Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Nia Jax & Tamina, Money In The Bank, David Shultz & More
May 8, 2020
Good morning and welcome to the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Today’s questions come from the always awesome Cheese. The answers, are from me. Let’s do this…
Do Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka only have jobs with WWE because of who they’re related too?
Yes and no. They were probably hired because they have distinct looks, good characters, and the potential to be WWE Superstars. So far as keeping their jobs though, when was the last time Tamina had a push of any kind? The fact that Jimmy Snuka was her father definitely plays a role in her continued employment. As for Nia, she has injured, accidentally or not, several other wrestlers and doesn’t appear to be getting any better. She could be a top name for WWE, but I have a strong feeling that her family connections are the only reason she still has a job.
Who did WWE blow it with the worst? Zack Ryder, Rusev, or The Revival?
This one is a tough call because WWE screwed up majorly with all of these men. Ryder was getting cheered over the Rock and John Cena in MSG. He was big and they buried him and did nothing. Rusev managed to get over not once or twice, but three times and was on fire and WWE management fumbled it again. And The Revival, all they wanted was for some respect to be shown to the tag team division. They were arguably the best team to come to WWE in years and the fans got it. And WWE wanted to make them clowns and pay them huge amounts of money to be jokes. I don’t know which was worse, but all of these are examples of WWE dropping the ball and being, as Chris Jericho would say, stupid idiots.
How excited are you for this weekend’s Money In The Bank event?
It’s Friday morning and I haven’t thought about doing a prediction column yet. I will, but it will be more out of habit and necessity than actual desire. That should tell you all you need to know.
Virgil versus George South. Who wins?
Virgil was decent in the ring but is best remembered as Ted DiBiase’s flunky and the man who gouges people on autographs and often sits alone at fan conventions. George South was a job-guy for Crockett and WCW and while he wasn’t a big name, he’s an amazing wrestler. He still wrestles regularly even today. South wins and does it easily.
Thoughts on the Dark Side Of The Ring series about David Shultz, John Stossel, Eddie Mansfield, and that whole scenario?
I remember most of this from when it originally broke. My thoughts are that Shultz was sent in to bully Stossel and then abandoned by WWF and Vince afterward. John Stossel is and was a whiney little bitch and joke of a reporter who deserved that slap and should be slapped more often. Eddie Mansfield was a decent wrestler, but he got mad at a promoter, couldn’t make it as a top guy, and sold the business out for a paycheck. I have no use or respect for Mansfield and when he repeatedly makes the argument that it was “for the boys”, he’s full of shit!
What are the three best live matches that you’ve ever seen in person?
I have seen so many matches over the years, the benefits of being a roommate for a top Indy guy, and then, later in life, being employed by a top Indy guy, that it’s hard to pick just three. But three do stand out. One was at a place called Viper’s House of Pain in, I believe Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where my then-roomie Michael Youngblood, fought the man himself, Viper, in a “Fans Bring The Weapons” match. It was an incredible night and Mike and Viper truly “brought it” and beat the holy hell out of each other. The second was in Durham, NC where Michael went toe to toe with a young Ethan Storm. The funny thing about this match was we, Michael, Storm and I, all rode together to Durham. They had a killer match that stole the show and then, we came home. That is a story in itself and I’ll tell it… someday. But Mike and Storm were both “bringing it” and it was a match I’ll never forget. And finally, in Lumberton, Johnny Weaver versus Gene Anderson. Two “old guys” in the twilight of their career and it wasn’t anything fancy, but they went out there and told a story and put on a clinic of a match that has remained in my mind ever since. I think I was fourteen years old at the time and had the chance to see two of the best ever.
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