Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Vince Russo, Dutch Mantell, Bobby Duncum & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Vince Russo, Dutch Mantell, Bobby Duncum & More
May 3, 2020

Welcome to the Sunday edition of the only wrestling Q&A that matters, the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. No question is too big or too small. Ask me anything. It’s been a slow and lazy day here and I’ve entirely done nothing of importance all day long. Well, that is about to change. After all, what is more important than a number of random questions from the world of Facebook? Nothing that I can think of. So these are questions. And now, I have the answers. Let’s do this…

WWE ratings keep dropping. Is it time to bring back Vince Russo?

I don’t care if the ratings for RAW and Smackdown go into the negatives. It will never be time to bring in Vince Russo for anything, bro. Paul Heyman is there so if there the ratings are declining, cut him loose and let him be the mad genius we all know he is. Let the wrestlers contribute more and replace Hollywood writers with people who actually know the business. Get rid of the scripted promos and bet some damn live people there in the audience as soon as possible. There are plenty of ways to make things better, but none of it involves Vince Russo, nor will it ever.

Which company has suffered a bigger fall? ROH or Impact/TNA?

ROH got some new owners, an influx of money, and has struggled ever since. Impact has been just barely hanging on for a while now, but they’re taking all the shots and problems and still going. Both companies have had it rough, especially since the COVID-19 virus popped up and the world went crazy. I think ROH has had a rougher time of it since they were riding high and it just stopped after the MSG show. Impact is used to struggling. I think that both will survive though and once things start to get back to normal, will get stronger and better.

What is your take on Dutch Mantell circulating the rumor that the WWE is going to be sold to ESPN and Fox?

I think that Dutch was bored and heard something and just felt like stirring the pot a bit. And so he did.

Blackjack Mulligan, Barry Windham & Bray Wyatt versus Larry Henning, Mr. Perfect & Curtis Axel. Who wins?

This match would ROCK! And the winning three-generation team gets to take on Peter Miavia, Rocky Johnson & The Rock. I think that the team from Eagle Pass, Texas, with Blackjack, Barry and Bray would kick ass and take home the win.

Does AEW need an “authority figure”?

Cody says “No” about the need for an authority figure, but I disagree. Right now, things are all good because even though everyone knows that Cody, The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega are all EVP’s with the company, they’re all faces and don’t abuse their power. What about if they turn heel and change? Who can counter them and their decisions? Tony Khan? I’d rather see a neutral party imposed as a ruling figure, not used every week, but in special situations where you know if the boss is there, it’s a big event. Think Sandy Scott back in Crockett Promotions or Jack Tunney in the WWF. I don’t want a “General Manager” or “Commissioner”, but I do want a person with the final call if the EVP’s can’t make a decision or act fairly. And I don’t want Tony Khan to be an on-screen character for AEW so that means someone else. Yes, an authority figure.

What is your all-time favorite catch-phrase?

Well, you know brothers, I’m not one to toot my own horn, but toot toot! My most favorite catch-phrase is, have mercy baby, the best there is, was, or ever will be, give me a hell yeah, woo woo woo – you know it, I got Kids and everyone is a pencil-necked geek! I don’t know. I like ’em all. And dat’ is all de’ people need to know!

What’re your thoughts about Big Bad Bobby Duncum?

I only had the chance to see Duncum during a short run with Crockett where he came in to work with Blackjack Mulligan. A big man, a talented brawler, and a rough & tough cowboy all the way. I think Duncum was an excellent tag team wrestler and could move around well for his size. His son, Bobby Duncum Jr., was one of the West Texas Rednecks along with Curt Henning, Barry Windham, and Kendall Windham and did that excellent song, “Rap Is Crap!”. The son, I remember well. The father, a product of the territories, and good talent.

And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions, just feel free and drop me a line. I can be reached here at the site, at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com or on Twitter at @Doug28352. Follow me. I follow back. Until the next time, take care of yourself and stay safe. Support your local Indy wrestling and wrestlers. I’ll see you on the flip side.


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