Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Mike Tenay, Adrian Adonis, Mr. Perfect & More
November 30, 2021
Another day, another set of appointments, and lots of running around. And also, another day, another edition of the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. You can’t live without it. And it all starts right here and now.
Shout out and Happy Birthday to my nephew, Shawn Gantt. A better guy, you’ll never find. Love you man and drink a cold one for me. And now, on with the column.
The Horsemen versus Evolution. Who wins?
An interesting question, but two major issues with it? Which Horsemen will represent the faction in this match? And Ric Flair was a member of both groupings, so is it Flair versus himself? That doesn’t work for me, brother. So let’s make a subtle change. For who represents the Horsemen, we’ll go with the original group of Ole, Arn, and Tully, with James J. Dillon at ringside. And as for the “Nature Boy”, since he was part of both factions, he gets to be the special referee. So it’s Ole, Arn, and Tully with James J. Dillon versus Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista, with Ric as the special referee. Now we got a match. As for who wins, as much as I hate to say it, I think that Evolution would end up coming out on top.
Where does Mike Tenay rank on your all-time list of pro wrestling commentators?
Not very highly. It’s not that he wasn’t good at what he did and wasn’t an encyclopedia of knowledge because he was (is), but I just didn’t really like his voice or style of announcing. If I was running a wrestling promotion and Mike Tenay called me and wanted to do commentary, I wouldn’t say no because he’s good and smart and an asset to any company he works for, but I’d try to pair him with someone I found more personally appealing so I could enjoy the announcing more. He’s good, but just not for me.
What’s your favorite submission finisher in all wrestling?
The Iron Claw… and that is all the people need to know!
Nia Jax has changed her wrestling name to Lina Fanene. Thoughts?
Well, according to Ms. Jax, the change is to her real name and she may not make a return to pro wrestling anytime soon. I guess it’s a getting back to basics change as she rebuilds her life and career and decides what she wants to do next. Best wishes to her in this endeavor.
Should WWE or AEW bring back the scaffold matches?
Not at all for any reason, shape, or purpose. The matches were boring, dangerous, and made as much sense as a Joe Biden speech. Leave the scaffolds buried in the past where they belong.
Thoughts on Adrian Adonis?
A good, solid wrestler who, during the later parts of his career, fought with weight issues and a stupid gimmick/character, but still managed to be over more than anyone had any right to be. When I think of Adonis, I think of the East-West Connection with Jesse Ventura or the winner of the tournament to crown a new World Champion by Bill Watts Southwest Championship Wrestling where he was awarded Lou Thesz’s NWA World Championship belt. Adonis was a very talented performer and a good talker. He made a definite mark on the world of pro wrestling, both good and bad. I hated the Adorable Adrian character, but he made it work and got it over. Mr. Adonis is missed. RIP!
I believe Mr. Perfect should have won the world heavyweight title at least once or twice. Agree?
He was the AWA World Champion from May 2, 1987, to May 9, 1988, so he was a recognized World Champion. But so far as WWE and WCW goes, I do agree. Hogan pretty much dominated the title scene in WWE, but it would have been nice to see, even if it was just for a month or two, to have Curt Hennig wearing that WWE gold around his waist. To be honest, it would have been absolutely perfect.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Any comments, thoughts, or questions, about wrestling or anything at all, feel free to use the comment box or else just give me a shout at Doug28352@yahoo.com. Or go follow me on Twitter at @Doug28352. Let us talk, my Peeps.
And with that, I’m out of here. A busy day lies ahead. Take care and stay safe. I’ll see you at the matches.