Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Scripted Promos, Tito Santana, Joey Styles & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Scripted Promos, Tito Santana, Joey Styles & More
December 6, 2020

Welcome to the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Are you ready to do this? And away we go.

Is Jon Moxley versus Kenny Omega the modern-day equivalent to Stone Cold versus The Rock?

Omega and Mox have had a total of one match thus far and while the rivalry and build were excellent, I don’t think that Austin & The Rock have anything to worry about. The trick will be to keeping the rivalry intense and making it a must-see every time these two men are on camera together. Even twenty years later, if Austin and Rock are in the same ring, people are going to want to watch and be entertained. Omega and Mox? I don’t think so.

Miz, Bayley, and Sasha, among others, are said to prefer being scripted in promos rather than having to improvise. Do you prefer scripted promos or improvised?

I personally prefer bullet points and improvision, but to each his own, I suppose. If some stars prefer being given lines to memorize, that’s their prerogative, but I think one of the biggest reasons it’s harder to connect with wrestlers today on a personal level is that they’re not being themselves and just reading lines. Could you imagine Dusty Rhodes being scripted? Or Jimmy Valiant? Or Jim Cornette? Or Bobby Heenan? It depends on the individual and what they’re capable of in terms of thinking fast and improvision. I would rather see someone be more themselves than just a character.

Lance Storm was recently quoted saying, “I’ve concluded today that AEW is like pineapple on a pizza. Those who don’t like it actually get mad at people who do and try to convince them to stop enjoying something they like.” Thoughts?

It’s an interesting comparison, but he’s not wrong. Not at all.

Should AEW reach out to Joey Styles?

AEW already has Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Excalibur, Taz, and about a dozen or so others capable of working that announce desk, not to mention the managers (Arn, Tully, Jake, Vickie Guerrero) and of course, Chris Jericho. Trying to bring in Styles just seems like overkill to me. He’s not needed and also has, from what I understand, a great life going on outside of professional wrestling. I think everything is fine as it is for all parties concerned. Leave Styles alone.

The Blackjacks (Mulligan & Lanza) versus The New Blackjacks (Windham & Bradshaw). Who would win?

The parents versus the kids. It would be an interesting match to see and definitely one for the ages. Windham and Bradshaw, later to be known as JBL, were better wrestlers than the older team and more well-rounded in the ring, but I feel that Mulligan and Lanza were the better tag team in terms of working together and being partners. I have to go with the originals here. Mulligan and Lanza would show why they were first and why they were the best.

Would Tito Santana have been a good WWF Champion if given the opportunity?

Tito was a good wrestler, popular with the fans, could talk on the mic, and was arguably one of the best performers to ever hold the Intercontinental Championship. But I just can’t look at him and see him as the WWF Champion. He was a top guy, but the top guy who had the company revolving around him? Maybe for a transitional reign of a week or two, but no more than that. He had all the tools, but I just don’t see “it” that says “I’m the man!”.

Thoughts on Norman Smiley?

A far better wrestler than his character in WCW allowed him to show and present to the fans. He has the reputation for the comedy stuff and I guess it worked, but I always felt as if he was capable of so much more and as we’ve learned in later years, with him working as a trainer for WWE Developmental, I was right. Let’s give him his due though. The “Big Wiggle” was fun to watch. A good solid hand for WCW that was never used to his full potential.

It looks as if WWE is bringing back the Slammy Awards. Thoughts?

I’m mildly intrigued, but not really. I’m pretty much over all things Hollywood these days and have no desire to see the WWE talent all dressed up and pretending to be the Hollyweird elite. They’re better than that. I’ll watch if it actually comes to be, but to be honest, I’d rather just pass.

And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions, just give me a shout and we’ll talk. Have a great one and take care of yourself. Watch out for the crazies. I’ll see you at the matches.


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