Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Jeff Hardy, Brock Anderson, Arn & Tully, and More
January 29, 2022
I went to check my e-mails and lo and behold, what should I see, but more questions for the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Can I do two editions in one day? No, I don’t think, of course, I can. So are you ready for Round 2? Let’s do this.
So Arn punched Tully last night in AEW. One more match or not?
The nostalgic fan in me wants to see it happen, but the realistic side of me says not only no, but hell no. Arn seems to have trouble sometimes keeping his balance and has already fallen off the stage at Dynamite twice, and I honestly don’t think it would be safe for The Enforcer to work a match, even against Tully. A punch every so often as we saw last night, that’s about as far I’d be comfortable seeing happen. So as much as I hate to say it, one more match? No way.
Look, all I’m saying is that if RoboCop can rescue Sting, then I better see Peacemaker enter the Royal Rumble.
Seeing John Cena, dressed in his Peacemaker outfit, make an appearance tonight at the Rumble would be awesome. I admit it. But I’m not sure how the legalities of it would work out since the Rumble is airing live on Peacock and Cena’s Peacemaker character is owned by Warner Brothers and HBOMax. But if it could be done, I’m all for it.
WWE contacted Jeff Hardy, asking him to come back, and even offered a Hall of Fame induction as part of the deal. Jeff said no. Thoughts?
Jeff wasn’t happy in the WWE and thus, he doesn’t want to go back. It’s just that simple. The induction into the Hall of Fame, for both him and Matt, will come soon enough. Right now, Jeff needs to worry about Jeff and being healthy and happy. If WWE doesn’t do it for him, he doesn’t need to be there.
How would you book Brock Anderson?
If I was asked my opinion, I’d do it similar to how Arn was booked when he first came to Crockett Promotions and that was a tough kid that reminded Ole of what it was like to be an Anderson. Unfortunately, Arn can’t climb in the ring and team with Brock but having Arn reflecting on how Brock reminds him of who he used to be could work instead. And instead of Brock being a face and working with Lee Johnson as a tag team, have Tully Blanchard and FTR take Brock under their wing and act as his coaches, etc. Brock turns on Johnson and says that he’s “an Anderson”. Arn and Tully make peace and co-manage FTR and Brock. And there you go. FTR with Brock as their Enforcer. Yes, that does sound kind of familiar, doesn’t it? But it worked well to turn Arn from a rookie to a legend and it could work for Brock too.
Dory Funk Jr. vs. Ricky Steamboat. Who wins?
This is a match that I was actually fortunate enough to see many years ago at a show in Bennettsville, SC back in the early ’80s. They weren’t working a program and didn’t really have any issues. I think Dory may have been just filling in for someone, but they wrestled, had a short, but fun match and Steamboat won with a roll-up. I think Dory was the booker for Crockett at the time and thus, he made the call. If Dory was willing to put Steamboat over then, I guess I should as well. Steamboat wins.
Which wrestler was the scariest looking wrestler when you were a kid?
This is an easy one for me. The legendary Brute Bernard. I first saw him in Raleigh, NC at a show that I attended with my older brother and sister. I was maybe five years old. He scared me and made me cry. He broke character later, sort of, and gave me a pat on the shoulder, I guess as an apology of sorts. But I’ve always remembered that and Brute made quite the impression.
Meltzer recently reported that there is also an idea being discussed in WWE to sign outside talent to short-term contracts and have them work with younger talent. The deals wouldn’t be exclusive which would allow the wrestlers to make independent appearances. Would you like to see this happen?
I would love to see WWE do something like this. It would allow more characters to rotate in and out of the promotion, keeping things fresh and more interesting. It would also allow the younger talent to learn more styles of wrestling and gain more experience against a wider variety of opponents. I think this would be a very positive move for the WWE and would help build their product, increase ratings, and be a win for everyone involved. I hope Meltzer is right.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, and any questions you may have, then drop me a line in the comments or at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com and we can chat. Until the next time, take care and be good. Enjoy the Rumble tonight and I’ll see you at the matches.