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Old 03-22-2013, 10:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Let's get creative - give some unused superstars something to do!

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I tend to be of the belief that if you put a performer in the right situation, they can contribute something to the product, even if it's something small. There also seems to be a belief among many that if you're not a main eventer, then you aren't worth watching. I think that's an unfair assumption and there are many examples of guys who were mid-carders or even low-card performers that were still entertaining - Hurricane & Goldust are two that immediately come to mind. A current example would be 3MB... I know many people can't stand the gimmick, but I think they've had some decent moments and like that they were given something to work with.

So with that said, we all know there's plenty of performers who never make WWE television or barely get any screen time - and once Wrestlemania passes we might get more opportunities for TV time with guys like HHH & Taker disappearing again. I've gone through pretty much the entire undercard and tried to come up with something for each guy.


Alex Riley - Pretty much dropped off the face of the earth after his split from the Miz in 2011, apparently for reasons known as 'John Cena.' He shows up on Superstars every now and then and popped up a few times on NXT, and he has been a solid babyface in those appearances. With that in mind, I think he'd do well in a tag team with a guy like Derrick Bateman... keep reading for more explanation!

Camacho - Of the guys on this list, I'd say Camacho has the least going for him. He doesn't really fit an enforcer role like Ezekiel Jackson or Mason Ryan and his work on NXT shows that his mic skills aren't that great at this point. He's probably best served spending more time in developmental right now, at least while Hunico recovers from injury. I will say this though... Camacho's brother Tama Tonga (who works for New Japan & CMLL) is quite talented and it could be fun to see them team in the WWE if he were ever signed.

Curt Hawkins - I know there's a lot of people who are big on Hawkins here and I'd like to see him get a chance to make an impact. I think you could pair him with Mason Ryan (another guy who's been doing nothing) and present them similarly to HBK & Diesel.

David Otunga - During the Laurinaitis 'People Power' regime, Otunga really came into his own as the smarmy assistant & legal advisor to the GM. I think he'd be great in a similar role with Damien Sandow once they finally decide to break up Rhodes Scholars. Otunga's not great in the ring, but I think he'd be pretty good at Sandow's side as a lackey/enforcer/legal advisor/tag partner when needed.

Derrick Bateman - I'm a sucker for comedy in wrestling... it's one of the reasons I enjoy 3MB's antics, Team Hell No's run as tag team champions & the PTP (especially when they get a chance to speak). Going back to Bateman's initial run on NXT, he was downright hysterical in backstage segments with Daniel Bryan and I think he would be great in a 'straight man/funny man' type tag team. Until Swagger returned with Zeb at his side, I thought pairing the two of them would make a lot of sense because Bateman was all about 'Chicks & America' with Swagger being the 'All-American American.' Since Swagger has found something else, I'd say that Alex Riley would be a good fit with Bateman too.

Evan Bourne - Well Evan is injured at the moment, but he's been gone so long that he deserves a mention here. I wouldn't mind seeing him return & reform Air Boom with Kofi, since that would give the tag division another capable team. It might be even more interesting if they turn Kofi heel & have Bourne join him - even though they're natural faces due to their high-flying, I'd be willing to bet they could be very entertaining bad guys. More so in the Ziggler vein of 'showing off' because they know they're superior athletes to everyone else... if anything, it'd be different from the typical formula the WWE employs.

Ezekiel Jackson - In my opinion, Big Zeke was at his best in the enforcer role for Brian Kendrick. With that in mind, he could be a good addition to 3MB's act as the band's Head of Security. Right now they're a bunch of comedy jobbers & there's nothing wrong with that - but if they wanted people to take them seriously, adding Zeke wouldn't be a bad idea. Especially in regular tag team action, they'd have two guys ringside to run interference to get them over as cheating scumbags.

Hunico - Another guy who's been out a while with an injury and was last seen on NXT. With the way that Sin Cara has flopped in the WWE, I'd love to see Hunico repackaged with a new mask. He's fun to watch in the ring and since he speaks better English, I think he'd have an easier time connecting with the audience. The one thing that worries me about Hunico is whether or not he'll have lost much of his athleticism when he comes back from a knee injury.

JTG - One of my favorite lesser-known acts in WWE of the past ten years was the Victoria/Stevie Richards pairing... I think you could do something similar with Alicia Fox & JTG and add another dimension to the Divas dimension, with him helping through interference. JTG playing the whipped lover-boy while Alicia plays the manipulative ballbuster could be pretty entertaining.

Justin Gabriel - Probably the one guy on this list who actually receives TV time on a semi-regular basis, but he has no hook other than 'adrenaline junkie whose Twitter followers nicknamed him the Capetown Werewolf.' I enjoyed his tag team work with Tyson Kidd & I think that would be a good place to go with him again. They billed themselves as 'International Airstrike' which just sounds so odd to me... I know it's a small thing, but I feel like 'Airstrike International' rolls of the tongue better. The other thing that I like about that name is that you could add more guys & form a stable of high-flyers - adding Adrian Neville from NXT to represent England, for example.

Michael McGillicutty & Ted DiBiase - First up, PLEASE let McGillicutty use the Hennig name. From his work on NXT, he's proven he can be a solid face and so has DiBiase. Team them up, call them 'The Fortunate Sons' or something like that, and let them roll. Having the pedigree of coming from wrestling families, they don't need as much of a gimmick and I think they've both improved since their initial runs so they're better prepared this time around.

Yoshi Tatsu - From what I gather, Yoshi's been working hard to learn English, which is admirable. Another guy who is very capable within the ring, pairing him up with Sakamoto (the other Japan native on the roster) would provide another tag team. Call them 'The Tokyo Express' and give them a manager... having even more international presence on the roster can't hurt!

Zack Ryder - Boy, how Ryder's star has fallen... I feel bad for the guy as he got himself over with the fans and he didn't get a whole lot in return. At this point, his current gimmick is probably played out and it's probably time for character change. Have him ditch the headbands and the goofy persona, put him in a suit & become a corporate kiss-ass. Complete 180 change - since working hard and doing something on his own didn't work for him, he'll politic his way to success from now on.


I'd love to hear input from others & more ideas, so feedback is welcome.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would push Alex Riley as a singles star. Let him be that jobber to the stars guy who gets to wrestle lengthy matches against the main event heels every week, and lose in a competitive effort. Also I'd think he should reform his pairing with The Miz. If Miz isn't going to be back in the main event picture anytime soon, then he and Riley would be the perfect pairing to focus the tag division around. They don't need to be a full time tag team, but just two guys who watch each others backs and team up when needed.

If neither Curt Hawkins or Zack Ryder are going to get a serious singles push, then they should simply reform their tag team. Hawkins is better on the ring and on the mic, while Ryder has the charisma and the established fan base, so the two of them can really help each other out. I would keep them in their current personas/gimmicks (Ryder would still be the headband rocking Broski while Hawkins would still carry that weird pimp cane) while having them wear matching colors at all times.

Ezekiel Jackson and Mason Ryan would also be better served as a tag team. Let them be a powerhouse tag team. While neither man has what it takes to be pushed further, they can be kept as warm bodies for the tag division, and or filler opponents for some of the more established guys. They can be used as enhancement talents for bigger guys like Ryback or Big E Langston to showcase their strengths by beating an opponent of equal size and strength.

Derrick Bateman should be a funny comic relief character who gets to do backstage skits on a semi regular basis. Kind of like what Santino was doing before he got injured.
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JTG,Zeke,Yoshi and Sakamato-A Yakuza stable.Yoshi ditches the comedy act and becomes the boss with Sakamoto as the now non sense right hand man and JTG and Zeke as the bodyguards/tag team.

Mason Ryan and Derrick Bateman- Slightly comedic team.Play off on Bateman's old manly man gimmick.Make them faces and have Bateman be the mic guy only having Mason do one liners when things get tough.I can imagine them in a feud with 3MB.



Riley-Have him be the one to dethrone Cesaro.Have him outsmart cesaro on the mic and in the ring.I think if anyone should do it then it has to be Riley.Give him a big singles push and then next year have him win Money in the Bank.This guy is the next John Cena
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In my opinion, David Otunga was actually pretty good in his role as the assistant... as you said.

I think what they should do is have him continue that role, and be the guy who never wants to mess with anyone in the ring, but he finds himself in situations where he gets his ass kicked. I think it would be funny. It's better than nothing, and we all know how terrible he is as a wrestler... Something I don't think the WWE is very good at is getting the most out of each guy on their roster. They don't seem to acknowledge the strengths or weaknesses of their talent.

To give an example of what I mean... imagine, like you said, Sandow and Otunga together. Let's say Sandow is feuding with Kane at the moment and Otunga is attempting to build confidence in Sandow backstage leading up to a PPV match that's a few days away or something. David Otunga says that Kane is washed up and can't stand a chance against the young guys like himself. He says Kane used to be a monster and now he's a wimp. Eventually you have Kane show up standing right behind Otunga. Sandow tries to warn him but he doesn't listen. He then turns around, terrified, and Kane destroys him. That's more or less what I meant...


Anyways, I'll try to come up with some of my own later.
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JTG,Zeke,Yoshi and Sakamato-A Yakuza stable.Yoshi ditches the comedy act and becomes the boss with Sakamoto as the now non sense right hand man and JTG and Zeke as the bodyguards/tag team.

Mason Ryan and Derrick Bateman- Slightly comedic team.Play off on Bateman's old manly man gimmick.Make them faces and have Bateman be the mic guy only having Mason do one liners when things get tough.I can imagine them in a feud with 3MB.



Riley-Have him be the one to dethrone Cesaro.Have him outsmart cesaro on the mic and in the ring.I think if anyone should do it then it has to be Riley.Give him a big singles push and then next year have him win Money in the Bank.This guy is the next John Cena
Pity John will never let this happen.
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Simple: I would redo the cruiser weight division and put the talented low/mid carders to work.
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Curt Hawkins should be part of 3MB, even if he gets ass kicked all the time, at least he has tv time. I could see them have 4 members and still call it 3MB.

Have Alex Riley a mid card heel. Give him that jock type gimmick where he is great at every sport, similar to Mr.Perfect

David Otunga should keep the lawyer gimmick but give more tv time and matches. Give him a storyline and he could probably pull off some great promos. Give him some humor in him like The Coach.

Ted DiBiase should be with Rhodes again. Rhodes and Sandow arent all that great together. Or a great feud with DiBiase and Rhodes would be awesome.

I could care less about Hunico, Yoshi, Ryder, and the other guys you named.
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divas and oil matches. fill in the blanks wherever need be but were off to a good start
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I'm gonna go all tag team here because I loved the days of multiple tag teams.

Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder: The Major Broski's AKA The New York Party Crew. These guys would be two dudes who love to club, love to party, and love to have a good time. They would have promos at bars, try to pick up chicks, and be each other's wing men. They'd eventually get their own club where they throw parties and invite other superstars. They could get into bar fights at their club and challenge opponents. Sort of like the old APA clubhouse. They'd come out to the ring color coordinated tights, V-necks, and dubstep. They'd essentially be party babyfaces.

Hunico & JTG: Fast Lane AKA Street Racers. Straight out of Fast & Furious, Hunico and JTG would be a pair of drag racing street car drivers who would come to the ring in a modified car attempt to pull of heists. Combining JTG's old cryme time persona with Hunico's biker gang persona, these guys would be dirty players in the ring using everything to their advantage. Wrestling in jeans and t-shirts, they'd be underground and thug. Backstage promos would have them steal titles, briefcases, or anything of value and potentially provide a getaway service for heels that can afford them.

Ted DiBiase & Mike McGillicutty: The Fortunate Sons. These guys would come out to Fortunate Son, where bulletproof vests, army helmets, and pretend they are reenacting the Vietnam War. Okay, probably not.

Jack Swagger, Ted DiBiase, Alex Riley & Mike McGillicutty: Team America. This would be a continuation of Swagger's current gimmick with Coulter, but adding the other three to the act. This stable would fight for their America and eventually have their group secede from the United States and create their own country with President Coulter, Secretary of State McGillicutty, Secretary of Treasury DiBiase, Secretary of Defense Swagger, and Secretary of Education Riley. They would force their government over Raw and Smackdown and go to war with WWE and the US.
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I always thought that McGillicutty should use a gimmick where he tries to get over as a face by imitating his father, attempting to totally copy him in every way, calling himself 'Perfect Junior' etc. Obviously this wouldn't work and would be pretty antagonistic since Joe Hennig doesn't have anywhere near the charisma to pull it off, but he would continue to try to be a face despite being booked as a heel/tweener. Eventually when he realized that the fans weren't accepting him and he couldn't live up to his father's legacy he would snap, start calling himself 'Mr Imperfect' and become a psychotic heel.
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