Tossing Salt Presents:
One On One: Dream Matches
Part 1 – Singles
April 16, 2021
Over at one of my Facebook groups, a poster by the name of JustinandJennyStevens made a great post about fantasy wrestling dream matches and listed several for comment. Twenty to be exact. Well, I’ve decided to take a look at all of the matches he included and give my own analysis and thoughts on each match and who I believe would win. Fantasy booking at its best, right? Just a little fun for this morning as I speculate on the greats of the past versus the stars of more recent times. Let’s do this.
This is the original post. “So this is across several promotions but my bro Bryant Hood and I put together these fantasy matchups. He did the singles group and I did the tag teams. What do yall think?” And now, here is what I think.
Singles today and tag team matches later in a separate post.
Drew McIntyre vs. Blackjack Mulligan
We start off with the former WWE Champion and current WWE superstar against the big man from Eagle Pass, Texas, and damn, this would be a fun match to see. Both men are roughly about the same height, but Blackjack would be thicker while Drew would be faster and more agile. If it’s a brawl, I think the odds would favor Mulligan, who liked nothing more than just slugging it out. Drew would out-wrestle Mulligan if it came down to exchanging holds, but even if they did exchange an armlock or two, that wouldn’t last for long. I hate to say it, but I think the versatility of Drew would give him an advantage and while it’d be one hell of a fight, he would end up getting the win in the end. He’d have to work for it and earn that victory with everything he has, but I think the Claymore would allow Drew to be the one to take that trip to the pay window.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Dean Ambrose vs Buzz Sawyer
An interesting match to be sure, but I personally would rather see Ambrose versus Dick Slater. That would be the mirror match from different eras to see. Buzz Sawyer was a wild man in that ring and tough as nails. I enjoyed his antics, but in my opinion, he was also kind of one-dimensional and not all that. I’m not a big fan of Ambrose and he’s not, in my opinion, all that everyone seems to think he is either, but he’s tough, resilient, and a far better wrestler and in-ring performer. Ambrose would take this one.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Barry Windham vs Shawn Michaels
I think Barry was the better pure wrestler and athlete, but Shawn is the better entertainer and all-around performer by a long shot. Barry has the size advantage, but HBK had the speed and ambition on his side. He wasn’t taking a back seat to anyone. This would make for a good match, but Windham would end up looking at the lights when that final bell rang.
Winner: Shawn Michaels
Roman Reigns vs. Sting
Sting was Mr. WCW and has the energy, charisma, and all of that, but let’s be honest. He was not a great in-ring performer. Name one Sting match where he carried an opponent and made the match into a special event? Sting was good against good opponents, but he never carried a match and it makes a difference. Roman doesn’t have many bad matches and he’s faster and stronger than Sting with a more vicious style. I think Roman would take this one fairly easily.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Ric Flair vs. Superstar Graham
Can you imagine the promos for this one? Graham was stronger, but Flair was the more versatile of the two men and a better all-around in-ring performer by far. Graham would start out strong but run out of steam fairly quickly. From there, Flair would take over and it would be time to go to school.
Winner: Ric Flair
Bob Backlund vs Ricky Steamboat
This would be a wrestling clinic for the ages with two of the biggest babyfaces in wrestling history. And it’s so hard to call a winner on this one. My personal favorite is Steamboat since I was a Mid-Atlantic guy growing up and “Howdy Doody Backlund” was far too vanilla for my tastes, but after the change to “Mr. Backlund”, my opinions changed and I quickly became a fan of the master of the cross-faced Chicken Wing. Just flip a coin as to who wins and who loses the match because the real winners would be the fans who witnessed this contest. So I’ll flip a coin. Heads. Backlund wins.
Winner: Bob Backlund
Dusty Rhodes vs The Rock
It’s hard to find any wrestlers who are more charismatic than the American Dream, but the Rock wasn’t called the most electrifying man in sports entertainment for nothing and I think he would be the man leading the match and dominating most of the action. This one is a tough call since the styles are so different, but I think that these two men would pull off a fantastic match. One for the ages to be sure. And in the end, bionic elbow versus the People’s Elbow. I think it would end up being hard times for the Rock and we’d see Dusty come out with the victory at the end of the night.
Winner: Dusty Rhodes
Magnum TA vs Seth Rollins
The former United States Champion versus arguably one of the hottest stars in professional wrestling today. This match would either be totally awesome or totally blow chunks. I’m not sure which. Magnum was a damn good wrestler for his era, but we’re talking about Seth Rollins here. This one would definitely go to the Messiah. No doubt about it.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Roddy Piper vs Bray Wyatt
The promos and build for this match would be great and the actual match itself probably wouldn’t be that bad either, but it would be a weird contrast in styles. This one would be another flip the coin match for me since I enjoy watching both men perform and neither should be taking a clean loss. And heads again.
Winner: Roddy Piper
Hulk Hogan vs Lex Lugar
And this is one that we saw many times in WCW, with Lex winning the WCW title from Hogan and then Hogan getting the belt back not long afterward. I’m not truly crazy about either man, but I dislike Hulk more than Lex so I’ll go with Lex for the Torture Rack and a win here.
Winner: Lex Luger
And there you go, my predictions for who would win in each of these fantasy encounters if they were to ever happen with both talents in their prime. So am I right? Am I wrong? Who do you think would win in each match? Let me know and if you have any questions, comments, or thoughts about what I’ve written here or anything at all really, just give me a shout. I’ll be back later today or tonight with more of this fantasy match-making and booking with a look at the tag team matches that Mr. Stevens proposed. My thanks for reading. Stay safe and I’ll see you later today. And of course, at the matches too. Talk to you later.