a damn good show from start to finish. The tag match delivered. Cody & MJF definitely was off the charts and the right guy won. The main event title match between Jericho and Moxley was fantastic and Orange Cassidy had a match and stole the show. No complaints about any of it.

Who are your Top 3 managers of all time?

I’ve always been a big fan of the wrestling manager so this is a tough call for me. Who didn’t love Captain Lou, Freddie Blassie and the Grand Wizard in WWF? What about Sir Oliver Humperdink in Florida and the Carolinas or Scandor Akbar down in Texas? Hell, I even liked Paul Jones’ Army in Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and Gene Anderson’s time leading Snuka and Ray Stevens. Can I truly only name just three? Bobby Heenan was great, but I tend to look at him as more of an announcer. And James J. Dillon deserves a shout out as well. But my three favorites? Paul E. Dangerously, Gary Hart and James E. Cornette. These were “the guys” so far as I’m concerned when it came to standing at the side of the men that mattered most. And they were damn good at what they did… period!

With Super Showdown behind us, and Goldberg, stupidly, being the one to defeat The Fiend, I just have to ask, why does Vince, seemingly, have so little faith in his roster when WrestleMania season comes around every year, that he sees the need to give most of the top spots to part-timers/legends?

In Vince’s eyes, the big stars are what the fans want to see. They’re full of nostalgia and larger than life characters and he doesn’t have anyone on the WWE roster that can fit that billing. It’s his fault of course since WWE long ago quit making stars and everything became about the brand instead. Vince got tired of people being larger than the promotion, such as Austin, Bret, Hogan, Hall & Nash, HBK, The Rock, so they quit making larger than life names and characters. Only John Cena can say that he’s a major name without WWE backing and promotion. Everyone else is cut off at the knees before they get too big. It’s crazy. And then, when the time comes for Mania, they don’t have names and matches that people want to see and have to rely on older names and past stars to boost the roster. Every action has consequences and when Vince got tired of having stars that were too big to control, he changed things up and this is the result.

AEW clearly likes extreme aspects of wrestling, like blood and chair shots to the head. Is that a good thing?

If you’re a fan of blood and chair shots, I would guess so, but I think that they rely on them too much. They’re fine when it makes something special and creates a moment and impact, but when it’s every other match, after a while then, who cares? I’m hoping that they’re using these tactics now to show how different they are from WWE and attract the strayed fans, but as time goes on, they’ll use blood and headshots with chairs less and less often. Otherwise, it’s going to grow old fast.

And there you go. Again, thank you for reading. Any comments, thoughts or questions, please give me a shout. Until the next time, take care of yourself and each other. I’ll see you later.

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