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Join Date: Mar 2004
Re: wwe.com ; Meet NXT's top prospects
Here's the thing about Bo Dallas... he's a classic babyface that would fit in great during a period like 1980s NWA or WCCW. He's a good seller, takes a beating well & can get a crowd behind him. Those are all things that would have gotten him over in an earlier time period, but today's wrestling environment is vastly different.
In my opinion, the biggest problem with Bo is that his offense never seems believable. He's also kinda goofy looking, which isn't a career killer by any means, but he hasn't figured out how to make his look work for him. Finally, his mic skills are very limited at this point. He is still extremely young though (only 22 years old) & has plenty of time to improve. WWE would be smart not to call him up any time soon, since that could worse for him in the long run.
One other thing that will get slightly off topic - while NXT does have some very interesting & unique characters, pretty much all the babyfaces are bland and have no depth to them. The classic face - the one who stands up for good at all times, doesn't cheat, clean cut, all american, white bread, etc. - doesn't carry the same weight any more. While it is a good vehicle for storytelling, those stories get stale very quickly when the characters are so interchangeable. If you give a good guy a solid backstory & tangible motivations for fighting the bad guy, then the story will be far more compelling. WWE will need to find a way to evolve stories with the times & it's one of the biggest reasons their product seems stale at this point.