They probably should've just dropped the Pope monicker by now. I thought it was a holdover from his weird "black Gangrel" gimmick he worked in his dying WWE dark match days. It doesn't fit with this current character.
"The Black Pope of Wrestling" was a nickname that Elijah Burke originally used on his personal website while referring to his fans as his Congregation. He has stated in interviews that it was "just another name" and wasn't intended to convey any specific religious meaning, that he wasn't pushing himself as an actual pope.
He wrestled as The Black Pope one night prior to his WWE release. That gimmick was basically a combination pimp/vampire, basically a black version of Gangrel (but much better than the black version of The Karate Kid.)
The current character is modeled after Harlem street preachers and pimps. I think the idea is that he's the head preacher but as there is no Protestant equivalent to the Catholic Pope, calling himself the Pope designates that he's on top. "King of the Street Preachers" just doesn't have the same ring as "The Black Pope".
To put it more succinctly, The Pope is no more an actual pope than The Rock is made of stone.
Originally posted by PaulKTFAh! Okay, thank you for the replies everyone. Now I at least understand the name (and still think it's pretty stupid). His character is so generic and uninteresting.
Really? I think the guy is one of the most charismatic guys around. Ted Dibiase now there's a generic and uninteresting character.
I agree (on both). I heard Pope on a recent PWR interview, and he was very entertaining, and explained that most of his promos are improvised/bullet points.The Pope name/character might be odd, but the execution is great, IMO.
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
Pope is probably one of *the* most interesting -characters- in TNA. If you want generic and uninteresting characters in TNA, I'd look more toward the direction of Kurt Angle or AJ Styles, two guys that don't even have characters. Or Rob Van Dam who's entire character is based around the fact that he's stupid.