Survivor Series Thoughts & Predictions

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
WWE Survivor Series Predictions
November 21, 2015
Doug Maynard

We are just one day away from the 2015 WWE Survivor Series, celebrating 25 years of “The Undertaker”. A big event to be sure. And an event this big, this huge, is definitely a must-see extravaganza, available on the WWE Network. Okay, it’s not really “must-see”, but I suspect most of ya’ll that are reading this will be watching. It’s only $9.99 and besides, what else do you have to do? I don’t have any other plans and it’s one of the WWE’s “Big 4” events along with The Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and of course, Wrestlemania. So go watch it already. It’s tomorrow night on “the Network” and as Freddie Miller used to say every Saturday night at 6:05 on WTBS, “Be There!”

So will we see John Cena? Nope! Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman? I doubt it. Seth Rollins? Rusev? Randy Orton? Disco Inferno? Nope, nope, nope and I seriously doubt it. But it still looks like a decent show. Okay, not really. I’m kind of bummed at the build for this event, as well as the matches that have been announced. But what the hell. I’ll watch anyhow and hope for a big surprise, like maybe the return of “Captain Charisma” Christian or the main roster debut of Samoa Joe and James Storm. Maybe we’ll see Buff Bagwell wrestle Booker T for the WCW World Championship. Heck, I’d be happy to see Zack Ryder, Fandango, Damien Sandow, Curtis Axel and Goldust take on Stardust, The Ascension, Heath Slater and Adam Rose in a classic Survivor Series match. Actually, that would be a good match and make a great pre-show match. Hmmmm. Oh well. Enough fantasy booking. Let’s look at the matches that have been announced and make a few predictions.

WWE SURVIVOR SERIES 2015 Thoughts & Predictions…

The Undertaker & Kane vs. two members of The Wyatt Family

This is an event celebrating 25 years of the Undertaker. Do you really think that Undertaker and Kane will lose? Really? We don’t know which two members of the Wyatt Family will be wrestling, but I think it’s a safe bet to assume that all four members will get involved. I hope it’s Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper since they’re the two best in-ring performers for the Family. Look for rough and rowdy, but the WWE is going to keep Taker (and Kane) strong as the “Road To Wrestlemania” begins. Taker with a tombstone on Luke Harper for the win.

Winners: The Undertaker and Kane

WWE World Heavyweight championship Tournament Semi-Finals: Dean Ambrose vs. WWE Intercontinental champ Kevin Owens.

This is probably the only match on this card that I’m actually looking forward to. I want Kevin Owens to win. I would love to see Kevin Owens win. Newsflash. Kevin Owens is NOT going to win. Ambrose versus Reigns, friend versus friend, is the theme of the night and we’ll see the Brothers of the SHIELD do battle. It should be Kevin Owens, but with Vince calling the shots, look for Ambrose to pick up the win and advance to the finals.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

WWE World Heavyweight championship Tournament Semi-Finals: Roman Reigns vs. WWE United States champion Alberto Del Rio.

Since his return, I haven’t been impressed all that much by Alberto Del Rio and I really don’t think that anyone else has either. After only a month of action, he’s boring and stale. He will not be capturing the WWE World Championship on Sunday night. I just can’t see that happening. And Roman, he’s supposed to be the annointed one that Vince likes. He’s the one that WWE wants to hold the gold belt and with this match, he’ll get one step closer.

Winner: Roman Reigns

WWE World Heavyweight championship Tournament Final to crown new champion.

I’m expecting to see Dean Ambrose versus Roman Reigns in this match. I’ll be hoping that they pull a major swerve and we end up with Kevin Owens in this match against Reigns, but I know better. It’s Ambrose versus Reigns and with the predictable heel turn and what not, the next and NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion will be… Dean Ambrose.

Winner and NEW WWE World Champion: Dean Ambrose

WWE Divas champion Charlotte vs. Paige.

After that tacky angle to end RAW this past Monday night, these women need to come into the match and just beat the holy hell out of each other. No headlocks, armbars or pin attempts by Charlotte. It should be a slobberknocker of a brawl that has everyone watching hearing Joey Styles yell “CATFIGHT! OH MY GOD!” inside their heads. Anything less will not be acceptable. And forget about a clean finish. We’re going for a double-disqualification or double count-out for this match. Time to get crazy! And Charlotte keeps her title at the end of the night.

Winner: NO CONTEST (Charlotte retains her title)

Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler.

If Tyler doesn’t win, he may as well just pack it up and go back to NXT or else go form a tag team with Adam Rose and Fandango. Tyler lost his main roster debut and although he defeated R Truth on RAW, who the hell cares. Tyler has to win. Dolph can win or lose and it doesn’t matter. Look for Summer Rae to cause a distraction and Tyler to use his “Selfie Stick” to lay Dolph out and get the win.

Winner: Tyler Breeze

5 on 5 Elimination Tag: Competitors to be announced.

As of five minutes ago, at 3:37pm, Saturday afternoon, the WWE still has yet to announce who will be participating in the lone, single, one and only, traditional Survivor Series 5 on 5 elimination match taking place at the big show in Atlanta tomorrow night. I would expect to see Cesaro, The New Day, The Dudleys and the Usos all part of one team or another, but who knows for sure? This really isn’t the way to promote a match or show with this little bit of time remaining before bell time. I feel like I’m watching WCW 2000 all over again. *sighs*

As for a prediction, the team that has the most number of members left when the final bell rings, that’s the winning team. And the other team? They lose. And New Day rocks! Woo woo woo – you know it!

Winners: The Team That Has The Most Survivors

And that’s it for me for now. My apologies to everyone for my major slackness on the columns over the past few months. My interest in wrestling is not quite what it was and my “writing time” seems to be devoted more to fan-fiction stories than tales of bodyslams, backstage scandals and armchair booking. I’m not ready to call it quits yet though and hopefully as the “Road To Wrestlemania” progresses, my interest and the columns will both pick up and occur much more frequently. We’ll see.

I’m Doug and I guess that’s all. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to watch the WWE Survivor Series tomorrow night on the WWE Network. I’m down and I’m gone and dat’ is all de’ people need to know. Have a great one.


WWE Hell In A Cell Thoughts and Predictions: October 25, 2015

We’re just a few hours away from tonight’s WWE Hall In A Cell pay-per-view presentation, available on the WWE Network and of course, when there’s a special event or big show, that means it’s time to break out the Tarot cards, the crystal ball and the cricket in the matchbox. Someone call me Dr. Druid because it’s time to make some predictions. Let’s just jump right to it, shall we?

Hell in A Cell: Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

We have the extreme part-timer taking on the moderate part-timer in the main event. Let’s be honest here. Taker has been playing the role of heel in this feud and is a desperate man. He’s had to resort to low blows and sneaky tactics because when push comes to shove, he can’t beat Brock Lesnar. And this match, billed as the final match between the two, should put the exclamation point on that fact. Taker can win or lose and it won’t matter. He’s the Undertaker and actually, having to resort to the shenanigans to win, cheapens his reputation. Brock is where the money is for WWE and for so long as he chooses to stay active, is the present and future. A loss at this point makes no sense and would damage his future potential activities. Bottom line is Brock should win. It just makes the most sense. So expect one helluva good fight and match and Taker shows once again why he’s a legend, but when that final bell rings, Brock takes that mystical trip to the pay window

Winner: Brock Lesnar

Hell in A Cell: Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt

With Randy Orton out of action due to an injury and John Cena preparing to take some time off, it looks as if the WWE will be pushing Roman Reigns into that top spot on the roster for a while. Personally, I’d prefer to see them bring up James Storm and Samoa Joe from the NXT roster and give some elevation to the lower level talents that have been forgotten, such as Adam Rose, Fandango, Zack Ryder, Heath Slater, etc. With Cena out, use everyone stronger and make it a more level and competative playing field where everyone has a chance and opportunity rather than just their chosen ones. But that’s a rant for another day and this is about this match. I’m a big fan of Bray Wyatt and now, especially with three big monsters behind him in his “family”, I’d love to see him run crazy over the entire roster and just dominate and decimate everyone and anyone. But even though he has the advantage with the numbers game, tonight will be Roman’s night as the “Reign of Reigns” begins. Look for craziness and lots of interference by the family, but the master of the “Superman punch” will overcome the kryptonite and get the victory at the end of the night.

Winner: Roman Reigns

WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins vs. Kane: If Kane does not win, he will lose his Director of Operations job

As much as I like and respect Kane, and to be honest, enjoy him as the “Director of Operations”, he should not be at this point in his career, wrestling in the main event for the WWE Championship. Kane should be working tag matches and giving some younger talents a rub by being a partner or else being an enforcer for the Authority or just working as a special attraction. Kane is great, but Seth is the champion, the future and “the man”. No more D.O.O. / Corperate Kane in our future as Seth will rise to the challenge and end the suit and tie career of the big red monster. Luckily he has a demonic persona to fall back on, right.

Winner and STILL WWE Champion: Kane

WWE United States champion John Cena’s Open Challenge

Who will be the man to challenge and step up to face John Cena? The two most logical challengers are either Big Show or Sheamus. I hope not. If it was me, I’d use Heath Slater, who has a pretty good social media buzz going on about wanting to challenge Cena or Zack Ryder, who had a great match against Cena a few months ago and is a former United States Champion as well. And then, I’d have them win, just to really stir the pot and give the unappreciated a chance to shine and get people’s attention. Another good possibility would be James Storm. Wouldn’t that be a great way to make his WWE debut? It would be awesome to see Storm (or Samoa Joe) pop up and take on Cena. Unfortunately, Storm is too new and Joe isn’t Vince McMahon’s picture of what he wants a WWE Superstar to be so I doubt either of those would work. Maybe Mark Henry for one last hurrah? That would be great, especially if he wore that Salmon colored jacket of his. There really isn’t any telling who it will be. I’ll say Big Show just because he’s one of Vince’s favorites and isn’t anywhere on the show and that would be the suckiest choice of all. And guess what? He wins.

Winner and NEW United States Champion (because it sucks as an idea so badly): Big Show

WWE Divas champion Charlotte vs. Nikki Bella

Charlotte is just getting started as the Divas Champion and I’m really wanting to see her go one on with for the title with Sasha Banks, not Nikki Bella. The Divas Revolution thus far has been pretty much a bust and having Nikki back as the champ would not improve things one single bit. Charlotte as the champ at least means that there still might be hope. Charlotte retains the gold and somewhere in the night, we hear her father go “Woooooooooooooo!”

Winner and STILL Divas Champion: Charlotte

WWE Tag Team champions The New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz

Eventually, the Dudley Boyz will get those tag team titles. It’s inevitable. But the New Day are so good and so hot right now, it just doesn’t make sense to take the straps off of them yet. And the Dudleyz, while only back in the WWE for a short time thus far, seem old and stale already. Oh vey! The Dudleyz will eventually get the gold, most likely in a “Tables Match” on RAW, but for tonight, I think we’ll see the New Day once more use the numbers game and the power of positivity to lie, cheat and steal and get a tainted win to retain the gold. After all, New Day suc… I mean “rocks!”…

Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Day

WWE Intercontinental champion Kevin Owens vs. Ryback

A tough and stiff match and I expect we’ll see some hard hitting action and possibly even a spot or two of the crimson (accidentially of course) over the course of the ten – fifteen minutes that these men slug it out. Ryback is tough, but now is the time of Owens. Fight Owens Fight and retain that Intercontinental Championship.

Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Kevin Owens

Neville & Dolph Ziggler & Cesaro vs. Rusev & King Barrett & Sheamus

It’s the kick-off show and we get a rematch from this past week’s RAW as six men, most of who have no reason to be partners and teaming with each other, team up and compete in tag action. I guess it’s just a way to get them on the card. Of course, Rusev, Dolph, Cesaro and Neville could all be possible challengers for Cena and the U.S. title? Hmmmmm. Nah, I don’t think Vince likes us that much. It’ll be Big Show or someone equally as painful to watch. This match though, it’s the show opener and the fans have to be kept happy. Thus, the faces win and the crowd goes wild.

Winners: Neville, Dolph Ziggler and Cesaro

And there you go. My predictions for tonight and WWE Hell In A Cell. Am I right? Am I wrong? Does it really even matter? The WWE has put together a stacked show for tonight’s card and even though a couple of the matches are not exactly what I want to see, they’re still relatively decent. It should be a good night of wrestling / sports-entertainment. Watch it. Have fun and enjoy the show.

And with that, I’m out of here. I’m Doug and that’s all folks. Thanks for reading.


Avengers United (Fan Fiction)

Avengers United… (A Marvel Comics / Avengers Fan Fiction Story)

A/N:  This story is based in my AU “Avenging Shadows” Universe, which combines the world’s of Marvel Comics and The Avengers with the world of Dark Shadows.  In this Universe, there are three teams of Avengers, two teams in the United States (East Coast and West Coast) and one team in Europe, known as Avengers International.  This little fic is just to help identify who is a part of what team and what the current statuses for my characters are.  It’s mainly for my own benefit, but why waste a chance to write a story, right?  Captain America, The Black Widow and Hawkeye discuss the teams and the rosters.  For more information and to read my other fics, go to and look up the author TSfiction19 – that’s me. Or just use this link:  Have 56 fics up there currently.  Let me know what you think.  Thanks!   – Doug

Avengers United…

Steve Rogers, aka “Captain America” looked across the table at the two heroes sitting across from him. Wearing a green blouse and black slacks, the former assassin and spy Natasha Romanov, aka the legendary “Black Widow”, sipped on her cup of tea, watching him. Sitting next to her, in his customized purple and black uniform, eyes blazing with nervous energy was the marksman and current Chairman of the Avengers West, Clint Barton, aka “Hawkeye”.

“I realize that this meeting has run a bit long”, Cap said to his two fellow Avengers, “but we had to take care of all the legalities and paperwork involved in running the three different divsions and teams of Avengers.”

“I get paper work as a necessary evil”, Hawkeye smirked, “but couldn’t we have done this via skype or something like that? Sitting here for three hours talking about food budgets and community outreach is a bit much. We’re Avengers. We should be out busting heads and chasing bad guys. Stuff like this is for the birds!”

“Hush Clint”, Natasha smiled. “I hate paperwork and red tape as much as anyone, but it’s part of the responsibility that I accepted when I became the Chairperson of Avengers International, just as you accepted when you agreed to lead the West Coast team. But look at the bright side. How often do the three of us get an opportunity to spend some time together without having a major fight or risking our lives involved?”

“I’m always glad to spend time with you and Cap”, Hawkeye replied. “I just hate these budget meetings.”

“We’re nearly done”, Cap interjected. “And if the two of you are game, how about a workout in the gym when we finish. The Beast was here earlier this week and has added several new simulations for us. It should be fun.”

“Cool”, Hawkeye smiled. “I’m getting stiff from sitting here all day anyways and could use a good work-out to loosen up the muscles.”

“So what do we have left on the agenda?”, the Widow asked her red, white and blue clad comrade.

“We’ve taken care of all the annual budget matters and necessary crossing of the t’s and dotting the i’s”, Cap said as he glanced at the notes he had been taking during their meeting. Now it’s just a discussion of the currrent rosters so I can update our main computer and know who is available for missions and current statuses.”

“And then we’re through?”, Hawkeye asked.

“Yes Hawk”, Cap laughed, shaking his head. “And then we’re through.”

“Then I’ll start”, Hawkeye said. “Out in California, at the Whacko compound, our current team as of last night, consists of myself as the Chairman of Avengers West. My lovely wife Bobbi, better known as the Mockingbird, our orange furred feline Avenger Tigra, founder and general pain in the ass Iron Man, Wanda, aka the Scarlet Witch, the mysterious Spider Woman and our resident actor and major ham Simon Williams, known to the masses as Wonder Man, and of course the US Agent, they make up the rest of the official roster. And on an unofficial, but always willing to lead a hand status considering how much he’s been hanging around the Compound lately, is Pietro, aka Quicksilver.”

“I haven’t talked to Pietro in a long time”, Cap said thoughtfully. “How is he?”

“Arrogant, obnoxious and over-protective of Wanda”, Hawkeye responded. “But he’s mellowed a bit lately and seems happy and content for a change.I believe that he’s been seeing a young lady who lives out in San Diego.”

“That’s good to hear”, the Widow commented. “Pietro has always had a hard and bitter road to travel. He deserves a bit of happiness in his life. It’s too bad that he and Crystal haven’t been able to work out their problems.”

“The way I understand it is that for the time being anyhow, they’ve both decided to start seeing other people and the marriage is pretty much over in everything but name. They’re trying to remain friends for the sake of Luna, plus Crystal’s royal family of the Inhuman’s situation. A divorce is out of the question, but they’re making the best of it.”, Hawkeye said.

“Crystal has been back here in New York working with our team”, Captain America said. “And so I guess that means I’ll go next with an update on the roster of the current Avengers New York team.”

“The Eakos”, Hawkeye interjected.

“Currently as the Chairman of the New York team, operating out of the Avengers Mansion”, Cap began, ignoring Hawkeye’s comment”, is myself, Captain America. Our current active roster for this team is Hank Pym, operating as Giant Man, our resident Norse entity, Thor, the telekenetic mutant known as Justice, Janet Van Dyne aka the Wasp, The Vision, the elemental inhuman Crystal and Carol Danvers, aka Warbird.”

“I thought Firestar was still on your roster”, Haweye noted.

“Angelica is currently on reserve status”, Cap replied. “She decided to take some time off for personal matters, but is still available if we need her. The same also replies to Jennifer, also known as the She-Hulk. She’s not part of the active roster at the moment, but her law office is only a few blocks away and she’s made it clear that she’s available if we call.”

And I guess that leaves myself and our London based team, Avengers International”, the Widow sighed. I am currently serving as the Chairperson of the group. Our current active roster consists of myself, Dane Whitman, better known as the Black Knight, Olympian and demi-god Hercules, the shape-shifting Skrull and former member of the Fantastic Four Lyja, part time X-Man and master of the bad joke, Bobby Drake, aka the Iceman, Isaac Christians, also known as the Gargoyle, Miguel Santos, aka the Living Lightning, Union Jack and as a reservist status, when she’s not and I quote, ‘dealing with the bloated ass-hats that don’t have a bloody clue’ in the House of Lords, Jacquiline Falsworth Crichton, aka Spitfire.”

“Jackie always did have a way with words”, Cap snickered.

“She is quite outspoken at times”, the Widow agreed. “I find her quite refreshing to listen to.”

“What happened to Druid? And the werewolf and vampire connection? And Mantis for that matter?”, Hawkeye asked.

“Dr. Druid has currently taken a leave of absence from the team”, the Widow said. “Our young apprentice hero, Kori has gone with him and they are currently back in Boston investigating some supernatural activities.”

“Druid recently led a team of reserve Avengers consisting of Falcon, Ant Man, Hellcat, Joscota and a couple of others on a mission to prevent a breakout at the Raft”, Cap added.

“Oh yeah”, Hawkeye said. “I read that in a report from the US Agent. I had forgotten. So he’s back here in the states?”

“And from what I understand in our recent conversations, putting together his own team to investigate and combat supernatural situations”, the Widow said.

“Probably for the best”, Hawkeye said. “Druid has never really struck me as a spandex type of guy. He just seems as if he’s more of a working behind the scenes, in the shadows type.”

“He’d probably agree with you on that”, the Widow agreed. “But he tried hard and has really been a good and effective Avenger. I will always be glad to have him as part of my team when he’s available.”

“I agree”, Cap said. “Druid’s abilities are probably not quite as flashy as we’ve become used to and he’s not quite as out there as some of our members, but he’s proven to be a good and effective Avenger, especially with this most recent run.”

“I just said that he’s not quite the spandex type”, Hawkeye remarked. “But what do I know? I just shoot a bow and arrow.”

“As for our resident vampire and werewolf”, the Widow continued, “they are currently living here in the States and running a private school in Collinsport, Maine. Professor Xavier of the X-Men asked Quentin and Barnabas if they would consider opening and running a third branch of the Xavier School and working as the co-headmasters. They accepted the challenge and now run, along with their associate Dr. Julia Hoffman, the Stoddard Institute. Mantis is currently also residing and working at the Institute and I believe, has a romantic involvement with Quentin Collins.”

“Mantis… and the werewolf guy? Wow! Where have I been?”, Hawkeye chuckled. “Wait until Bobbi hears this?”

“So they’re not with the team anymore, but they have made it clear that if we ever need them, they are available.”

“Wasn’t the Alantean Andromeda working with your team as well”, Cap asked.

“She was”, the Widow answered. “But Namor decided to recall her back to Atlantis and she’s currently the Commander of the Atlantean Royal Guard. But she is also available as a reservist if we need her.”

“So your current roster, the official one anyhow, for the Avengers International group is youself, the Black Widow, the Black Knight, Iceman, the Gargoyle, Hercules, Lyja, the Living Lightning, Union Jack and Spitfire?”, Cap replied.

“Yes”, the Widow said.

“And for your West Coast team Hawk, the official roster is yourself, Mockingbird, Tigra, Wonder Man, Iron Man, the Scarlet Witch, the US Agent, Spider Woman and, more or less, Quicksilver?”

“Sounds right to me”, Hawkeye smirked.

“And for the official roster of the Avengers East, it’s myself, Vision, Thor, Crystal, Giant Man, Wasp, Justice and Warbird with Firestar and She-Hulk as our reservists”, Cap said.

“Oh, I almost forgot. Rhodey, better known as the War Machine, just moved back to California a few weeks ago. I’m planning to contact him and see if he is available for reservist status”, Hawkeye quickly stated. “I’m sure he’ll agree so long as he and Stark are getting along.”

“War Machine? Got it!”, Cap nodded. “So I guess that’s it. We have an official roster list for each team to provide to the government and the United Nations, as per our charter…”

“Subject to change of course”, the Widow quickly interjected.

“Subject to change”, Cap smiled. “It’s just part of the deal and paperwork that we let them know who is and isn’t part of the team.”

“Big brother is watching”, Hawkeye joked.

Ignoring the archer, Cap continued. “And now, I believe that concludes this meeting of the three Chairpersons for the Avengers. I’ll go over everything and forward the paperwork to the necessary persons and officials later. I think it’s safe to say that the expansion of the Avengers franchise to two additional teams, Avengers West and Avengers International, has been a major success thus far. All three teams have strong and solid rosters and the capability to handle major threats against our world and people.”

“I have to admit that I wasn’t sure about the addition of a team based in Europe”, the Widow added, “but it was a good idea and we’ve been able to reduce our reaction time to dealing with threats on that side of the planet by a great deal. With three teams, located as they are, we can respond to almost any situation quickly.”

“And we have more back-up to call upon if needed, having this many Avengers on active status”, Hawkeye remarked.

“Very good point”, Cap smiled. “Before, we had only six to eight Avengers on active status at any given time and it limited our abilities and responses to emergencies. Now, with three teams of active heroes, plus a steady supply of reservists available, we are much more capable and effective.”

“So, is that it?”, Hawkeye asked.

“I believe so”, Cap said. “Unless either of you have anything to add?”

Getting up and stretching, Hawkeye let out a big yawn. “I’m going to the kitchen to grab a sandwich and then I’m headed to the training room. You ready to get a workout, old man?”

“I think so”, Cap laughed. “If you think you can keep up, you young whipper-snapper.”

“I’m going t go change into my work clothes and I’ll see the two of you in the gym in what… say fifteen minutes?”

“That’s fine”, Cap said.

“Excellent”, the Widow said as she stood up, stretched and walked from the room.

Hawkeye grinned and walked out behind her. “Fifteen minutes, old timer!”, he hollered back at Cap.

“I’ll be there”, Cap smiled as the Widow and Hawkeye left. Looking back at the papers and notes on the table in front of him, Cap glanced once more at the list of names, the men and women who made up the current rosters of the Avengers.

“And to think, I used to think we had too many Avengers”, he laughed to himself. “Now all I can do is wonder why we didn’t do these expansion teams several years earlier. What was I thinking?”

With another smile to himself, Cap quickly gathered up the papers and notes.

“Not to sound egotistical, but this group, these people… I believe they truly deserve the title of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. We’ve come a long way since that first teaming of Thor, Jan, Hank, Tony and the Hulk. Quite a long way.”

And with that thought, Cap walked from the room turning off the light as he left.


Tossing Salt: WWE Night Of Champions Predictions & Thoughts

Tossing Salt: WWE Night Of Champions Predictions
September 19, 2015
Doug Maynard

We are less than a day away from the WWE Night of Champions, the one night a year where every WWE Championship title is defended and on the line. Well, every title except for the ones representing NXT, but whatever. I’m still not complaining because the card looks stacked and it should be an entertaining three hours of WWE action and excitement. And of course, since it’s a big WWE show and pay-per-view event, that means that it’s time to break out the crystal balls, the Sister Cleo 800-number and call Dionne Warwick. It’s prediction time.

I’m currently on my lunch break and in the middle of a lovely 11-hour workday so I’ll skip the small talk and get straight to the business at hand, offering analysis and predictions about the eight scheduled matches at Night Of Champions and who I feel will emerge the winner of each match and take that trip to the pay window, if you will. Let’s do this.

Kickoff Show Match
Neville & The Lucha Dragons versus Cody Rhodes & The Ascension

This should be a good match to start off the show with a lot of high flying and fast paced action. Cody Rhodes and Neville continue their straight out of the comic books feud, but now instead of “Arrow” in the mix, we get the Lucha Dragons and the Ascension. This should help, I hope, rebuild the Ascension after their disasterous transition to the main roster from NXT, going from dominating to “eh”, by allowing them to get the rub from the crazy, face painted one formerly known as he with the pornstache. Expect a lot of near falls and quick moves. In the end, one of the Lucha Dragons gets pinned by one of the Ascension and the feud with Stardust versus Neville gets to continue.

Winners: Cody Rhodes & The Ascension

Rusev w/ Summer Rae versus Dolph Ziggler

What I would like to see here is a double-turn, with Dolph showing his true colors and “stealing” Summer Rae away from Rusev, thus showing Rusev as the sympathetic man-beast, Dolph as the two-faced dog who can’t even be loyal to Lana while she’s out with an injury and is playing the field and thus, eventually reuniting Rusev and Lana in the end as faces while Dolph and Summer are the nasty, heel power-couple of the WWE. And it could happen down the road, but so far as this match goes, back and forth. In the end, Summer makes a mistake and causes a distraction. Dolph takes advantage and snags a check in the win column.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

The Wyatt Family versus Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & A Mystery Partner

The big question here is who will be the mystery partner for Reigns and Ambrose. Erick Rowan hasn’t been cleared to return yet so he’s out. I don’t think it’s Randy Orton or Jimmy Uso since they were “taken out” by the Wyatt Family over the past week. I’ve heard mention of Kane, who is scheduled to be backstage at NOC and RAW the following night, but in the context of things, that doesn’t make sense. Could it be… The Rock? Hell, maybe it’s Seth Rollins who doesn’t think two matches are enough and wants to take part in three matches and reunite The Shield. It could even be The Miz looking for some payback for the way he was manhandled on RAW this past Monday night. Nah, it was Roman who tossed him from the ring so it’s not Miz.

Honestly, I have no idea who it might be and I like this feeling of mystery and intrigue that’s surrounding this match. It makes it exciting and fun to be a wrestling fan again with surprise and anticipation. But that being said, I don’t really think it matters. I’m pulling for Bray and the boys here. Wyatt family wins.

Winners: The Wyatt Family

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (c) versus The Dudley Boys

The New Day has become one of the best things about WWE these days. These guys are AWESOME! And the Dudley Boys are back and putting people through tables and they’re awesome as well. This match should be really fun to watch. The Dudley Boys will get the titles eventually, but not now and not yet. Let Woods pull some shenanigans and help his team steal the win and retain the titles for now. Then he can eat a 3-D and a table for his efforts and everyone is happy. The champs retain.

Winners and STILL WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Day

WWE Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella (c) versus Charlotte

Nikki kept her title on RAW and now AJ Lee is no longer the longest reigning Divas Champion. Mission accomplished by the WWE. Now at the pay-per-view, it’s time to put a new face at the top of the Divas Division. And that new face is Charlotte. Wooooooooo!

Winner and NEW WWE Divas Champion: Charlotte

Intercontinental Championship Match
Ryback (c) versus Kevin Owens

The WWE is currently high on Ryback and he seems (for some reason) to be getting big pops when he comes out to the ring. I don’t get it, but then again, I think Heath Slater could be a top mid-card talent if they pushed him right and brought back the One-Man-Band gimmick like he had back when he was fighting the WWE Legends building up to RAW 1000. Kevin Owens is one of the hottest new acts in the WWE right now and can’t afford to go down in another feud like he did with Cena. Ryback is the babyface here and as a general rule, I think it’s better for faces to chase titles rather than hold titles. With that in mind, Owens over Ryback to capture the IC title. Then Owens can be a champ and get a big push, which he deserves and Ryback can play the guy chasing the title, which suits his character better too.

Winner and NEW Intercontinental Champion: Kevin Owens

United States Championship Match
Seth Rollins (c) versus John Cena

Cena was doing a great job as the U.S. Champion and I think he needs to be the champion again. And anyhow, Rollins needs to lose his first match to make him more determined in the second one. Cena wins and reclaims the U.S. title. The Champ is here!

Winner and NEW United States Champion: John Cena

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Seth Rollins versus Sting

So does Seth hold on to the WWE World Championship or does Sting, who currently boasts a WWE record of 2 – 1, become the first man to ever hold the NWA, WCW, TNA and WWE World Championships? I can see an argument for going in either direction. And where does Mr. Money In The Bank, Sheamus, fit in all of this? Rollins is a great chicken-shit champion and I don’t really want to see him lose the WWE Championship. I want to see Sting win the title and have a short reign as the champion, but is that really best for business? How about this. Sting and Rollins have a great match. Sting captures Rollins in the Scorpion Death Drop and looks like he’s going to become the Champ, but here comes the big red machine, Kane. He’s pissed at Rollins and wants revenge and attacks Seth. A DQ and the match is over. Sting wins, but Seth retains the title. This sets up Kane versus Sting for the next pay-per-view event and we get the next best thing to the Undertaker – Sting match everyone has been wanting. Kane lays out Seth with a chokeslam and maybe even a tombstone. Sting and Kane brawl out of the ring. Seth is laid out and here comes Sheamus. He cashes in the briefcase and we have one more match. This match is over.

Winner by DQ: Sting (Seth retains the WWE World Championship).

But Sheamus is here and has the Money In The Bank Contract. The referee calls for the bell.

WWE World Championship Match
Seth Rollins (c) versus Sheamus

Sheamus with the Brogue kick and we have a new champion.

Winner and NEW WWE World Champion: Sheamus

And that’s how it’s all going to come down… maybe. Guess we’ll find out on Sunday. As for me, I have to go back to work and do my part to get the residents of Scotland County liquored up. Lunch break is nearly over. Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you on the flip side. I’m Doug and I’m out of here.


Little Ol’ Coffin Maker (Fiction)

The Little Ol’ Coffin-Maker
Doug Maynard

A/N: I had a dream and decided to go with it. Not your classic vampire story, but I’m proud of how it turned out. Thoughts and reviews are welcome. Thanks!

There was no one more proud of their work than Herr Wagner. He had been in the United States for over twenty years. carrying on a proud tradition as his father and grandfather had before him, but still had that air and aura about him that reminded everyone of Central Europe. He hummed an old traditional German folk song as he proudly polished the wooden lid of his latest creation.

“Ah yes, making coffins by hand is surely a lost art”, Wagner spoke to himself as he polished the lid once more. “Hardly anyone wants ol’ Johann’s caskets any more. Everyone is using those cheaper, factory made models. But thank heavens that there are still some that know and appreciate true craftmanship when they see it and will pay well for it.”

Glancing at the clock, Wagner continued to talk to himself.

“It’s almost time. Soon he’ll be here. My customer. I’m certain that he’ll like this coffin. It’s my finest piece of work ever.”

Meanwhile, as Herr Wagner reflected on his masterpiece, outside of his small shop, a different scene was taking place.

Running down the street, hair plastered to his face and a look of fear mixed with anxiety covering his face, a tall blonde haired man fired two shots from his revolver into the night.

“The cops almost had me that time”, he swore to himself. “That old man had to hit the silent alarm. All I wanted was some money. Well, he won’t be calling no cops no more!”

The man felt a small smile forming despite himself. An unsuccessful robbery attempt led to the murder of an old man at his hands.

“But what the hell! Just like those others I did! That old bastard deserved to die! Now I just gotta get away and find a place to hide for a few hours.”

In the shop, Herr Wagner heard the sounds of the gunfire and glanced out the window, peeking through the shades covering his store-front window.

“Is that the sound of a car backfiring?”, he wondered. “No… it sounds more like gun shots!”

Backing away from the window, Herr Wagner walked back towards the center of the shop, thinking, “Well, that’s no concern of mine. All that matters is getting this coffin into perfect shape. I don’t want to disappoint this customer. Oh, my no!”

Suddenly, the door of the shop flew open and the tall blonde haired killer came bounding into the store.

“Who are you?”, Herr Wagner proclaimed. “What do you want?”

“I don’t have time to answer questions, old man”, the man snapped, clicking the lock on the door and pointing his gun in Wagner’s direction.

“That gun? Is this a holdup? You’re wasting your time”, Wagner said. “I’m just a poor old man!”

Then, looking more closely at the face of the gun-welding thug, Wagner suddenly realized who the man was.

“Wait! Now I remember where I’ve seen your face before. On the television. You’re John Jacobs! The one they call the Dirtside Maniac!”

“Brilliant deduction”, Jacobs scowled. “Since you’re so damn smart, you know I’m not afraid to use this. I’ve killed before and I won’t have any problem doing it again unless you do as I say!”

“And what is that, Mein Herr?”, Wagner asked.

“The cops are after me”, Jacobs grunted. They’re checking out all the shops around here. They’ll be here soon so you gotta hide me!”

“Hide you?”, Wagner remarked. “Have you looked where you are?”

Jacobs, for the first time, looked around the room and saw the many coffins spread around the room.

“What? A coffin-maker’s shop?”, he asked.

“Yes”, Wagner said proudly. “One of the only ones left these days!”

Thinking quickly, Jacobs commented, “Looks like I got no choice then. I gotta hide in a coffin.”

He walked over to the gleaming new coffin in the center of the room.

“This one looks better than the rest of ’em”, he said. “So I guess this one will be it!”

“N-no!”, Wagner said, a look of stress forming on his face. “Please take any coffin but that one. It is special. If anything happens to it, the buyer will….”

“Be quiet”, Jacobs said as he climbed into the coffin. “If you say anything, I’ll shoot you!”

Suddenly, there was a knock on the door.

“Open up in there! This is the police!”

“They’re here!”, Jacobs said as he closed the lid. “Don’t say a thing and you’ll stay alive!”

Herr Wagner opened the door to see two policemen.

“We’re sorry to disturb you”, one of the officers said. “But we’re looking for someone… a fugitive.”

Giving a quick glance towards the coffin, Wagner spoke quietly, but firmly. “No one has been here. Look around for yourselves. All you’ll find are my creations.”

“Creations?”, asked the second cop.

“My caskets… they’re hand made… like a piece of sculpture”, Wagner explained.

Pointing at the large coffin that held Jacobs, Wagner smiled.

“Look at this one, Officer”, he said. “Have you ever seen anything as beautiful?”

“Well…”, said the first officer, not sure how to reply.

“And look”, Wagner continued. “My customer even wanted a lock on the outside. It keeps out the Boogey Man! Heh! Heh!”

Wagner reached over and turned a small key, locking the lid to the casket.

“Man, that’s crazy”, the second Officer said, shaking his head.

In the casket, Jacobs began to panic.

“That old fool locked me in here and I can’t do anything about it without tipping off the cops!”

“We’re on our way Sir”, the first Officer said to Herr Wagner as the two men walked towards the door to exit the shop. “Keep your doors locked and if you see or hear anything, please give us a call.”

“I will”, Wagner smiled. “Thank you!”

As the door closed behind the departing officers, Wagner clicked the lock and then turned towards the coffin.

“And now Mr. Jacobs, I’ll teach you what it is like to have your life threatened. I’ll show you how much I like having a gun waved in my face”, he said.

“Let me out, old man!”, Jacobs pleaded from inside the coffin. “You have my word that I won’t threaten you again! But please… open this coffin before I sufffocate!”

“Don’t worry”, Wagner laughed. “There is enough air inside that box to keep you alive until… until… hee hee hee!”

The sounds of Wagner laughing were interrupted by the chiming of the clock.

“It it time”, Wagner thought to himself. “My customer should be here any moment now!”

“Let me out! In the name of sanity, let me out!”, Jacobs pleaded from inside the casket.

As the final toll of the clock sounded through the walls of the coffin shop, a strong, dark presence filled the room.

Wagner turned and with a small bow of respect, spoke to the figure who now stood behind him.

“Ah, your Excellency. You are right on time”, he said.

“The very existence of one such as myself depends upon being on time. Greetings Herr Wagner”, the tall, magestic figure replied.

In the coffin, Jacobs heard the voices and thought to himself, “Now there is someone else out there. I can hear a different voice but can’t make out what he’s saying.Could be another cop. I’d better clam up!”

The dark figure moved over nd rubbed his hands over the outside of the coffin.

“This coffin is indeed a fine piece of work”, he said with a sinister smile.

“You flatter me, Excellency”, Wagner replied, his face beaming with pride at the compliment towards his craftmanship. “In the old country that we both once called home, as my father and grandfather did before me, I made coffins for kings. And now it pleases me to once again create for one of royal blood.”

“And I am glad to have found you”, the figure replied. “My old coffin was, after all, centuries old and I could use a new one in which to sleep during the daylight hours.”

“Shall I have this delivered for you?”, Herr Wagner asked.

“You forget, Herr Wagner, that I have the strength of twenty men”, the figure replied with a smile. “I’ll take it with me!”

With ease, the figure picked up the coffin and hoisted it on it’s shoulder, carrying it out the door and into the dark night air.

“What’s going on?”, Jacobs wondered from inside the casket. “I’m moving and being carried. But where? Where?”

As the figure carrying the casket vanished into the night, Herr Wagner smiled and closed the door to his shop once more.

“Soon his Excellency will open his coffin… and both he and Jacobs will be surprised! In fact, John Jacobs might die from fright when he looks into the face of Count Dracula! Hee! Hee!”


Tossing Salt: SummerSlam Predictions – August 23, 2015

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
SummerSlam Predictions
August 23, 2015
Doug Maynard
In just a few hours, it will be time for the WWE’s biggest show of the summer, SummerSlam. I was planning on doing a full Tossing Salt column and including my predictions for SummerSlam as part of the column, much like I did on Thursday with my predictions for NXT Breakout: Brooklyn. That’s what I was planning. Well, Hulk Hogan was planning on having a match at Wrestlemania XXXII and that didn’t quite work out for him either. That nasty little thing we call “work” beckoned and called to me and instead of writing, I ended up moving around a few dozen boxes of liquor. What fun. Yay! And I also watched a couple of movies. Oops!

So this is going to be short and sweet, just like a midget that’s been rolled in syrup and fruit loops. Yummy. I like my little people (which says a lot about why I was involved with Chris for so long… lol). Anyhow, it’s prediction time. It’s WWE SummerSlam 2015. Let’s do this!
WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins vs. WWE United States champion John Cena in a Title versus Title Match for the United States and WWE World Heavyweight Championships

So how is this going to work exactly? I don’t want to see Cena as the WWE World Champion, but I like the job he’s been doing as the United States Champion. I like Seth as the WWE Champion (he’s grown on me), but I don’t want to see him holding two titles. Whoever wins, I think they’ll be short lived as a double-champion and will probably have to defend both titles in two seperate matches at Night of Champions in a few weeks, thus resulting in a title loss of one or both titles. This can really go either way and I can see some great stories coming out of a win for either man. If Cena wins, he ties Ric Flair’s record of being a sixteen time World Champion (although he’ll never come close to being the champion Ric was or defending his titles even a fourth as often). I don’t want to see Cena tie Flair’s record so I’ll go for Seth being sneaky and maybe having some help from the returning J&J Security (I miss those guys!) to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat. Cena dominates the match, but at the end of the night, Rollins steals it away and gets the win.

Winner and DOUBLE-CHAMPION: Seth Rollins

The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman

WWE logic and wrestling logic say that Undertaker gets his win back from Wrestlemania and we end up with a rubber match. I don’t like it. Brock is a monster and a beast and should not lose here. So I’m hoping for one of two things. Either Brock wins clean or else Taker wins, but has to use low blows and the help of his “brother” Kane to get the tainted victory, thus leading to Sting making an appearance and the build for a Sting / Brock versus The Brothers of Destruction match at Night of Champions, as I explained in my “Tossing Salt” column earlier this week. Another great match that I can see going either way. I don’t agree with it, but I think that by hook and by crook, we’ll see Taker get his win back. Brock should not lose. I repeat, Brock should not lose. But come tonight, as much as I regret saying it, the Dead Man will walk out with the arm raised in victory.

Winner: The Undertaker

Team B.A.D. vs. PCB vs. Team Bella in an Elimination Tag Match – When a competitor is defeated, her team is eliminated.

After the performance that Sasha Banks put on against Bayley last night at NXT, I expect this one to be off the charts and be a really good match as well. The only thing that may hurt it is that there are just too many people involved and it could turn into a cluster-f*ck just as easy. Well, that and the Bellas are not quite as strong in that ring as Bayley or any of the NXT girls. I don’t think that Team Bella will win. I just don’t. I’m kind of pulling for PCB because I know that Charlotte’s family, including father Ric (wooooo!) and brother David Flair will be in attendance. That’s where my heart is going. My logic and mind says though that “The Boss” Sasha Banks, fresh off her great performance last night and the loss of her NXT Women’s Championship to Bayley, will rebound and prove that she’s the real deal, taking in the pin in the end against the current Divas Champion Nikki Bella. Yeppers, that sounds good. Team B.A.D. takes the pin when Sasha pins Nikki. And there you go.

Winners: Team B.A.D. (Sasha Banks, Naomi & Tamina)

Randy Orton vs. Sheamus

Do we really have to see this again? Nothing against Sheamus or Orton, but this match just does absolutely nothing for me and I have no desire to see these guys wrestle again for about the ten millionth time. If I remember correctly, Orton won their last encounter so for the sake of fairness, I’ll go with the red headed Miracle Whip wannabe, Sheamus, for the nod here. Maybe he can cash in that MITB contract and briefcase later in the night too? Hmmmmmmmm!

Winner: Sheamus

Cesaro versus Kevin Owens

After the great match and performance he put on last night at NXT, I know that Kevin Owens has to be walking around stiff and sore today. The guy is really stepping up and taking things to the next level. He really is that damn good. And Cesaro? What can we say about him that hasn’t already been said. A wrestling machine that has few peers. He’s reaching for that “brass ring” that Vince McMahon has spoken of and I can’t see anyone or anything getting in his way. It’s really bad that one of these guys has to lose the match tonight because they are both two of my favorites and are both so good in that ring. I think Cesaro has proven to be, to a point, teflon, and a loss won’t hurt him quite as badly. In his last couple of outings, Owens has lost to Cena and then Finn Balor and “walked away” from several matches as well. He needs the win more and another loss, especially if it’s a clean pin, does hurt him. I think, after another off-the-charts, exciting and brutal match, we’ll see the fans cheering “This is awesome” and Kevin Owens will take the nod.

Winner: Kevin Owens

Dolph Ziggler w/ Lana vs. Rusev w/ Summer Rae

Dolph is back from injury. Everyone loves Dolph. Lana is hot and sexy. Everyone loves Lana. I would love to see Lana turn on Dolph, beat the hell out of Summer Rae and end up back with Rusev. I would love to see it, but when the turn comes (and it will – believe that), it should be in a title situation so Rusev gains gold from the heel turn and it shows a reason why. Right now, though I’d love to see it, is way too soon. So Lana beats up Summer and Dolph gets the pin on the formerly unstoppable Bulgarian monster.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler w/ Lana

WWE Tag Team champions The Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores with Torito vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day

While I like Titus and Darren, their time as the tag team champions has been somewhat boring. They do commentary quite well, but they don’t really stand out as champions and just kind of seem to just be there, especially compared to former championship teams like the Usos or the New Day. I would love to see the New Day come out with the gold one more time. They’ve grown on me and their gimmick is just fun to watch. You can see how much fun their having each week and it’s contagious. I would be picking them here, but I’ve been hearing stuff and just have a feeling that it’s time for a swerve. I can’t see the Lucha Dragons winning. They’re a good team and fun to watch, but I just can’t see them as the Champions. But what about Los Matadores. Or should I say Epico and Primo Colon? It’s time to drop the silly bullfighting gimmick and hopefully Torito and take off the masks and show everyone once more what the Colon family name is all about. So yeah, I’ll calling for new champions and for a gimmick change / heel turn as well as Epico & Primo, the team we know now as Los Matadores, takes the win and the gold. And as Primo’s brother, who I would love to see make a return to the WWE at some point would say, that would be cool!

Winners and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions: Los Matadores w/ Torito

WWE Intercontinental champion Ryback vs. Big Show vs. Miz

I do not want to see Big Show as a champion of any sort. I could stand it if he was a tag champion (maybe), but as the Intercontinental Champion or U.S. Champion, hell to the no. I would love to see Miz win the gold and proclaim his awesomeness as the champ. He’s a good worker in that ring and on the mic, he is, dare I say it, awesome! But let’s call it like it is here. The fans (for some reason) like Ryback. Vince, Hunter and the WWE powers-that-be like Ryback. I don’t like Ryback. But they have more power and influence than I do and thus, we will get Ryback. He’ll come in hungry and will make a meal for the ages out of both Show and Miz. And in the end, the “Big Guy” keeps the title and walks out the winner.

Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Ryback

Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper

This should be another stiff and brutal match for the ages. I keep hearing people talking about a possible heel turn by Ambrose on his “brother” Roman, but I hope not. It’s not time yet for anything like that. What I would love to see is a new member of the Wyatt Family debut, either Bo Dallas joining his brother as part of the team or else Adam Rose, dumping the party-pooper gimmick and going back to the awesome Leo Kruger character he used in NXT, and help Bray and Harper steal a win from the two former SHIELD members. Bray loses too many matches and it’s hurting his character. It’s like he talks a great fight, but can’t seem to back it up. Roman and Ambrose, especially Ambrose, can lose every night and no one seems to care. Plus, if there’s a new member of the Wyatt family (or if Erick Rowan was to return), that would give the Wyatt’s a big numbers advantage and then Reigns & Ambrose could recruit help (Sting) to help them out, thus giving us the long hoped-for six-man tag encounter at Night of Champions. That’s what I want to see happen. And what the hell? I think that, by hook or by crook, even if it takes a small child singing badly as a distraction, that Bray and Harper will find a way to win. Yes, I said it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Winners: Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper – The Wyatt Family

Neville and “Arrow” star Stephen Amell vs. King Barrett and Stardust

And finally, it’s Hollywood meets super-heroes as the Red Arrow and the Green Arrow team up to take on the WWE King of the Ring and Master of the Crazy. It’s going to be fun to see what Anell can do in that ring. It’s obvious he’s in great shape and I expect he might surprise us a little bit. This should be a really fun and interesting match. Three really good wrestlers and a talented actor all doing their thing. Barrett and Stardust should win. They have the size, the experience and just the pure crazy factor all in their favor, plus a Hollywood star making a one time appearance should NEVER beat a full time wrestler. But this is the WWE and that means the fans have to be happy. Neville hits the red arrow on Barrett and tags Amell in to get the win. The fans are happy and poor Barrett does the job. Yeah, that sounds about right.

Winners: Neville & Stephen Amell

And now, I am out of here. Got things to see and people to do (or something like that). Questions and comments can be sent to And if you’re on Facebook and want to join a great wrestling group that has something for everyone (but YOU – yeah, you – you know who you are!), come see us at people. It’s “That Wrestling Group”. Check it out. I’m on Facebook and Twitter as well (@doug28352) – come find me.

And there you go. Thanks for reading and enjoy SummerSlam tonight. I’m Doug and “dat is all de’ people need to know!” I’ll see you at the matches. Have a great one.


Tossing Salt – Worldwide News: August 21, 2015

Tossing Salt – Worldwide News
August 21, 2015
Doug Maynard

Just a few days from the Wrestlemania of the Summer, WWE Summerslam. That’s on Sunday night. And on Saturday night, it’s NXT Takeover: Brooklyn. Two big shows on the same weekend. The WWE is cranking it up and getting busy, just like Sunny on skype night. Oops! Did I say that? Oh vey! Oh well, at least I’m not talking about the borderline psychotic, blame Vince for everything wrong in the world, self-admitted drug addict and sociopath, Billy Jack Blames. But don’t worry. Before this column is over, I probably will. You’ve been warned.

I’m Doug and this is professional wrestling’s most eclectic column since 2002, the one and only “Tossing Salt – Worldwide News”. I guess I should probably include the disclaimer because I have a feeling one or two people may end up being offended in this overly politically correct world of ours and will be complaining and whining like little marks playing in the basement with Stu Hart. So here goes: “The views and opinions expressed in this column are mine and mine alone, unless you agree with me and then the opinions expressed are ours to share. They are not necessarily the opinions of anyone else who may be sharing this column or anyone else for that matter. It’s all on me. And now you know!”

So what’s on the agenda for tonight? I’m thinking Sting and how he could be included at SummerSlam if the WWE decides to do so, the craziness that is Billy Jack Haynes, predictions for NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, and maybe a top ten list of something or another, just to round things out. It sounds like a packed and loaded column, doesn’t it? Well, now the intro is complete and here comes the hard part, just like watching a Dixie Carter promo. Painful, but gotta do it. Time to get to stepping… I mean writing. Let’s do this…

Sting at SummerSlam?

Though he’s scheduled for some autograph signings, currently Sting is NOT scheduled to be at SummerSlam. And that, in my opinion, is crazy. He’s one of the biggest stars in the history of the sport and he’s in great shape and ready to do something. WWE dropped the ball by having him do the job to HHH at Wrestlemania and now they’re dropping the ball again. They’re promoting SummerSlam as the “Wrestlemania of the Summer”, yet they’re bringing in Sting to do nothing but sign autographs? Why? I know he’s not booked for the show right now, but here are a couple of ideas where he could appear and make an impact.

Undertaker versus Brock is being pushed hard and should be a slobberknocker of a match. So far, Undertaker has pretty much been playing the heel in the build for the match, repeatedly kicking Brock in the nuts. Well, play on that and during the match, have Kane reappear, complete with mask, to help his brother. It’s a heel move, but what the hell. Taker is the heel here and they’re family. So here you go and Taker uses Kane’s appearance, after a great match that goes back and forth, for a distraction and kicks Brock in the nuts once more. Taker wins and gets his revenge. Then we have a “Brothers of Destruction” beatdown on Brock and the lights go out. Here’s Sting in the ring for the save on Brock. Thus, we get the start of a build for a match with Taker versus Sting at Wrestlemania XXXII in Dallas, plus this can set up a main event for the Night of Champions PPV with Sting & Brock versus Taker & Kane. I’d watch that match. Wouldn’t you?

Or since the original plans for Sting were to team with Ambrose & Reigns against The Wyatt Family, he could come out as an ally of the two former SHIELD brothers. Ambrose & Reigns have their match against Bray and Harper. A new Wyatt family member debuts, either Bo Dallas or Adam Rose in his previous identity of Leo Kruger, and we get the three on two beatdown. Lights go out and Sting appears to help Reigns and Ambrose. And then we get a six-man tag at Night of Champions.

That’s just a couple of ideas. Maybe he can just come out and do a promo challenging the Taker for a match at Wrestlemania XXXII. Just use the man and do something with the WCW Icon and legend. Please!!!

Billy Says It’s All Vince’s Fault…

Have you heard the latest ramblings of former WWF performer (for two whole years), admitted drug addict, sociopath and drug mule (not admitted, but he was arrested and charged) Billy Jack Haynes. On his Facebook page, Haynes latest rants include blaming Vince McMahon and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin for the death of Roddy Piper (although autopsy reports show it was a blood clot), for getting Piper fired from Podcast One (although Piper actually quit and moved his podcast to another server), for firing Piper from the WWE after thirty years of employment (although Piper spent several years away from the WWE, working for WCW and was still under a WWE Legends Deal at the time of his death.)

None of this is a surprise. After all, Haynes has also claimed in the past that Vince was the father of Nancy & Chris Benoit’s son, Daniel and the revelation of that was why Benoit snapped. Of course, Daniel was born one month after Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn debuted in the WWE so the timeline doesn’t work at all since that would mean that Nancy & Vince were together when she & Chris were still working for WCW. But why let facts get in the way of a good story, right? The man is a raving lunatic with the credibility of Bill Clinton claiming that he “never had sex with that woman”. It’s just not there. And he’s the lead plantiff in the Kyros lawsuits against the WWE and Vince McMahon? As Gorilla Monsoon would be saying, “Give me a break!”

Anyhow, the funny thing here is that Billy Jack, in his outrage against “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, for getting Piper fired and causing him to stress out and die three days later as a result (that’s what Haynes says), has challenged Steve Austin to an UFC style fight, with each man putting up a million dollars and the winner take all. Austin might have a bad neck, but have you seen Haynes? Austin would kick his ass! So far, there has been no response from Austin although I’m kind of hoping that he decides to address this on his podcast Thursday night. Someone needs to rip the delusional master of the full nelson a new one and Austin would be the right one to do just that. I expect that Austin is just ignoring the insane rantings of the delusional one. That’s probably the right idea. Haynes is a just looking for attention and publicity and will say and do anything to get that attention. I probably shouldn’t even be talking about him here, but then again, I do a lot of things I shouldn’t and he’s such a total trainwreck, it’s hard to look away and ignore him. You know that the WWE and their attorneys are listening and taking note of every single rant and claim that he’s making and are going to use his own words to totally crush and destroy him should this money-grab concussion lawsuit ever actually make it to trial. This guy is just a nut-job to be sure.

As for the lawsuit itself, my opinion is that it’s a money-grab, pure and simple. I’m not saying that the WWE shouldn’t reach out and help out some of these former stars and wrestlers sometimes, but blaming the WWE and Vince for drug addictions and everything that’s gone wrong in someone’s life is wrong. Yes, these men who are trying to sue the WWE suffered injuries in the ring. But how many of those actual injuries occurred in a WWE ring? Is the WWE responsible for Billy Jack Haynes being injured while he was working in Portland or for Crockett? He seems to think so. Is the WWE responsible for Haynes being addicted to drugs, being arrested several times and for his being molested as a child? He seems to think so. Haynes is the most extreme, but my point is this. These men knew what the business was like when they signed on. They made the choice to be professional wrestlers. They were paid very well (at least in the WWF) for their services. They chose to wrestle and perform in that ring. They made that choice and if they didn’t like it or how things went, they could have and should have quit and left. They enjoyed the benefits of the job with the good money, the fame, the traveling around the world, the women, etc. With the good comes the bad (the injuries, the hard travel schedule, etc). Bottom line is this. They made the decision to be professional wrestlers and with that decision, they accepted the risks as well. They signed the contracts and enjoyed the benefits. Don’t come in fifteen or twenty years later and try to play dumb. Accept responsibility for your lives and move on. In this life, you make choices. If you made the wrong ones, deal with the consequences and move on. Quit trying to pass the blame and make excuses. That just doesn’t cut it. ‘Nuff said!

Let’s move on.

Coming up on Saturday night in New York, one night before WWE SummerSlam, will be NXT Takeover: Brooklyn. Let’s do a few predictions, shall we?

NXT Takeover: Brooklyn Thoughts and Predictions

WWE NXT champion Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens: Ladder Match

I’m expecting this to be one helluva stiff and brutal match. It’s going to be interesting to see how Owens holds up, working this brutal match on Saturday, working SummerSlam against Cesaro on Sunday and then RAW on Monday night. It’s make or break time for the “Fight Owens Fight” superstar. Balor won the title last month in Japan and I don’t think it’s time for him to lose it just yet, especially with Owens spending all his time these days on the main roster. Look for a slobber-knocker of a match, but in the end, Balor retains and keeps the NXT gold. It’s what makes sense and would be best for business.

Winner and STILL Champion: Finn Balor

WWE NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy vs. The Vaudevillians

Both teams are awesome and this match could easily go either way. I like Blake and Murphy and the energy they bring. The Vaudevillians have that entertainment thing about them down to a science. And both teams rock. I’ve been hearing rumors that Blake and Murphy are on the short list to be called up to the main roster very shortly. That says title change. But for some reason, despite all signs pointing to title change, I just don’t think so. The Vaudevillians are good, but the title is staying with the current champions, Blake and Murphy. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

Winners and STILL NXT Tag Team Champions: Blake & Murphy

WWE NXT Women’s champion Sasha Banks vs. Bayley

Currently, Sasha is spending the majority of her time on the main roster and once Nikki Bella gets her record cinched as the longest running Divas Champion, I’m totally expecting to see either Sasha or Charlotte to slide in and relieve her of that title. Bayley is just an awesome talent and just as good as anyone on the current main roster. She’s a major star just waiting to break out and I think that this Saturday night will be her night. Both of these women are so good in that ring and would fit in well with the women wrestlers of the Attitude Era. What was I saying? I went blank there for a moment. Oops! Anyhow, Sasha is working the main roster more and more and Bayley is ready to break out and bust loose. She’s going to walk out as the new NXT Women’s Champion. ‘Nuff said!

Winner and NEW NXT Women’s Champion: Bayley

Jushin Liger vs. Tyler Breeze

This should be a fun match. In all honestly, I think that Tyler Breeze should win. He’s been in NXT for a while now and deserves it. But let’s be honest. Jushin Liger isn’t traveling all the way from Japan to just visit his old friend William Regal and do the job in his WWE debut. Liger will win. I’m sure that Breeze will get his spots in and get a few close two-counts in the match, but when that final bell rings, Liger will get that arm raised.

Winner: Justin Liger

Samoa Joe vs. Baron Corbin

Another match where the one that I think should win won’t. Corbin is just a great talent and one of my current favorites in NXT. He’s just got that “It” about him and while he doesn’t strike me as a main event talent or World Champion material, I see a long and promising future as a solid upper mid-card talent. Corbin should win this match. Joe doesn’t need the win and has nothing to gain from a victory. But Joe kills bitches dead and blah, blah, blah. Joe wins.

Winner: Samoa Joe

Carmella vs. Eva Marie

Eva Marie is the one who’s set for a big push and is one of the stars of “Total Divas”. She’s been repackaged and is not coming to Brooklyn to lose.

Winner: Eva Marie

Apollo Crews vs. Tye Dillinger.

Apollo Crews is making his debut and is expected to get a big push. They even had a t-shirt made for him before he even debuted in NXT. So will Apollo lose in his big time NXT debut? I don’t think so.

Winner: Apollo Crews

Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte vs. Dana Brooke vs. Emma

Four hot women who not only look good, but can actually wrestle and go in that ring. Let’s figure out who’s going to win. Becky and Charlotte are working the main roster so in all fairness, they should not be the ones taking that trip to the pay window. They shouldn’t, but when has that ever stopped the WWE? Emma is in the process of rebuilding from her disasterous main roster run and I don’t think she’s getting that push again just yet. Dana Brooke is the one who should get the win. She’s damn good and by process of elimination, she and Bayley should be the female faces of NXT for the next few months. That means that she should win. All roads point to Dana. Thus, I’m going to pick Charlotte. It doesn’t make sense, but then again, what does that matter. If I’m going to pick a winner, may as well do it with Flair. Wooooo.

Winner: Charlotte

Bull Dempsey vs. Elias Sampson

Squash match. Dempsey takes out Sampson in about five minutes.

Winner: Bull Dempsey

Chad Gable & Jason Jordan & Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson vs. Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady & Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley

Eight man tag action in what should be one helluva fast paced and totally awesome match. Team Enzo wins just because Zack Ryder is part of the team and they’re in his hometown. Ryder rules! Woo woo woo – you know it!

Winners: Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley

And there you go. My predictions for the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn event. I might be right. I might be wrong. Guess we’ll find out on Saturday night on the Network. And finally, let’s just go totally nuts and do a Top Ten List. Why? Just because I can.

Top Ten Dream Matches I’d Love To See

10. Harley Race versus Kevin Owens
9. The Midnight Express (Eaton & Lane) w/ Jim Cornette versus The Hart Foundation w/ Jimmy Hart
8. Scott Hall & Kevin Nash versus Ole & Gene Anderson
7. Arn Anderson versus Triple H
6. Billy Jack Haynes versus Dan Spivey (Special Guest Referee: Steve Austin)
5. John Cena versus The Undertaker
4. Disco Inferno & Alex Wright w/ Tokyo Magnum versus The New Day
3. Ivory, Victoria & Molly Holly versus AJ Lee, Paige & Charlotte
2. Vampiro versus Bray Wyatt
1. Shawn Michaels versus Stevie Richards

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And with that, in the words of legendary star of TV and film Porky Pig, “That’s all folks!” Questions and comments can be sent to Follow me on Twitter at @doug28352 and I’m on Facebook at I’m Doug and guess what? Another column coming up soon with predictions for SummerSlam plus all sorts of other stuff. Look for it. Thanks for reading and in the words of the legendary Baron Von Raschke, “dat’ is all de’ people need to know!”. I’m down and I’m gone.