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Wrestling Fact Or Fiction: April 29, 2012

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Wrestling Fact Or Fiction
April 29, 2012
Doug Maynard & Russell Jackson

And here we are again, with the column more regular than Grandma after a bowl of Bran Flakes, it’s “Tossing Salt Presents:  Wrestling Fact Or Fiction”.  I’m Doug and as usual, I’m joined by a man so awesome, he’s the very picture of awesomeness, Russell Jackson.  We’re running late this week (as seems to be usual – my new job is trying to kill me – it’s true) so let’s jump right into the nitty gritty.  Woo Woo Woo – you know it!  Let’s do this…

Niki Bella will make a good WWE Divas Champion?

Doug – FICTION:  Niki and Brie are only barely passable at best and the only reason that Niki was given the WWE Divas Championship was to allow a way to bring Kharma back into the company with the strongest impact possible, as I suspect we’ll see on Sunday night.  Brie and Niki are leaving the company and it won’t be a big loss.  That Niki was given a chance to be the Divas Champion one last time is just good luck for her, but she will never have a chance to see if she’s a good champion or not.

Russell – FICTION:  She’s gonna be a transitional champion til Kharma returns & takes the title from her…

Twin magic is only good until the Bellas get a big taste of Karma (Kharma).

WWE’s release of “Tough Enough” winner Andy Leavine is a bad sign for the “Tough Enough” program and any chance of returning to television?

Doug – FACT:  Given that they haven’t ever announced a new season or return for Tough Enough, despite that it did fairly well in the ratings, makes me suspect of it’s fate to begin with and then you add to this that Andy Leavine, the man who won the competition, was first suspended for a “Wellness Violation” and then terminated after only a year, never even making to WWE Television as a wrestler, this program is pretty much history.  They might bring it back at some point for programming for the WWE Network (if it ever really gets off the ground and going), but for the indefinite future, just stick a fork in it because it’s over with and done.

Russell – FACT:  Andy Leavine shouldn’t have won “Tough Enough” to begin with…With him bein released is a bad sign for Tough Enough to return for a 2nd season on any tv program…

Tough Enough just doesn’t seem to be tough enough after all…

You’re looking forward to the WWE “Extreme Rules” pay-per-view on Sunday?

Doug – FACT:  So far, this looks like a strong show and the build for the Brock Lesnar / John Cena match has been great.  I’m actually very interested in seeing what happens with the entire show.  If the WWE doesn’t screw it up, this should be a really good show for them and bring back some of the older fan-base.

Russell – FICTION:  The ONLY match that I’m lookin forward to is the John Cena vs Brock Lesnar match on the PPV…All the other matches on the PPV, I could really care less bout…

The WWE has a lot riding on the Cena / Brock match…

John Cena needs to defeat Brock Lesnar at “Extreme Rules” or else their feud is effectively over?

Doug – FICTION:  John Cena doesn’t need to win, but he does need to effectively hold his own and show that he’s at least equal to Brock for the majority of the match.  If Brock wins a squash match, the feud is over, but if Cena keeps fighting and can stay competitive, they can stretch this out for a while and really make a good run of it.

Russell – FICTION:  The only reason I’m interested in the Cena vs Lesnar match is I want Lesnar to kick Cena’s ass & beat him on the PPV, which I hope he does…

Cena has his back up against the wall on Sunday night.

<<<— SWITCHEROO —>>>

Hulk Hogan is correct when he says that having Impact! going live weekly would “solve 75% of [TNA’s] problems”?

Russell – FICTION:  Hulk Hogan & Eric Bitchoff leaving TNA period would solve 75% of TNA’s problems period…

Doug – FICTION:  Hogan is an idiot if he really believes that.  Having a live show costs far more than TNA can afford right now and would hurt far more than help the struggling company.  Getting rid of some of the dead weight, like Hogan, as well as being consistent with their booking and storylines and help far more than trying to do a live show.  Make TNA a unique and fun to watch “wrestling program” with a unique identity and personality instead of being “WWE Lite” and that would help far more than programming changes or going live.

Hogan needs to go away… far, far away.

Daniel Bryan will soon be forced to do a face turn as the “Yes! Yes! Yes!” chants from fans continue to grow?

Russell – FACT:  With the fans continuing to get behind the “Yes! Yes! Yes!” chants, I look for Daniel Bryan to do a face turn before too much longer..

Doug – FACT:  The cheers are growing more and more for Bryan, even against Sheamus, who’s in danger of facing a backlash due to being forced down the throats of the WWE Universe. I don’t think that Daniel Bryan will turn into a good guy, nor should he, but he will soon be more of the “cool heel” like the nWo or DX were.  The fans like Bryan and the more he’s an ass-clown, the more they seem to want to get behind him and sooner or later, the fans always get what they want.  

The fans like who they want to like – not who the WWE tells them to like…

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin should return at Wrestlemania 29 to wrestle CM Punk?

Russell – FACT:  Austin has made it perfectly clear that if he was to do 1 more match, he wants to face CM Punk…Why not have them to face each other at WrestleMania 29? Makes sense to me…

Doug – FACT:  This so-called match has seemingly been in the works for a couple of years now with Punk and Austin both expressing interest in having the match and engaging in Twitter conversations time and time again as well.  If Austin feels that he has one more match left in him and wants to get that one last Wrestlemania paycheck, who better than the “Straight Edge” WWE Champion.  Just imagine the build they could do for this match.  Austin drinks beer and it’s become his trademark.  Punk shuns alcohol.  Both men have big egos and are known for stating their minds and ruffling feathers.  There is just so much fun that these two could have and if allowed to cut loose, these guys could make it even bigger than Rock – Cena was.  It all falls to Austin and how he’s feeling and what he wants to do, but I think it could and should happen and if it does, I definitely want to see it.

Austin versus Punk – and that’s the bottom line because the fans say so.

Diamond Dallas Page is correct when he states that he will eventually be (and deserves to be) in the WWE Hall of Fame one day?

Russell – FACT:  I believe that DDP will be in the WWE HoF one day with what he accomplished in WCW in the late 90s..

Doug – FACT:  Take away the WWE run and the rest of DDP’s career has been pretty amazing.  How many guys have gone from being manager to a color commentator to being a wrestler to being a multi-time World Champion?  Not very many at all.  Matter of fact, no one else, but Diamond Dallas Page.  Page can be accused of many things including being a bit egotistical (remember the “DD-Me” stuff that was going around for a while) and there is always the flack about being best friends with Eric Bischoff and how much of that and personal politics played into his success, but Dallas was a top guy for a while and he busted his ass in the ring.  That has to be taken into account as well.  DDP’s matches and feud with “Macho Man” Randy Savage was epic and his match against Bill Goldberg, at Halloween Havoc I believe, but not sure, was one of the best of that time in WCW.  Page may not be in the league of a Bret Hart or Ric Flair or Rick Steamboat, but he was solid in the ring and had one helluva career.  And with all that aside, with people like James Dudley and Koko B. Ware in the Hall of Fame, Page is definitely an easy pick for going in one day.

One day, the WWE Hall of Fame will feel the “BANG!”

You’re interested in the Twitter feud between Mick Foley and FCW Talent Dean Ambrose?

Russell – FICTION:  I could rightfully care less in the Twitter feud between Mick Foley & FCW talent Dean Ambrose…Does not spark my interest any…

Doug – FICTION:  I’ve been hearing so much good stuff about Ambrose and we all know who and what Mick Foley can (could) do.  He’s the “Hardcore Legend” for goodness sakes.  BUT, they’ve been doing a (kayfabe) build for a future WWE feud on Twitter and amazing as it sounds, I don’t give a rat’s ass about Twitter.  I have an account, just like 98% of the world, but I don’t follow anyone and I don’t tweet.  If they want to get my attention for a feud with Foley (who still owes John Laurinaitis a punch in the mouth) and one of the Florida developmental guys, let them do it on RAW or Smackdown like everything else.  Or have Ambrose crash a Foley book signing or stand-up comedy event and kick Foley’s ass with cameras just-so conveniently there to capture all the action.  That’s how you build for a feud with two guys – not exchanging nasty messages on Twitter.  Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I want action and not words.

Let the talking stop and let’s see some action…

Question:

If you could create your own stable of five wrestlers (current and active wrestlers only) with you as their “manager”, who would you hire for your group?

Russell:   AJ Styles, CM Punk, Sheamus, & The Motor City Machine Guns

Doug:  I believe that every faction should have a promo guy, a technical guy, a muscle guy and a tag team so that’s the standards that I’d use for my picks.  My technical guy would be Joe Henning, aka Michael McGillicutty from the WWE.  For my tag team, I’d go to Ring of Honor and get the one-time “World’s Greatest Tag Team” of Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas.  For my muscle and power, I’m kind of intrigued by Crimson down in TNA and he’d be my pick.  And to round things out, I’d need someone to talk and be the energy and excitement and promo guy for my team since none of my choices are especially well known as talkers.  For this role, I think I’d snag William Regal, who could not only talk and be the “spokesman” for my group, but would also be my team-leader and the veteran  presence for this awesome combination of performers.  So it’d be William Regal, Joe Henning, Crimson, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin.  Talk about wrestling excellence – this team would definitely have it.

We woud both make excellent managers.

And there you have it with another edition of this column in the books.  Questions and comments can be sent to Doug28352@yahoo.com.  And if you’d like to join Russell and myself and be a part of “Wrestling Fact or Fiction”, let me know and I’d be glad to include you in on the shenanigans.  Let’s make this a group thing.

My thanks again to Russell for helping out with me despite my now crazy-as-hell schedule.  We truly are an awesome tag team.  And that’s all for this week.  I’m Doug and we’re out of here.  Catch you on the flip side.

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