Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Eric Bischoff, Sister Abigail, Carlito & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Eric Bischoff, Sister Abigail, Carlito & More
August 1, 2020
DougMaynard.com

It’s Saturday night and you know what that means, right? Well, back in the day, it would mean WCW Saturday Night and then going out with my friends. But alas, WCW is no more, the nights of good wrestling on Saturday night are over, and I don’t have any friends left these days. Yes, I’m all by myself. *sighs* So I guess that means it’s time to do another edition of the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Are you ready? Let’s do this…

It’s been leaked that the guest moderator for Dynamite and Jericho/Cassidy is Eric Bischoff. Thoughts?

This is both back good and bad. It’s good because Eric is a good talent, always makes a wrestling show better when he’s a character, and I think he will add to the event between Cassidy and Jericho. It’s bad because I was hoping for Juventud Guerrera due to his history with Chris Jericho (Jericho forced him to unmask back in WCW) and the whole “Juice” connection with Orange (Juvi is “the Juice” and Cassidy is “freshly squeezed”). That would have been incredible to see, but I guess Eric is good as the “second choice”. I’m looking forward to seeing what Bischoff has to say and what they have him do on Wednesday night.

Could you name a superstar you loved when you were younger but just detest today?

Most of my feelings tend to go the other way. There are wrestlers I despised as a younger person that I respect and have more admiration for now due to learning the business, how things work, and about the art of being a character. I guess I’ll go with Superstar Billy Graham. When he joined Crockett, I was excited and happy to see the former WWWF Champion, but as he gets older and have learned more about Graham, I realize he’s a piece of crap and a hypocrite. Hell, Ric Flair. I still love to watch Flair wrestle and cut promos and he is an all-time legend and one of the greatest of all time, but Flair has done so many things in his life outside the ring, my level of respect for him has decreased a great deal. Ric is a great wrestler, but not a great person. Anything for a buck and no self-respect and that’s sad.

The Fiend gave Alexa Bliss the Mandible Claw at the end of Smackdown last night. Is Alexa the new Sister Abigail?

Why not? She did the cameo in the role at Extreme Rules and it was pretty cool. I think Alexa going back to her heel ways and adding the twist of Bray and the Wyatt influence, that will add a lot to her character as well. So Sister Alexa/Abigail in the house? I like it.

Would you like to see Carlito in AEW?

As a full-time performer, I don’t think Carlito belongs in the big leagues anymore. Maybe in a tag team situation with Chris Masters as his partner, that would be good. But for a one-shot, to pop up and challenge Cody for the TNT Championship, that would be, dare I say it, cool.

Does Jim Barnett belong in the WWE Hall of Fame?

Jim Barnett was a legendary promoter who had great influence in Australia and then Georgia. He was also one of the deciding factors that allowed Vince McMahon to take over Georgia Championship Wrestling on the infamous “Black Saturday” and was allegedly responsible for Tommy Rich’s 4-day reign as the NWA World Champion. He finished out his career as an advisor with the WWF in 2002. Barnett passed away in 2004. As for does he belong in the Hall of Fame, based on his career and achievements, I would say yes. If it ever does happen though, it’ll be as part of the Legacy Inductions. Barnett is worthy to be sure.

Are you shocked that Jeff Jarrett is #3 all-time for holding the NWA World Championship? And who is your favorite NWA Worlds Heavyweight of all-time?

The first two are Flair and Harley Race and neither of those names are a surprise. I was surprised that Jarrett was in third place. I assumed it would be Lou Thesz, but when Jeff ran TNA and they had the NWA affiliation, he hot-shotted the belt several times so it’s a surprise, but not really. As for my favorite NWA Champion of all-time, I have to go with the “toughest man on God’s green earth”, Harley Race.

How would you rank Gene Anderson as a wrestler? As a manager? Do the Anderson Brothers belong in the WWE Hall of Fame?

Gene was very good in the ring. Not flashy at all, but just a solid performer who was legit tough as nails and specialized in tag team wrestling. As a manager, it was surprising to hear him speak so often since he rarely talked as a wrestler, preferring to let brother Ole do most of the talking. But he was credible, demanded respect, and for the short time he worked as a manager, he was very successful. He wasn’t a great manager like Bobby Heenan or Jim Cornette, but he wasn’t a joke, ala Jimmy Hart, Mr. Fuji, either. He was somewhere in the middle. And do the Anderson Brothers belong in the WWE Hall of Fame? It will never happen, but the Andersons ARE tag team wrestling and wrote the book on what being a great tag team is all about. So that would be a definite yes.

And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions you’d like to see answered, just let me know by dropping a line in the comment box below, at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com, or on Twitter at @Doug28352. Until the next time, take care of yourself and stay safe in this wild and crazy world. I’ll see you at the matches.

Ubuntu!

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