Tossing Salt Presents:
Wrestling Fact or Fiction
Sami or Roman, Bryan Danielson & More
January 8, 2023
It’s the return of Wrestling Fact or Fiction. My thanks to Jake Chambers and 411mania.com/wrestling for doing all the work. I’m just filling in the blanks with my answers to the statements that Jake has supplied. Are you ready? Let’s do this.
Statement #1: Sami Zayn had a better 2022 than Roman Reigns.
FICTION: Sami has had one helluva career, especially over the past year or so, but think about it. While Sami has had a career of spic proportion, his match last year at Mania was against Johnny Knoxville. Meanwhile, Roman has wrestled Brock Lesnar and is the reigning, defending, current Universal/WWE Champion. There is no comparison. Sami is mid-card at best while Roman is at the top of the card, has been there for a while, and has no signs of leaving anytime soon. Sami is awesome, but he’s no Roman Reigns.
Statement #2: Bryan Danielson will never be AEW World Champion.
FICTION: Never is a mighty long time. Tony Khan will get inspired and hot-shot the AEW Championship on Bryan at some point before his AEW run is over, and then probably have a convoluted mess where Bryan loses the belt in three weeks, turns face, then heel, then face again over the same period of time, and winds up doing a JOB to Orange Cassidy’s first cousin, who’s the next-door neighbor of one of the Young Bucks. Yeah, it’ll happen eventually and AEW will screw it up.
Statement #3: When reviewing a wrestling match you value the variety and innovation of moves over patient and realistic selling.
FICTION: It’s been a while since I reviewed matches regularly, but back in the day, I was reviewing RAW, Smackdown, and Sunday Night Heat for the Wrestling Informer, Lords of Pain, and, doing AWA Classics, for Pro Wrestling Insider, so I know all about the art of watching and reviewing television wrestling and the occasional live match. And I like storytelling and moves that make sense, telling a narrative, complete with smart moves and good selling, during and after the match. Flashy moves are fun to see, but if they are just doing moves for the sake of doing moves, why bother? I want a story and stuff that happens because it has a true purpose and can lead to a win or loss. Do the occasional hot spot, but make it matter. Otherwise, don’t bother.
Statement #4: Like how Eric Bischoff eventually went to work for WWE, Triple H will one day work in AEW.
FICTION: I just can’t see it happening. If WWE is sold, I’m sure that Hunter and Stephanie will have deals in place to stay with the company in executive roles. If that doesn’t work out, Mr. and Mrs. HHH have more than enough money to be okay. Working for Tony Khan would require total swallowing of pride and ego and while HHH can be humble if necessary, I can’t see him swallowing that much pride, ever. It will never happen.
Statement #5: You would rather watch the best wrestling event of the year live than eat at a 3-star Michelin restaurant.
FACT: I don’t really care about food except for the necessity of it and to serve a purpose. I love my wrestling and a great, live match is better than sex. Screw the restaurant deal. We can go through the Drive-Thru at Burger King. Give me my wrestling.
And there you go. My thanks to Jake Chambers and 411mania.com/wrestling. And thank you for reading. Comments, thoughts, and any questions are welcome and much appreciated. And with that, I’m out of here. Take care and be well, my friends. I’ll see you at the matches and that’s a fact, not fiction. ‘Nuff said!