Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Wade Barrett, Blood & Guts, The New Day & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Wade Barrett, Blood & Guts, The New Day & More
September 19, 2020

It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. I just found a lot of questions in my Inbox from Cheese and Jerry. Now let’s see if I can find the answers. Let’s do this…

Wade Barrett has officially signed with WWE/NXT as an announcer. Thoughts?

Barrett had been working as an announcer for NWA before they suspended operations due to the pandemic and did an excellent job. He’s a good fit for the NXT announce team and hopefully, this may lead to an eventual return to the ring as well. We’ll have to wait and see on that, but although I’d rather see Aiden English back at the announce desk, it’s good to see Barrett there as well.

Has any other woman become as loved as Elizabeth was during her prime?

Tammy Sytch (Sunny) had plenty of love during her prime, but that’s just because she was easy, not because of any genuine affection. I doubt that’s the kind of love you’re asking about anyway. Liz was loved by the fans and that’s a fact. I can’t think of any female manager/valet who had a fanbase as she did so I’ll say no in regards to your question. Elizabeth was Number One.

A video has surfaced of Michael Nakazawa putting baby oil on the turnbuckle of the AEW ring, thus being responsible for the botch by Matt Sydal in the battle royal at All Out. Thoughts?

It’s a clever way to show that the botch by Sydal wasn’t really a botch at all, but a deliberate act of sabotage because Nakazawa was unhappy at being left out of the battle royal and All Out pay-per-view. Maybe this will lead to a short feud between the two. I like it though.

You’re starting a wrestling school and can have any three (retired or semi-retired) wrestlers you want as coaches, who would you hire?

To teach psychology and help with promos, I’d bring in the “Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko. For the in-ring technique and how to make it to WWE, I’d hire Kurt Angle. And for the rest, Lance Storm. And there you go.

How do you feel about “blood and guts” in pro wrestling? Does it enhance the presentation for you, or is this a part of wrestling history that should be left in the past?

I don’t mind it if it’s part of the story and adds to the situation, but blood and crazy-stupid spots just for the sake of shock or a quick “holy shit!” moment that will be forgotten five minutes later, that actually makes no sense at all to me. It’s a rough business and blood and injuries happen, but it should be rare. Less is more if you will.

Who had the worst run as WWE Champion – Jack Swagger or Jinder Mahal?

I’ll go with Swagger on this one. Jack was getting over and the whole “We The People” story was on fire, but WWE booking and lack of enthusiasm ruined it. Jinder made the most of his run and while the reception wasn’t great, I think he was growing into the championship before losing the title. I can’t say the same for Jack.

Allegedly, an angle that was discussed for the New Day in WWE would have had Kofi traded to RAW, Big E staying on Smackdown, and Xavier Woods as the manager for both men. WWE decided against using this angle, but what do you think of it? Would it have worked?

It would have worked and I would have enjoyed seeing it. The New Day, as a tag team unit, has grown stale to me. This would have allowed all three men to grow and enhance their careers and characters while still allowing WWE to hawk the New Day merchandise and make tons of money. I’m sorry that WWE didn’t go for it. It would have been a good chance for all involved.

The Top 5 ECW stars of all time are who?

In my opinion, it would be Paul Heyman, Rob Van Dam, The Dudley Boyz, Raven, and Tommy Dreamer.

And there you go. My thanks to Cheese and Jerry for the questions. If you have any questions you’d like to see answered, comments, or thoughts about anything wrestling or at all for that matter, drop me a line in the comment box below or else shoot me a message to Doug28352@yahoo.com. And with that, I’m out of here. Take care of yourself and watch out for the crazies. Don’t forget to show love and support for your local Indy wrestling companies and wrestlers. Until the next time, I’ll see you at the matches.


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