Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: The Miz, Tony Khan, GLOW & More

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
The Miz, Tony Khan, GLOW & More
August 28, 2022
DougMaynard.com

Yes, it is another edition of the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A, the second for today. One of my loyal readers, Vinnie, sent me a ton of questions yesterday via e-mail and well since I’ve got them here, why not answer them, right? I’ve got Sinatra cranked up on the computer and now, let’s get busy and talk for a bit about the King of Sports. Let’s do this.

With Triple H and Stephanie McMahon now running WWE, do you think that all-male match cards on RAW, SmackDown, NXT and the PLEs are a thing of the past considering that both Triple H and Stephanie are huge fans of women’s wrestling?

I honestly can’t remember the last time we had an all-male event in WWE, nor do I think that we ever will again. Women’s wrestling is here and here to stay, and considering that some of the women, such as Charlotte, Asuka, Sasha, Mickie James, etc., are far better than most of the men, that is definitely a good thing. So are the shows that are all men a thing of the past? Absolutely.

What are your thoughts on Ric Flair’s last match?

I’m just glad it’s over with and Ric got through it without serious injury or worse. Now, I just hope that he never tries this again.

Should Roman Reigns defend the title against Logan Paul at Survivor Series or Royal Rumble? I’m not saying Logan Paul should win, but he can hold up his end in a good match with Roman and the crossover appeal of Logan Paul could get more eyes and exposure for the Tribal Chief.

Logan Paul has wrestled two matches thus far, or was it three? It doesn’t matter. Paul should not be wrestling for titles or against the top guys unless he’s willing to commit to a full-time career and schedule as a pro wrestler. Paul is a special attraction, nothing more, and should be used as such. So matches against Roman? No, I don’t think so.

If you were Tony Khan, would you be planning to move to another network after hearing all of the cost-cutting Discovery has been announcing? I know you’d change the product to look more appealing to other networks.

Right now, it seems that Khan and the new management that runs the network are on good terms and they’re happy with the AEW product, but if I recall correctly, AEW’s TV deal expires in 2024 so if I was Khan, I would keep my options open and be ready to shop around for a new home for AEW, just in case. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

Why does WWE disrespect The Miz so much?

Miz is WWE’s go-to guy for appearances, TV spots, and interviews with outside media. He’s been allowed to make movies, have a reality show, carry the new guys that need to be taken care of and get over, and gets paid very well to do so. Disrespect? I don’t see it at all. Miz is very important to the WWE for so many things, and both he and they know it.

Now that Vince is gone do you think it’s long before Bruce Pritchard is gone?

So long as Bruce is able to do his job and adjust to Triple H’s management style, he’ll be fine and continue to be a part of WWE. I’ll give him until just after Wrestlemania next year.

Any chance Netflix brings GLOW back?

There is always a chance, but the longer it takes, the less likely it will be. Too bad though because it was an excellent show and we very well done. I liked it.

If you could make two immediate changes to WWE and AEW, what would they be?

For AEW, I would have Tony Khan step back and hire bookers, who actually know the wrestling business, to write the stories and coordinate the shows, thus providing structure, less repetitiveness, and making things much more entertaining and a better product. Put Gabe Sapolsky over ROH, while Jeff Jarrett & William Regal oversee Dynamite & Rampage. Khan could still have the final call over everything, but he needs to learn to delegate. As for WWE, no immediate changes because I’d want to wait and see what all Triple H has in mind and the changes he’s making now, and how things work out with those before stepping in. But I would do a program with Ronda Rousey versus Asuka, just for the physical awesomeness that match would produce. Give it plenty of build and then the pay-off at Mania, where they would steal the show.

If you had to choose one thing you’d wish WWE would do with the Network under the new regime, what would it be?

More “Behind the Music” style documentaries, talking about the old timers and the territories, and the people who were actually there and part of those pieces of wrestling history as it happened.

With VKM’s “retirement,” does this hopefully open the door to getting names like Demolition, King Kong Bundy, and Earl Hebner inducted into the HOF sooner? Also, who would headline The Class of 2023? HHH?

I do think that Triple H is much more open-minded as to who will and will not be in the Hall of Fame in the future, and folks like Ivan Koloff, Demolition, The Midnight Express, Bundy, etc., will all get their just due, as opposed to Vince’s distaste with those people for whatever reason. HHH is a student of pro wrestling and seems to have more appreciation of the past than Vince ever has. As for HHH getting inducted as a singles star, I don’t think he will ever go that route. So long as he’s in management, I think he’ll avoid that blatant conflict of interests and allow other wrestlers to get the spotlight instead.

And there you go. I guess that’s all for today, although no promises. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, and any questions are welcome and appreciated. Until the next time, take care and be good. Watch out for foreign objects and if you see Ox Baker, watch out for him as well. That Heart Punch will take a guy out pretty quickly. It’s true – it’s damn true! I’ll see you at the matches.

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