Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: AEW on Monday, Jericho & MJF Sing & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
AEW on Monday, Jericho & MJF Sing & More
October 23, 2020
DougMaynard.com

It’s time to do that Q&A thing we all know and love so much. Happy 84th Birthday to my Mom, Evelyn Brannan. Love you Ma! Let’s do this.

Paul Roma versus Steve “Mongo” McMichael. Who was the better Horseman and who would win in a match?

Of the two, Mongo was definitely the better Horseman. He was a former Super Bowl Champion and his personality, attitude, and bravado fit in perfectly with Arn, Flair, Benoit, and the image that was the Horsemen. His wrestling ability was lacking but in every other way, he was the perfect 4th Horseman. As for who would win in a match, Roma was the better wrestler, the better in-ring performer, and would win any match. A shoot fight, I think Mongo might have the advantage, but in a wrestling match, it would be Roma’s to win or lose.

Wrestlers started to become more athletic and agile in the 90s. Why does it seem that pro wrestling was still better in the 70s & 80s though?

In the ’70s and ’80s, the wrestlers were more believable and the characters, although sometimes outlandish, were more often or not, extensions of the person playing that character. The promos weren’t scripted and the language and words used were believable. The battles made sense (due to bounties, titles, ego) and the business was treated as real, kayfabe was alive, and it was a far better product for it at the time. Now, the athletes are better, but it’s just people playing a role, and if they don’t believe in their character, why should we?

Should AEW move to Monday nights?

If they did, it would provoke WWE into cutting loose, much like they did in the attitude era, and AEW would be squashed as a result. Far better to dominate and be the Wednesday night show to give the fans a chance to enjoy both companies and products than to take on the giant head-on and lose it all.

Who do you see as the future of the industry? The ones that will carry our sport very soon. No matter which organization he or she belongs to.

Drew McIntyre, MJF. Sammy Guevera, Matt Riddle & Ricky Starks are the names that most immediately come to mind.

What are some of your favorite wrestling books?

Ole Anderson’s “How Corporate America Destroyed Professional Wrestling” is an incredible book and great insight as to how the territories worked in the ’70s and ’80s. Eric Bischoff’s “Controversy Creates Cash” is older now, but an excellent read. Any of the books by Foley or Jericho are very insightful and entertaining as well and if you want to know about the territories, check out anything by Jim Cornette.

Chris Jericho & MJF breaking out in song and doing a musical number? What the hell?

I’m going to say it now. I liked it and enjoyed the song & dance routine. I’m a big fan of musicals though so that’s probably why and it was so unexpected and different. I liked it and have gone back to watch this video several times. But that being said, I’m torn because as much as I enjoyed it, something like this is a slap in the face to every wrestling fan and has no place on a wrestling show. Yes, I know, it’s not wrestling anymore. It’s sports-entertainment, and I get that, but it still doesn’t belong here. I’ll give Jericho and MJF credit that they went all-in and did a fantastic job with this routine. They sounded great and it was very well done. But what purpose does it serve? Or as Miz would say, “Really? Really? Really?”. I was entertained but also repulsed at the same time. How are we supposed to take MJF and Jericho seriously after this? I appreciate the talent and effort, but this little routine of theirs, I think will end up coming back to haunt them and end up doing more harm than good.

And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions you’d like to see answered in a future column, drop me a line and we’ll see what we can do. Until the next time, stay safe and be careful of the crazies out there. I’ll see you at the matches.

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