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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.14
....info courtesy of wwe.com, which just mentions him as "former Buffalo Bill Monty Brown."

This wasn't a surprise, as Jeff Jarrett mentioned in his conference call the other day that Monty and TNA had parted ways.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.96

It'll be interesting in seeing how he's brought into the fold & if he'll keep his "Alpha Male" shtick or get totally repackaged.

I think TNA really dropped to ball with this guy. Sure he wasn't all that great in the ring, but he has a ton of charisma ...

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.13
    Originally posted by Mayhem
    I think TNA really dropped to ball with this guy. Sure he wasn't all that great in the ring, but he has a ton of charisma ...


I agree with you very muchly. He was over even as a bad guy, particularly because of his finishing shoulder block, a move that's great fun to see. In the WWE, he could easily take on the cartoonish appeal of the Boogeyman.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.58
I find it hilarious that while WWE will mention he is a former Buffalo Bill, they will not mention the last couple of years in TNA. The total disrespect of TNA by WWE is almost too funny. I bet they would sign a team like AMW that has spent almost all their time in TNA and still not dignify their past with a response. Oh well, they dissed WCW the same way, gotta leave the competion looking like your red headed step-bitch.
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I agree that Brown was really underused by TNA..

Did anyone else think that Monty was going to win the title at Final Resolution 2005? He was given the victory over Nash and DDP before losing to Jarrett in the main event...I thought it would have been the perfect time to put Brown on top (despite his in-ring ability). It would have given TNA the ideal flagbearer who wasn't living off past fame (unless you count the NFL (which I don't because I'm from England))

I can see a feud/tag team with Lashley somewhere on the cards- perhaps they could fight for the titles of 'Alpha' and 'Beta' male!
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.91
It's the cynic in me, but I have a really bad feeling about this. He'd be great on SmackDown or ECW, but if he goes to Raw, he'll get lost in the shuffle quickly. I have a feeling WWE will try and saddle him with some goofy gimmick or dumb comedy schtick like they seem to give just about everyone nowadays. I give him a year before he gets released and hits the indy circuit. It'd be sad, but I won't believe in his success until I see it.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.83
    Originally posted by Matt Tracker
    He was over even as a bad guy, particularly because of his finishing shoulder block, a move that's great fun to see.


Man, I totally disagree about that move... I hope WWE makes him change his finisher from the POUUUUNCEAH! PERIOD! to something else, maybe the Alpha Bomb he used to use.
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    Originally posted by majikx
    I find it hilarious that while WWE will mention he is a former Buffalo Bill, they will not mention the last couple of years in TNA. The total disrespect of TNA by WWE is almost too funny. I bet they would sign a team like AMW that has spent almost all their time in TNA and still not dignify their past with a response. Oh well, they dissed WCW the same way, gotta leave the competion looking like your red headed step-bitch.


But why should they mention that he's coming from TNA? If you follow TNA, you already know who he is and from where he's coming. If you don't follow TNA, you almost certainly will know who the Buffalo Bills are. There's no cents (mis-spelling intended) in directing any traffic to TNA, no matter how incidentally it would be.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
He NEEDS to be sent to SmackDown. Their roster is getting thinner than ECW's.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.13
    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
    But why should they mention that he's coming from TNA? If you follow TNA, you already know who he is and from where he's coming. If you don't follow TNA, you almost certainly will know who the Buffalo Bills are. There's no cents (mis-spelling intended) in directing any traffic to TNA, no matter how incidentally it would be.


And it's possible his gimmick will be football related, so the Bills connection would play into that.

Have they had a football gimmick before? Besides Lawrence Taylor or William Perry, I mean.

I remember the Goon (hockey) and the first MVP (baseball) and the various former professional body builders (Luger, Jindrak, Masters) and weightlifters (Patera).



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.36
Given the WWE's track record for racial sensitivity, I'm guessing that Brown will end up as the third member of Cryme Tyme.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.89
I just want to see Monty cut one of his bizzare promos on Triple H in the centre of the ring. Just the look on HHH's face would be worth the signing.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.28
    Originally posted by griff
    I agree that Brown was really underused by TNA..

    Did anyone else think that Monty was going to win the title at Final Resolution 2005? He was given the victory over Nash and DDP before losing to Jarrett in the main event...I thought it would have been the perfect time to put Brown on top (despite his in-ring ability). It would have given TNA the ideal flagbearer who wasn't living off past fame (unless you count the NFL (which I don't because I'm from England))

    I can see a feud/tag team with Lashley somewhere on the cards- perhaps they could fight for the titles of 'Alpha' and 'Beta' male!


I always felt that Brown was underutilized. Sure, he wasn't the best worker in the ring, but there were times where he showed that if motivated he could put on a decent match. He also has charisma and personality up the wazoo, to the point where his incoherent promos were entertaining despite their lack of content.

That being said, there's a reason that TNA management didn't put the belt on Brown, which is the feeling that he wasn't really committed to improving himself in the ring. I read either Meltzer or Keller reporting that some within TNA felt that Brown wasn't committed to the company or wrestling as a whole, citing that he refused independent wrestling gigs within reasonable driving distance of his residence. He also has (or had) some sort of physical training business going that made him more money than his TNA contract, which depending on your approach could be used to solidify the point that he wasn't really committed to the industry or as an excuse.


    Originally posted by oldschoolhero
    He NEEDS to be sent to SmackDown. Their roster is getting thinner than ECW's.

Especially if they don't have plans to put him at the top of the card right away. He could learn more from working with the guys on the low to mid-card on Smackdown than he could on the other two brands.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.57
I was going to say the same thing as Deputy Marshall. Doesn't matter if Monty is a good wrestler or a good character he wasn't willing to take bookings to improve his craft so why put a belt on a lazy bum. That's why they kept saying they had nothing for him to do because I'm sure TNA was making sure the guys committed to company had something to do before somebody who wasn't. Besides I don't think he should be higher on the card than Sting, Angle, Jarrett, Christian, Rhino, Joe, Abyss, Daniels, Styles, Dudleys, AMW, and LAX anyway and I don't think he'd ever be happy being lower on the card than all of them.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.00
Now you know why they brought Ron Simmons back. He and Monty can form a team. Eventually they feud w/ Cryme Tyme over who sold out more. It'll be a Shelton Benjamin on a pole match.
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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.28
    Originally posted by doclogan
    Now you know why they brought Ron Simmons back. He and Monty can form a team. Eventually they feud w/ Cryme Tyme over who sold out more. It'll be a Shelton Benjamin on a pole match.


Got a good chuckle out of that.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.52
I would not be surprised at all if he is totally repackaged. In fact, I am sure of it. Not doing so would be WWE assuming people watch TNA, and we know that won't happen.
I wish him well, as WWE could use a few fresh faces, and he has the size and charisma to get over. But he is quite green in the ring.
I can see this going either way. He either gets over huge, and makes TNA look stupid for not utilizing him, or will be given a ridiculous, stereotypical Saba Simba, or Cryme Tyme like gimmick that will kill his credibility right out of the gate. I would assume the latter, as WWE has proved in the last few years that they have no idea how to push anyone who isn't established already, and doesn't even need it (like DX).




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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.30
Well I think it's pretty obvious he is headed to SMACKDOWN. He is the reason that Lashley got his wish to go to ECW and work with Heyman (who he enjoyed working with in OVW). I hate the immediate comparisions to Lashley and the pairing with Cryme Tyme in everyone's head immediately and I hope WWE doesn't play it that way. I would love to see an african american wrestler NOT mention his race and get over based on his charisma and work ethic. Monty can be very entertaining on the microphone and in the ring if he is given the freedom but that is a decision on Vince's part and he really hasn't given many people that range. We'll see, I'm not overly optimistic at this point and I think that this may wind up one of those situations where he doesn't get a title or push for awhile because he is one of TNA's guys... just like alot of WCW / ECW guys were treated after the move to WWF/E. Although he may get brownie points for leaving TNA in favor of WWE rather then being forced out or bought out.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.00
    Originally posted by kentish
    I would assume the latter, as WWE has proved in the last few years that they have no idea how to push anyone who isn't established already, and doesn't even need it (like DX).



So Edge, Cena, Batista, Booker, and Orton were al established like DX?

WWE knows how to push people just fine. It just doesn't get off its ass and do it enough.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.90
Maybe I'm just one of the very few, but I never understood the Monty Brown acclaim. The Pounce is Hacksaw Jim Duggan's finishing move for chrissakes, and half the time when he does it it looks like he missed anyways. His promos just don't...make....sense. I get that the bizarreness was supposed to be the point, but they were just way too out there for me. I didn't find him that charismatic at all.



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