Tossing Salt Presents:
Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Sgt. Jacques Goulet, Jimmy Garvin, The Undertaker & More
November 30, 2022
Happy Birthday to my nephew, a truly awesome guy, Shawn Gantt. Truly the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be in regards to being an incredible nephew. Love ya, Shawn. And now, on with the column.
How long has it been? My apologies friends, but life has been crazy and I haven’t had the chance to do any writing since I did my predictions for the Survivor Series. That was an excellent show by the way. But now I have not one or two, but five editions of the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A waiting in the Queue. So despite having to work tomorrow on what was supposed to be a day off, I plan on doing a lot of wrestling catch-up tonight and in the morning. You’ve been warned. So enough with the chit-chat. It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. Let’s do this.
Do you remember a man named Sgt. Jacques Goulet? Thoughts?
The few memories that I do have of Goulet stem from his time in the early 80s when he was working as an enhancement talent. I remember seeing him as the veteran who could always be counted on taking the baby faces to the limit but would always lose in the end. I wasn’t aware of his earlier career as part of a tag team with Karl Gotch in the WWWF or his career in the AWA, but he was just a tough guy and a good wrestler. He is probably best known to most modern fans as one of the WWE Executives who constantly broke up fights in the ring and was spotted often in the background backstage during WWF events. He retired in 1997 and passed away in 2019 at the age of 86. He had a great career and was a good performer in the ring who could always be counted on for a good match.
Should WWE bring back Starcade as a main roster premium live event?
I would say yes, but since Starcade actually predates Wrestlemania and is the true “Granddaddy of them all”, I don’t see this ever happening. I think WWE will continue to use Starcade as a special event for NXT and that’s probably the best we can hope for.
Wahoo McDaniel, Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard versus The Brawling Brutes. Who wins?
This would be a fantastic and very stiff/brutal match to see. I would love it. And as for who wins, Wahoo & Friends would take that trip to the pay window if you will.
Do you consider Jimmy Garvin a real “Freebird”? How about Badstreet?
Jimmy Garvin, yes. He was Michael Hayes’ primary tag team partner after Gordy passed away and Roberts left the business, winning tag team gold under the Freebird name. As for Badstreet, aka Brad Armstrong, I would say no. He was an associate of the Freebirds, as was Big Daddy Dink (Sir Oliver Humperdink), but he was not a Freebird, nor did anyone try to say he was. Badstreet was to the Freebirds as Kendall Windham was to the Horsemen. He might get to ride in the Limo and go to parties, but when it comes to making decisions and getting money from merchandise, he’s on the outside looking in.
Greatest wrestling feud?
The Monday Night Wars, WCW versus WWF. And if you want two people, Jimmy Valiant versus Paul Jones. It ran for over five years and never got old.
Kurt Angle versus Bret Hart, in their primes. Who wins?
If it was amateur wrestling, I’d have to go with Angle, but in that squared circle, under the banner of professional wrestling, my money would be on Bret.
If you were a wrestling manager, which legendary manager of the past would be your role model?
I’d try to pick some of the nuances and habits of all of the greats like Jim Cornette, Gary Hart, Sir Oliver Humperdink, etc., but my top manager to imitate and borrow mannerisms from would probably be Captain Lou Albano.
Should WWE review and revamp all of its pay-per-view events?
I think HHH is in the process of doing just that, so I would say yes. Keep what works, get rid of what doesn’t, and maybe do some slight tweaking to a few things to make it all better. Sounds like a plan to me.
Ernie Ladd, John Studd & Ox Baker versus The Elite. Who wins?
Ladd, Studd, and Baker would beat the holy hell out of Omega & The Young Bucks and give them a wrestling lesson the likes of which they have never experienced, plus a few potatoes for good measure. The three old-school legends would win.
Do you think we’ll ever see The Undertaker do one last match?
Never say never. ‘Nuff said!
And there you go. The first of now seven editions of the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. I’ll be back when I get home from work. You’re welcome! Any thoughts, comments, or questions are very welcome so use that comment box or my e-mail address of Doug28352@yahoo.com, and let’s chat. And with that, I’m out of here. Take care and be good and I’ll see you at the matches.