Originally Posted by Jack of Hearts
You also said that Del Rio's talented enough which cushions the impact of being force-fed, but I'm challenging that by disputing how talented he is.
I don't know many squashes that are interesting mate, or that are structured well. Most squashes serve to get entrance music, a quick glimpse of personality and ultimately, a wrestler's finisher over. These squashes are servicable enough.
You're welcome to your opinion of thinking he's terrible on the mic and thinking that he's terrible in the ring with what you're seeing, but I believe he's money because I've enjoyed what I have seen. Some moments that come to mind in particular are the recent AJ/Kaitlyn/Langston taunts, another was when he acted as the interviewer for Ziggler. He came across really well on television. Langston has been around less than the majority of the roster on television, so I'm willing to cut some slack in regards to what level of reaction he gets from the crowd, in contrast to others that have played big bruiser types in the past.
I've stated why I think he'll succeed in the previous post you've just chosen to ignore it.
Of course I'm going to refer to his brief stint in NXT when considering him as a potential break-out star for the company, it's relevant as it points to not only what can be achieved on a grander stage but also, backs up what I'm saying about the lad.
Perhaps he won't be the Rock, but with a bit more polish I think he'll be winning over lads like yourself.
No denying you can get a good match out of Del Rio 9/10. Don't take the cushion portion so literally, I still think it's near gastly that the man is being pushed as hard as he is despite not being deserving of the position. Heck of a in ring talent, but it's a clear Vinnie Mac push all b/c of his minority dynamic and nothing more.
I've seen plenty of squash matches that are good and structured well. Even in this day and age. Antonio Cesaro has them often. Mark Henry too. I can go all the way to 1992 and think of a specific Rick Rude one where the talent of the man was shown through by making a match that is highlighted to be nothing more than a swift display to put him over, into something more complete and effective than various matches with heightened exposure and time. Haven't seen that with Langston yet. The guy in squashes feels so arbitrary and a cop out to hide how he may not be the best to go for the "long haul" of a more standard structured contest.
Oof, it was the faux-interview segment that made me cringe the most if I'm being truthful. It's nonsense like that where there is a total double standard behind it. John Cena acts silly in such a way, he gets crapped on to no extend. Langston does it, equally appears as facetious in his manner, but all of a sudden it showcases his "personality" and can be looked at as a positive. I don't buy it. It's bad all the way around or, on the flip side given your entertainment, it's good. Can't dip in and out of the logic there when charisma peeks out and decide to like it only on a specific wrestler all b/c of a difference in exposure.
His comfort zone, if you will, on the mic doesn't seem as evident to myself as it does to you. He stumbled upon his words before & his contract signing with Bo Dallas was a bad display of both men's work behind the stick. New or not, idc. You got to only go by what you see. Not everyone can be padded with "oh he's new, give it time."
I will, but at the same time, I got to call what I see. Charisma point is bunk. Plenty of people had charisma in WWE. That doesn't always equal to success. You can name others who had something and didn't go onto much. D-lo Brown was filled with charisma for one example. There you go.
NXT point still means nothing b/c it's not different compared to when some big name from the Indies waltz on over to WWE and their work in the past is instantly forgotten in lieu of what they're going to accomplish & perform in the WWE. In front of those crowds. Yes, Langston achieved becoming over in Florida. Good for him. However, where that leaves him right now on the main roster is nowhere. WWE isn't playing off on that. He isn't a face. There's no signs at the moment - that being the key so I don't have to run through all of this again - that he's going to do anything. As a heels he's a dime a dozen. Maybe if they give him the Five Count gimmick on the main roster, the company can see some progression for him on the main show.
Me be a fan? Nah. I can't stand the sight of the guy personally. That's never going to change. I'll hope he becomes tolerable of course. I won't deny that as I would rather like to enjoy a match from the guy instead of rolling my eyes each time I have to see him and be un-interested. If I'm lucky, he'll be the next Ezekial Jackson. Not Ryback.