Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
WWE Forever & More
November 28, 2021
It’s time to decide what is right and what is not. It’s Wrestling Fact or Fiction. The statements and the concept come from 411mania.com and the fertile mind of Mr. Jake Chambers. The rest, it’s just me. Let’s do this.
Statement #1: The WWF/E has been around for roughly 40 years, you believe that it will be in business for at least another 40 years.
FACT: WWE has gotten so big, it’s essentially too big to fail. While I can certainly see it becoming at some point, once Vince has passed, a subsidiary of a larger corporation, such as Disney or NBC/Universal, the WWE brand will still be alive and well for many years to come. When WWE says, “Then, Now, Forever”, they mean it and I agree.
Statement #2: At a non-wrestling public event, you would wear an extremely ugly t-shirt to promote your very favorite wrestler.
FACT: Among the shirts I wear regularly are my Breezango t-shirt, my “I’m A Jim Cornette Guy” t-shirt, my “Rusev Day” t-shirt, and of course my “Four Horsemen” t-shirt. And I don’t care what event it may be, I wear them with pride and honor. I also gladly wear my “Sammy Love” t-shirt, my “Fallen Artist” t-shirt, and my “The Monster Brad Branson” t-shirt, also with honor and pride. I love professional wrestling and I don’t care who knows it.
Statement #3: You would rather watch a pro-wrestling PPV at home than sit front row at the live event.
FACT: I don’t like crowds, don’t like people all that much, and don’t play well with others. I love going to live local events if I’m able, but that’s generally because I know most of the wrestlers, am supporting my friends and can do a review for my site, thus giving me content. But a big show? I’m not saying I wouldn’t go, but it would be more for the experience and atmosphere than anything else. To enjoy the matches and interviews, I’d much rather stay home.
Statement #4: Bald wrestlers are better than those with long hair.
FICTION: There are some damn good bald wrestlers out there such as Kurt Angle, Steve Austin, Baron Von Raschke, Jay Lethal, etc. And there are some amazing wrestlers out there with long hair such as Juventud Guerrera, The Elite in AEW, Jungle Boy, Triple H, Jericho, etc. The difference between a good wrestler and a bad wrestler has nothing to do with hair. It’s about talent, technique, work ethic, promo skills, etc. This is a weird-ass question/statement.
Statement #5: Under-utilized or misused performers who are released from WWE contracts are actually better off.
FACT: While losing that regular paycheck is definitely a bummer, the freedoms gained via a WWE release are tremendous. WWE controls almost every aspect of their performer’s lives, from the matches to the scripted promos, to social media, to outside projects, to what they wear coming to and from the arena. For someone who is all about the creativity and art of pro wrestling, as most of these folks are, it’s a stifling and toxic environment. Better for most to be set free, go out into the world and work those Indy shows. Work for other companies. Work and expand and grow as a performer. Money can’t buy happiness and if you work and grow and expand while doing something you love, the opportunities for success will be there and come knocking at your door, maybe even the WWE again. Venture forth and thrive. It’s the best for all parties involved in the big picture of things.
And there you go. My thanks to Jake Chambers and 411mania.com for the statements. And to you, my ever-so-faithful and beloved readers for reading this. Comments, thoughts, and any questions are welcome and appreciated. Talk to me, my Peeps. Until the next time, take care and stay safe. I’ll see you at the matches.