Originally Posted by x78
That's a good point. I think it's much more likely that they will expect people to hate Sandow simply because he is intelligent, just as they expected people to hate Del Rio simply because he claimed to be rich and didn't really give him any other unlikeable traits. I put it down to McMahon being out of touch and not understanding vitriol directed towards himself. Ambrose should be different, since his character has a lot more depth and grounding than Sandow's.
I wouldn't say it's as much about the 'depth' of Ambrose's character in comparison to Sandow's, but moreso the qualities of the latter personality that may be interpreted as being positive. You'll see so much love for Sandow around here and throughout a range other media outlets like Youtube. That's undoubtedly a sign that he's starting to get over and that's great. My concern is that fans will start 'enjoying' his act (yeah, yeah. Entertainment and all that) to the point where he won't fulfil his heel role properly. And that's not so much his somewhat-humorous antics, but moreso his intellectualism which most people value as a positive trait. It may get to the point where older audiences look past his narcissistic handing of abilities and cheer him when he interrupts awful segments.
Both characters have different foundations so there's little reason to compare. There are high hopes for both Ambrose and Sandow, with the latter looking likely to possess one of the most fleshed-out character models in recent memory. Hopefully they inject a bit of depth into Ambrose as well, such as him constantly referencing his checkered background and not just mere mentions via commentary. I do feel that they're on the right path in Sandow's case with his exhibited nasty streak and 'martyrdom.' They need to make it a priority to turn that viciousness back
on the audience at some point. Include them as part of the act as he talks about his crusade and preach intolerance
. Break away from being a 'schtick performer' that entertains to someone more hatable so his rival faces will have near unanimous support from the majority.