Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Jim Holliday, Ric Flair, Land of 1000 Dances & More

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A

Jim Holliday, Ric Flair, Land Of 1000 Dances & More
February 15, 2022
DougMaynard.com

Let’s talk about the King of Sports. It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Are you ready? Let’s do this.

In their prime, Steve Austin & The Undertaker versus Goldberg & Sting. Who wins?

Easy answer on this one. Goldberg was a one-trick pony in that ring and Sting, well, he was Sting. Austin and Taker were top guys who earned every bit of success they got and could go toe to toe with anyone. Taker and Austin would get the win here.

Do you remember a manager named Jimmy Holiday? Thoughts on this Jimmy Hart wannabe.

I barely remember Holliday. I tried to look him up on Wikipedia but had no luck. He showed up very briefly in Crockett but didn’t stay very long. Hell, I can’t even remember who he managed. And when I tried to do a search on him, the only thing I could find was from an appearance in Florida in 1983 with the Zambuie Express (Ray Candy & Leroy Brown), and then another clip with him managing Hector Guerrero. I’m not sure about looking like Jimmy Hart because Holliday wasn’t nearly as annoying, but he had the full beard, wore a suit, and looked like a drug dealer to me. He did well in the clips I saw, but I don’t know about anything else he did, or even when he left the business. It probably wasn’t long after Florida or else I’d be able to find more about him. Too bad because now I’m getting curious.

Who is the greatest WWE Intercontinental Champion of all time?

This is a hard call because a lot of talented performers have worn that title since its inception in 1979, but unfortunately, the belt seems to be forgotten and secondary for most of the titleholders who view it as a prop rather than treat being the champ as something important. So who is the greatest? Maybe not the greatest, but the most awesome. I’ll go with The Miz.

John Cena versus MJF in an off-script, anything goes, promo-battle. Who wins?

I love MJF and he is damn good, but in this particular type of battle, he’d never see Cena coming. Cena would win.

If WALTER, excuse me, Gunther, comes to the main roster, who would you like to see his first feud be against?

If he’s on the Smackdown brand, I would say Cesaro. And if it’s Monday Night RAW where he was to end up, how about Lashley. Either would match up well against and make for a great rivalry for WALTER.

What is up with Ric Flair’s obsession with Becky Lynch? He seems to trash her every chance he gets. And is it a work or shoot?

With Ric, it’s hard to tell what’s work and what’s a shoot with him anymore and I’m just speculating, but I think he tends to get it mixed up sometimes as well. I think his frustration with WWE and with Becky being known as “The Man” has tweaked his mind a bit and if the rumors of actual hard feelings between Becky and Charlotte are true, that probably gnaws at him as well. Becky is living rent-free in Flair’s mind and she’s become an obsession. It’s sad because Flair used to be a legend, but his statements, his antics, his personal life, and the way he conducts himself, are all eating away at and destroying that legacy. Flair wants to be in that spotlight again so badly, and he doesn’t care what he does or says to get attention. That’s just my opinion, but I truly believe that Flair is losing it.

I know you’re a fan of Ole Anderson so I got one for you. Better promo guy – Ole or The Rock?

The Original Rock, Ole Anderson, or the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, The Rock. It’s like comparing apples and oranges because both were masters at the art of cutting a promo, but their styles are so different. With The Rock, you get insults, comedy, catch-phrases, and the fans are legit entertained each and every time. With Ole, you get a serious tone that leaves you wondering if he’s getting ready to bust you in the face or not. The Rock entertains, while Ole cuts into you and makes you sit up and take notice, frightened for your life. Ole is real and more believable. So the better promo guy? The Rock is the greatest talker in sports entertainment, while Ole was the best talker in pro wrestling. And there you go.

Should WWE do a reboot and remake the song “Land Of 1000 Dances” with the current day WWE superstars?

It would be cool, but it wouldn’t work. The original video and song, performed in 1985 and WWE were full of over-the-top characters and every one was unique. That’s what made this video so unique and fun. Now, it’s more of a cookie-cutter atmosphere, and that “wow factor” isn’t nearly as strong as it once was. Impact Wrestling could do it, as could AEW, and it would work much better since there’s more of a wider spectrum of talents and personalities. But WWE doing a reboot? Nah, I don’t think so. And here’s the original video, just to have a quick moment of nostalgia and a smile. You’re welcome.

If you could go to heaven for one day and see a match from 2 stars who aren’t with us anymore, which 2 stars and what kind of match?

I’d want to see a lady I got to know pretty well over the years, former U.S. Women’s Champion Ann Casey take on another legendary woman who I was able to talk to a few times before her passing, former AWA Women’s Champion Penny Banner. The match would be a simple two out of three falls match, and with these two amazing women, I’ve no doubt it would be an instant classic.

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 of yourself and be safe. Watch out for the tennis racket. I’ll see you at the matches.

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