Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Chris Jericho, Swede Hanson, Heath Slater & More
May 1, 2020
A new month is here and we made it through April. Now it’s May and has anything changed? Not really. I’ll be so glad when things get back to whatever the new normal is going to be. But the normal for around here is starting the day with an edition of the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Does that sound like a plan or what? It works for me. The questions are from Facebook and the answers are all from me. Let’s do this…
Is Chris Jericho AEW version of Hulk Hogan or AEW Version of HBK Shawn Michaels?
He’s not the Hulk Hogan because he’s not dominating every scene, refusing to put over other talents and crushing the promotion for the sake of his ego. He’s also not the AEW version of HBK because he’s not an egotistical prick who is using his power to crush the careers of people he doesn’t like. I think that the AEW version of Chris Jericho is Chris Jericho, Le’ Champion and just one of the most rounded and talented performers in wrestling today who is doing everything he can to keep AEW alive and kicking and focused on success.
Schiavone plays the straight man and Jericho is on fire and showing why he’s so valuable to AEW right now. Are they better than WWE? Well, they’re not better than Asuka, but aside from that, Tony & Jericho are amazing and arguably the best thing in wrestling today, at least in the commentary department.
Edge versus DDP. Who wins?
With both men in their prime, this could be a damn good match. Is DDP a face or a heel? Is Edge a face or a heel? Is this in WWE or WCW? So many questions could affect the outcome. But I think when the smoke cleared, it would be Edge getting his hand raised in victory.
Antonio Inoki vs Kurt Angle. Prime vs prime. Work or shoot. How would this go down?
Inoki was a great politician and wrestling promoter but in the ring, he’s not as good as the hype pretends he is. Kurt Angle is the man who won a gold medal in the Olympics with a “broken freakin’ neck”. Kurt might take a few minutes to feel Inoki out, but once things started to get serious, Angle would win quickly and easily.
Remember Swede Hanson? Does he belong in the WWE Hall of Fame?
Swede Hanson was a popular performer in the Crockett Promotion back in the sixties and seventies who worked as a heel, but was a “noble heel”, and didn’t cheat. He worked as a mid-card performer in the WWF in the early ’80s and even did a few matches against then-champion Bob Backlund. He’s most remembered now as a jobber for the last few years of his career with Crockett. Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? When you look at his career in its entirety, from his tag team with Rip Hawk to his run with the WWF, to just being noble and well-respected veteran in his final years, the answer for me is a definite yes.
Do you remember Rocky Kernodle? Was he a good wrestler? Was he related to Don Kernodle?
Rocky Kernodle was also known as Keith Larson and he was mainly an enhancement talent for Crockett. He was a good wrestler and had a good look, but he was not a big name or star. His two big moments were teaming with his brother, Don Kernodle at Starcade 86 in the opening match against Nelson Royal & Tim Horner and then teaming with Ole Anderson against The Russians as part of Starcade 84. I think Ole was filling in for an injured wrestler. But regardless, Larson was a good talent and put on some good matches. He was never a big star, but he definitely was a memorable talent.
Now that he’s been released from WWE, what do you think is next for Joe Henning (Curtis Axel)? I’d like to see him form a three-man team with The Revival and take over AEW.
I think the future is whatever Axel wants it to be. He would be a great fit for the NWA, with maybe a few trips to Japan on the side to rebuild his name and career. The biggest slam against Axel is not his in-ring ability, but his “lack of personality”, but if you watch him on anything that’s not WWE wrestling, he’s funny and a charismatic guy. He couldn’t show it in WWE as Curtis Axel, but let’s hope that Joe Henning can do things differently and show what he’s really capable of. I think a lot of people will be surprised. As for a team with The Revival, that would be an interesting one-shot team and I could see an alliance every now and again, but as a regular three-man unit, I don’t think so.
Cody seems all excited talking about Zack Ryder coming to AEW, but when asked about Heath Slater, he just said “No”. What is Cody’s beef with Heath?
Who knows? Maybe Heath owes him some money or they had an argument at some point. It could be anything, but my inner gut feeling is that we’re getting a subtle swerve. If Heath does eventually end up in AEW, we have a physical record now that he can use to say that “Cody didn’t want him” and that could be used to build a feud with these two men down the line. So maybe it’s all a work? Or maybe Cody just doesn’t like or appreciate Heath? We’ll have to wait and see where this all goes.
Dean Malenko versus Bret Hart. Who’s the better technical wrestler?
Bret may claim to be the “best there is, best there was, and the best there ever will be”, but I think that Dean Malenko is a better technical performer and in-ring performer. Hart is the bigger name, the bigger star, and would get the pin in any match booked by a promoter, but who is better. It’s the Iceman all the way.
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