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The Wrestling 5&1 7.06.14: Eden Stiles vs Renee Young
Posted by Tony Acero on 07.06.2014

Money in the Bank has come and gone, and we just had one of the more exciting RAWs of the year that some are even comparing to the RAW after Mania. I wouldn't take it that far, but it did have some fun moments. I mean, Jericho decided to come back, Kofi Kingston got a win, and…OH!

She's back!

ADam Dallas Paige

This year saw the rise of NXT talent to the main roster. In an attempt to bring some new faces to the show, Triple H's pet project produced a few names to build something upon. Recent reports have shown, however, that these names aren't exactly loved – or even liked – by others in management. In yet another sign of too many cooks in the kitchen, we have some talent that is having a hard time catching on, and I figured in this somewhat down time between Pay-Per-Views, we'd look at the three who most seem to be focused on in terms of lacking "management approval."

Bo Dallas
I think I'll start with one that is arguably the most successful. Bo Dallas, for whatever reason, seems to just ooze that creepy charm that is one solid promo away from being booed out of the building in the best way possible. Since his (re)start on the main roster, we've only seen him as a bit of an inspirational speaker who seemingly only wants people to Bo-lieve. It's the little things, however, that he does to make it seem like there's a motive beneath that will only serve to make him an extremely hated person. The small continuation of his motivation is in the small moments like telling Bryan it's gotta be a "pain in the neck," or saying he has butterfingers after getting the mic slapped out of his hands, and even most recently with him doing a literal 60-second moment of silence – a moment only ruined by the stupid ass commentary team doing what they love to do – killing shit.

It's only a matter of time – if done right – before Bo does this stuff to the wrong person and is brought into a program that hopefully sees him shine. His character is there, even if the wrestling is seemingly average, but by comparison, Bo is probably the most successful of the trio in question, and that's even considering that the next person has already held a title.

That person, of course, is Paige, who got hotshotted to the top of the Divas division and could very well have been something of note until the rumor mill spouted that there may not be a lot of positive influence regarding her or her character from the back. Paige won the title from AJ in record time and went on a bit of a tear of good wins, even if none of them made her look even remotely close to dominant – something that made little sense considering how she won the title. The WWE attempted to create credible heels by giving Divas who had no character whatsoever a bit of an injection of personality, but opted to choose some of the most random and seemingly uninteresting personalities possible. This past Monday, it seems phase 1 of the Paige experiment is officially over, and although I think there is something very positive that could come out of AJ's return for Paige, there is something to be said regarding the all too common "management doesn't like her" rumor that seems to cloud over any NXT up and comer.

Adam Rose
Speaking of management's disdain for particular characters, perhaps no other wrestler from NXT is seen as a waste of space from the higher ups than Adam Rose. A seemingly interesting and "hot" character with an elaborate entrance and motivation to make the character something isn't enough, it appears, to make Adam Rose a household name, regardless of how many of us want to be a Rosebud. Rose came on the scene with two entrances and a bubbly personality that was borderline homo-erotic. A little ass smack never hurt anyone, right? Oh yes, they towed that line, but it ultimately meant nothing because, once again, the rumor of management simply not liking him came about, and the proof was apparent that they had no belief in him. A win over Swagger that ultimately meant nothing, and an alcohol shilling backstage segment with Santino really is all he's got under his belt, and neither of these doth a main eventer make. According to reports, he had a PPV try that didn't go well because the audience didn't catch onto him, and there is some scuttlebutt that he is essentially a nonfactor from here on out.

Now that we've looked at all three, there is ONE glaring issue with ALL of them, and it has nothing to do with the wrestlers themselves, or the characters they portray. Be it heel or face, interesting or annoying, these three seem to have a stronghold on what they WANT to be, and the issue comes in the rumors that fly out in regards to each of them. The whole "Management cooling down" on new wrestlers isn't a new idea, but it seems to be very troublesome in regards to building new stars, which opens up a door that is excessively revolving; WWE doesn't know how to create new stars. I find Adam Rose particularly annoying and have no real feelings towards him, his entrance, or his persona one way or the other. Still, he's one more able-body that could be something, and just because I don't LIKE him doesn't mean he can't be anything in or out of the ring. Therein lies the issue, however. I can accept that not every character on my screen will be likeable, whether they are heel or not – but are they interesting? Rose has not been given a chance to be a true character – only a caricature. Someone threw the new age Willy Wonka into a blender with Russell Brand and put it on Puree to create a man who spoils Citizen Kane every week. They refuse to allow Paige to actually be a person, and instead focus on creating someone for her to oppose instead of giving her her own stamp. Bo Dallas is lucky enough to have latched onto a character that has potential, and is smart enough to do a slow burn, but even with him, you can see the stop-start push that only serves to prove that those behind the scenes aren't sure if they are ready for him to be successful.

The irony lies in the fact that there are numerous guys who, instead of being slowly crept to the top, are pushed right away. Look at Ryback, Rusev, and choice others who get the rocket strapped to their back only watch them fizzle and fall like a drunk Buzz Lightyear. Maybe the WWE really does have a stigma about big guys. Either way, the proof is in the pudding, and although I see a glimmer of hope with a possible heel turn in Paige, and some traction being caught in Bo Dallas, there is also some very bold writing on the wall in terms of Adam Rose, and that kind of sucks. Come on, WWE…don't be a lemon.

Your Turn: Of the three above, who would you consider the most successful thus far?

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Eve beat Melina pretty solidly, and although she has been in the competition recently getting all the way to the end before being beaten, I figure we'll give her another fighting chance. Eve, you're up!

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A nice return to form last week saw lots of love for Renee Young. That didn't mean Lillian didn't get any respect, either, as she also had her support. HHH had a joke of the night with "Close match, I'd say Lillian by the nose." Whether intentional or not, kudos. Benjamin called it with the non-PG comments regarding the bloody Cena. I wish a more clever, non-vagina related caption would have won, but alas… Thomas Stockel thought it was time to retire Vickie's character, and while I think it still had legs, she was waning most of 2014. SpankyHamm, one of my fave commenters, was happy about the lack of barbie dolls in the VERSUS, and I could only wish I would be able to please him as often as I could. Ervgotti85 was right regarding the JTG photo, but I figured we'll just start fresh and drop him…since the WWE did.

All in all, a great week back, and I'm lookin forward to another!

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About the author:

Tony Acero is currently a student at Cal State University of Long Beach. He is double-majoring as a Creative Writing and Literature major. His first book, Through The Looking Glass, was published in April, 2012. School's Out is a short story that found the author arrested due to the severity of its content. Both can be found on amazon.com.

Tony joined 411Mania in April 2010, and currently contributes in both music and wrestling. Tony is an avid drinker of Mountain Dew and Jack Daniels. He is a writer who hardly takes himself seriously, yet has an innate ability to create moments that are both human yet fearful in his writings.

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Greg first appeared as a ring announcer for Rising Phoenix Wrestling in Phoenix Arizona in 2006 and served many promotions in both on-stage and back-stage roles for over six years, most notably Ring of Honor in 2010. He began writing for 411Mania in October 2010, founded The Greg DeMarco Show in May 2011 and opened WrestlingSmash.com (and Wrestling Smash Radio) in January 2013.

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