Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Jeff Jarrett, Ed Leslie, Impacts on Wrestling & More
March 29, 2020
Enjoying a beautiful day off from being an “essential” and waiting for my chicken nuggets to finish cooking. This seems like a good time to do a quick edition of the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. My thanks to Scott and David for the questions. Now, let’s get busy and do this…
Eric Bischoff says that he didn’t consider Jeff Jarrett a compelling character and that his big push in WCW may have hurt more than helped him. Agree or disagree?
I’ll agree to a point. I like Jarrett and as a strong mid-card wrestler, he would be a great choice, but as the “top guy”, he’s just not it. His time in WCW and then later in TNA both proved this. Jarrett is a good wrestler, a good promo guy and maybe if Vince Russo and WCW had let him build slowly with a run with the United States or Television Championships first, working towards battles against the top guys instead of rushing things and shoving him down the fans throats, he would have had a chance to get over with more of the audience, but instead of that, we got “Chosen One” and “Choke on that, Slapnuts!”. It was short-sighted booking and hot-shotting, something Russo was notorious for.
Thoughts on Ed Leslie aka Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake?
I remember seeing Leslie wrestle in the early ’80s as Dizzy Hogan for Crockett and he had that something about him that stood out, that “it” if you will. He then went on and while he was always a good talent, it seems that he decided to live off the relationship with Hulk Hogan rather than be his own man. He had a good run in WWF as Brutus Beefcake, but by the time he was in WCW, it was obvious he was just coasting along and what he once showed was no more. A good talent that could have been much more, but never reached that full potential.
Who was the worst wrestler to ever be WWF / WWE Champion?
While Vince McMahon is the most obvious answer, he was far more credible than he had any right to be. My pick would be The Great Khali. He was big… period. I can’t think of anything else he brought to the table. I enjoyed him in the movie, “The Longest Yard”, but as a wrestler, in that ring, oh vey! ‘Nuff said!
What had more impact: Flair bringing WCW title to WWF, Medusa throwing Women’s Title in Trash, Shane Douglas rejecting NWA Belt?
Madusa throwing the WWF Women’s Championship into the trash was a bold stunt by the wrestling legend, but alas, it had little actual meaning. Flair taking the WCW title with him to WWF was bigger, but it eventually worked itself out and became just a memorable angle. Douglas rejecting and throwing down the NWA belt led to the formation of ECW and that small promotion from Phillie ended up changing the world of professional wrestling in so many ways. It was the start of the biggest thing for the next fifteen years, the impact of which is still seen every day in WCW, AEW, Impact and all over the world. The biggest impact? Shane Douglas by far.
What caused the biggest shift in Wrestling:
Hall and Nash to WCW, Eric Bischoff giving away Mankind winning the Title, OR The Montreal Screw Job?
Bischoff giving away the Mankind title win was just another shot in the Monday Night Wars. Memorable, yes, but compared to the other two events listed, just a blip on that radar. The Montreal Screw Job happened indirectly as a result of Hall & Nash leaving WWF and going to WCW. So that would put the defections of Hall & Nash and the formation of the nWO as the Numero Uno event. It turned the small skirmishes between WCW and WWF into a full-blown war and changed the way that wrestlers and their contracts work forever.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts or questions, drop me a line and give me a shout. Follow me on Twitter at @Doug28352@yahoo.com. And until the next time, stay safe, stay home if you can and be good. I’ll catch you on the flip side.