Re: Buddy Murphy: WWE's Best Kept Secret
Buddy Murphy has been fantastic the last couple of months. I can't sit here and say I've been on his bandwagon since day one, but I certainly recognised his talent long before now. Always thought they could have done a little more with the Blake and Murphy team, who had an underrated gem against the Vaudevillians (who also could have had a better run) at the second Takeover Brooklyn, I believe. Murphy's always been a very good performer in the ring. I also saw the Best Kept Secret gimmick in its prototypical stages at last year's Wrestlemania Axxess, and thought there was potential there. His timing was better and he interacted with the crowd much more than he had previously.
The knock on Murphy from my POV (and the reason I can't say I was onboard since day one) is that for how good he was in the ring, he was quite bland from a personality/charisma standpoint. In the mic time he got during his time as a tag team, he didn't come across great (Blake far outshone him there, and of course Alexa obliterated them both) and he lacked the confidence we see today. As the Best Kept Secret on 205 Live, he's highly sure of himself. He put the work in and is firing on all cylinders, including stepping up his match quality which was already of a very high standard. It's the work of a man who knew his days were numbered in WWE/NXT unless he showed something more. And boy, did we ever get more!
Also, it's worth mentioning his change in physique. His new build, along with the haircut and tights, really aides his presentation in being seen as a top star and a threat to the championship. However, it's one small piece of the Buddy Murphy puzzle. It's not the entire basis of his push, unlike some other wrestlers who got jacked and caught the eye of officials. After potentially being on the chopping block, Buddy Murphy has shown himself to be a highly valuable asset.