Learning to break kayfabe
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Re: Raven appreciation thread
Obviously, Raven is one of my favourite wrestlers of all time.
His work in ECW was fantastic. It was the perfect environment for him to really shine the way he did.
WCW didn't use him terribly at first. They gave him the Flock and continued (in a watered down way) what got him over in ECW. The stuff with Saturn and Scotty Riggs was good. Unfortunately after Saturn "freed the flock", they had nothing else for him. There was potential for Raven, Kanyon, Saturn stable/tag-team but it never really got followed through with. Much like Jericho, he eventually turned into a pointless midcarder with nothing to do before he went back to ECW, and then eventually showed up in WWE.
You could put some of the blame on Scott Levy though, for why he never got pushed the way Jericho did. He's admitted that his drug use was at an all time high in WCW... So I understand any reluctance to push him. In WWE he was just used as a hardcore guy. And then a jobber in the Alliance/Invasion angle.
He was always a great character and a great storyteller. Both in the ring and on the mic. Even later on in his career, his feud with CM Punk in ROH is credited as one of ROH's best feuds of all time.