Like I said in another thread about this, there is so much they could do with this gimmick in the current social climate of America. Unfortunately, I feel like Vince's politics and out-of-touch mindset would hinder it entirely. Really solid effort. I hope to see some magic happen.
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Bateman might have the best comedic delivery on the roster, so I'm just glad he's running with anything at this point. All he really needs is an opportunity to get onto television each week and he'll make it.
I agree. Derrick is actually funny, but I think this is something that could make his character seem less threatening similar to a Santino Marella. Comedy is only ok in small doses in professional wrestling because you eventually will lose to much credibility with the fans in order to make a name for yourself. Then, there is always a heel turn which would be okay for Derrick in this case, but not Marella for the obvious physical reasons. Bateman the larger of the two would easily come off better as a "threat". Honestly I wouldn't mind a simple name change for him like Derrick Bale. This seems like a character made to clash with someone like Jinder Mahal as well.
I don't know how the gimmick got this far along, once someone explains to Vince what the Colbert Report is and that like that, this is a parody of extreme nationalism/flag waving they will kill the gimmick faster than Beaver Cleavage.