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Guest Column: Looking at the NXT Cast by CJ

Note from John: This is the fourth guest column writer that I’ve selected. You’ve already seen work from Andrew, David and Heather. This is CJ. No, it’s not Chris Jericho. Still a pretty good guy, though. It’s an informative read. Enjoy it.

With the full “cast” of WWE NXT announced tonight on ECW (damn that’s a lot of initials!) I thought I would give John a hand and look into each wrestler a bit further.  The pairing of one Pro with one Rookie is a bit of a misnomer, considering a couple of them have been around for quite a while, with one having far more ring time than his “trainer”, but this should be interesting.  The boards are on fire with the revealing of Bryan Danielson (whose name was changed so that WWE could own merchandise rights) but we will obviously cover him for the few of you that don’t know or haven’t cared for anything outside of the WWE Universe.

Who It Is? Justin Gabriel

NXT Pro? Matt Hardy

Trainers of Note? FWA Academy (Alex Shane and Mark Sloan)

Best Known For? Current FCW Champion

Why You Should Care? Gabriel is a second-generation South African wrestler who has earned his stripes in a few promotions,  working his way up through FWA in the UK from 2000-2005 through a stint in WWP, a South African Promotion, until he was the first South African to have been signed to a WWE Developmental contract.  Gabriel, working under the ring name Justin Angel, won the FCW Tag Team Championship, but lost it the same night.  He also defeated Heath Slater in September to gain the FCW Heavyweight Championship.  Gabriel has the fortune) or misfortune, depending on who you ask) of being paired with veteran Superstar Matt Hardy.  Hopefully Hardy brings the risk taking side of his personality to boost Gabriel, instead of the pandering jobber of late.

Why You Shouldn’t Care? He is a male model who actually referred to himself as “The Poster Boy” for one of his ring names.  It would be as if fitness models decided to…oh wait, never mind.

Odds of Winning? 3:1

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Who It Is? Wade Barrett

NXT Pro? Chris Jericho

Trainers of Note? Al Snow

Best Known For? Former FCW Tag Team Champion

Why You should Care? Born in the UK, Barrett debuted in 2004 in NWA, but not much is able to be found on him until 2007, when he made his debut in OVW.  He is a former OVW Southern Tag Team Champion with Paul Burchill and a 2 time FCW Tag Team Champion with Drew McIntyre as The Empire.  He was managed by current (former?) ECW Commentator Byron Saxton while in FCW as well.   Chris Jericho is the best he is at what he does, and there is no reason his role as mentor to Barrett should be any different.

Why You Shouldn’t Care? When Saxton moved up to ECW commentary Barrett moved on to FCW Commentary alongside Dusty Rhodes.

Odds Of Winning? 5:1

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Who It Is? Michael Tarver

NXT Pro? Carlito

Trainers Of Note? No information found.

Best Known For? The Saxton Conglomerate

Why You Should Care? A former member of The Saxton Conglomerate alongside current NXT Rookie Wade Barrett.  His name is a combination of Antonio Tarver and Mike Tyson, and he has gone under the names Tyson Tarver and “Iron” Mike Tarver.  His father is supposedly a former sparring partner of Mike Tyson.  Yep, that’s all I could find.  The guy has either done nothing of note, or has stayed stealth on the internet.  Maybe he will spit in the face of people who don’t want to be cool.

Why You Shouldn’t Care? He was managed by Byron Saxton, the most generic Commentator possible.

Odds Of Winning? 50:1

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Who It Is? Darren Young

NXT Pro? CM Punk

Trainers Of Note? Kevin Knight

Best Known For? Former IWF Heavyweight Champion

Why You Should Care? Darren wrestled starting in 2002 for IWF and Chaotic in his early days, and cut his teeth on the independent circuit.  He has made a few appearances on HEAT (tag team losses to The Heart Throbs and Cade & Murdoch, singles losses to Val Venis and Charlie Haas,) and Velocity (tag team loss to The Dicks).  He may not win, but being paired with CM Punk should elevate him to new heights.

Why You Shouldn’t Care? He isn’t Straight Edge, which means that he isn’t better than you (or any of his competitors).

Odds Of Winning? 13:1

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Who It Is? Heath Slater

NXT Pro? Christian

Trainers Of Note?  Curtis Hughes

Best Known For?  Former FCW Heavyweight Champion

Why You Should Care?  Slater started off wresting in Backyard and Southeastern promotions before making the jump to WWE Developmental.  He spent 2006 in Deep South Wrestling before being one of the inaugural wrestlers in FCW starting in 2007.  He has held the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship (forfeited by Ted DiBiase Jr.), FCW Tag Team Championship with Joe Hennig (Son of Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig) and FCW Heavyweight Championship (won from Tyler Reks, lost to current champion and NXT Rookie Justin Gabriel.  He may not have as many years in the ring as some of his competitors, but what he may lack in perceived experience, he more than makes up for in the quality of matches and opponents he has faced.  Plus, he was lucky enough to get Christian as his Mentor, and as of late everything Christian does improves things for those around him.

Why You Shouldn’t Care? Fewer years than some of his competitors may work against him when the spotlight is on him.  Can he show what made him a champ in FCW, or is that going to be the height of his wrestling experiences?

Odds Of Winning? 5:1

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Who It Is? Skip Sheffield

NXT Pro? MVP

Trainers Of Note? Al Snow

Best Known For? WWE Tough Enough Season 4 (The Miz, Mitch, The Boogeyman)

Why You Should Care? Sheffield made it through Tough Enough in 2004 only to lose to Daniel Puder when it was all said and done.  He impressed WWE and was sent to Deep South wrestling in 2005, then on to OVW in 2006.  His run in OVW was cut short due to a violation of the Wellness Policy.  He passed 2 tests afterwards, and the supplement that caused the “false positive” was taken off the market.  He ended up in High dosage until 2008, when he made a return to OVW repackaged as Ryback (more on that later).  He held the OVW Heavyweight Championship for 2 weeks, and then lost it on his way to FCW.  Sheffield debuted in FCW as Ryback, and was eventually repackaged as the Skip Sheffield you will know and love, or hate.  Your call.  MVP is either going to do everything in his power to make Sheffield the competitor some think he should be, or Sheffield will end up as the biggest Jobber on the roster.  Let’s hope for the best.

Why You Shouldn’t Care? Ryback was a Terminator-like character.  Take a second and let that soak in.

Odds Of Winning? 9:1

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Who It Is? David Otunga

NXT Pro? R-Truth

Trainers Of Note? Norman Smiley

Best Known For? Dating Jennifer Hudson and I Love New York Season 2

Why You Should Care? He made his debut in FCW as Dawson Alexander in a six man tag team match teaming with Barry Allen and Jon Cutler defeating Abraham Washington, Derrick Bateman and Tonga.  That’s right.  His first match was an opportunity to be the crap out of the “Critically Acclaimed” Abraham Washington.  For this alone David will become a fan favorite, or at least get to say something on camera.  Scouring the internet to get more info on him leads to nothing but references to his time spent on I Love New York (as Punk) and his time spent with Jennifer Hudson.  His pairing with R-Truth will hopefully lead to good things for Otunga, or at least let Otunga sing his own theme song.

Why You Shouldn’t Care? You read that last part, right?  He is most famous for being arm candy for Jennifer Hudson or trying to hook up with a reality TV star.

Odds Of Winning? 25:1

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Who It Is? Daniel Bryan

NXT Pro? The Miz

Trainers Of Note?  Shawn Michaels

Best Known For? Being Bryan Danielson, former ROH Champion (along with a boatload more titles).

Why You Should Care? Bryan Danielson.  To some people the name alone says it all.  He is considered by numerous industry insiders and wrestling fans to be one of the greatest technical wrestlers currently around.  He started off in 1999 as a Backyard Wrestler before moving on to be trained by Shawn Michaels at his Texas Wrestling Academy.  Bryan wrestled for Michaels’ Texas Wrestling Alliance before moving on to Memphis  Championship Wrestling and various other promotions.  He would truly come into his own as a founding father of ROH, where he is a former Champion.  He is widely considered to be one of the most talented wrestlers to have been in ROH, and well deserving of his opportunity in WWE, where the world will have a chance to know him.  The Miz has the charisma and currently holds multiple belts, and will hopefully be able to show Daniel Bryan a thing or two about being a Superstar.  Either that, or The Miz just brings a notepad and accepts who the real Rookie is.

Why You Shouldn’t Care? He has spent more time in ROH and other independent promotions than his mentor has even been wrestling, which may come across as a lack of talent by the viewing audience.

Odds Of Winning? 1:1

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Do I seem biased in picking Daniel Bryan as the overall winner?  Absolutely.  But I am biased because I see him as the most talented by far of this current crop of NXT competitors.  This does not mean that I am taking anything away from the others, because in all honesty it takes a certain degree of skill to make it in the Independents and Developmental, let alone to be featured in a show as the Face of the Future (I’m copyrighting that, Vince!).  My ideal scenario is not just one winner, but everyone winning.  Both Rosters gaining 8 incredibly talented Superstars, and the WWE Universe gaining a deeper insight into what it takes to be Tough Enou…the NXT Superstar.

You can email CJ at attitudeerror@gmail.com with any thoughts on this column or feel free to talk about it below in the comment section.

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  1. Jon
    February 17, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Danielson was also trained by William Regal.

  2. Darth Randall
    February 17, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    I am lookinf forward to seeing how this plays out, i just hope it doesn’t turn into one of those awful MTV reality shows.

  3. jay
    February 17, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    It made sense to have Ezekiel Jackson beat Christian for the belt. However, it was the one final opportunity to spit on ECW’s grave.

    Way to stay classy Vince.

    I guess the Miz can teach Daniel Bryan not to eat chicken over other worker’s belongings.

    Carlito can teach Tarver how to find only the best vine-rippened apples.

    Matt Hardy can teach Gabriel the ins and outs of the Wellness Policy.

    MVP can teach Skip Sheffield how to win through six month losing streaks, and what not to do if he drops the soap.

    Heath Slater is lucky to draw Christian. After Vince has completely buried him in 3 months, Christian will have lots of spare time since he will no longer be making any TV appearances.

    On a more serious note, why is Jericho training someone? Between Fozzy, appearing on Raw and Smackdown, and having a family, does Jericho have the time to help someone else?

    Considering that R-Truth and C.M. Punk do not fit the Vince McMahon body type, (One is black. One is tiny and doesn’t take steroids…. Even Vince knows the value of his daily juice.) they should be more focused on their own careers. As should the Miz and Carlito.

    Again, way to stay classy, Vince.

  4. Aaron
    February 17, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    I don’t understand these pairings. Why is Jericho “mentoring” anyone? He’s the best at waht he does and has enough on his plate. Go send daddy’s little boy to do some training. Only he can truely elevate someone based on his polotics.

    This show will fail. Brian Danielson should already be on the mail roster.. and where’s Low-Ki (Kaval)? I hate WWE sometimes.

    • Jacob
      February 17, 2010 at 7:43 PM

      I don’t know how you can just assume this show will fail. I think it sounds fairly interesting. I bet, given some time, it gets better ratings than ECW (not that that’s saying much).

      • Aaron
        February 18, 2010 at 8:52 AM

        I predict the rating for this first show right now: A 1.1, and that’s a .1 higher than ECW normally pulled. It’s not going to do any better than ECW did. I guess the god news is, it won’t do any worse either.

        • Jacob
          February 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM

          I think you’re wrong. We’ll see, though.

  5. Edswoggle
    February 17, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Matt Hardy will be an excellent gym partner to Gabriel- you have to have an excellent cardio program to be able to run from the cops like Matt did.

  6. JG
    February 17, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    So Bryan Danielson is being taught by the Miz? Man, I bet he wishes he didn’t sign with WWE. What a joke.

    I feel sorry for the guys who drew Matt Hardy and Carlito. They’re only learning how to be jobbers.

    It would’ve been nice to see Triple H or Cena do this too…but I guess H is busy with Sheamus and John Cena is designing his next shirt/hat combo.

  7. Rated R
    February 17, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    I love the pairing of The Miz and Danielson. I don’t know much about him sadly, but I keep hearing good stuff about. Plus, I’ve seen a couple of great matches on YouTube.

    I’ve also seen a little of Justin Gabriel. I prefer his FCW name, Justin Angel. He has impressed me. He’s also super hot <3 I'm sad to see him being paired with Matt. To get over with the crowd and make WWE take you seriously, you have to have mic skills… I don't know how Matt can be an asset for that.

    I'm disappointed that Kaval didn't get on. I've been wanting him to be called up for so long now. Hopefully this means he'll debut on SD!.

  8. David McMillan
    February 17, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Why is everyone hating on the Miz? Its called sports ENTERTAINMENT now for a reason.

    The Miz is entertaining, a good talker, seemingly a nice guy in real life, and acquits himself well in-ring.

    I could give a SHIT what Danielson has done is some deep south promotion. Either he’s entertaining, or he’s not. If he’s not, I don’t care how well he wrestles.

    And i bet that if he hasn’t gotten called up to the main roster yet, its because he’s really not that entertaining.

    The Miz, however, is AWESOME. 1st decent catch phrase to catch on in the WWE in a while. John Morrison could use some catch phrases. In any case, maybe the Miz can teach Danielson to work the crowd and be charismatic.

    • Aaron
      February 17, 2010 at 2:48 PM

      I’ve alwasy been entertained by Bryan Danielson. He was a remarkable heel in ROH, and his ring talent alone has gotten him over. Is he entertaining in the WWe way? Well, I guess it’s safe to say he’s no Jerry Springer, and the Danielson that I’ve seen have marathon matches, 60 minute time limit draws, etc. will be no more. But, this is the big stage, and it’s a different brand of entertainment.. hope he gets over… His mat skills I believe are well good enought o be main eventing. He’s that good.

    • JG
      February 17, 2010 at 5:44 PM

      Not hating on the Miz. I actually am rooting for the Miz to keep improving because I find him fresh and entertaining. I just think Danielson has done enough work in the indies to earn more than this. A lot of people think he’s main event ready as is…and now he has to work on NXT? It’s a bit of a joke.

      • Jacob
        February 17, 2010 at 7:49 PM

        Why is it a joke that he has to work on NXT to get a job? It sounds like the guys on NXT are considered some of the top guys in FCW.

        Also, the only people who really know about Bryan Danielson are people who actually follow(ed) ROH. That’s approximately 1% of the WWE audience at best. He’s had approximately ZERO exposure to a mainstream wrestling audience. NXT is a step up from being just another guy in FCW.

  9. Yaz
    February 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    I’m pretty sure the whole show is a work – so there’s not point in reading too much into it. Everyone should just relax. Those wrestlers on this show who draw interest from crowds will make it to the main roster eventually… Those that don’t, won’t. It’s that simple.

  10. mark
    February 17, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    i think the idea is cool, and hopefully it will be an easy way to put the wrestlers over as eiter a face or heel

  11. sheffield mark#1
    February 17, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    dont cut sheffield too short, this guy has drive and dedication! he will make his way!

  12. Tyson
    February 17, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    I know most people are going to hate on the Miz/Danielson pairing and, to an extent, I understand why. Yet, I think it’s a fairly strategic pairing as Danielson coming into WWE reminds me a bit of when Benoit first entered the company. Both were phenomenal in-ring talents and both were “internet darlings.” Also, neither one was the greatest in terms of microphone skills and neither was overly flamboyant. The Miz is not Danielson’s equal in terms of great matches but, he could definitely help the guy in terms of interviews and a few other intangibles that may help him connect with the crowd.

    Also, from a kayfabe perspective, there is a lot of potential with this pairing. Suppose Miz only tries to mentor Bryan on the superficialities of the business (partying late-night, buying extravagant things, being a celebrity) and Danielson only wants to focus on what happens in the squared circle and the competition. Miz abandons Bryan and Bryan wins without his help. Then, Miz tries to take the credit for Danielson’s win and “teaching him everything he knows.” Insta-feud leading to Danielson taking the U.S. title off of the Miz to gain some credibility while (hopefully) Miz can finally have a **** match that will put him on the map in terms of gaining respect for his in-ring skills. Won’t happen but, I can dream.

    • Aaron
      February 17, 2010 at 5:10 PM

      Well put.. never thought of yet (I guess becuase I haev yet to view the new show) but that’s a really good idea…

    • Jacob
      February 17, 2010 at 7:51 PM

      Great idea, man. I’ll actually be happy if the entire show ends up being a work to introduce new stars with some hype and storyline potential behind them.

  13. Tyson
    February 17, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Also, great job on the column CJ. Really enjoyed it.

  14. Attitude Error
    February 17, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Thanks to everyone for the compliments and emails. Jon, I had the Regal thing in my original notes and doing the write up I missed it. That definitely should have been mentioned.
    Aaron, have you seen a Jericho match? The man elevates whoever he is with whether he is winning or not. That is the kind of person I would want as a mentor, plain and simple. Jericho is one of the BEST workers in WWE, and brings his A game to everything. This will show.
    David, Danielson is the wrestler you WANT to see on the main roster. And you want to see him NOW. It’s good that you don’t follow the indies at all, or else you may also dislike guys like Punk or Desmonde Wolfe in TNA.
    Sheffield Mark #1, I wouldn’t cut him short. Vince saw enough in him to get him into developmental twice. He has the general size and look Vince goes for in a Sports Entertainer, so this will be a good chance to make him a complete package to present to the “WWE Universe”.
    Tyson, it’s definitely a possibility that they see a lot of potential in the pairing, and it is undeniable that Th Miz has a way with the mic, so we should see some good things come from this. I do believe that just as much as Danielson is taking notes from The Miz to hone his craft, The Miz will have his mental notebook on constantly.

    • February 17, 2010 at 9:22 PM

      I have to say this, because I can’t keep it in anymore…I have been a Miz fan since Tough Enough 4. I don’t care who knows anymore. I used to be a closet “Mizzer” but ever since he broke with Morrison I’ve been proud to admit how awesome he is. Good article bro, really liked it…and that’s a great banner. Whoever made it must be pretty bones.

    • David McMillan
      February 18, 2010 at 1:37 AM

      Danielson hasn’t made it on the big stage. I’m sure he’s a great in ring worker, but can he cut a promo? Can he make me care?

      Wrestling is staged. Sometimes I’m watching it because of feats of atheleticism, but more often that not its because i care about the characters. I appreciate the job these wrestlers do connecting with teh crowd.

      I haven’t heard one solid argument about what Daneilson is going to bring to the table outside the ring.

      Post a you-tube video of a dope promo. Or something. But just don’t say a guy should be in main event with no support.

      In any case, it’ll all be a work anyway.

      • Aaron
        February 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

        I know this: Danielson working in ROH was a good solid heel (and because he was such a great worker, he’d get over as a face to the ROH crowd, understandable) and I think he can transition to WWE very easily. I guess all WWE workers can use seasoning, but Danielson should be coming in as a heel, or transitioning into one very quickly… Here’s hoping he reaches the main stage soon.

        I also hope he keeps his “I have ’til 5” schtick.

    • Aaron
      February 18, 2010 at 9:04 AM

      I have seen Jericho wrestle many matches.. from Japan to current. The man is trying to push a terrible album (jk) works both shows (Smackdown now, but it’s Mania push time) and is a legit main eventer.. Yes I understand WHY you want him as a mentor but paired with these other guys, why isn’t Cena, HHH, Batista, ETC mentoring? They’re at the top.. it seems to indicate that Jericho is a level below, and really, he is not.

  15. Rated R
    February 18, 2010 at 6:26 AM

    Very well said David. That’s where The Miz is better than Danielson. People give a shit about him even though his wrestling skills is nowhere near Danielson. Take Shelton Benjamin. Great wrestler, but he can’t talk. Nobody really cares for him besides his in-ring work. In WWE, playing a good character is more important. It gets you over and the company pushes you because of it. I wouldn’t be surprised if Miz becomes a world champion by the end of this year.

  16. Dave K.
    February 18, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    I think the word people are looking for here, is Entertainment. The Miz has been in Entertainment since 2001, which Vince looks heavily upon. He’s been in the spotlight in front of millions of people on a regular basis. That’s the key to that whole exchange. Let’s face it, if you paired him up with a technical wrestler, what is he going to learn from him? He’s got one half … time to get the other

    • jay
      February 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM

      The Miz has been over for 6 months at best. I could name a hundred people who have forgotten more about charisma than the Miz will probably ever know.

      The secret to the success of the Miz is persistence and the fact that VKM has had a STEROID SHRUNKEN WOODY for MTV since the Rock & Wrestling Days. That is why he never got fired. Lets face it 95% of fans and 99% of Wrestlers HATED the Miz and really would have been happy if he blew up in VKM’s limo.

      Bryan could learn more about charisma reading Mick Foley’s literary masterpieces than he could from a year of hanging with the Miz. The Miz, on the other hand, could learn a lot from Mr. Bryan.

      Maybe the Miz will be a huge star someday. But that day is not today, nor is it any time in the next year or two. (Get over the fact that the Miz will never be the Rock or Stone Cold.) Today, the Miz is on the same level that Kofi Kingston was on about 9 months ago. How did that work out for Kofi?

      • David McMillan
        February 18, 2010 at 8:01 PM

        Jay, gotta call BS

        Sorry, but Morrison and Miz were the best Tag Team in the last 3 or so years. Very over with the crowd, great in ring chemistry, and good on the Mic. Most popular WWE online show / fake-in-ring talk show in a long time.

        Thats why they split them up.

        While Miz never got the rub he was supposed to get by beating Big Show and Cena triple threat (they teased that match coming but it never materialized, probably because SUPER CENA doesn’t want to do the Job to anyone, f’in piece of sh1t), but perserved and is well recieved by teh crowd.

        His “I’m the Miz and I’m Awesome” catch phrase is probably the only relevant catch phrase in the WWE today, other than Jericho being the “best at what he does” and taker’s now-irritating “rest in peace”

        Miz is by far the most entertaining character on Raw besides Randy Orton.

        Don’t get it twisted because Super Cena and HHH don’t like to Job to anyone . . . Miz is an up and comer and the best young talent they got besides Swagger, who they are burying for some reason.

        Kofi Kingston can’t seem to cut a promo and botched enough spots in-ring to Piss off Orton and the top brass and ruin his push.

      • Jacob
        February 19, 2010 at 9:37 AM

        Wow, what a crock of fucking shit, jay. How about this:GET OFF DANIELSON’S SACK!

        Read what The Miz had to say about the internet controversy regarding him mentoring Danielson. It’s an in-character, but oh-so-true rant against people like you who THINK they know what they’re talking about, but really have no idea.

        • jay
          February 19, 2010 at 4:40 PM

          Frankly, to use your words, I am not on Bryan’s sack, I am off the Miz’s sack.

          The Miz has yet to prove anything in his brief career. He is only starting to make a mark. I have been watching Wrestling for more than 30 years, and The Miz is nothing more than a speed bump in the history of wrestling.

          Two or three years from now, the Miz may make a mark. The potential is there.

          Both the US and IC titles have been held by many of the greatest wrestlers in history. The Miz isn’t even in the top 40. From a World Tag Team Perspective, do you honestly believe that if the Miz and Morrison retired today, anyone would even remember them three years from now?

          In the history of Wrestling, there are easily more than 100 catch phrases better than I am the Miz and I am awesome. It isn’t even creative.

          More people are familiar with Larry Zybysco’s discussion of “Larry Land” than the “Awesome” stuff. And the Larry Land stuff was stupid and Larry Zybysco had zero charisma. He certainly was no Bruno or Bockwinkle. Neither is the Miz.

          • Jacob
            February 20, 2010 at 10:53 AM

            Another retarded argument. People don’t remember The Rock because of his IC Title run. They remember him for everything else and then, in retrospect, people can say he’s one of the great IC champs. Very few guys have had IC title reigns that were actually memorable in and of themselves (some are mentioned in this article, no doubt).

            The point is not that The Miz is a great US champion. It’s that the guy has a lot of momentum and, if he keeps this pace up, we MAY look back years from now and say “yeah, that guy was one of the greats who held the US title”.

            Your “The Miz’ catchphrase isn’t even creative” argument is disingenuous at best. Was “That’s the bottom line because Stone Cold said so!” really THAT creative. Was “It’s true, it’s true” really THAT creative. Is “I’m the best in the world at what I do.” THAT creative? If you’re just looking at the actual words outside of any context whatsoever, very few WWE catchphrases appear creative. The creativity of the phrase lies in HOW the characters say them, WHEN they say them, and the success of the phrases has a lot to do with the audience’s reaction to them. If you don’t think the Miz gets a reaction every time he uses his catchphrase, you’re obviously not paying attention.

            In short, you are grossly underestimating what the Miz could potentially accomplish THIS YEAR. The work that NXT obviously is, will culminate in, what I”m predicting to be, one of the hottest feuds between he and “Daniel Bryan”.

            Not only that, the dude has three belts right now which tells me the WWE thinks pretty highly of the guy and recognizes the strong connection he’s making with the audience. He’s not going to be pushed in two or three years. He’s going to be pushed this year. Count on it.

          • Jacob
            February 20, 2010 at 11:04 AM

            Oh, and this is, quite possibly, the best message any heel wrestler has ever sent to the IWC. I marked out for this and I don’t mark out for much (MIZ FTW):

            “There has been a lot of controversy this week about me mentoring Daniel Bryan on WWE’s new show, WWE NXT.

            I’ve read a lot of interviews, blogs, ect. about the matter and they all seem to be asking the same thing. “Why is The Miz mentoring Daniel Bryan when Daniel Bryan has wrestled all over the world for 10 years plus?”

            It’s come to my knowledge that some members of the WWE Universe think they know everything about WWE and what it takes to be a WWE Superstar. They think that if a guy does well in the independent minor leagues, then all of a sudden he should be in the WWE.

            They think that if a guy can main event in front of a hundred people at a bingo hall, then he’s ready to main event at WrestleMania. Just because fans on the Internet say you’re ready doesn’t mean you really are.

            Just because a fat guy with no teeth who sits in the front row, buys your T-shirt and says you’re the king of wrestling, doesn’t mean you really are.

            What the WWE Universe doesn’t understand is there is so much more then I can describe in a single blog involved in being successful in the WWE.

            My job is to make Daniel Bryan a star in the WWE, because let’s face it, if you look at a picture of him right now, do you think STAR?

            No, Daniel Bryan looks like my accountant … ordinary and bland.

            Maybe if he had The Miz’s charisma and look, he would have been in the WWE by now. Don’t hate on me because it didn’t take me a decade to get a WWE contract and go down in WWE history to be the first Superstar to win the United States Title and Unified Tag Team Titles.

            Don’t get me wrong, Daniel Bryan has all the talent in the world, but every wrestler has weaknesses. And that’s what my job is, to find his weakness and make him the biggest star possible.

            I just hope Daniel Bryan doesn’t believe himself what these ignorant members of the WWE Universe believe about him, or WWE NXT is going to be a nightmare for him.

            MIZ”

  17. Sam
    February 18, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Still, would have been nice for Bryan to have Jericho Mentor him, Jericho is great at both talking AND in-ring work..Not to mention that I wouldn’t laugh if he tried to give Bryan some tips in the ring…

  18. VivancoFTW
    February 19, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    You guys do know that wrestling isn’t real right? Lol to whoever said Jericho wouldn’t have time to mentor someone. It’s a reality show by the WW-freakin-E. The ‘Pros’ will probably just film a couple of segments with the FCW guys and that’ll be that. Everything else will just be kayfaybe.

  19. kris Karcher
    February 19, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Daniel bryan… enough said.

  20. Andy
    February 19, 2010 at 10:49 PM

    Who is to say that Vince doesn’t want both Miz and Danielson learning from each other? Danielson learning the WWE way while working on charisma and the Miz getting to work with one of the world’s best in ring performers can only help him too. A sensible pairing IMO, plus there is the possibilty of a ready made feud like was mentioned earlier.

    Not sure about Darren Young though, I just seen his picture for the first time while watching Smackdown and he looks like a blacked up Cena with a Hayabusa haircut.

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