Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Road Warrior Animal. John Cena, Brock vs Lashley & More
September 25, 2020
My thanks to Kevin and Cheese for the questions. And now, it’s up to me to provide the answers. Let’s see what I can do. By the way, #Heath4Impact! Let’s do this.
Brock Lesnar versus Bobby Lashley in a Raw Underground match. Who would win?
This would be both awesome and horrifying to see. I would love to see Lashley take on Brock in a match and see a mixture of shoot and sports-entertainment, but the whole “Raw Underground” concept doesn’t do much for me. It’s an interesting idea, but the delivery just screams “bathroom break” to me. If it was to happen and we were to have Brock and Bobby square off, I’d watch and I’d give Lashley the win, but it would be more due to the Hurt Business getting involved than a clean victory. If I was WWE and was to book a match with Brock and Bobby though, I’d use the “Fight Pit” match concept used not too long ago in NXT by Matt Riddle & Timothy Thatcher. That would work for a better fight than the RAW Underground setting.
Thoughts on the big Retribution reveal with the new names and announcement that they’ve been signed to WWE contracts?
I’ve heard stories that when the big reveal happened, people watching backstage were laughing. I think that says all that needs to be said and I agree one hundred percent. I don’t know if this angle can be saved and I feel sorry for the men and women who are trying to make it work. Oy vey!
Who was the better manager? Jimmy Hart or Bobby Heenan?
Bobby was a great manager with clients like Nick Bockwinkel, Ric Flair, Andre the Giant, etc, but I think he was better in the latter part of his career as an announcer. Most of Bobby’s clients didn’t need a manager and having Bobby in their corner was just adding sprinkles to the ice cream. Jimmy Hart could work with almost anyone and get them over and while it was often comical, Hart could cut a promo like few others. Heenan was ‘the Brain’ and a true legend and icon in every way, but on day to day being a wrestling manager, I think I’d give Jimmy Hart a slight edge.
What is something you would change for today’s wrestling to take it back to the wrestling of the 80s and 90s? And obviously, we can’t bring back the past wrestlers.
Enforcement of the rules, such as the use of tag ropes, one save, over-the-top disqualification, etc, would be great. I’d also love to see more studio wrestling instead of the big arenas. NWA Powerr proved that it can work and is still exciting to watch and I think that one of the major problems with wrestling today is that everything is larger than life. Less is more and makes it more intimate and in your face and things would improve a great deal.
What is the dream match you wish you could see, but know you never will?
I think the most obvious is Sting versus The Undertaker. I’d also like to see Asuka take on Lisa Marie Varon, aka Victoria. After watching Asuka fight Mickie James and hearing rumors of a possible return by Melina, it got me to thinking what ladies from the past could still go and would give Asuka a great match. Victoria is the name that immediately came to mind.
Do you miss John Cena?
Surprisingly, I do. Cena, love him or hate him, added a lot to the WWE and the shows and every interview or match was almost certain to be entertaining. I’m glad he’s doing well in Hollywood with the new Suicide Squad II movie and the recent news of a “Peacemaker” series on HBO for the former “Doctor of Thuganomics”, but I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I’d like to see him pop up at RAW or Smackdown every so often as well.
Thoughts and memories of Road Warrior Animal?
When I think of Animal, I think of him and Hawk going after Dusty Rhodes and sticking the spike from one of their jackets in Dusty’s eye on a Saturday night back in the day. One of the greatest tag team wrestlers in the history of the business and a fascinating character, both inside and outside of the ring. I’ve heard many stories about the man over the past few days and no one is saying anything bad and in a business such as professional wrestling, that is saying something. A legend, an icon, a good family man, and one-half of one of the best tag teams in wrestling history. What more needs to be said? Rest in Peace Animal. You will be missed.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions you’d like to see answered, drop me a line, and let’s chat. For now though, I’m out of here. I’ll see you at the matches.