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.
I don't know for sure when it comes on, but here where I live, we had high school playoffs last week, so Smackdown was moved to the same time as usual only on Saturday night. So they might do the same thing there.