It could be the beginning of something good. Maybe that's just the way he talks or maybe they're trying to play up a sympathetic "Aw shucks" type character, but if he pushes the envelope a little more it could turn into some real comedy, a la Scott Steiner or Randy Savage's unintentionally brilliant promos in WCW.
Being a serious wrestler doesn't necessarily mean he shouldn't do comedy. (What's more, being an unstoppable monster isn't good business. It just never pays off in the long run.)
I agree with whomever about Benoit and "Toothless Aggression" though. It's entirely too close to the time in WCW where they had him describe himself as "Silent but violent". (During a promo with Sid Vicious, as I recall.)
Brock will be an intimidating presense as long as he brings the pain. Big Show turned into a strictly comedy act because he couldn't do that. Adding a couple "Aw shucks" type comments - if it's scripted and not just the way he talks - only adds a layer of characterization. So long as he keeps bringing it, there is no chance of him becoming a joke a la Big Show.
The guy is from rural North Dakota. He has a very country way of speaking. I don't think it's intentional, I just think that he's just using phrasology common to how and where he was raised.
Cinco de Satire (wienerboard.com) <- No kidding, right? Buffy 7.20 gets a 7.259 So, they made a big point about Buffy being wrong, only to prove her right? Huh? Sex, Andrew, and the Mayor. That's what made this episode.
Since they won't put Heyman with Lesnar again, why not bring back Mr. Bob Backlund and have him be Lesnar's manager? Both are midwest amateur wrestlers, both have shown they can snap in the ring, and Backlund can fill the role Arnold Skaaland had while he was champion. Besides, they have the Backlund as Angle's advisor when Angle first arrived, so that can provide additional fuel to an Angle/Lesnar rematch feud, and Backlund versus Angle in promos on the mic leading up to the match could enter classic territory.
The Luftwaffe: The Washington Generals of the History Channel.
Lately, I've been finding Brock's hilariously bad promos to be a highlight of Smackdown. (He's like a badass Ned Flanders, isn't he? I'm just waiting for him to say "jeepers".)
Of course, I'm the guy who would have brought him in as the Incredible Hulk to Crash Holly's Bruce Banner, so I'm probably not the demographic they should be looking towards.
CHRISTIAN,n. 1. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. 2. One who follows the teachings of Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.
"I think historically you'll find more unstoppable monsters as successful headliners than you will guys doing comedy."
And you'll find even more successful headliners who are guys the audience wants to see get their ass kicked. And that doesn't matter either!
I didn't say a comic was better than a monster. I said (and you quoted) "being an unstoppable monster isn't good business". Once that unstoppable monster is stopped, he generally doesn't draw that many more dimes.
Now you can say being goofy hurt Kurt's drawing power and that's fine. I think he did as well as he could have. He did a lot better than most. You can say he was undercut but it's just a difference of opinion.
the whole big smiling thing brings to mind Hyatte's column from a few weeks back. If I may post a snippet of it from 411Mania:
No, no, NOOOOO Nash has, and always will… RULE… because he has EXPOSED THE GOOFINESS OF THE BUSINESS MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE
Case in point… in 1994 Big Daddy Cool Diesel just won the WWF title from Bob Backlund. He showed up on WWF TV for an in-ring interview with Vince McMahon. Vince (kayfabbing his ass off, as he was wont to do back then) asked Nash how he felt being the new world champion. Diesel said this:
Well, I woke up this morning and there was a smile on my face that wasn’t there before.
For some reason, it stuck with me… to this day I remember it. I don’t know why.
One year later: Big Daddy Cool Diesel had just dropped the WWF title to Bret Hart at Survivor Series. The next night on Raw, Nash storms into the building and (after a commercial break) goes over to the announce table and grabs a microphone. He cuts a promo about how the kinder/gentler face Diesel was gone and the bad ass killer from “Royal Rumble in Providence” was baaaack.
He also looked at McMahon and said: “I was never comfortable as champion. I knew I was in for trouble when YOU, Vince, took me into your office and told me to start SMILING more! You wanted to see your new champion with a big SMILE, all the time!”
And I damn near fell out of my chair. Since I was no where near the net back then, it was the closest I came to seeing the inner working of the WWF. They actually want their champions to smile… to pose with the kids… to sell themselves as a HERO.
Well, okay… it’s not too friggin’ mind blowing… but it’s way cool to hear him bitch about it.
So why does Nash RULE? WHY?
Because now that Brock Lesnar has the gold… he’s been sporting the LARGEST, BIGGEST, SHIT EATINGEST GRIN I’VE EVER SEEN!!! (and he looks like a moron while doing it, but that’s besides the point) And every time I see him smiling, I think of Nash, and I smile too.
It makes sense to me. But I really would like to see Brock revert to the old silent, scary beast he was with Heyman.
This is one of my all-time favorite Raven promos. He somehow wound up in four feuds at the same time, each with a personal component as well as being for the belt, and he effortlessly twisted all of them together to move them toward Barely Legal.