Ed Burns wrote:Sandow still = Idol Stevens... Same mannerisms, same awkward workrate in ring. That's all I'm gonna say. Just because he isn't a tag wrestler anymore, doesn't mean he's suddenly good now. His gimmick is more about character than in ring performance, which quite a few people would agree with me, especially friends of mine who are in the business, and that can wrestle extremely well...
Check out guys like Dave, and Jake Crist, AR Fox, Uhaa Nation, and A.C.H.. Hell, Colt Cabana deserves an opportunity too.
Sandow isn't shit compared to them, and they aren't even given a shot by the big leagues because they don't fit that certain mold. Although, Uhaa Nation could easily make the transition to WWE because he fits the look Vince loves.
Besides, how long was Sandow in FCW getting repackaged to his current gimmick? Roughly 3 years... That's hardly encouraging at all when you consider the fact that's the training league for the next "biggest" WWE Superstars.
Roy Arkon wrote:First of all, where the fuck you took the tag team wrestler thing from.
Ed Burns wrote:Roy Arkon wrote:First of all, where the fuck you took the tag team wrestler thing from.
Because in a possible response to my Idol Stevens remark, I can see you bringing up he's not a Tag wrestler anymore. That's where the fuck I got that. I'm covering my bases.
You bring up Miz, and Mr. Ziggles. Both of which are good points... One's doing well, one's not. I'll elaborate on it. I'm also gonna list some other guys who were in WWE, had more potential, generated bigger reactions than Sandow, and are either being buried, or gone.
Nick Nemmeth was given a shit gimmick, and subsequently repackaged into Dolph Ziggler for a year in FCW between September 2007, and September 2008... Obviously he was a good prospect. Far better than Sandow since he was in FCW a year, and not 3 years like Sandow was. Ziggler has a good skill set, and very good technique. I also looked up his amateur days since he grew up in Cleveland. He was a regular in the State Wrestling Tourneys here in Ohio with a powerhouse St Edwards wrestling program. 2 National Titles for that program, plus setting records at Kent State proves that Mr. Ziggles is a success story.
Although with that said about Ziggler, if I remember correctly, Kenny Doane was supposed to be the best WWE projected prospect in the Spirit Squad. A huge mistake considering Ziggler's amateur background. Doane was the last member on WWE TV after the rest of the Spirit Squad were sent back to OVW, then FCW. At one point, he was engaged to Mickie James... Supposedly, James had an affair with Cena, which supposedly led to heat between him, and Cena. If this is true, then his mouth cost him his job. He's currently crying sour grapes as I write this.
Miz... Why have they been burying him? Oh yeah, because he's fucking Maryse. The dreaded relationship with a former Diva curse is burying him. Miz worked his ass off yes, and got much better, but now that his girlfriend is no longer with WWE, he's been buried. If you don't believe he's been buried, going from the Main Event at Wrestlemania 27, to a gimmick match at Mania 28 is a burial. It's happened to other guys like Bob Holly, Billy Kidman, and John Morrison in the past.
I'm gonna name some other names of guys who were in WWE, and received bigger pushes, were better than Sandow, and are gone...
John Morrison, Why is he gone? His girlfriend's Melina, as part of the doing a Diva Curse. Also dissing Trish Stratus 2 nights before working a Mixed Tag match with her, at Wrestlemania 27 will also get him in the WWE Doghouse, and later the Outhouse.
MVP... Gone. He's far better on the mic than Sandow, and nowhere near as sloppy in ring. They weren't pushing him, and he wanted out. He asked for his release, and is currently doing extremely well in Japan.
Brian Kendrick... Gone. This one's a shame really... I had the pleasure of meeting him a month ago, and he was very honest as to why WWE released him. He can fly, and wrestle any type of match. He was originally in line for an early HBK type push, then it faded, because he failed a piss test... It's funny, I remember him as Taker's bus boy in his very first appearance on Smackdown way back in 2002. He was also the first winner of Tough Enough.
Morrison, Miz, MVP, Kendrick, and Ziggler are all better than Sandow. So were Drew McIntyre, and Ted DiBiase Jr... Whatever happened with McIntyre, and DiBiase Jr.?
McIntyre was recently seen jobbing to Hacksaw Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter, and Santino in a 6 man tag match...
DiBiase's been MIA for months now, probably due to injury... Still, he was seen as the Golden boy just 3 short years ago. Funny he was also being speculated as the guy to end Taker's Streak in 2008 on this very Site...
You see, Sandow might deserve a shot, but I'll never be sold on him at all. He's far sloppier than all of the guys mentioned above, and his promos are worse than Morrison's were. Plus, the genius gimmick never works.
Matt Striker's didn't work, and he was a wonderful talker on Commentary.
Lanny Poffo can also attest to that, and he was a far better wrestler in his prime, and on the mic than one Damien Sandow. This will all be a moot point when Sandow's future endeavored, or completely buried into the opening match on Superstars on WWE.com.
The point being, he'll never be a guy you can build Smackdown, or Raw around. He'll also be a guy that will never make it out of the low to mid card level. The average WWE fan will not connect with that guy. He has to bring something to the ring that will separate him from the rest of the low to mid card talent, like the Usos, Alex Riley, Primo, Epico, Santino, etc... Currently he doesn't because he hasn't improved one bit technically in ring since his Idol Stevens days.
This is the last time I'm gonna be talking about Sandow. I'm gonna watch to see how it plays out. I believe I'll be completely right on this one. C'est La Vie.
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