Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Nash Carter, Steve Austin, Triple H & More
April 9, 2022
Yes, my friends, it has been a few days. My apologies for my absence, but I’ve been keeping busy. Relearning how to walk, making Lip Sync videos for YouTube, working on some Fan Fiction stories, and dealing with some personal matters have all played a role in my absence. And while I was doing all of that, the questions have been piling up. The next two or three editions of the Q&A will be slightly longer than usual. You’ve been warned. And now, time to stop with the chit-chat and ring that bell. It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. My name is Doug. Let’s do this.
Do you think that Ring of Honor being bought by Tony Khan was a good thing?
While Khan is a bit out there sometimes, he loves pro wrestling, and if he hadn’t bought ROH, it probably would have been gone forever. Khan’s purchase keeps ROH alive, provides the fans with more quality wrestling, gives more places for the talents to work and get exposure, and helps spread out some of the bloated AEW rosters with more options for TV and exposure, so yes, it is absolutely a good thing.
Dominik Mysterio looked so good at WrestleMania. It’s the best I have ever seen him in the ring. The next night on RAW, he was destroyed by The Miz in just over two minutes. I don’t get it. Why did that happen?
It’s Vince McMahon’s booking and creativity at work. Dom did well at Mania and deserved better, I agree. But Vince calls the shots and this is what he wanted so…
What was the best “scientific” style match you ever saw?
I’ll have to go back to WCW Saturday Night on May 28, 1994, where Lord Steven Regal fought “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko. Regal was a heel at the time, and Zbyszko was an announcer, but they had a match for the ages, stiff, but lots and lots of great wrestling action. No clotheslines or flippy moves, but wrestling holds, reversals, and ring psychology as they told a great story from bell to bell. It was arguably one of the best wrestling matches I’ve ever seen.
Nash Carter has been released by WWE over allegations that he physically abused his wife, Kimber Lee. Thoughts?
From what I understand he was not released for the alleged assault on his wife, but for posing with his mustache trimmed in a “Hitler-style” and giving a Nazi salute. In my opinion, WWE jumped the gun a bit and just decided to get rid of him with no investigation or questions, but taking everything at face value and rushing to judgment. I can see their point, being a publically traded company in today’s Woken society, but in my opinion, at least, beating on a woman is far worse than being a goof and making a stupid picture. Something about Kimber Lee’s story just strikes me as suspicious, but I guess WWE wanted to just disassociate themselves as quickly as possible from any fallout. I think there’s more to come with this and with Carter and Lee.
What feud that never occurred would you have wanted to see?
Right now, I’m waiting on Ronda Rousey versus Asuka. That will be epic when it happens. Larry Zbyszko, fresh from his run as the AWA World Champion, versus then NWA/WCW Champion Ric Flair would have been amazing to see. And just for the fun of it, how about Orange Cassidy versus Danhausen in AEW. That would be different.
Thoughts on the Human Oddities faction in WWF?
They had probably one of the best musical themes of the time, and with Luna Vachon and that whole unique look and style, WWE could have used them far better in my opinion. They were the special-ed kids in the class, but with the sadistic crazy chick (Luna) and the two whacko guys (ICP) on their side, they were everyone’s guilty pleasure and actually the “cool kids” of the school instead. With Bolga, Kurrgan, and Silva, they should have at least gotten a run with the tag titles, in my opinion, but instead, they were special attractions like the oddities and freaks back in the old side-show at the circus days. I liked them.
The Super Powers (Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff) versus The Mega-Powers (Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage) in a No DQ fight. Who wins?
Just to see Nikita give Hogan a stiff clothesline, excuse me, Russian Sickle would be awesome to see. I think that Savage and Hogan would win since they were arguably the bigger stars, but the match would either be really, really good or really, really bad. I’ll go with good, and the real winners would be the fans. But the Mega Powers would be the ones to take that trip to the pay window if you will.
So who had the worst Stunner sell of all time: Donald Trump at WM23, or Vince McMahon at WM38?
Both were bad, but my choice for the worst Stunner Sell of all time still goes to Linda McMahon. Vince came close to knocking his wife from her infamous spot this year at Mania, but close only counts in horseshoes and bullet wounds. Linda still took it the worst.
Steve Austin famously said long ago that if a wrestler doesn’t have an overwhelming desire to be the world champion, he has no business as a wrestler. Do you agree with this sentiment? Does this still apply today in a world where kayfabe is dead and buried?
Austin was right then and he’s still right. If you don’t want to be the very best there is, the top star of your company and the wrestling business, then you have no reason to even be there. Strive to be the best and always be looking for ways to get better and when you stop doing that, it’s time to call it a day. And that’s the bottom line because Austin said so, and I agree.
So Triple H is probably a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame next year at this point. That being said, who do you think should induct him?
If HHH goes into the Hall of Fame next year (for a second time), the person that inducts him is very easy to choose. It would have to be The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels. Well, either him or Scott Steiner lol. Let’s go with HBK.
Joe Hennig (Curtis Axel) and Ariya Daivari are both said to be trying out as WWE Producers/Agents. Thoughts?
A great move by WWE, especially with Pat Buck leaving the company earlier this week. Hennig is a third-generation talent who grew up in the business and was the man who was personally selected by The Rock to help him get back in ring shape and train when Rock came back to fight Cena and then CM Punk. I’ve always felt that if Hennig didn’t return to the ring, he’d be a great coach or trainer. And Daivari, he’s amazingly talented, runs a wrestling school with his brother, Shawn Daivari, and has much wisdom far greater than his years in the wrestling business. Besides, his brother is also currently a WWE Producer, as is one of their partners in the wrestling school, Molly Holly. Both men have experience, know WWE and what WWE wants in a match, and have worked as trainers in the past. So are they good picks to be Producers for WWE? Most definitely.
And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, or any questions you may have are welcome and appreciated. And if you’d like to have The Ultimate Wrestling Q&A as part of your website or wrestling group, give me a shout and we’ll talk. My e-mail is Doug28352@yahoo.com.
And with that, I bid you good night. Take care and be good my friends, and watch out for any foreign objects. I’ll see you at the matches.