Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Bobby Eaton, Sonny Kiss, Hulk Hogan & More
May 10, 2020
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers, Moms, G-ma’s, MeeMaws, Aunts, Fur-Baby Mommies, and CEO’s of tiny humans out there. Thank you for all you’ve done and do. And just for you, it’s a very special edition of the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. You’re welcome. And now, let’s do this…
Why did Bobby Eaton never work for WWE, either as a wrestler or later in life as an agent or trainer?
From what Jim Cornette has said, it’s the constant life on the road that WWE was notorious for that prevented him from ever wrestling there. He liked the stability that places like WCW and Mid-South provided and didn’t want to subject his family to any more stress than necessary. Also, Bobby wasn’t a great talker and WWE liked to have their performers be able to talk as well as wrestle. Why he wasn’t a trainer at a later date though, I have no idea, but most likely, he’s had the offer and opportunity. He just strikes me as someone who would rather work and stay home rather than deal with the travel that any WWE job would ensure.
Thoughts on Sonny Kiss?
I’ve only seen him wrestle a couple of times and he’s different. He’s got some good moves and a unique look and could be compared to maybe Adrian Street or Orlando Jordan while in TNA, but far more flashy. His move of pulling faces into his butt in the corner is interesting, but I don’t see a big upside for this part-time AEW talent. Only in 2020 could he be working for a major company. I understand about building a character, but in his case, the character overshines any actual talent or ability he may have. He needs to focus more on building strong matches and performing in that ring than being flashy and controversial. Otherwise, he’ll never be more than a flash-in-the-pan opening act that promoters use to show how politically correct and inclusive they are. I think he’s capable of more than that, but he just needs to show it and prove it.
Do you think we’ll ever see Hulk Hogan get one final match?
I could see a Hogan moment where he stands up for something and clears the ring of a dastardly heel or two, but so far as an actual match, going bell to bell, that will probably never happen and becomes less likely each and every passing year.
Triple Threat Match: Tony Schiavone versus Jim Ross versus Bruce Pritchard with Arn Anderson as the referee. Who wins?
Pritchard is the only one with any actual real in-ring experience so he’d have the advantage, but I can’t really imagine any of these three podcasters managing to dominate the other two for long. I think we’d have a total cluster of a match for about three minutes and then Double-A would just give each man a spine-buster, lay all of them out, raise four fingers in the air, and walk away, leaving this match a no-contest.
Name 3 wrestlers who you consider a gift to wrestling and 3 who would be considered punishment to wrestling.
Three wrestlers who are a blessing to watch, to hear, to know about, and for what they’ve contributed to this business, would be Ric Flair, The Rock, and Steve Austin. Three who are blemishes on the face of pro-wrestling and should never have been allowed in a wrestling ring or anywhere near the business we all know and love would be Tammy Sytch, Sable, and Eddy Mansfield. (Yes, I just finished watching the Dr. D David Shultz edition of Dark Side of the Ring again).
Thoughts on Bubba Rogers, aka The Big Boss Man?
From all I’ve heard, a good man, a tough wrestler, and a loyal friend. I personally preferred the Big Bubba Rogers character over that of the Big Bossman or any of the Bossman-like gimmicks that followed. He moved well for his size, was a good heel character, and was exactly what any promoter would look for or desire in a top mid-card talent.
Shelton Benjamin’s Mom (Thea Vidale) versus Buff Bagwell’s Mom (Judy Bagwell). Who wins?
Thea wasn’t Shelton’s real mom. She was an actress brought in to pretend to be his Mom by WWE and I still don’t get it or understand why. Judy was Buff’s real Mom and oh vey, what a character she was. Judy is a former co-holder of the WCW World Tag Team Championship titles so I’ll give her the edge in what would be a very painful disaster of a match. Hopefully, Scott Steiner would interfere and lay both of them out if we’re lucky. But barring an appearance by the Big Bad Booty Daddy, Judy would get the win and Vince Russo would probably have an orgasm in celebration, bro.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions, feel free to drop me a line, either here at the site or on Twitter at @Doug28352. Don’t forget to support your local Indy wrestling and wrestlers. It’s coming back in June, thank goodness. And be safe. So until the next time, stay good and I’ll see you on the flip side. Happy Mother’s Day.