Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Roman Reigns, NXT, Curly Moe & More
August 27, 2020
Did I do a Q&A yesterday? I don’t think so. Yesterday was not a good day for me, but today, I’m doing much better. And the questions have piled up so it’s time for a double-decker edition of the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. My thanks to Cheese, Lee, and Marcus for the questions. Now let’s see if I can find some answers. Let’s do this…
Would you be interested in seeing Shaq versus Cody?
This rumored match has allegedly been talked about as a result of Shaq signing a deal with TNT or TBS or something like that and will be making appearances all throughout the Turner-verse. He (Shaq) teased about AEW and Cody. And I say, hell to the no. Shaq was boring to me twenty years ago when he was trying to get rubs from Hogan & Flair and he was semi-athletic then. Now, he’s just big and still boring and even less entertaining and worth watching for any reason. If AEW is smart, leave him alone.
Thoughts on SummerSlam?
It was a damn good show and far better than I expected it to be. The “Thunderdome” set helped although I was disappointed that Tina Turner didn’t come out in a bikini to sing the song from the Mad Max movie. The matches were good and it was excellent to see Bray get his Universal title back, as well as the two great Asuka matches. I was entertained from bell to bell, although I could have done without the Apollo/MVP match. WWE seems to be back on track and as for that surprise at the end, I’ll admit that I didn’t see it coming.
Are you glad to see Roman Reigns back in WWE?
It was a surprise and I’m glad to see Roman back in action, especially as a potential heel. He’s been away for long enough that it feels fresh and what’s that they say about absence making the heart grow fonder? I’m still not a big Roman fan and I hope that he’s not pushed down our throats quite as strongly as he was before. But his return is a good thing for WWE.
What were the best and worst matches of SummerSlam and why?
The best matches, in my opinion, were the Asuka versus Sasha match and the Bray versus Braun match. The worst to me was MVP versus Apollo. And there you go.
It appears that AEW is working with both Impact and the NWA. Is this a good thing?
Right now, it can’t hurt as it will expand the publicity for Impact and the NWA and it also gives AEW more opportunities for surprises and some possible dream matches.
Breezango are the new NXT Tag Team Champions and Karrion Kross had to give up the NXT Championship due to injuries. Is NXT currently the best wrestling promotion on TV?
While some of the interviews and characters do leave a lot to be desired, the match quality and for being strong from bell-to-bell is exceptional. I’m very happy to see Breezango get a strong push and as for the Karrion situation, I don’t like that, but injuries happen, and all they can do move on as best they can. NXT is doing just that. AEW may be more unpredictable and RAW and Smackdown have bigger “names”, but along with Impact Wrestling, which has been very strong as of late, are the two most sure-fire best wrestling shows on each week.
If you were writing for WWE, who would be revealed as the leader of Retribution, and what would be their reason for being?
The obvious answer would be CM Punk because he’s a big name who’s on everyone’s wish list to come back to WWE and who else would have more of a score to settle with WWE management? And as for why, why not? His history with WWE writes the story itself.
Creatively, do you think the pandemic has helped WWE?
In some ways, absolutely. The loss of a live audience and the restrictions caused by COVID-19 have forced WWE to think outside the box and try new things that they may not have done before, such as the Cinematic matches or even the new “Thunderdome” setting. WWE, and wrestling in general, have bad habits of falling into set patterns and bad stories. The pandemic has hurt WWE and wrestling in general ina multitude of ways and has cost the industry billions of dollars, but if anything good has come from this crisis, the new ways to show and present the product is a definite plus.
Bad News Barrett is back in NXT as a commentator. Are you glad to see Barrett back?
I’m afraid I have some good news. Bad News Barrett is back in pro wrestling and the WWE, albeit at NXT. How long will it take to see Barrett get involved in an angle and physically give someone some bad news inside that squared circle? He showed while working for the NWA that he is very good in a color-commentary role and now, he’ll get a chance to show his skills to the WWE audience.
Do you remember a wrestler named Curly Moe? Thoughts?
I do remember Curly Moe from the early ’90s where he was a star, if you can call it that, for International World Class Championship Wrestling. A big man who weighed just over 400lbs and had a comedy-schtick based on the Three Stooges. He was nothing but comedy and was the first man that Tommy Dreamer ever faced in the ring. He only wrestled for about four years before retiring due to health issues and weight problems. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2015. A very unique character who was memorable during his short career. He wasn’t a good wrestler, but he was entertaining and was a great wrestling character.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions that you’d like to see answered, feel free and drop me a line here at the site, at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/saltpalace, or on Twitter at @Doug28352. Until the next time, take care of yourself and stay safe. Watch out for the crazies. And don’t forget to support your local Independent Wrestling companies and wrestlers. I’ll see you at the matches.