Originally Posted by DoubleDeckerBar
In what way are they better set up than Sandow? Rhodes is overshadowed not only by Sandow but by a bit of hair on his lip and Bryan, although a former World Champ, right now is a jobber to the midcarders, he literally ALWAYS loses.
Well, for one thing, once you're a former world champion, you automatically have an easier time to get back there. That's just how it goes. If you're Jack Swagger or Great Khali maybe you don't, but for a typical world champion, holding the title practically guarantees an easier path back to it than your average midcarder, which Sandow, talent aside, is an average midcarder. Regardless of how much he stands out from the pack, he's not being booked like Cesaro or anything like that, he's just another guy on the roster who's continually sent out there to take the bullet. So is Bryan, but with him, it's a bit more like the Jericho role in the sense that if they needed a credible loser, he can fill in whenever they want him to and he's so ridiculously over that it's never going to fail. As for Cody, all you have to do is look at how they book them and you'll see that Sandow is the bitch. Rhodes's name is in the team name, Sandow takes almost all the losses they suffer, Cody picks up almost all the wins they get, and is generally booked as the Kane of Rhodes Scholars to Sandow's Bryan. The mustache isn't going to hold him back anymore than he already would've been, his mustache is one of the most over things in the company, so I'm not seeing where the harm comes in. It's like how Cena would make jokes about Sheamus's skin as a heel, if you have something to make fun of him for to get over with the crowd, it's a positive.
As much as I see money in Sandow's gimmick as a main event heel, WWE will just look at it and say it can't main event, even though it can. If he changes the gimmick within 3 years, then MAYBE I'll change my mind depending on where he goes with that off him, but I can't see a big run for him with this gimmick, and it's not because he can't work in the main event with it, in fact I would never take it off him because it's so brilliant and I'd give him the WWE title with the gimmick anyway, but they will look at it and see it as a midcard gimmick. This gimmick is dramatically hurting his upward momentum as much as it's probably the best character he could ever do.
I agree on the 1st four though, I'd add Bray Wyatt to the list too. The jury is still out on Big E, he could go the Ryback way or the Mason Ryan way.
Big E is black, so he's handicapped. He will be a world champion but not within 3 years. As far as Bray Wyatt goes, I think he's doomed in the same way as Sandow, where his gimmick is such that he won't hold major titles. I don't even know how he can hold ANY title with this gimmick, to me it just doesn't seem like a title gimmick, and again, it's not because I would have any hesitations about it, but I think WWE won't understand how this gimmick can facilitate a major title. Besides, supposedly Vince McMahon is pulling his usual shit about DEY GOT HAVE DEM MUSCLES on him and not calling up Wyatt with a lot of the other guys because he's fat.