Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
WALTER, ODB, Sir Oliver Humperdink & More
January 20, 2022
It’s Thursday morning and you know what that means? It’s time to get funky like a monkey and talk about the King of Sports. The Ultimate Wrestling Q&A and it all starts now. Let’s do this.
Are tables legal in AEW? Multiple matches in the last few weeks have had table spots where the ref was looking right at it happening and they let the match continue.
It’s not just AEW as WWE has also had many table spots in recent months where the referee just shrugged as the match continued. I think that while technically illegal, calling for disqualification is now considered a judgment call by the referee. If someone else is involved besides the match participants or if the referee just feels like it, the DQ will be called, but otherwise, they just ignore it and let it go. It doesn’t make sense, but it’s pro wrestling and sometimes it goes that way.
Why did “they” fire everyone up to Gabe, Regal, and Road Dogg but not Shawn Michaels?
Shawn has a history with Vince that dates back even before Triple H joined the WWE and while he may be Hunter’s best friend, he’s not viewed as a Triple H guy, unlike the rest of the NXT staff and performers that were recently terminated. Can you imagine the backlash if Shawn Michaels was fired from WWE? The only thing that may be more controversial would be if The Undertaker or Stephanie McMahon were given the boot. If anyone in WWE is safe, HBK would be the one.
WALTER is now being called Gunther. Thoughts?
It’s stupid and makes no sense. So far as I’m concerned, when I’m talking about this wrestling machine from the UK, he is and will always be WALTER to me.
Thoughts on ODB?
ODB is an odd case in that she’s not a bad wrestler when she wants to be and can talk as well as anyone, but her redneck “white-trash” gimmick and constant smacking around of her boobs are distracting, stale, and in my opinion, holds her back more than it helps. She’s capable of having a good match with anyone, but she’ll never be recognized for it or given the proper credit because of the way she’s presented. It’s a shame, but again, like with the tables and the disqualifications, it is what it is. Pro wrestling, you gotta love it.
Scotty 2 Hotty said in a recent interview that Vince McMahon wants younger coaches for NXT. Thoughts?
While younger coaches might have some advantages, nothing can replace the experience and knowledge that men like William Regal, Scotty 2 Hotty, Road Dogg, etc, can offer and share with the younger NXT talents. I think, in this case, Vince is making a huge mistake, and while younger coaches might be preferable from a hands-on perspective, nothing beats experience and a veteran influence. Vince is wrong.
Samoa Joe in AEW. Yes or No?
While it would be entertaining and some great matches could be made, I think AEW has more than enough big names right now as it is and the roster is bloated. Joe, as good as he is, would get lost in the shuffle after the first few weeks. It’s not a bad deal for Joe as he would get paid, but for his fans and character, I don’t see it as being ideal right now.
Who’s the greatest wrestler with a cowboy gimmick?
There are so many great wrestlers in history that wore that hat and presented themselves as cowboys, I don’t know where to start. Stan Hansen, Blackjack Mulligan, Ron Bass, Bobby Duncum, Terry Funk, Sam Houston, JBL, and so many more. But the one true cowboy, who even legit owned a ranch and had a business selling cowboy merchandise after his days in the ring were over, has to be the legendary Nelson Royal. He was the real deal in so far as a ranch, horses, and being a true cowboy in every sense of the word. He was also a damn good professional wrestler. So that’s my answer. Nelson Royal. If you don’t know who that is, look him up. You’ll be glad you did.
Today is ten years since Sir Oliver Humperdink passed away. Any memories or thoughts about the legendary manager?
Sir Oliver was a great manager for the territories. I first heard of him through the infamous Apter Mags, as he and his House of Humperdink ran wild in Florida, battling against Dusty Rhodes. Later, Oliver came to the Mid-Atlantic region and set his sights on Jimmy Valiant, in what were some exciting matches as time and time again, Hump and his family of recurring characters would try to take out the Boogie Woogie Man. I was fortunate enough to see many of those matches and they never failed to entertain. Sir Oliver also did some time in the WWF as the manager of Bam Bam Bigelow, but there, he was portrayed as a fan favorite and didn’t really catch on as well. And then it was to WCW as one of the associates of the Fabulous Freebirds, but for some reason, he was referred to as Big Daddy Dink, a gimmick that Oliver was said to have hated. He retired in 1993 but came back briefly in 1995 before retiring again. A true legend among wrestling managers, he’s often overlooked when talking about the great ones, but he truly was one of the best. RIP Sir Oliver Humperdink, aka Jon Sutton. You are missed.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, or any questions you may have, use the comment box, or else just give me a shout. Until the next time, take care and be good. I’ll see you at the matches.