Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Johnny B. Badd, Mad Dog Vachon, Paul Orndorff & More
October 10, 2020
It’s way too early in the morning to be doing this. sighs How are you? Let’s talk about wrestling and do the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Let’s do this.
Should Paul Orndorff have been a World Champion?
No doubt that Paul was a great wrestler and top talent for his era, but should he have had a run with either the NWA or WWF Championship? I would say no and here’s why. He was a strong talent and could have a good match with anyone, but there was nothing really about him that stands out and says, “superstar”. The promos were fair at best and while the matches were good, can anyone truly remember a great Paul Orndorff match? He was a solid star, but to be the top guy, you have to have more than just that, and Paul, unfortunately, didn’t seem to have it.
Thoughts on AWA legend Mad Dog Vachon?
He was short, kind of crazy, and one of the toughest men of his era. A former AWA World Champion, Vachon wasn’t a great wrestler, but he was a great character. He stood out and every match, every promo, was entertaining for the fans. In layman terms, he put butts into the seats for Verne Gagne and the AWA. Just a great character.
Cody is the new AEW TNT Champion. Thoughts?
I hate to see Brodie lose the belt, but Cody is an established talent (and EVP for AEW) and shit happens, right? His character has turned darker and this should be an interesting run for the American Nightmare.
How would Sonny Kiss do in the WWE as opposed to how he’s being booked in AEW?
Sonny Kiss would be buried in the WWE and stuck in developmental if he even made it that far. He’s a great character, but let’s be honest here. His look and in-ring ability screams comedy and is very limited in scope. AEW has done far more with King than anyone could have expected, but his shelf life, unless he finds a way to evolve his character, is extremely limited. At least he is getting a chance in AEW. In WWE, he’d be gone before anyone even had a chance to learn his name.
How would you rate Johnny B. Badd (Marc Mero) as a wrestler and a character?
In WCW, Marc Mero was a standout performer, not so much in the ring although he’s far better than most people realize, but as a character. He was unique and fresh. He was buried in WWE because he had to be himself and not the wrestling version of Little Richard and thus, he was constantly overshadowed. But Mero was a solid performer, entertaining on the mic, and a strong character for the place, time, and era.
True or false. Chris Jericho is better than Bret Hart?
I think Bret may have the edge in actual in-ring ability, but Jericho is a master of reinventing himself and staying relevant. He’s far more adaptable than Bret and in my opinion, far better on the mic as well. So I would say “True” for this question.
Sting versus The Ultimate Warrior, in their primes. Who wins?
If it goes more than fifteen minutes, Sting would win. He was in far better shape and had far better cardio due to all of those long matches with Flair. The Warrior would start strong and do the power stuff, but let’s get serious here. He was usually blown up within the first few minutes of a match. And he was limited in the ring. Sting was no Dean Malenko or Lou Thesz in the ring either, but he had a much larger skill-set to work with and was far more adaptable. Sting would and should win.
There are rumors that WWE Creative wants to take the MITB briefcase off of Otis, but Vince McMahon likes Otis. Thoughts?
What I can’t see is why they put the MITB contract with Otis in the first place? I don’t think that they should strip him of the contract or make him lose it. They gave it to him and should just let it play out, for better or worse. He should not win or get the title belt, but they should at least do the cash-in angle and get this experiment over with. How about just have he and his partner use the contract to cash in for a tag team championship match and then win. For his character, that makes sense and it would add some new spin to a worn-out storyline. However they do it, just let Otis do it and then never speak of this topic again.
What is your funeral/wrestling theme song?
What wrestling song should be played at my funeral? I have no idea. How about just doing the gong and the Undertaker’s music. It’s a funeral and it fits the theme so why not?
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions you’d like to see asked for a future column, feel free to give me a shout, and let’s talk. Use the comment box, my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com, or Twitter at @Doug28352. Until the next time, take care of yourself and watch out for the crazies. I’ll see you at the matches.