Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Rivalries, Speaking Out & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Rivalries, Speaking Out & More
June 20, 2020
DougMaynard.com

It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. You supply the questions and I have the answers. Let’s do this…

Who had the greatest rivalries in pro wrestling history, in your opinion?

Rivalries that could end and then start again at the drop of a hat and excitement and entertaining matches were almost always a guarantee. I would go with Flair versus Dusty, Ole Anderson versus Dusty, HHH versus HBK, Austin versus Vince, and The Midnight Express versus The Rock & Roll Express as among my all-time favorites.

Would Dick Slater have made a good member of the Four Horsemen?

Slater had the ability and charisma, but I can’t say that I can see him as “Horseman material”. A great wrestler to be sure, but he would not make a great Horseman.

Who is the first wrestler you think of when I say “Old School”?

The Anderson Brothers and Jim Cornette are the first names that come to mind.

Who, right now, do you see as the face of AEW?

While Cody and Moxley are the champions and official “faces” of the company, every time I look at an article on AEW or see a post about that company, it’s either Sammy Guevera or Orange Cassidy that most people seem to be talking about so I’ll go with Sammy and Cassidy as the true faces of the company.

Twitter is full of allegations against several wrestlers, via the #SpeakingOut movement. Among the names being mentioned are Jim Cornette, Jimmy Havoc, Jack Gallagher, Matt Riddle, Dave Lagana, Justin Roberts, and many others. Thoughts and if the allegations are true, what should their employers (WWE, AEW, NWA) do about it?

Since this question was written, it appears that many of the wrestlers and companies have taken action. Dave Lagana resigned from the NWA and Gallagher was fired by WWE. Riddle has lawyered up and made his Smackdown debut last night defeating AJ Styles. AEW is standing by Havoc thus far and is taking a “wait and see” approach. And Jim Cornette mocked the allegations but has been otherwise quiet. So my thoughts? It’s not a surprise that this kind of stuff happens. And what wasn’t considered a big deal in the past, that’s changed. Assault and abuse should always be taken seriously and if proven to be true, dealt with. I know how it feels to be a victim of abuse and I’ve been in situations where I wasn’t comfortable and forced to do things I didn’t want to do, but I think almost everyone has these days. It’s a sad part of our culture and life in the twenty-first century. Each charge and case should be addressed on an individual basis and handled that way instead of knee-jerk reactions and just firing or blacklisting everyone who’s been accused of something. Investigate and if the allegations are true, do what is necessary, but don’t take everything heard for granted as automatic truth either. This is a big mess and it’s only going to be bigger and more confusing as time goes on. The women (and men) who are speaking out should be applauded and appreciated. But the cynic in me still asks, “Why now?”. And “what is their agenda?”. So take the charges seriously, don’t rush to judgment, and let the chips fall where they may.

And there you go. My thanks for the questions and to you, my loyal readers, for reading this. Any comments, thoughts, or questions to ask, drop me a line here at the site, at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com, or on Twitter. Until the next time, stay safe in this mad and crazy world and take care of yourself and others. I’ll see you at the matches.

Ubuntu!

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