Since the “brilliant” announcement of making Monday Night Raw into a SuperShow by incorporating SmackDown superstars, it has been difficult to keep track of who belongs where? Not to mention that both shows are governed by the same GM, so it truly doesn’t matter what show a superstar appears on because they will be treated the same. The benefit of having both shows was to cultivate talents in different settings and have them stand out. Yet, the only ones that truly stand out now are those new to the WWE roster.
So how are they adjusting to competing in the WWE?
Antonio Cesaro: Who? [Read now]. With impactful victories over Tyson Kidd and Alex Riley, WWE wrestling fans have quickly come to respect the Swiss native. Unfortunately, Cesaro has been absent from SmackDown TV, but having Aksana as a snuggle buddy must make things easier. Ha ha.
Brodus Clay: What decade did this gimmick come from? With the nickname “The Funkasaurus,” accompanied by the “Funkadactyls,” and announced as hailing from “Planet Funk,” somebody better call Clay’s mama to remind him that it’s 2012. But I would be remiss to not state that the gimmick was entertaining at the start. A funky disco themed entrance, with beautiful dancers, and fun catchphrases, I was onboard the Funk train. But realizing that his move-set is extremely limited, his gimmick got old real quick. WWE knows this and attempted to freshen the act by adding Hornswoggle to the mix. Needless to say that hasn’t salvaged the gimmick.
Hunico & Camacho: How many stereotypical Mexican hoodlums must the wrestling world bear? Don’t fans already have Mexican America over on Impact Wrestling? Why oh why must the WWE stoop to such a racial stereotype? Formerly known as “Sin Cara Negro,” Hunico enters the arenas on a lowrider bicycle (No… not at all racist) being accompanied by his bodyguard (who sometimes wrestles) Camacho. WWE really dropped the ball with Hunico, who wrestled in its developmental system, Florida Championship Wrestling, as a masked luchador. What little heel-loving kid wouldn’t want to own a Hunico mask?
Damien Sandow: The intellectual savior of the masses debuted on SmackDown this month denouncing our society and lauding his virtues. The former Idol Stevens debuted the Damien Sandow character in FCW, where he walked out without music, and demanded a spotlight be shined on him so that he could tell the Florida fans how inferior they were and his opponents. While a superb character in the much smaller venue in Tampa, Florida, it’s questionable whether it will thrive in the much larger arenas.
Darren Young & Titus O’Neil: For those that followed NXT (oh… just me?), Young and O’Neil were in the middle of a breakup elevated by Young’s puppy love for Tamina Snuka. Then news of being signed to the SmackDown brand brought the two together as a tag team. So far the duo have been impressive against The Usos, but are still a long ways off from the WWE Tag Team titles.
Primo & Epico: Well, Primo isn’t exactly new to WWE, but he might as well be seeing as his real-life cousin made him relevant again. The cousins formed a stable with Rosa Mendes and quickly rose to the top by winning the WWE Tag Team championships. After dropping the titles to the current title bearers, the group have teamed with AW in hopes to get more opportunities in WWE.
Jinder Mahal: Once involved in an entertaining storyline with The Great Khali, Mahal is nothing more than a jobber. Time to go back to developmental.
Ryback: “Goldberg! Goldberg! Goldberg!” What? The fans said it, not me. What is with that marching thing he does at the end? Please change it!
Tensai w/Sakamoto: A question posed by Comedy Central’s Daniel Tosh during his show, Is it racist? The former Price Albert/A-Train returned from Japan with a Japanese gimmick. Tensai isn’t portraying a Japanese character, just simply a dominator of Japanese people. Ok, that didn’t make it better. Accompanied to the ring by Sakamoto, Tensai was entertaining at first annihilating the likes of Alex Riley and Yoshi Tatsu, but placing him in matches against John Cena and CM Punk with the aid of other superstars to defeat them takes away from his dominant character. Not only that, he doesn’t talk. He just screams Japanese phrases (or.. at least I think it’s Japanese phrases…). If Tensai doesn’t start dominating people cleanly quick, he will just play the role of a hired hand.
It’s too early to question the future of these superstars, but the biggest concern is lack of character depth.
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