Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
WWE Television, Asuka, Ox Baker & More
March 18, 2020
It’s time to do that Q&A thing about the world’s greatest form of entertainment, professional wrestling. Questions are from Danny S., Earth Girl, and The Cheese. The answers are all me. Let’s do this…
Should WWE stop production of RAW and Smackdown and just air “Best of” specials until the Coronavirus scare has settled down?
While I could see doing a “Best Of” show every so often if necessary, part of what makes WWE so special and the reason they’re getting such large amounts of money on their television deals is that they’re able to produce original and live programming each week with RAW and Smackdown. I doubt that Fox or USA would be happy to get a clip-show every week. Luckily, WWE has the Performance Center and has found a way to still do live television. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than any other option currently available to the company.
Did WWE drop the ball with The Revival?
Is Hillary a liar? Will liquor make you drunk? Will walking in the rain get you wet. Does Little Wayne rhyme “ass” with “ass”? Does my cat need to shut the hell up and quit meowing? The answer to all of these questions is exactly the same.
A steel cage match between Zbyszko and Sammartino – Tim Zbyszko versus David Sammartino. Who wins?
A new twist on a historic rivalry. As they are today, David has been semi-retired for a while and would be 59 years old now. Zbyszko works for ‘I Believe In Wrestling’ and has been wrestling for nine years now. I know that David’s last major feud was against “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko back in 2010 and Larry often acts as Tim’s manager. I think that since Bruno won the infamous Shea Stadium cage match against Larry Zbyszko back in 1981, this one would even things up. Tim wins.
Best television commercial you’ve ever seen featuring a wrestler.
The first one that comes to mind is Dusty Rhodes talking about BC Headache Powders. Dusty: “I can tell you about pain!”. I remember Booker T doing the Hungry Man commercials and George Steele doing a commercial for Dell Computers, but the Dusty commercial was always a favorite. After all, who knows more about pain than ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes?
When someone says “great character / lousy wrestler”, who comes to mind?
The two names that immediately come to mind are Enforcer Luciano and Ox Baker. Both had great gimmicks and a great look. Both were awful in the ring. Luciano played a Maffia type enforcer and the hand with metal plates, the eye-patch and chewed glass. He was imposing as heck until he tried to wrestle. And then, he was just bad. And Ox Baker. A great look, good promos and a reputation as a killer. The Master of the Heart Punch. But his matches were bad and even the best, such as Ernie Ladd or Bruno Sammartino, couldn’t carry him for long. That’s why he never stayed in one territory for very long.
Should Asuka become a regular part of the RAW announcing team?
That works for me. She’s more interesting than Jerry Lawler or Byron Saxton and far more articulate as well.
And there you go. Thanks for the questions and thank you for reading. Any comments, thoughts or questions, drop me a line. Follow me on Twitter at @Doug28352. Until the next time, stay safe and take care of yourself. I’ll see you later.