Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Renee Young, CM Punk, Top 10 & More
December 19, 2020
I really need to go out and do some last-minute Christmas shopping. I really don’t want to leave the house. Those people out there, they’re crazy. Let’s talk some head-smashing and heart punches to get me psyched up and in the mood. It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Ho! Ho! Ho! Let’s do this.
I was listening to Renee Young interview CM Punk on her podcast and I had an idea. When Renee goes on maternity leave to have her baby, CM Punk should take over as guest host of the podcast. What do you think?
I think that if he’s willing, Punk would be a great person to take over for Renee’s podcast when she goes out on maternity leave. It would draw interest and bring new listeners to the show, it would be interesting and fun to listen to, and if you’ve seen Renee and Punk interacting together, you know that the respect and friendship between these two is strong and real. If Renee does decide to have someone fill in for her when she has her baby, Punk would be a fantastic choice. That’s a great idea.
Would the AWA still be around if Verne Gagne had let Hogan be champion?
In 2020, the answer is a big no. Verne was so old-school in his booking ideas and business management, he couldn’t have lasted more than a couple of years longer than he did regardless of who the champ was, be it Hogan or anyone else. It may have extended the life of the AWA for a while, like a life-support machine does for a human, but the end was near and the reaper was already approaching by the mid-to-late ’80s. So long as Verne refused to change and go with the times, AWA was destined to go down.
Who would your Top 10 wrestlers of all time, aka the ones that impacted your life or you wanted to be?
It’s a hard question to decide which wrestlers had an influence and which were just entertainment, be it live or on TV, but I’ll give it a shot. Michael Youngblood, Ethan Storm, Blackjack Mulligan, Ivory, The Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie), Ole Anderson, Jimmy Valiant, The Fallen Artist Derk Douglas, Johnny Weaver & Jim Cornette.
Who’s better – MJF or The Miz?
It’s like comparing apples to oranges. They’re both fruity, have seeds, and if the juice gets in your eyes, it burns. Both are awesome and both are better than 98% of their peers.
If you could pick five wrestlers to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, who would you choose?
Five wrestlers who are worthy, but not already there, enshrined in all their glory? I would go with Ivan Koloff, Bill Eadie, Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria), Ole & Gene Anderson (The Minnesota Wrecking Crew), and Cyndi Lauper. I know Cyndi is not a wrestler, but the entire Rock & Wrestling connection was due to her presence and she should have been the first one put into the so-called Celebrity Wing, long before Pete Rose, Snoop Dogg, Drew Carey or any of those clowns.
When you hear the term “Mega Star” in wrestling, who would you say is a Mega Star?
A mega-star to me is someone who is more than just wrestling. The Rock is a mega-star. Hulk Hogan is a mega-star. John Cena is a mega-star. Jericho is a mega-star. And as for future potential mega-stars, I would go with The Miz, Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, MJF, and Sammy Guevera.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to give me a shout. Until the next time, take care of yourself and watch out for the crazies. I’ll see you at the matches.