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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.13
I just got my Wrestling Observer today and Dave says Booker T will get a huge gimmick make over. He will somewhat reprise the old GWF Rasta The Voodoo Mon personna, or more recently Papa Shango. At least it sounds better than G.I. Bro. Dave also says this is just the start; we will start seeing more retro-style characters in the future.
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You've gotta be kidding me.

Well, who said SmackDown couldn't get any worse?



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.87
    Originally posted by desperate_living
    I just got my Wrestling Observer today and Dave says Booker T will get a huge gimmick make over. He will somewhat reprise the old GWF Rasta The Voodoo Mon personna, or more recently Papa Shango. At least it sounds better than G.I. Bro. Dave also says this is just the start; we will start seeing more retro-style characters in the future.


Well, Mordecai, Hirohito, Booker T the voodoo man. At least he's got the hair for it I guess. Eddie Guerrero should start driving a low rider and having an enormous family.

I do wonder at what point they lost all respect for Booker T.



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I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT!

That being said... well, I am not surprised. Though... I don't seeing it working so well considering Booker has had a solid image stuck with hims for a long while now.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.36
    Originally posted by desperate_living
    I just got my Wrestling Observer today and Dave says Booker T will get a huge gimmick make over. He will somewhat reprise the old GWF Rasta The Voodoo Mon personna, or more recently Papa Shango. At least it sounds better than G.I. Bro. Dave also says this is just the start; we will start seeing more retro-style characters in the future.
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When they went with this style I stopped watching. Around 90-something, when some dead guy showed up on my TV. Wasn't that their down period?
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.87
Jesus ... if this is true, are they trying to make me stop watching wrestling all together?

The days of the "retro character" show be over for the most part.

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.00
Why? Why are they doing this to Booker T? With all due respect what are they gonna achieve with that gimmick? Lets just hope this isn't true.



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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.75
A look at the positives of this idea: They could always change Booker's theme music to Rasta The Voo-Doo Man under the same tune as Frosty the Snow Man. Also, it would mean Booker wouldn't be feuding over the letter T.
As for a potential downside: This would mean Eddie is defending against Papa Shango V.2 at the GAB; or, even worse, Bradshaw is defending against Eddie at the GAB.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.14
    Originally posted by desperate_living
    I just got my Wrestling Observer today and Dave says Booker T will get a huge gimmick make over. He will somewhat reprise the old GWF Rasta The Voodoo Mon personna.


He needs to follow the gimmick to it's obvious conclusion, then. He needs to become Booker T, Office Linebacker.





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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.90
Hmmm... after SD this week I almost thought they might bring Papa Shango back, but this is as close as it gets. I think Booker might have fun with this gimmick, so I'm not going to get down on it until I see how it pans out.

My question: who was that in grave? Who's hand was that bursting out of the soil? There's got to be something done with that.



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    Originally posted by Stilton
    My question: who was that in grave? Who's hand was that bursting out of the soil? There's got to be something done with that.


I think it was Scott Keith who joked that it could be the Fake Undertaker. Normally I'd scoff, but they did just put the cruiserweight title on Jacqueline...

If they wanna do a voodoo man gimmick, they might as well just bring back Papa Shango. That way *gasp* they'd have TWO characters they could use instead of just tossing one of the bigger names they've got in the proverbial recycle bin.

And on the topic of Booker T., would it really have been so absurd to pair him with Teddy Long doing the "man holding me down" gimmick? Seriously, of all the guys Teddy has had under that shtick (D-Lo, Mack, Nowinski, Henry, Jazz), Booker is really the only guy it would be believable with. But hey, I suppose Velocity needed star power, and Mark Jindrak wasn't going to do it on his own...



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.79
    Originally posted by Stilton


    My question: who was that in grave? Who's hand was that bursting out of the soil? There's got to be something done with that.


Mordecai. (It'd make the most sense, if Mordy does interfere in the Booker/Taker match)
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.13
The name of the character hasnt been finalized, but Rushamba has been discussed.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.39
I really hope they're joking. I *REALLY* hope they're joking. A Rasta Voodoo wrestler? That won't offend ANYBODY.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.66
    Originally posted by Freeway420
    I really hope they're joking. I *REALLY* hope they're joking. A Rasta Voodoo wrestler? That won't offend ANYBODY.


Well not to play Devil's Advocate or anything (ok maybe a little ) but weren't a lot of people offended with Eugene at first too? It seems lately Eugene has grown on a lot of fans and people are starting to enjoy his work with Regal. Is it possible this could be made to work like Eugene Dinsmore?

Though I do agree, this does sound like an awful idea. This gimmick won't work for Booker T. When Vince Russo revived the GI Bro character for about a week...well there's a reason it lasted for only about a week.




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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
It might good to see where they take him from here. I hope he doesn't use any face paint like kamala or something like that. They should utilize this gimmick well though to get it over with the people. Like since he has the rastafarian hair going for him, he should wear a bob marley shirt and smoke some *substance*. That would be gr8 to watch on tv.

But i guess it wouldn't happen knowing the ability of the creative team and the restrictions on tv.
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.11
    Originally posted by mumsboy
    It might good to see where they take him from here. I hope he doesn't use any face paint like kamala or something like that.


I agree, they should bring back Kamala. And hey, he DID lose a coffin match to UT back in the day...



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.81
Actually, the Observer had a whole article this week about how WWE is going back to the more cartoonish characters. And yes, Booker T IS rumored to be making a transformation of a Voodoo-type character because of this Undertaker storyline. Man, there's a handful of guys that WWE just seems to love fucking around with, and Booker T is unfortunatley one of them.

One good thing that came out of the article is that the Hirohito character (who was scheduled to be pushed directly into the main-events (seriously)) has been dropped. The man playing him (his name escapes me at the moment) will still debut for WWE shortly, with largely the same gimmick, but the name has been dropped, and his push shouldn't be so huge so soon.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.05
    Originally posted by The Vile1
    but weren't a lot of people offended with Eugene at first too? It seems lately Eugene has grown on a lot of fans and people are starting to enjoy his work with Regal. Is it possible this could be made to work like Eugene Dinsmore?


I see what you're saying and it's pretty valid, but Dinsmore had not been a national fixture in pro wrestling for over ten years with the same character before they put him in the Eugene role. Every knows Booker T as Booker T. The only way I can see this working is if they do it as a split personality alter ego type of thing.



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