“Somebody Call My Momma! – We have a touch of Attitude!”

Posted: January 11, 2012 by Kick Out At 2! in Robbie C
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A few post ago I talked about how we were in “A New Era for Professional Wrestling…” during that article I stated a fact saying that “…we may see traces of past wrestling formulas slip into the current product from time to time…” Ladies and Gentlemen, Monday night we experienced one of those times with the “debut” of Brodus Clay. We had seen for weeks on end John Laurinaitis promising than delaying the debut of Brodus Clay on Monday Night Raw. I was beginning to think it was a running joke and we wouldn’t see Brodus till The Royal Rumble PPV or maybe not even until after Wrestlemania.

Honestly I didn’t care one way or another about this guy. I didn’t like him on NXT and having him as Alberto Del Rio’s bodyguard was a “WTF!?” move if I ever saw one. Monday as I was watching Raw with my good friend Derick and “Big Tim”, I heard Justin Roberts begin to announce him from “Planet Funk” and proceeded to give the TV my version of “The People’s Eyebrow”. I went from total confusion to not being able to control my laughter as I heard the music of “Ernest The Cat Miller” than saw Brodus dancing down the ramp looking like a member of RUN D.M.C.

Now allow me to take a minute here to describe something about my good friend Derick. He has the ability to pick and love funny or bizarre wrestling gimmicks, however he always picks the ones that last. People like Doink The Clown, Goldust, Santino Marella and the “Little Jimmy” version of R-Truth make this list. Brodus hadn’t even made it to the ring yet before Derick was screaming “New Favorite Wrestler! New Favorite Wrestler!” over and over. That my friends was the moment I knew this was going to be a good idea for WWE.

Now 10 to 15 years ago nobody would have even gave this character a second thought with comments like; “This is stupid.” or “This will kill Brodus Clay’s career. What is WWE thinking!?” that I have seen over the internet the last few days. Back than that’s what was different in WWE everyone brought something different to the table. Could WWE have brought back Brodus as a monster heel? Yes and he would have been lost in the shuffle of Kane and Mark Henry, giving us the same stuff we are seeing over and over in the form of giant “man-killers”.

Example- Zack Ryder, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase this time last year all six of them were essentially the same. Young performers full of talent who were having great matches but at the core they were essentially the same type of character.  Skip ahead one year and Zack has a huge internet following making himself a baby face to get over and land The United States Championship. Dolph has rose beyond belief both on the mic and in the ring, molding a character that is fitting and unique to his style and attitude. Cody has went from cocky heel to “Dr. Doom” and back again, in the process resorting the prestige to the Intercontinental Championship. The point here is the mold is starting to shift and we are not seeing the same run of the mill stuff from each performer.

Brodus is fresh and something different as far as debuts come in this current setting. Yes from the way it looks, it’s a massive throwback to wrestling from the 80’s with a touch of Attitude but that is not a bad thing at all. I still firmly believe that CM Punk’s Revolution is going strong, but at the same time we have to remember the old saying  “No matter how much things change, some things always stay the same”.

-Robbie

**THE DARK MATCH – (Kick Out at 2! Bonus Feature)**

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Comments
  1. RudoReels says:

    I don’t have a lot to say about this that you didn’t already say.

    Brodus Clay is feel-good fun and he has the potential to be more OVER and sell more MERCHANDISE than if he was just a normal monster heel who’d eventually turn face or get forgotten about.

    And seeing the look on his face tells me that he’s putting 110% into it (and probably loves the gimmick, too) and I respect that. Absolutely love it, and anyone who is whining about it on the net is a part of what’s wrong with today’s wrestling, NOT Brodus.

    • Kick Out At 2! says:

      Indeed he is having fun with this! Check out the interview on WWE.com with him. Looks, Words and Action = Priceless. http://vids.wwe.com/14586/wwecom-exclusive-brodus-clay-on

    • Kick Out At 2! says:

      I got a chance to watch this last night, and it may have been one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. In fact, I almost wrote a post that would have mirrored this one. This was fun and it was awesome. This gimmick could be something amazing and give us a good monster ‘hoss’ to take on the likes of Mark Henry, and that’s way better than being just another heel.

      -Shane

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