AEW is giving us WrestleDream this weekend, and as was the case with All Out this year, the build has been anything but special. That said, the company has yet to really screw the pooch from an entertainment standpoint on big shows, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and order the show. As always, join me for a live chat of the show over on my old man social media. Before that though, I’ve got lots of good questions to answer!
Thomas M kicks us off with…”So, you have control of the rosters of AEW, Impact and WWE and you can make three releases from each, who would they be? They can be in ring talent, producers, on screen personalities, announcers, and Corey Graves. Who would you release and why? Also, one of your releases has to be down to pure spite – that one individual you can’t stand and want to see the back of.”
Impact is a tough one, but I’ll go with Mickie James as I’d love to see her in AEW teaching the women how to work. WWE is easy for me – Michael Cole. I simply cannot watch any WWE show he is on because he sounds so incredibly phony, so incredibly over produced. Not saying it’s his fault; just saying my enjoyment of WWE product would increase one-hundred fold without him on the show. With that in mind, I might go Jim Ross from AEW for the same reason. He just has always felt out of place in this company. He was also kinda a bag to me and Blade when we met him, so I guess that’s my spite pick, but maybe he was spiteful of us due to a wacky character we had on WrestleCrap Radio.
Kevin N must know I am writing this on a Saturday morning with this question…”Do you think Asuka should get her own breakfast cereal? And if so what would you call it? Asuka-O’s? Kana Krunch? Count Asukula? Baka Loops? I think it would be bigger than John Cena’s Fruity Peebles, remember them?”
I think Asuka should get her own everything. She’s great. Asuka’s Green Mist Munchies gets the nod from me. And do I remember Cena’s cereal? Of course I yabba dabba do!
Rob L grosses me out with…”Have you ever had ohio valley style pizza? Thumbs up or Thumbs down? (Seriously who puts cold toppings on pizza though is 🙁 in my book)”
First of all, I’ve never even heard of Ohio Valley Style pizza, which is super weird considering I grew up three miles from the Ohio River. I’ve also spent a fair amount of time in Louisville (home of many of my all time favorite memories). Not as weird as putting cold toppings on pizza though. To paraphrase Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park (which I do at least once a week), just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do something.
Joseph wants to know…”Who do you think The Brain could manage to the top, in a 2023 version of the Heenan Family?”
Anyone. Like literally, anyone. Bobby was the best. He made Steve Lombardi vs. Terry Taylor an enjoyable feud. I rest my case.
Michael S gets in the ring with…”What is the best celebrity match of all time?”
Call me a dinosaur, but I will forever go with Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff vs. Hulk Hogan and Mr. T at the first WrestleMania. Everyone was awesome in their roles. I was going to say Piper was by far the best, but to be fair, each person kinda took their own talents, played to their strengths, and made it totally memorable. Still love to watch that one from time to time.
David S ponders…”What wrestler did you dislike growing up but realized how wrestling wouldn’t have been the same without them as you’ve gotten older? I wasn’t a big Curt Henning guy but he was such a talented wrestler. His selling was absolutely top notch.”
You beat me to the punch. I always found Curt very overrated. I know that might revoke my wrestling geek card, but I stand by it. That said, he influenced so many others with his over the top selling that his influence can’t be understated.
Mike M finishes up with…”Who is your favorite SNL Weekend Update host and why is it Norm Macdonald?”
I kinda grew up with Dennis Miller so I will go with him. I loved that era of SNL, so many talented folks like Victoria Jackson, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, and so many others. Besides, my favorite Norm Macdonald has to be when he portrayed my Uncle Burt (and I’ll give you a clip of that which has a wrestling reference!). Just genius. So sad he never convinced the real Burt to show up randomly and toss him off stage, only to continue to play the exact same character the exact same way Norm did for the rest of the skit.
That’s right up there with John Lennon and Paul Mccartney almost showing up to the studios when SNL offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite (the joke being that it was a pittance compared to the gigantic offers they’d received elsewhere). Lennon and Mccartney were about two miles from the studio watching the show that night. Ah what could have been.
And with that, I shall take leave of y’all. Keep sending those questions in rightchere!