Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Mike Sanders, Triple H, Kenny Omega & Much More…

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Mike Sanders, Triple H, Kenny Omega & Much More
May 2, 2021
DougMaynard.com

It’s a packed edition of the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A with a lot of ground to cover so let’s get busy and talk some wrestling. Are you ready? Let’s do this.

I feel a lot of Kenny’s hate comes from him being the best wrestler in the last 10,000 years is because he achieved that status without the WWE.
Thoughts?

I think a lot of Kenny’s hate comes from the fact that while he’s a decent wrestler, he’s not as good as he thinks he is and seems to believe his own hype, coming across like an arrogant little prick. I don’t think his history or lack of with WWE has anything to do with anything. He’s just not a very likable person. And so far as the best wrestler in the last ten thousand years, you’re delusional. So long as there was a Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Harley Race, Rock Steamboat, or DeanMalenko, Omega still has a long ways to go.

If New Japan was to book Will Osprey vs CM Punk for the IWGP World Heavyweight title, would it be a bigger draw than Kenny Omega vs Rich Swan title versus title match?

If Punk does come back to wrestle and it gets some build, especially against an opponent such as Osprey, the fans and the wrestling world will be interested and tune in to watch. Omega and Swann were interesting and good for Impact Wrestling, but it didn’t break any records. No one cares about Rich Swann and he’s not a “star” in comparison to Omega, Punk, or Osprey. If Punk wrestles, fans will come. And that’s the truth.

Mick Foley says WWE and Vince McMahon should create an all-Women’s brand. Thoughts?

It’s an interesting concept and while I can see the positives of it, I don’t think it’s in the best interest for the company as a whole. Better to mix and match the men and women as they have been doing, but maybe an all-Women pay-per-view as an annual event to give the ladies their own Wrestlemania would work better. WWE was on the right track with WWE Evolution and should continue in that direction.

According to Meltzer, WWE is in talks about possibly working with MLW? Thoughts?

If it happens, that would be cool. MLW, owned and led by former WWE writer Court Bauer, is a very good promotion and just signed a new deal with Vice TV. They have good stories, good talent and would work well as a non-NXT developmental area for WWE talent while also giving MLW talent a chance to learn the WWE style and get a heads-up at a future WWE career. It’s a good move for all parties involved and while it’s only speculation at this point, I wouldn’t mind seeing it happen.

Thoughts on “Above Average” Mike Sanders?

Mike Sanders was a good talker, fair in the ring, and considering that he had little actual experience in the ring, did a great job during his run in WCW. If he hadn’t been rushed into the mess that was WCW at the time, I think he could have had a really solid and strong career that went beyond WCW, but he did well with what he was told to do and made a solid impact as the leader of the Natural Born Thrillers. He had the looks, the charisma, and the ability to cut a promo and talk. He was definitely “Above Average” and it’s a shame that once WWE bought out WCW, he was forgotten, buried, and sent to HLW to be forgotten forever. He could have been a great contender.

Bret Hart recently called Triple H “overrated” and says that if he wasn’t Vince’s son-in-law, he wouldn’t be remembered. Thoughts?

I think Bret is bitter and sad and has been sucking on too much Geritol. HHH was a solid presence before his marriage to Steph and has had a great career. And while his family connections have been beneficial, I don’t think they’ve mattered as much as Bret seems to think. HHH is a top guy, who carries himself as a top guy, and has done far more for the business than Hart ever hoped to do. HHH cares about the business. Bret only cares about himself and his bruised little ego and feelings.

Whatever happened to Keith Lee?

I haven’t a clue. He had some good matches and then just vanished. It happens in WWE and I’ve heard rumors that he may have contracted Covid, but nothing has ever been confirmed so far as I’ve heard. My guess is he just pissed someone in management off or violated some unspoken rule and was sent home as a result. Hopefully, he’ll be back at some point, but with WWE, who knows?

Nick Aldis mentioned recently that he thinks Joe Hennig, aka Curtis Axel in WWE, would be a good fit for the NWA. Would you like to see Hennig as part of the NWA?

I would love to see the former Axe-Man back in action and showing the world what we were only allowed a small glimpse of in WWE, the in-ring talents and promo ability of a serious third-generation legend. With talents like Nick Aldis, Trevor Murdoch, and Chris Masters already in the mix, I think having Joe Hennig pop up and show us what we haven’t seen since the days of being a Paul Heyman guy would be awesome and extremely fun to see. I hope that the NWA reaches out and we see Hennig appear. That would be cool.

Andrade has issued a challenge to wrestle Kenny Omega. Thoughts?

Kenny Omega, in addition to being the AEW World Champion, the Impact Wrestling World Champion, and the TNA Champion, is also the AAA Mega Champion. And Andrade, fresh from his release from WWE, showed up at an AAA event via video and issued a challenge to face Omega for that title at the upcoming TripleMania 29 event, AAA’s version of Wrestlemania.
And I think this is way cool. Andrade is a good wrestler, a good talker, and size-wise, very comparable to Omega in build, speed, experience, and in-ring ability. And the match would be good and could even lead to Andrade showing up at Impact or AEW. Sounds good to me and I think this challenge could lead to some very good television and entertainment. Let’s hope that the sweeper finds the courage and accepts the challenge.

And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, and any questions you’d like to see answered 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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