Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Steve “Mongo” McMichael, Lanny Poffo, The Bellas & More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Steve “Mongo” McMichael, Lanny Poffo, The Bellas & More
April 25, 2021

Good morning. I’m in the mood to talk about wrestling. How about you? It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Let’s do this.

If AEW was to go 3hrs, should they move Dynamite to Mondays to start the Monday Night Wars?

To start with, in my opinion, they should never go for three hours. I could see maybe doing a special episode every now and again and having the main event so big, they’ve been given another hour by TNT. That would be smart promotion and make an extra hour bearable, but as WWE Raw proves every Monday night, three hours is too long. Two hours is perfect and that’s the way it should remain. As for going to Monday nights, I don’t think that would work out too well for AEW. Better to stay where they are and keep a strong audience than moving to Monday and forcing fans to choose. WWE may suck sometimes, but with their back against the wall, they would pull out all the stops and slaughter AEW. Sad, but true.

Steve “Mongo” McMichael was recently diagnosed with ALS and announced he’s withdrawing from public life. Thoughts on Mongo as a Horseman?

As an in-ring performer, Mongo was hard to watch and he tried, but never really did well as a wrestler other than the occasional brawl. But as a Horsemen, he was a great fit for the group and as a legit tough guy and former Super Bowl Champion, added to the mix. I never saw a good Mongo match, but he was a damn good Horseman. I hate to hear this tragic news about Mongo and wish him the very best in his struggles. Condolences to his friends and family and prayers for this NFL legend. Keep up the fight Mongo. We’re with you.

John Cena Sr. recently stated in an interview that he feels that if the Bella Twins return to wrestling, they will be booed out of the building by fans. Is he right?

Mr. Cena is very correct. For an occasional appearance, the Bellas are tolerable, but if they were to return to the ring and immediately be elevated to a top spot when the other women have been busting their asses for the past several years, that wouldn’t go over too well. And there would be a big backlash, especially with the live crowds. If they play heels and play off the reactions, it could work, but no one wants to see those two back in the ring. I know that I don’t.

Thoughts on The Genius, Leaping Lanny Poffo?

A damn good wrestler and charismatic performer that never, in my opinion, got his just due. He was overshadowed by his brother, Randy Savage, and apart from a great run as The Genius, was overlooked and sat mostly on the sidelines. He had a good career though and made some good money so I guess he can’t complain, but I think he could have been a strong mid-card performer and used better in the big picture of things.

Should AEW or WWE go back to touring?

Absolutely. Once it’s allowed, both companies should resume the live shows. It’s a great way to connect with fans, sell merchandise, and make sure people aren’t sitting at home or in catering for six months without being used.

What is your biggest “what if” in professional wrestling?

There are quite a few that came to mind when I saw this question, but the biggest for me would be, What if Harley Race had taken Vince McMahon’s offer and no-showed Starcade 83? What if Eric Bischoff had never become the boss at WCW and created WCW Monday Nitro? What if Vince McMahon had been convicted and sent to prison during the trial for steroid distribution? And most importantly, what if Baron Von Raschke had hair?

Which celebrity had the best performance in a professional wrestling match?

Bad Bunny did a great job at Wrestlemania 37 and that’s a fact. Pat Mcafee exceeded all expectations at NXT Takeover a few months ago. Stephen Amell has had several good showings in the wrestling ring. But my two favorites were Kevin Federline when he faced John Cena back in 2000 and the man who held the WCW World Title, David Arquette. Arquette wasn’t much back then, but he came back a couple of years ago, paid his dues, and redeemed himself. Kudos to him.

Just imagine this. CM Punk showing up on AEW with Jim Cornette as his “advocate”? That would be awesome.

Heads would explode. That would be awesome! I would actually pay to see this and imagine the reactions on Twitter and around the world of professional wrestling. Damn, I would love to see this happen. Hey Tony Khan, make it happen.

And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, and any questions about pro wrestling or anything else for that matter are welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take care of yourself and stay safe. I’ll see you at the matches.


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