Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Hana Kimura, Magnum TA, NXT vs AEW & More
May 26, 2020
I’m running a little late, but Happy Memorial Day to all of those who served our nation and made the ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.
It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. My most awesome bro-son, the OutLaw, K-Mak, decided to text me a few questions earlier tonight. And now, it’s time to respond. Let’s do this…
Thoughts on the passing of Hana Kimura?
To be honest, until she passed away a few days ago, I had never heard of Kimura, 22, a wrestler for the World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion, as well as a featured name on the Netflix series, Terace House. But she was a talented performer with a strong following and due to cyber-bullying, she ended up killing herself. I think it’s tragic and sad and a great loss to pro wrestling and humanity in general. The old chiche’ is that only the good die young. She was 22 years old. People can be assholes and if nothing else, this proves it more than ever. Rest in peace Hana. You will be missed.
Instead of being in the wreck that ended his career, what if Magnum TA had left Crockett for the WWF instead. How would he have done in WWF?
While he would have done well in WWF for a short time, I don’t think it would have been the Hulk Hogan level of success that everyone seem to suspect it would have been. Magnum had “it” to be sure, but he was a wrestler first and character second and that’s not what Vince McMahon was looking for. He wasn’t a great promo guy either and with someone else besides Dusty doing the booking, I think mid-card would have been the best he would have achieved. Magnum was NWA/WCW in every way and the land of cartoony WWF wouldn’t have made a good home for the long term of things. Not at all.
Three greatest elbow drops? I say Shawn Michaels, Perry Saturn, and Randy Savage. Prove me wrong.
When it comes to Macho Man and HBK, I can’t do anything but agree. That was their thing and few have even come close since. But Perry Saturn? He may have done the elbow from the top, but I don’t remember it. I think I’d put CM Punk, who did it to honor Randy Savage, in that third spot.
Who had/has the best entrance music?
Jimmy Valiant, coming to the ring to the sounds of the Manhattan Transfer and the song, “Boy From New York City”. It was one of the first, one of the best, and still is even today.
NXT versus AEW War Games. Who is on each side and who wins?
For NXT, I’d go with the champion, Adam Cole. Add Tomasso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano to the mix and round it out with Matt Riddle. For AEW, I’d go with Cody, Kenny Omega, Jon Moxley & Brodie Lee. As for who wins, I think I’d give the NXT guys the edge. No real reason, but I think they’d be more unified and more of a team.
Best Dark Side of the Ring episode so far?
The Owen Hart episode. My sinuses were acting up quite badly as a result of this one.
NXT versus NWA (2020 roster only) versus AEW in an Elimination Chamber match with two people from each brand. Who wins?
For NXT, I’d go with Adam Cole & Jonny Gargano. For the NWA, my selections would be Nick Aldis & Tim Storm. And for AEW, it’d be Hangman Adam Page & Cody. And the winner? NWA World Champion Nick Aldis.
Worst heel turn ever?
I guess you could take your pick from any Big Show turn that happened weekly on WWE TV or when WCW tried to turn Goldberg heel at the peak of his run. But the worst? Steve Austin turning heel during The Invasion Angle. WHAT? That was stupid! WHAT? Ignorant! WHAT? It sucked! WHAT? I hated it! WHAT? No one bought it! WHAT? FU Vince!
Worst face turn ever?
Nothing specific comes to mind unless you count all the times that Stephanie McMahon was being nice all of a sudden and a fan favorite. She was never a natural at being a “good girl” and excelled at being a first-class bitch. So whenever Steph started being sweet and innocent and nice, we always knew it was a swerve and just a matter of time.
Big Brother WWE edition. Who are your ten people going in? Vince Russo and Jim Cornette are the first two. Who are the other eight?
I don’t watch Big Brother, but I know enough to know that it’s a bunch of people locked in a house and let’s see what happens. A WWE edition? That would be fun. So Russo and Cornette are the first two? Corny would end up killing Russo, bro! The other eight would be Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Marty Janetty, Sable, Jacqueline, Madusa, Enzo Amore, and Lio Rush. Now, let the bodies hit the floor and stand back. It would be crazy. I would definitely watch.
And there you go. My thanks again to the OutLaw K-Mak for the questions. Any comments, thoughts or questions of your own, just drop me a line and let’s talk. Until the next time, my thanks for reading. I have to go fold clothes now and then get ready for bed. Take care, be safe, and I’ll catch you on the flip side.