Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Jade Cargill, Buff Bagwell, Bruiser Brody & More
February 5, 2022
Are you ready for some ‘rasslin? It’s time to get wild & crazy with the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Yes, two editions of the column in one day. I do that sometimes. You’re welcome. Let’s do this.
Should Shane McMahon go to AEW?
It would absolutely blow up the internet and be a moment to remember to see Shane McMahon walk out and step into an AEW ring, but let’s get realistic here. His last name is McMahon. While he might not be happy with his father or WWE right now, he is not going to throw it all away and betray his family in that manner and that is exactly how Vince and the rest of the McMahon family would see it. And how would AEW use him? Shane is not a great in-ring performer and while he’s good on the mic, once the initial shock was over, then what? Most likely, Shane will go home, sit it out for a while, and then in a few months, pop back up when WWE has something that they want him for, with all being forgiven and forgotten. Shane may not bleed WWE like his father and sister do, but he’s still a McMahon and going to AEW or anywhere else, without WWE’s approval, it just isn’t going to happen.
Where do you rank Larry Zbyszko among all-time heels?
I remember the many times where you had thousands of fans screaming, “Larry sucks!”, as he stalled and delayed starting a match, egging them on. When you factor that in, plus the fact that he turned on Bruno, retired Bockwinkel, and bought the National Championship from Killer Tim Brooks instead of winning it, there is nothing that Zbyszko wasn’t capable of. I’m not sure where exactly he would rank among the all-time heels, but for the early to mid-’80s, he was definitely among the best in the business. A true living legend for sure.
What wrestling company do you feel had the better tag team duos? I always felt it was the NWA.
Of the major promotions, it was absolutely the NWA/WCW. You have to remember that the NWA’s strongest territory, which eventually ended up being the groundwork for WCW, was Crockett Promotions, aka the Mid-Atlantic region. Crockett was mainly a tag-team territory, with teams like Johnny Weaver & George Becker, Rip Hawk & Swede Hanson, and The Andersons being the main stars of the territory during the ’60s and ’70s, followed by Steamboat & Youngblood, The Brisco Brothers, The Midnight Express, The Rock & Roll Express, The Road Warriors, and so many others in the ’80s and ’90s. WWF has mainly focused on singles matches with the occasional tag team event, but the NWA/WCW was split more evenly and tag team wrestling was an important part of the big picture of things. So the bottom line with my long-winded explanation is definitely the NWA.
Better valet: Baby Doll, Missy Hyatt, Woman, or Miss Elizabeth?
This one is so difficult because all four of these women, in addition to being beautiful women, were so damn good at what they did, their mere presence added a great deal to every match and made their associates look bigger, better, and more impressive. I consider Woman more of a manager than a valet. Elizabeth, her presence seemed to hinder her client more often than help him out. Missy was so damn good, but I think with this one, I’ll go with Baby Doll. She was physically imposing, didn’t mind getting involved in the matches, was still beautiful to look at, and gave Jim Cornette a concussion if I remember correctly. Anyone who nails Corny, they’ll always get my vote. And besides, she was Tully’s “Perfect 10”. How can you argue with that?
Is Jade Cargill the female version of Goldberg?
Goldberg is actually a good comparison for Cargill in that they both are physically impressive, have great looks and presence, but their in-ring skills are somewhat lacking and need a lot of work. Goldberg was pushed too fast and unfortunately, wasn’t really ready for some of the matches that he was involved in, but he was the right person at the right time and the fans liked him so they worked around it. Cargill has a ways to go with her in-ring skills and right now, is more look and character than an actual wrestler, but she has potential. As she gains experience, she’ll get better, and hopefully, her wrestling ability will eventually catch up with the rest of her. One can only hope.
Drake Maverick versus Marko Stunt. Who you got?
This could actually be a fun match, but the winner, in my opinion, isn’t in any doubt. Maverick is actually a damn good wrestler when he’s allowed to do so. Drake Maverick wins.
Does Bruiser Brody belong in the WWE Hall of Fame?
Brody is already in the WWE Hall of Fame, having been inducted into the Legacy Wing back in 2019. It would have been better, in my opinion, to have seen Brody, real name Frank Goodish, get an actual induction, complete with his family being allowed to reflect on his legacy, but it is what it is. Brody is there and definitely belongs.
Buff Bagwell posted on Twitter that he “wants to do a death match”. Would you be interested in seeing Bagwell participate in a match like this and if so, against who?
Imagine this. GCW (Game Changer Wrestling) at their next big PPV event with, among the many other matches, featuring the main event of “The King of the Death Matches” Matt Cardona taking on a challenge from WCW legend, Buff Bagwell. It would be perfect. I’d love to see it and I know that despite the eye-rolling I can imagine you’re doing right now, you’d love to see it happen as well. If Buff truly wants to work a Death Match, then he should do it on the biggest stage possible against the best opponent, and who better right now than Cardona? If anyone from GCW sees this, make it happen… please!
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, and any questions you may have are welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take care and be safe. Watch out for the foreign objects. I’ll see you at the matches.