Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Darren Young, Tammy Sytch, Cody Hall & More
June 20, 2021
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Would Darren Young still be with WWE if he hadn’t come out? Thoughts?
To be honest, I think that coming out when he did helped to extend his career in WWE. Let’s be honest here. Young is a good wrestler and talented young man, but he didn’t really stand out and with the exception of his team alongside Titus O’Neil and his early work in the Nexus, his time in the WWE was pretty forgettable. Most likely, he would have been released in one of the annual mass releases that WWE seems to love so well. But coming out as he did, allowed WWE to have someone to point to as to how inclusive the WWE is and how they don’t discriminate because of sexual orientation. Firing Young when he first came out would have been a public relations disaster and so they kept him, probably longer than they would have otherwise.
Give me a scenario where AJ Lee or CM Punk returns to the ring.
It’s RAW and Triple H & Stephanie have come to the ring to ramble about something or another and they talk about the new generation and how frustrated they get when the talent doesn’t show respect. Just a long HHH & Steph rant being major heels. And the music hits, Cult of Personality, and CM Punk comes through the crowd and to the ring. HHH allows him to the ring and gives him a mic and CM Punk cuts a vintage “pipe-bomb” promo on HHH and Steph and how badly the company has declined since he left. HHH is pissed, but Steph steps in and says, “Who do you think you are” and tries to slap Punk, but he grabs her arm and says that she had better be glad he won’t hit a woman. But he knows someone that will. And AJ Lee comes over the barricade, storms the ring, and spears Steph while HHH and Punk start fighting. Punk and Lee clear the ring and HHH & Steph retreat up the ramp. And Punk gets the mic to make a challenge. HHH & Steph versus CM Punk and AJ Lee at Wrestlemania. And there you go. They’re back.
Tammy Sytch has been released from jail. How long before she’s arrested and locked up again?
I hope that she manages to stay out of trouble and straighten her life up in a positive fashion and we never have to hear about her getting in trouble again, but then again, this is Tammy Sytch and odds are, it’s just a matter of time. I think she’ll behave for a little while and then, as 2022 comes around, she’ll get behind the wheel of a car, drink a little bit, and it will all begin anew. I’m giving her about six months before she’s making headlines again. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am.
Andre the Giant versus The Undertaker – who wins?
Surprisingly, these two never met in one-on-one matches during their respective careers. When the Undertaker first arrived in WWF, Andre was already in the prime of his career and working mainly tag matches with Haku and winding down. But imagine Andre, in his prime, versus The Undertaker. What a match that would be. And the results? Even then, Taker would never take a clean pin or loss. As for Andre, we’re talking about Andre the Giant here. So the end would result in a disqualification or count-out finish and the official results would be a no-contest. And if there had to be a winner, it would be Andre the Giant every single time.
Thoughts on Iron Mike Sharpe. Should he have been more than a jobber in WWF?
Sharpe was a jobber, but he was damn good at it and helped to make a lot of stars during his long career with the WWF. Should he have been given some kind of push and been more? I don’t think a few wins here and there would have hurt him all that much and if he had been part of a tag team, they could have pushed him that way. He was more than just a jobber though. He was lower mid-card where he was known to be tough, would always be a threat, and had everyone’s respect, but could still lose to the big stars, kind of like how Swede Hanson was for the Mid-Atlantic territory. He was one match away from being a top guy. That’s how he was pushed and promoted and it worked for him.
Why hasn’t Cody Hall become a major star for any of the big promotions?
Cody does work regularly for New Japan, but I personally feel that the reason companies like AEW, WWE, and Impact have stayed away from the second-generation superstar is quite simply, he’s not that good. He has size and a good look, but he’s lacking the natural charisma that his father has and isn’t, in my opinion, capable of living up to the expectations that fans would have if he was to sign with a major promotion. He’s Scott Hall’s son, but when he comes to the ring, he’s not Scott Hall and that’s a problem faced by a lot of second and third-generation wrestlers.
His father had that “it” going on. Cody doesn’t have anything but the name. It’s just that simple.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions you’d like to see answered, feel free and give me a shout. Until the next time, take care and stay safe. I’ll see you at the matches.