Was watching the Final Four yesterday, and switching over to Velocity during the commercials, and I've got to say that Bradshaw has absolutley horrible mic skills.
The guy has zero charisma, and zero facial expressions (a la lance storm). In fact he doesn't look comfortable in the limelight, and struggles with his lines. He has no variety in vocal quality in his delievery.
As bad as I feel for Bradshaw, since I've always liked him since his APA days when he had the mustache, I have to be honest here and say this guy is overmatched. He is not mainevent caliber. To be honest I don't think he's even IC or US belt caliber.
Here's someone whose paid his dues and worked hard, but a jump from low mid carder to main event status is a disservice to the fans, and to himself.
Bradshaw doens't want to be in the limelight. He looks uncomfortable out there. He's a straight man who needs a comedian opposite him to bring in some energy.
Team Bradshaw up with RVD as a tagteam. Have RVD use his cocky act with Bradshaw like he did in ECW with Sabu. But as much as I want it to work for Bradshaw's sake, they need to pull the plug on Bradshaw's push because it's Boring.
Sorry I have to disagree. I like the new "J.R. Ewing" from "Dallas" gimmick Bradshaw is doing. He kinda seems to enjoy it since it plays off who he really is. If WWE does the role right he could be the new Million Dollar Man or I.R.S. of WWE.
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Originally posted by XPacArmySorry I have to disagree. I like the new "J.R. Ewing" from "Dallas" gimmick Bradshaw is doing. He kinda seems to enjoy it since it plays off who he really is. If WWE does the role right he could be the new Million Dollar Man or I.R.S. of WWE.
I agree, i think Bradshaw's new gimmick is fun and reflects parts of him, although he does remind me of that cowboy businessman from GTA:Vice City
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The problem was that his script was too obviously scripted. Instead of "speaking from the heart", he was regurgitating memorized lines.
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There's definitely something that needs to be done about his promos - not so much that they are scripted, but he does them in such a fashion (monotone? I don't know about that, but there's something not right there) that they just drag on and on. At the houseshow in Louisville last Monday, Bradshaw went on for so long that I was suspecting his new finisher was boring his opponent to a pin. It just fell flat and he ended his match with Shannon to no pop, no heat . . . just pretty much a dead crowd as he walked to the back.
BTW, who had one of the biggest pops of the night at the Smackdown houseshow on Monday? Sean O'Haire. Honest. Mind you, that may have been partly due to him being over with the large OVW fanbase that were there near the floor. Still, it gives the actions of the WWE creative people over the past couple of weeks a big Bizarro feel to it.
"See that guy there that can't draw heat to save his life? Let's push him to the main event. Oh, that other guy, who has everyone standing and cheering for him? Can him, he'll never be over."
Bradshaw is to DiBiase what Buddy Landell was to Ric Flair: An extremely pale imitation. Where DiBiase was one of the top 3-5 guys on the mic and inside the ring in North America during most of his run as Million Dollar Man, Bradshaw is still relatively weak on the mic, and has been no more than a mid card tag team wrestler for most of his career. The closest comparison to Bradshaw could be Robert Fuller during his Col. Robert Parker days in WCW, and for some reason that doesn't inspire much faith for an alleged World Title contender.
I want you to know, I agree with everything I just said.
I am still on the fence about JBL...I thought the stuff of him coming out of the limo and insulting the driver was funny...however, two grown men fighting over a cowboy hat is hardly cutting edge.
I am supposed to be excited because Eddie stole Bradshaw's hat?
Maybe they needed to take some more time in devolping the JBL character instead of being like: this is Bradshaw's new gimmick - oh - and hes now in the world title hunt.
The reason why the Million Dollar Man was such a great gimmick (one of the best of all time) is becasue they nursed it. The developed it over months of promos and vignettes. Fome buying out stores to kicking balls from little kids hands (that didnt sound right) Ted and Virgil slowly but surly got so much heat, it only made sense for him to be challenging hogan.
To a lesser degree, IRS was also a great gimmick. Again - they took their time.
If JBL wasn't forced onto the main event scene, and we weren't forced to accept him as a #1 contender, maybe it would have worked alot better.
They should have stuck with the Booker T program and let Bradshaw develop his "main event" character in the B-story line...
The Bradshaw heel turn (and in turn, the John Bradshaw Leyfield character) lacked a certain thing: a turn. The explanation, as far as I've been able to tell, is that he kissed Heyman's ass to save his job because he was tired of carrying Faarooq. So...why didn't Bradshaw just jump Faarooq DURING THE MATCH and let his team lose? That way, things would've made a lot more sense! "Oh, he beat up his friend...he's a jerk. I'll boo him!"
Instead it's... "Wow, he's rich and a cowboy...uh...."
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Originally posted by DynamiteKidAs bad as I feel for Bradshaw, since I've always liked him since his APA days when he had the mustache, I have to be honest here and say this guy is overmatched. He is not mainevent caliber. To be honest I don't think he's even IC or US belt caliber.
I think the main problem, right now at least, is that no one (not even marks) could take Bradshaw as being a serious threat to Eddy Guerrero. The way Smackdown ended, Eddy looked better. Eddy looked like the champ; Bradshaw looked like a chump. If Bradshaw were to, oh, I dont know, maybe actually go into the ring and do something, he would be seen as a threat. We haven't really seen him in the ring with his new singles, megabucks gimmick. Maybe when he wins, he should just shove dollar bills down his opponent's throat. Right, Ted? Eventually, Eddy is going to steal Bradshaw's briefcase of money, which was brought down by Bradshaw so he could buy Eddy's title.
Well, in all fairness, there are still six weeks to go until the PPV. I'm going to be patient, in the hopes that WWE knows what they are doing. I too would prefer to see Booker-Eddie, but I'll try to keep a rosy disposition.
I dunno..it may work for a little while, but then I think it is going to fizzle.
The Ted DiBiase character is totally different than what Bradshaw is trying to portray. Even still, there is never going to be another Million Dollar Man. DiBiase is golden.
DiBiase was rich and stuck up, but he was sniveling and sneaky. If you wanted to have a stuck up sniveling and schemeing heel, it would have worked much better on Regal. Forget the whole VMKMA club crap, Regal is a lot better.
But, that's just my take and I am sure no one will agree. Ha.
Since you gotta know Eddie isn't dropping the title yet they might as well go with a filler challenger like JBL now and get it out of the way. I think I'd much prefer an Eddie/Booker feud when the outcome is actually in question.
I'm enjoying the JBL character so far, but there's gonna be a big problem when he has to try and go 20 minutes with Eddie Guerrero. I don't think Ive ever seen him in a match better than 'passable'. Between the fact that the match is going to stink and the crowd at large likely isn't going to buy it (in terms of reaction, tickets, or PPVs), I sincerely doubt this push is going to last. By the first SD PPV after Judgment Day the Bradshaw main event push will be as forgotten as, well, the Bob Holly main event push.
Like many others, I'm still on the fence with regard to JBL. I think it could work given time, but they are so obviously rushing a guy into the ME scene who's not ready for it. Clearly, WWE management are shitting themselves due to the roster being a little thin, but if JBL is to be an answer, then they need to build a lot of heat on him very quickly. Lets have him fire a few pregnant women or something equally heinous, perhaps a JBL Kiss My Ass club or similar. I think, given time, and any kind of reaction from the fans, his promo's will get better, and I reckon (read hope) Eddie might just be able to carry him to a reasonable match.
Originally posted by redsoxnationBradshaw is to DiBiase what Buddy Landell was to Ric Flair: An extremely pale imitation. Where DiBiase was one of the top 3-5 guys on the mic and inside the ring in North America during most of his run as Million Dollar Man.
And the sad part of all of that is, Ted was abot 5 times better in Mid South, as just a plain old heel. Scarey!
Smackdown needs heels and if HHH isn't gonna stay there, then Bradshaw is a logical short-term choice. People know him and he gets crowd reaction. Otherwise, who's gonna challenge for the title? Charlie Haas and Renee Dupree?
This has easily been the most entertaining Bradshaw's ever been and since Eddie Guererro is the world champion, I'm not inclined to bitch about undeserved pushes. For once.
I don't know if it it's PPV-headlining material, but I look at it as another chance for Eddie to prove himself - if he's as good a wrestler as he seems, now's his chance to carry a pretty big lug, and see what he can do with him.
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Originally posted by XManiac24 If you wanted to have a stuck up sniveling and schemeing heel, it would have worked much better on Regal. Forget the whole VMKMA club crap, Regal is a lot better.
But, that's just my take and I am sure no one will agree. Ha.
Yeah...foolish on them for picking the guy who doesn't have health issues over the guy who does.
Umm...while he was healthy it would have been appropriate to give it to him, obviously. Seriously, does everything need to be spelled out on here or is everyone just argumentative...either way will work out.
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