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#21 Coffey

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 12:44 PM

 

 

 

C'mon now, Enzo was a thousand times more creative and varied than Road Dogg on the mic. Even The Rock publicly called out Road Dogg in the past about his lack of creativity. Apparently, there were some jealousy issues there (on Road Dogg's end, obviously) and heat between both of them - probably a residual effect of the uneasy relationship Rock and H had in their primes.

 

I didn't know about this. When did Rock call out Dogg? This is also interesting because I thought there was also heat between NAO and Hunter for the longest time.

 

 

There was, after they got released...big time.  They gave shoot interviews to pretty much anybody who would listen where they buried Hunter relentlessly.  (Along with a lot of other people.)  Since Brian James cleaned up his act and got hired back, he has become a WWE apologist of Prichardian proportions.  Check out his episode of Legends with JBL if you don't believe me.

 

Yeah, he's quite the follow on Twitter. Don't you dare criticize anything they do, because you've never been there, paying dues, in the business, man. Sigh.

 

 

What about people that have paid dues, been in WWE/the business & still criticize them, like Paul London?



#22 Jimmy Redman

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:59 PM

They never drew a dime brother.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:41 PM

I didn't know about this. When did Rock call out Dogg? This is also interesting because I thought there was also heat between NAO and Hunter for the longest time.


I want to say it was in a Torch Talk interview (Rock did one of those, right?) but I can't be certain since I'm no longer a subscriber.

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 01:00 AM

I remember it coming across when Road Dogg and Billy Gunn were bashing the Rock in the shoot interview clip I saw, that it was just achingly obvious how incredibly jealous they were of him.  Like, they could barely disguise their envy at all. 



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 01:57 AM

Well, while Rock was conquering Hollywood, James & Kip were doing those godawful VKM skits and eye gouging misogynic stuff with Chrystie Hemme in TNA… But everything is right now though. Road Dog is Old Skweel now...



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 04:39 AM

Both Rock and the NAO relied on using catchphrases a ton, but the Rock was infinitely more charismatic so got exponentially more over and drew a lot more money, so I can see them being jealous of Rock. In his prime, Rock was one of those people whose interview could be billed as the main event of the card and it would sell out the arena. Pity he was so awful in his comeback run, although I guess his material was never going to age well. 



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 05:48 AM

It's funny because when it was happening, I actually couldn't stand The Rock. I only grew appreciation for his work during the GWE poll in 2006. Back then, I thought his work was the shits (he was still pretty green and really didn't become interesting to watch until about 2000 I'd say) and I couldn't stand the catchphrases laden promos. To me, pro-wrestling done that way wasn't interesting. Sadly, it set a precedent. I wanted my promos to actually mean something and deal with issues. So the entire deal of "it doesn't matter what your name is / turned this sumbitch sideways / lay the smack down / if you smeeeeeeell" was just a turn-off after the first few times when it was still funny and different.

Billy Gunn is a complete oddity to me. He wasn't exactly setting the world on fire with his work in the NAO and he wasn't even a good promo. Like just saying "Suck It !" while being part of the hottest act at the time was enough (and really, retrospectively, it was pretty awful and embarrassing). When he went in TNA, while Armstrong could find new ways to twist his deal to make it work around new stable names and could actually cut very good promos when issues were given (like the angle with his father vs Konnan), it was brutal to watch Kip James not being able to say his stupid "suck it !" stuff and try awful, dry formulas that went over like a fart in a church like "I'm Kip James bitches !" or "Get It, Got It, Good !" or something to that effect (can't even remember it).

 

It raises the question about all these sing-along/catchphrases guys whose actual *work* don't matter one bit in getting them (or are *they* really ?) over. You can argue it existed before, like Hacksaw getting huge reactions just because of the shouting and USA chant, but not really in forms of sing-along catchphrases, which are one of the worst heritage of the Attitude era. Enzo & Cass directly come from there (hell, even Enzo alluded to it during his promo before the PPV hard job).



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 06:39 AM

The Road Dogg promo right after Konnan and LAX attacked Bullet was probably the best promo he ever gave. No catchphrases and the emotion when he says "damn it that was my dad" was good shit. The matches were obviously going to suck but he sold me on wanting to see it.

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:13 AM

I agree Rock's promos were often empty; it was his charisma that made them entertaining or over. Without his charisma they would have stopped meaning anything in 6 months, and indeed when he came back, they mostly did not mean anything. The atmosphere and the setting of WWE now is different and his promos sounded as hollow as they could. I firmly believe he was comfortably outpromo'd by Cena and Punk because that kind of promo style was always going to have a limited shelf life; it is just that Rock's charisma ensured his shelf life was longer. I guess many wrestlers took the wrong lesson from his success, and thought just having tons of catchphrases and many sing-a-long promos would get you over.

 

I remember Meltzer once saying that it is often foolish to look at what Rock did and what worked for him as precedent or justification for your booking, because he was the exception to the rule. If you had a roster full of Rocks, of course you could get away with doing anything. But you don't, and you most likely never will. I think Dave was bang-on with that. 

 

Coming back to Enzo and Cas, I thought Enzo did a tremendous job in their squash match playing a wrestler who was game and wanted to fight and prove his "toughness" but was ultimately completely outmatched. His facial expressions when he was taking a beating and when he was trying to make a comeback, only to fail, were excellent. 



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Posted 07 August 2017 - 04:46 PM

Well, it's pretty much confirmed now that Meltzer got at least half this story right.  We may never know if Big Cass is a vocal Trump supporter, but the reports of Enzo having major heat backstage and getting booted off a tour bus have been confirmed by no less than JBL and Corey Graves on Bring it to the Table.  They also confirmed that Enzo has some major heat on him in general.

 

Sports Illustrated (which is all of the sudden breaking and reporting some stories with a degree of accuracy) reports that the heat on Enzo is apparently due to his being generally unlikable backstage.  Corey Graves claimed that Enzo's backstage personality isn't all that different than his on-screen persona, and if that's the case, he must be as annoying as shit.

 

Other claims are that he is partying like a madman.  I don't know if anybody here has heard the stories about him going to a strip club in Buffalo all drunk and acting like a jerk to the dancers, one of whom posted about it on Facebook and the stories took off from there.  Apparently that story got him some heat as well.  Other claims are that he is concentrating too much on projects outside WWE, including music(?!)  The main thing that has him heat right now is that he apparently brought some of his party friends backstage and these people were generally unwelcome and taking pictures to boot, which is a major no-no.  I'm just a fan and even I can figure out that bringing strangers backstage and letting them take pictures is a really dumb idea.

 

Like a lot of people speculated, apparently parts of Cass's promos during their split were supposed shoots, about how nobody liked Enzo and how Cass was getting sick of defending him and sticking up for him.  My question was (and still is) that if he has so much heat backstage and is on the verge of being released, why WWE would let Enzo cut so many promos during the breakup with Cass (which have only helped him) and why they have featured him so heavily on Raw recently.  Wasn't he in the closing segment last week?  That doesn't seem like a guy who has heat and is getting buried.

 

If they are going to release him for being such a doofus, they should probably just get on with it, unless they are planning on writing him out with a major injury angle or something, at the hands of Cass.  The other possibility is that WWE is experimenting with working the fans and so-called IWC by perpetuating these stories on platforms like Bring it to the Table, when they aren't really true.  Maybe he doesn't have heat and this is all a work, bro.



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Posted 07 August 2017 - 07:21 PM

More on the stripper story mentioned above:

 

Crazy series of tweets from a stripper who claimed Enzo was full of himself and high on weed. I have no idea if any of this is true, but holy shit...

 

https://twitter.com/...283672606924801



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Posted 07 August 2017 - 07:22 PM

Enzo's been getting squashed nearly every week with little to no offense, it certainly appears they've made their minds up about him and are just using him to get over Cass before cutting him.

I wonder if the day does come and the axe falls, will he stick around in wrestling or go with his other interests!

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:04 AM

More on the stripper story mentioned above:

 

Crazy series of tweets from a stripper who claimed Enzo was full of himself and high on weed. I have no idea if any of this is true, but holy shit...

 

https://twitter.com/...283672606924801

 

Funny stuff. 10$Enzo. 

 

(well he does seem like a complete asshole on top on having zilch talent, which often go hand in hand actually)



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 03:15 PM

I saw the extended promo for Simon Gotch's just released RF Video Shoot Interview, and there are clips of him just burying the hell out of Enzo, and giving examples of why he is so hated.  One of the most interesting examples is Enzo claiming to be a protege of Dusty Rhodes, while knowing next to nothing about Dusty's career.

 

"Simon talks all about his feelings on Enzo and why he feels he is not a good worker and gives tons of stories to back up his claims. It’s safe to say after hearing this that Enzo and Simon will never be exchanging holiday cards any time soon, as Simon does not like him particularly very much. Trust me he pulls no punches during this part of the interview."

 

I'd rather die a painful death than put one dollar in Rob Feinstein's pocket, so I shall not see the interview, but it looks quite interesting.



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 05:48 PM

As some old-time 'rassler might say, "Enzo Amore drew more money than Simon Gotch, so that makes Enzo a better worker...brother."

 

And I agree. I'd rather watch Enzo any day of the week than Gotch. Reason being: I actually care about what Enzo's doing. Nothing Gotch does matters to me because the character never mattered to me. The Vaudevillians had a cool entrance though! Sure, you can say the same about Enzo's pre-match rap, but at least I cared about Enzo after that was all said and done.

 

Where is this extended Gotch promo anyway? I don't want to put a cent in RF's pocket either, but no harm in watching a free preview.



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 06:17 PM

Honestly, other than the entrance, there's nothing Enzo brings to the table. I'd rather watch 100 Gotch matches than one Enzo match. However Enzo sells merch to kids and Gotch never will in a million years (in WWE anyway) so if I'm running the company it's Enzo all day. 

 

Having said that, it's not hard to see if his real personality is even a tenth of what's on TV it's no wonder he's rubbing everyone the wrong way.



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Posted 08 August 2017 - 06:20 PM

Honestly, other than the entrance, there's nothing Enzo brings to the table. I'd rather watch 100 Gotch matches than one Enzo match. However Enzo sells merch to kids and Gotch never will in a million years (in WWE anyway) so if I'm running the company it's Enzo all day. 

 

Having said that, it's not hard to see if his real personality is even a tenth of what's on TV it's no wonder he's rubbing everyone the wrong way.

 



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 01:39 AM

Starts at 6:45



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 12:40 PM

I watched the Gotch shoot preview video last night. What a fucking mess!

 

1. Choppy as hell, and cuts off in the middle of a sentence (I get that they want you to buy the video to hear the whole story, but still).

 

2. Has that hideous RF Video background that would be like nails on a chalkboard to watch for two hours.

 

On a positive note, Gotch seems like a cool guy who would be fun to listen to - something that didn't come across at all on NXT/WWE TV - and he has one of the better Dusty Rhodes impressions I've heard.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 12:41 PM

I just love that Bray Wyatt was trying to be the voice of reason between Gotch and Hunico. I hope he was using his gimmick voice when he did it.






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