Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Cactus Jack, Crown Jewel, Tessa Blanchard & More

Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Cactus Jack, Crown Jewel, Tessa Blanchard & More
November 6, 2022
DougMaynard.com

Good morning and welcome to the show. Did you remember to set your clock back an hour last night? If not, slow down. You’re not running late, yet. It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Are you ready? Let’s do this.

Adrian Street, Dusty Rhodes, Jimmy Valiant & Miss Linda versus The Judgement Day (Finn Balor, Dominick Mysterio, Damian Priest & Rhea Ripley). Who wins?

Talk about what would be an absolutely fun and entertaining match. This would be it. The Boogie Streets Dream team is far more entertaining and would control the pace of the match and have the fans on the edge of their seats. The advantage lies with The Judgement Day though in that Rhea is a beast in the ring and a trained wrestler, while Miss Linda was primarily a valet with limited wrestling skills. I’m sure, given her long history and career in the business, in a shoot, Miss Linda could probably beat up every person involved in this match, but in the ring, she’s the weak link. The Judgement Day would take the win here with his match.

What’s your opinion on Mick Foley’s WCW career (1990-1994) as Cactus Jack?

I think that Mick had a decent run in WCW, but took far more risks than he probably should have and didn’t get the respect from the company that he probably deserved. Mick took a lot of sick bumps and used his spot in WCW to get over and become an attraction. He didn’t win very often which was a shame, but often at the end of the night, Foley was the spot on the show that had everyone talking. Cactus was unique and an attraction in WCW. His career, at that point, could have been better, but he eventually moved to ECW and cemented his legacy, and then to WWE and became a legend. WCW was where he first made his mark though and showed his stuff that he had what it took to be a star.

Thoughts on the rivalry between Tully Blanchard and Magnum TA?

One of the best wrestling rivalries in history where it was the right people at the right time and they made history. Magnum wasn’t the best worker, but he was the perfect good guy for that era, and Tully, he was such an asshole, even the other heels didn’t like him. And they created magic that climaxed in that infamous I Quit Match at Starcade. What I find the most ironic is that Magnum ended up marrying Tully’s ex-wife and helping to raise Tully’s daughter, Tessa. A great way to wrap up a classic rivalry for the ages.

Tessa Blanchard. Should AEW book her? She has it all! Even the controversy.

What a great way to transition to the next question, going from Magnum and Tully to their daughter, Tessa. Damn, that sounds gay, not that there is anything wrong with that, lol. But Tessa? She’s a good wrestler and in a perfect world, would be a top star right now in AEW or WWE. She has the skills and talent but also has a lot of baggage and some personal issues. From what I understand, Tessa’s problem is more of her behavior and attitude than anything else. If a way can be found to keep Tessa professional and able to work with others, AEW would be lucky to have her. I don’t think she has the maturity though and tends to believe her own hype. AEW needs strong female workers, but Tessa? Until we get a new and improved more mature Tessa, I would say no.

Tony Khan: Renee Paquette has helped take AEW to another level. Agree or disagree?

Renee is a bright spot on the current AEW product, but taking the company to another level? That company is such a mess in so many ways that even a personality as capable as Renee isn’t able to help make things better by much. Renee is good, but she’s not a miracle worker. I’m glad to see her as part of AEW, but has she taken AEW to the next level? Not so much.

Thoughts on WWE Crown Jewel?

It was a good and solid show from start to finish. Even the matches that I had no hope for, the Omos versus Braun fight, were far better than they had any reason to be. The matches made sense and Logan Paul especially went above and beyond, delivering a far better match than anyone could have expected. Unfortunately, Logan ended up getting hurt halfway through the match and will be out for a while now. But back to the show itself. It was delivered on all cylinders. A job well done by the WWE.

Logan Paul as Rookie Of The Year? Yay or nay?

After the match he had with Roman yesterday, with only three matches under his belt, Paul should be a lock for this role and recognition. Who else has had a comparable first year? Hook is the only other name that even comes close, but AEW has dropped the ball with him and every little bit of momentum he had has vanished. So Logan Paul? Yes.

“In my opinion”… AEW has felt pretty mid for a while now. I mean yea there are a few gems here and there but still lackluster overall. Hopefully, they improve soon because the current product just ain’t it. Agree or disagree? Thoughts?

I agree. The current product as it stands now in AEW sucks. It’s just that simple. Matches don’t make sense. The booking is confusing and the pushes/stories stop and go with the talents building some momentum and then vanishing for weeks at a time. They need a good, experienced booker who understands wrestling and can make the product interesting and make sense. Tony Khan just isn’t it.

Jeff Jarrett in AEW, this could mean Sting vs Jeff Jarrett: the 85th and final chapter. Thoughts?

I’m actually cool with that. Jarrett showed, in that Flair match and in a match for GCW against Effy, that he can still go and have smart, capable matches that make sense. Sting, he’s Sting, and he’s still better than 98% of the current AEW roster. So Jarrett versus Sting one more time? Just let them book their own story and matches and it would be far better than anything currently on AEW television. Book it, Tony.

Which star has the most potential? Wardlow or Powerhouse Hobbs?

Does it matter? Both guys are in AEW and if/when they get over, the booking will end just as soon as it starts to get strong and get any momentum. Wardlow was pushed like a million bucks and had some great matches with MJF and CM Punk, then just sort of vanished, only to return as part of a tag team with Samoa Joe. Hobbs got a slight push long before he was ready, and now that he’s reinvented himself, got in amazing shape, and is ready, he’s in a weird deal with Ricky Starks and neither man is getting over as they should. Both guys have the potential and with the proper booking, like WWE perhaps or someone like Cornette behind them, could and would be larger-than-life talents and big stars. As they are now though, both have amazing potential, but in two years, both will probably just be afterthoughts and memories.

And there you go. My thanks for reading. Comments, thoughts, and any questions you may have are welcome and appreciated. And I guess I’m out of here for now. Sorry for all the anti-AEW negativity, but the product does suck right now, and WWE has gotten so much better under the direction of Triple H, it’s hard to always be positive. Plus my family is driving me crazy and won’t leave me alone or shut up so that has to be factored in as well. Until the next time, take care and be good, my friends. I’ll see you at the matches.

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