Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Matt Hardy, New Horsemen In WWE, David Arquette & More
July 29, 2020
Good morning and welcome to the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A, where no topic is off-limits and you get the pure, unfiltered truth, from a Dougie perspective of course. Michael sent me a few questions and my thanks to him. Now let’s see if I can provide a few answers. Let’s do this…
Happy (belated) Birthday to Sammy Guevera.
Matt Hardy says that it’s time to quit being a character and just start being Matt Hardy again. Thoughts?
And it comes around full circle. Matt Hardy is great at reinventing himself and being a character, but my favorite “Matt” was always just plain and simple “Matt Hardy”. He doesn’t need the gimmicks and alternate personalities. They can be saved for special events if needed. I think this is a good move for Hardy. There are so many characters out there in the world of pro wrestling and especially AEW, stand apart from the crowd by being a good professional wrestler. Works for me and I think it’ll do wonders for Matt as well.
Would you like to see David Arquette challenge Cody for the TNT Championship?
A former WCW World Champion challenging Cody? Arquette is actually not a bad wrestler as he’s proven on his recent Indy tour while filming a documentary and is more than capable of holding his own in a match against Cody. The publicity would great and the viewers tuning in just to see Arquette get his ass kicked, would be huge. If Arquette is interested and AEW gets the opportunity to do this, they should give it some thought and make it happen.
Thoughts on Garrett Bischoff?
The son of Eric Bischoff, I thought he was decent in TNA, both as a wrestler and a referee. The shadow of his father proved to be too much and after a good run in TNA, he ended up moving to the Indy scene. I think a lawsuit against TNA by Eric Bischoff and his business partners had a lot to do with that as well. So far since then, aside from a few shows in 2018, he’s been out of the business. Too bad because he had a good look and was a good worker.
There is talk about AEW reviving the “Horseman” franchise. Should WWE, who owns the rights to the name “Four Horsemen” take the initiative and form a group of Horsemen first? And if so, what WWE stars would you want as part of this group?
It would be a good way for WWE, if they even cared, to nip any ideas about a Horsemen franchise in AEW right in the bud. But with both Tully and Arn working at AEW, who’s to say that they wouldn’t just go ahead and form a group anyway? It’s an interesting concept, but I don’t think Vince McMahon is too concerned with what AEW does enough to take the initiative. If WWE was to do a Horsemen type of faction, I’d go with, of the current roster and off the top of my head, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Cedric Alexander & Dolph Ziggler, with Ric as the James J. Dillon of the unit.
Suppose Dennis Condrey has never left in 1987. Would it have worked if Paul E Dangerously had brought in Randy Rose and Norvell Austin as the Original Midnight Express to feud with Eaton, Condrey & Cornette?
It wouldn’t have worked as well in my opinion. When Heyman brought in Rose and Condrey, it was a shock, but the fans knew who Dennis Condrey was and his history with Eaton and Cornette. That made it just that much more surprising and shocking. Fans in Atlanta and the NWA didn’t know who Norvell Austin was and aside from the Midnight Express name, there was no connection between Rose & Austin and the Midnight Express we all knew so well. Also, this event turned the Express into fan favorites and the fans already liked Stan and Bobby. They had an appeal to the audience that even when they were heels, they were cool. Condrey was lacking that in my opinion, and it would have been much harder to get the fans to accept Dennis as a good guy than it was for Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton. I think the way it worked, with Condrey and Rose against Lane & Eaton, was probably the best scenario and worked better than any other combinations would have.
Chris Jericho said over the weekend that he will “never return to WWE”. Thoughts?
And so long as he’s under contract to AEW, he’s “all in” and won’t be working for WWE and making any appearances. He says that now and probably means it now, but who knows what the future holds. If AEW was to go out of business or get canceled by TNT, we’d probably have Jericho giving Vince a call. Plus when that eventual WWE Hall of Fame spot comes up and Jericho gets the call, do you really think he’s going to say no? Jericho never in the WWE again? All I can say about that is never say never.
And there you go. My thanks for reading and again, my thanks to Michael for the great questions. If you have any comments, thoughts, or questions you’d like to see answered, drop me a line and let’s chat. I can be reached here at the site in the comment box, at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com, or on Twitter at @Doug28352. Don’t forget to support your local Indy wrestling and wrestlers. Until the next time, stay safe out there and take care of yourself. I’ll see you next time.