Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Brodie Lee, Killer Khan, Buff Bagwell & More
December 22, 2021
Only a few more days to Christmas and one of my presents to you, my loyal readers, all eight of you, is yet another edition of the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Two in one day. You’re welcome. It’s either this or a letter to Santa. That’ll be later in the day. For now, let’s get busy and talk some pro wrestling. Let’s do this.
If Mr. Brodie Lee hadn’t passed away, what do you think his role in AEW would be today?
I have the biggest respect for Mr. Brodie Lee and he was one of my favorites, be it in WWE as Luke Harper or in AEW as the head of the Dark Order and his passing was definitely a tragedy and sad moment. If he was still with us in AEW, I think he’d be kind of lost in the shuffle and wrestling mainly on AEW Dark and the occasional match on Rampage. Just look at Miro and how he’s being used right now and I feel Brodie would be in the same position. A top guy in the AEW mid-card roster with some good matches and promos, but not really used in one of the top spots with the company.
Who is your favorite McMahon?
I have respect for all of the McMahons for what they’ve accomplished and done daily in their business affairs, turning what was once a nickel-and-dime wrestling promotion into a multi-billion dollar entertainment giant of a business, but my favorite? That’s a little harder. I respect Shane, but I hate to see him try and wrestle. I like Linda and am glad to see her getting involved in politics. That’s one very smart lady. Steph is okay but annoying. And Vince is kind of a caricature of what he used to be. It’s sad to see how the years have taken their toll. I guess my favorite is HHH. He did a great job with NXT and actually seems to care about the business and giving the fans what they really want, unlike the rest of the family. He’s not bad as a wrestler either.
Thoughts and memories of Killer Khan?
I remember he was big and Korean and was a scary-ass dude. I saw him on Georgia Championship Wrestling a few times and mainly read about him in the Apter Mags and he was impressive. I also remember the angle where he “broke Andre the Giant’s leg”. He was a big guy and matched up well with Andre. One of Freddie Blassie’s monsters and a big, tough guy.
Who do you think will be the surprises in the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble matches?
For the men, I’m thinking the return of Bray Wyatt, Scotty 2 Hotty, Johnny Gargano, and maybe Kane. As for the women, the return of Asuka, Molly Holly, Beth Phoenix, and Maryse.
Three favorite “evil foreigner” wrestlers?
This type of character was a staple of the seventies and eighties when the fans loved to hate the evil guy from Russia or Iran or anywhere not America and there were some great ones like The Sheik, Abdullah the Butcher, Killer Khan, and so many others. My three favorites? How about Baron Von Raschke, Ivan Koloff, and The Iron Sheik. Three of the best of the best.
When’s the last time anyone has seen Lance Archer?
He’s still under contract to AEW, but I have no idea where he’s at or what his status is with the company right now. There is such a big roster and it’s so bloated, he’s just kind of lost in the shuffle right now and I would assume sitting at home waiting for Tony Khan and the other EVP’s to give him a storyline. That or waiting for Jake Roberts to show back up. I would like to see Archer against Bryan Danielson, Miro, or CM Punk and maybe it’ll happen. How about a street fight with Archer versus Jake Hager? I’m sure that when we least expect it, he’ll show up and do something. It’s just when that is the true question here.
Thoughts on the Sammy Guevera break-up with ex-fiance Pam and the heat on Tay Conti from fans?
I hate to see Sammy and Pam break up, but shit happens and it’s their business, not mine or anyone else’s for that matter. I just wish them both the very best in whatever comes next. As for the vicious attacks on Tay Conti from the keyboard warriors for what they think is going on between her and Sammy, that’s been crazy and is just plain wrong. Are she and Sammy together? I don’t know or care. It’s not my business. I enjoy both of them and their matches, promos, chemistry on the VLOG, etc, and if they are together, good for them. If they’re just friends, good for them. And anyone making insults or derogatory comments about their personal lives needs to just hush up. It’s not your business and whatever is going on with Sammy, Pam, and Tay, if anything, is their business only. Leave them be as they should be.
Everyone hating on Cody is focusing on the wrong things and is missing the resurgence of the Horsemen right before their very own eyes! Andrade, Cody, and FTR. All four are being brought on by 3 members of the original Horsemen. Ric just hasn’t made his appearance yet but it is coming! Thoughts?
It’s a good theory and I wouldn’t mind seeing the original Horsemen all together in AEW and co-managing a group consisting of Andrade, Cody, and FTR. That’s even better, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Any faction, even one as strong as you suggested, would pale in comparison to the original Horsemen, and having those three legends there all together would do nothing, but stir up comparisons. As Ole Anderson, the fourth original Horseman would say, that would be the shits! I would like to see Arn and Tully working together sometimes, but Flair? Right now, he’s kind of a loose cannon and would probably cause more problems than he’s worth. I can’t see him and the other two originals working well together.
Hulk Hogan working as a creative booker in the WWE. Good idea or bad?
Bad idea. Hogan knows about booking Hulk Hogan, but so far as a more diverse group like the WWE roster, I can’t see it working out too well. Just bring Hogan in as an attraction for some of the special events and leave it at that. As part of the creative team, I definitely can not see that happening or working out very well.
Buff Bagwell recently said in an interview that he was approached by WWE about being part of the nWo induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, but he declined because he didn’t want to go in as part of a group. Thoughts?
Buff is working us and lying his ass off. Yes, Buff was a big part of the New World Order, but by the time he joined, the nWo was well established and he was just more of an after-thought than anything else really. Hall, Nash, and Hogan were the ones that mattered, them and Eric Bischoff. The rest of the nWo members, not so much. And besides, Buff was fired from the WWE and left under bad terms. He has never been asked to come back that we’re aware of. I can’t see WWE all of a sudden wanting him as part of their Hall of Fame. He’s not Randy Savage, Jeff Jarrett, or Bruno Sammartino. He’s just a mid-card guy for WCW who won a lot of tag team titles, nothing more. I like Buff, but he’s full of crap with this claim.
And there you go. Comments, thoughts, and any questions are welcome and appreciated. Drop me a line and let’s talk. And with that, I’m out of here. I still have a letter to Santa to write and a few other things that need to be done as well. I need an assistant. Until the next time, take care and stay good. I’ll see you at the matches.