Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: TNT Challengers, Chad Gable, Art Barr & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
TNT Championship Challengers, Chad Gable, Art Barr & More
June 3, 2020

Good morning. It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. The questions come from Facebook. The answers are from me. Let’s do this…

Triple threat tag match, in their prime, Rock and Roll Express, New Age Outlaws, and The Hardy Boys….. Who walks out champs?

This would be one hell of a fast-paced and fun match to see. The Hardys with the high spots, the Rock & Rollers with the old-school science and mat wrestling, and the Outlaws with a good mixture of both. Honestly, there is no clear favorite here. All three teams would have a good chance of winning and it would just depend on pure luck (and the booker) to figure out who has the biggest advantage. I think that the Outlaws would squeak out a win at the end, but a match like this, who really knows?

The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts, Jimmy Garvin) w/ Dallas Page as their manager versus The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson, Barry Windham), managed by James J. Dillon. Who wins?

Another match that could go either way, but at least with this one, one team would have a slight edge and that would be the Horsemen. James J. Dillon was a far better manager than Dallas Page during his run with the Freebirds and I think that’s where the advantage lies. A shoe-shot by Dillon on Roberts or Garvin while the rest of the Horsemen cause distractions and Windham covers for the win.

Cody has said that non-AEW wrestlers can challenge for the TNT Championship. Who would you like to see step up and challenge Cody?

For me, the first two names would be Matt Cardona, aka Zack Ryder, and Heath Miller, aka Heath Slater. Ryder because it’s almost a given that he’s coming to AEW eventually and it would be a great match. Heath because Cody told him “No” about coming to AEW and from there, the story writes itself. And a match against ROH standout and former WWE star PJ Black, aka Justin Gabriel, would be cool to see as well.

Is it time for Chad Gable to drop the name “Shorty G”?

He never, in my opinion, should have started using that name. The man has an Olympic background and credible, strong history as Chad Gable. Use the real name and take advantage of what you have. Pointing out his height and trying to change who he is, that’s dumb. Whoever had that idea, they’re a stupid idiot!

What topics would you like to see covered as part of Season 3 of the Dark Side of the Ring series?

The Tammy Sytch story, Rikidozan, the Vince McMahon steroid trial against the Feds, the Bruiser Brody murder, the story of Art Barr, aka the American Love Machine, the rise and fall of ECW, and Black Saturday are all topics that come to mind.

Thoughts on The American Love Machine, Art Barr?

I only remember seeing him wrestle once and that was at the “When Worlds Collide” pay-per-view event, but he’s left one hell of a legacy in the world of professional wrestling. He was second-generation and was the tag partner of Eddie Guerrero in Mexico. It was in tribute to Barr that Eddie started doing the frog-splash off the top rope. He also wrestled in WCW for a year or so as “The Juicer” and while I remember the character, I don’t remember much else or any of the matches. A talented performer with a great look, great charisma, and lots of baggage. Barr passed away in 1994 from an overdose. It’s a shame because if he had ever managed to get control of his demons, he could have been one of the best ever.

Thoughts on Timothy Zbyszko?

The son of the Living Legend Larry Zbyszko, Tim, also known as the Living Legacy, is a good wrestler and exceptional on the mic. He wrestles primarily down in Florida and has built a good career on the Florida Indy scene. His only flaw is his look, which is more of a dad-bod and thinning hairline (thank you Larry Z) than the sculpted look of a big-time wrestler. He’s damn good though and would make an excellent announcer or manager with the occasional match on the side. I doubt if we’ll ever see Tim as part of WWE or AEW, but he’s a talented performer with a good future ahead of him as he carries forth the “legacy” of his father and grandfather, Verne Gagne.

Ric Flair has said that at age 71, he wants one more match. Thoughts?

No, no, thousand times no. Unless it’s for a promo or interview, Flair should NEVER step inside that ring for a match of any kind again in his career.

And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, questions, or thoughts to share, drop me a line here at the site, at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com, or on Twitter at @Doug28352. Until the next time, stay safe out there in this crazy world and just keep being too sweet. I’ll see you at the matches.



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