Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Eddie Gilbert, Bruno, Demolition & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Eddie Gilbert, Bruno, Demolition & More
November 1, 2020
DougMaynard.com

It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Are you ready? I’m not even going to do it. You know the drill. Now, let’s do this…

Who was more deserving of a WWF Intercontinental Championship run? Tatanka, Crush, The 1-2-3 Kid, or Bob Holly?

Strong arguments can be made for all four men, but I’d argue that Kid was just starting to get over with the Razor Ramon rivalry and Tatanka had a big run, going undefeated for over a year and battling against the Million Dollar Corporation so they didn’t really need the titles at the time. Bob Holly is a tough SOB, but he was never really over with the fans, at least not so I could see. So that leaves Crush. I knew Brian Adams, aka Crush. I considered Brian as a friend before his tragic passing. And Brian was way capable of more than the WWF allowed him to do, either as a singles star or as part of a tag team. Brian, aka Crush, would have made a great Intercontinental Champion.

Thoughts on “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert?

I didn’t have too many opportunities to see Eddie wrestle when he was still alive, except for a short run against Flair in WCW and his hijinks with Missy Hyatt, Sting, and Rick Steiner as the “First Family of Wrestling” in Memphis and the Mid-South. I am aware, thanks to YouTube, of what he achieved in ECW as the booker and his short time in the WWF. And the man had it all. He was on the smaller size so that held him back in the major companies like WCW and WWF, but the man was a great performer, character, and booker. If Eddie was around today, he’d be the top guy or more likely, managing the top guy in WWE or AEW and would be considered one of the best in the world. A true legend and icon of this great sport we all know and love.

What was the appeal of Bruno Sammartino? Eleven years with the strap is no joke.

I doubt Bruno would have the same appeal today, but in the sixties and seventies, it was a different world, and Bruno represented the common man. He overcame so many things in his youth and was a true rags-to-riches story in so many ways. Plus the North-East, where the WWF is located had a strong Italian-American population and Bruno was one of their own. He drew the audiences and as they say, put butts in the seats. What was the appeal? It’s Bruno. He didn’t need any more than that.

Why isn’t Demolition in the WWE Hall of Fame?

I guess that Bill Eadie, aka Ax, had lawsuits against WWE in the past, and Vince and the company hold grudges. Both Eadie & Barry Darsow (Smash) were also part of the concussion lawsuit against WWE that ended this past year. Plus Eadie wasn’t happy when he was terminated from the WWE due to injuries and dumped from the team he helped to create. Demolition deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame and until it was passed by the New Day, had the record for the longest tag team title reign in WWE history. I think it’s just a matter of time before they take that spot among the elite (and James Dudley).

How long before the Undertaker has his own podcast?

Somehow, I just can’t see that happening. It might at some point and if it does, it won’t be until after he officially retires from in-ring competition. I just don’t see it ever happening though.

Paige is upset with WWE over their new Twitch policy. Thoughts?

I don’t blame her at all. She can’t wrestle and instead built up this great following on Twitch, which incidentally earns her a lot of money, and now WWE wants to take it away from her and take control. It wouldn’t be so bad if she was an actual employee of WWE and had benefits to offset the money that will be lost, but she’s not. She’s an independent contractor who just happens to work for WWE. She doesn’t feel that they have the right to take her account and I tend to agree. I get why they want to do this and have control, but that doesn’t make it right and in this case especially, it’s not. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her quit WWE over this and even file a lawsuit if WWE pushes the issue. She is that mad and it’s justified anger. We’ll have to wait and see what happens though, but I don’t see her backing down unless WWE makes it worth her time and trouble.

Would you like to see FTR have a match against the Rock & Roll Express?

From what I understand, they’ve petitioned Tony Khan to have this match and after the way things went the last time the R&R Express was on AEW, it really should happen. I hope Khan gives in and allows it to happen.

What’s more important to AEWs long term success: Big Names (Lesnar/Punk) or an NJPW Partnership?

Big names are all well and good, but I really doubt that having Brock or Punk show up would do much in the big picture of things for AEW. A talent-exchange or cross-promoting with New Japan Pro Wrestling sounds like a more solid way to acquire talent, build the company, and draw new fans. I’d do that if possible

Jake Hager versus CM Punk in an MMA fight. Who wins?

Hager. Punk has yet to beat anyone in an MMA fight and I don’t think Hager would be the one to give Punk his first win. Punk is a great professional wrestler, but as an MMA guy goes, he’s no Jake Hager.

And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions you’d like me to answer in a future column, just give me a shout and we can make it happen. Until the next time, take care of yourself and watch out for the crazies. Don’t forget to support your local Independent wrestling companies and wrestlers. I’ll see you at the matches.

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