Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Taz, Carlito, Sin Cara & More
March 3, 2021
Dedicated to the memory of Ann Casey, a beautiful woman inside and out and forever Women’s United States Champion. 1939-2021 – Rest in Peace, my friend.
I’m back. It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Are you ready? Let’s do this.
Who was the greatest “big man in professional wrestling?
Some would say Andre the Giant. Some would say Vader. Some may even say The Undertaker, Blackjack Mulligan, Yokozuna, or The Big Show. No one would, I think, say Giant Baba, The Great Khali, El Gigante, or Curley Joe. Does anyone else even remember Curley Joe? I want to say Ernie “The Cat” Ladd, but while he was a great performer and from a psychological standpoint, one of the best, I don’t look at him so much as a “big man” than just a classic legend. I guess my answer and pick would be the man they called Vader.
Thoughts on The Acclaimed?
Okay, I had to look up who The Acclaimed even were and I find, courtesy of Wikipedia, it’s Anthony Bowens & Max Caster. And again, I have to ask, “Who?”. I know they’re on AEW and I guess are getting some kind of minor push, but I don’t really have any thoughts on them because I don’t know who they are, have not seen them wrestle that I’m aware of, and don’t care to do a YouTube search to learn any more about them. So my thoughts would be, get back to me in a few months and ask again. I neither know or care.
Bob Sapp versus Brock Lesnar. Who wins?
I mainly remember Bob Sapp from the Adam Sandler movie, “The Longest Yard”, but he has a helluva reputation in Japanese wrestling and MMA as well so no one could or should take him lightly. But I always pick the Beast I’m most familiar with in situations such as this one. Brock wins.
Should wrestling bring back scaffold matches?
Absolutely not. They were a bad idea when Crockett was promoting them in the ’80s and the idea and concept haven’t gotten any better since then. Too much risk and too little reward. Don’t bring them back… ever.
Thoughts/opinions of Taz (The wrestler), not manager or commentator.
I’ve never really been a fan of Taz as a wrestler. I know that he was packaged as a tough guy in ECW and I have no doubt he could kick my ass, but I just was never really able to buy into his gimmick and character. I liked him as a commentator for Smackdown and he’s okay as a manager in AEW, but as a wrestler, I just don’t get it or him.
Why is there only 1 women’s title in AEW?
Because they don’t have a large women’s roster in AEW and the majority of the women they have are, to be honest, not very good. One title for the women is all they need.
Would Carlito be better off to accept a WWE deal or to go to AEW?
For the money, I think that WWE would probably be the best way to go, but in terms of being booked as a big name and working main events, I’d say AEW or even Impact Wrestling. If WWE signs Carlito, I think he can look at the way WWE uses John Morrison or even Dolph Ziggler as an example as to what to expect. A few good matches and maybe a tag team title at some point, but that main event and a run as the top guy will forever be elusive and out of his reach. I think that personally, I’d say take the money and do a short run with WWE, maybe three years. But Carlito needs to do what’s best for himself and his family.
Thoughts on the original Sin Cara (Mistico)?
The main thing that comes to mind when I think of the first Sin Cara was that after a miscue on a live edition of Raw, he jammed his finger and maybe broke it and the match was stopped. I’m sure that Mistico was a nice guy and I know he had a good reputation in Mexico and a loyal following, but I just didn’t then and still don’t get him or feel it where he’s concerned. I’ve heard Arn Anderson talk about him and it seems that Double-A wasn’t impressed very much. I’ll side with Arn on this one because I can honestly say that I never was all that much either.
How would you book Paul Wight’s first feud?
I’m pretty sure that Wight, the man formerly known as The Big Show, and AEW’s newest recruit, won’t be wrestling too much in that AEW ring. A match here or there, but so far as top-level feuds go, I don’t think that’s anything we need to worry about. But for his first feud, I’d go with something that was rumored many times over the past few years in WWE, but never happened. Next week, Shaq is going to be a part of AEW, working a tag match against Cody. Well, how about, regardless of how that match goes, Wight is there to interview Shaq and let tempers take over and maybe a little giant-versus-giant rivalry and we can aim for a Wight versus Shaq match at a future AEW PPV. Wight is only there for a limited use so make each moment count and be a special event. I think a match against Shaq would qualify.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. It’s good to be back folks. Any comments, questions, or thoughts about wrestling or anything at all, just drop me a line, and let’s chat. Use the comment box, my e-mail address of Doug28352@yahoo.com, my Facebook page, or find me on Twitter at @Doug28352. I’m always here for you. Until the next time, take care of yourself and stay safe. I’ll see you at the matches.