I know the guy was Goofy, Green as hell, and friends with Eric Bischoff, but so was DDP when he first started out and he turned out just fine.
Besides, during WCW's last run, Miller really seemed to catch on with fans with a genuine face heat and I always found his "Somebody call my mama" and James Brown shtick slightly entertaining. If JR and Vince can bring in stiffs like Bagwell and Kronik (who, admittedly, are gone now), and he's got no problems bringing back the Bossman (another poor worker who is otherwise very entertaining, like Miller), why not The Cat?
I don't know.. personally, I'd _love_ to see the Cat come in as a manager for someone.. he could put some serious heat either way on someone, and god damnit, the manager is a good role to build stories!
The Cat would be a GREAT mouthpiece for someone. There aren't enough managers in the WWF (come to think of it, I don't think there are any a'tall) that could do old school heel stuff. I'm not saying he knows it all, but he worked near Jimmy Hart for years, and that guy and Heenan are probably the best managers ever. Maybe you could stick him with a stable of some of the up-and-comers from the minors a la the Natural Born Thrillers. I know that's a bad example, but it could be done and done right. He was over enough with the crowd that he wouldn't be a bad investment.
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That's my take on the situation, too. If you've got a guy who's good on the mic, but poor in the ring, you make him a manager. Of course to get ring skills he's either going to have to work house shows, or they'd send him to OVW or someplace...
I remember most of Cat's matches being garbage -EXCEPT- for the ones with Scott Norton. There were only two or three, and they were all pretty much the same, I think. Those two seemed to have some wierd chemistry together - maybe because the shots were a little harder, I don't know... does anyone else remember this?
yeah i remember the cat being in the ring doing a promo... and the nWo would decide to get Norton to go out there... so they would tell him that cat had called him something... Norton would go out there... Cat would put on one hell of a scared look... and then Norton would proceed to beat him... happened a few times... that was great.....
nWo "Hey Cat's talking trash about you Norton" norton "Where is he?"
something like that...
are you enjoying the dance of life?.... no?... change the music then.....
I love the Cat. I loved the Cat back when he doing the Red Shoe shtick with Sonny Oono. You know you are all Cat bandwagons hoppers! Now that's he's gone...(tear)
Anyway, I'm somewhat surprised they didn't sign the Cat because in the WCW he was totally a WWF style wrestler
The WWF generally wants: a) a guy who can talk. Maybe not everyone has to cut 20 minute in ring promos, but they want people who can do backstage skits and be funny. And the catchphrases don't hurt either.
b) a guy with a unique look and character. Now, the Cat may be 1/2 Ali and 1/2 James Brown, but there aren't any other WRESTLING characters out there that are really close at all. Maybe Rikishi, with the dancing.
c) as a wrestler, he wrestled WWF style matches. Short, good selling (if somewhat exagerated), with 2 or 3 signiture spots that he always does. The only problem is that I think the Cat couldn't really wrestle PPV quality matches.
I don't think the Cat should be a manager. I think he should be a wrestler with a bodyguard. Jericho/Ralphus, DiBiase/Virgil, Michaels/Diesel (and Sid) or even Flair/Anderson. Cat would be a great cowardly heel in that role "someone call my mama, because I'm going to give you 5 seconds before that 3-time champ whups your ass!" Someone charges and the Cat runs away while the bodyguard beats him up. "I can't risk hurting my hands on a chump like you so I had (Bodyguard) take care of you tonight. But get yourself a partner and meet us at SummerSlam!"
Farooq is the man so hit your knees and start praying!
Another thing to remember is that a good amount of people in the WWE's target market are traveling, studying for finals, or preparing to do one or both. I know that if I were not such a big fan (and if I didn't have a column to write)