ECA: Personally I like the idea and think it might be able to get over. Perhaps that's why I was so annoyed at the idea it might get shelved or that people would get rid of it due to what I felt were baseless charges against the character and its possible creator.
"You used it to shove your miserable daughter down our throats week in and week out...not anymore!" - Ric Flair gives me hope, Raw 3/18/02
"I thought it was cool how HHH just tossed Jericho out of the ring and made him vanish, possibly into another dimension, at the end of the match." - Dr. Unlikely says the funniest thing I've ever read on Wienerville.
Here's a new wrinkle to this discussion, that I don't think has been mentioned before. (Forgive me if it has, but this thread is mucho long.)
From this week's Observer:
"D-Von Dudley gets his 'testify' catch phrase because both of his parents are reverends and they are going to work that into his new gimmick."
Then I can write a washing bill in Babylonic cuneiform, And tell you every detail of Caractacus's uniform; In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral, I am the very model of a modern Major-General.
A discussion about D-Von has the largest thread currently in Wienerville. The gimmick is working already.
The parents will work to make sure that D-Von plays it right, and not make offense while doing it. With the current climate today, with all the churches having major problems--priest child molesters, Baptist president forced to resign over an affair, Jews and Palestinians fighting in the Church of the Nativity--this gimmick will be especially tricky to pull off. But D-Von and his half-brother Bubba faced more critical audiences--besides Harlem's Apollo theatre, ECW fans are hardest to please--and ultimately won them over. So D-Von is the guy who can pull it off.
From what I understand, he's being held down because he has no desire to play the "backstage politics" game that certain other wrestlers seem to thrive on and choke the company with, but I'm not naming names in the interest of fairness. :)