Hey, hey kiddies! Welcome back to Evil Talk, glad to see we’ve got you hooked. There are oodles of articles floating around out there trashing WWE and trying to “fix” the problem (the Evil One himself is guilty as charged) so this time around the Evil One is going to “flip the script” and discuss the one major positive the WWE has going for it .Yeah buddy, today we’re going to give credit where credit is due and, as a fresh change of pace, heap some praise on WWE. In years past, the WWE has had some decently successful developmental territories (OVW, DSW, FCW), but none have been quite as successful as NXT. It is perhaps the best 45 minutes of television out there today (until Breaking Bad returns this fall…just sayin’). Maybe I’m counting my chicks before they’re hatched, but NXT has so many potential stars that even WWE can’t screw this one up. We’ve all read the big names that are on the brink of being called up to Raw and Smackdown: Bray Wyatt, Kassius Ohno nad Adrian Neville. But for those SEScoopers without the luxury of HuluPlus or who are too darn busy to watch NXT online every week, there are probably a couple of “future Superstars” that you haven’t heard of. Here are a few names on the Evil One’s radar.
This South African mercenary is a two-time FCW champion, and a certified beast. Kruger’s latest incarnation, with the combat boots and army green/khaki pants, is his best look yet. The comic book nerd inside of me can’t help but draw comparisons to Kraven the Hunter, even down to the same sinister smile. Kruger has a wicked look to him and a vicious intensity that easily makes him a more exciting heel to watch than Big Show or Mark Henry. On NXT Kruger has been involved in a series of matches with fellow countryman Justin Gabriel, and their chemistry has been phenomenal. This is a feud that the Evil One could definitely see lighting up Friday nights on Smackdown. Kruger would also match up in the ring nicely with Randy Orton (hunter versus his viper prey?) or maybe Kruger could bring that serious side back out of Shaemus (hunter versus warrior?). Kruger’s finisher, the Kruger End, may not be too flashy, but when delivered with the intensity that this heel brings, it looks painful and effective in putting a man down. His submission finisher, the GC3, also looks like painful, as Kruger looks like he’s going to rip an arm out of its socket. Big things lay ahead for the Alpha Male Lion, who already has his sights set on the big game Superstars of the main roster.
The Wyatt Family – Erick Rowan & Luke Harper
So it’s no secret that Bray Wyatt is on his way to the main roster any day now. His gimmick is unique to the audiences of today, and there’s no doubt that Bray Wyatt will be an instant Superstar. But the Wyatt Family needs to be called up as an entire unit. The slick talkin’, truth preachin’ Bray only looks that much more believable when he has his two minions at his bidding. Together, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are two scary, badass dudes. They have this creepy “The Devil’s Rejects” feel to them and in their case (and probably only in their case) that’s a compliment. The Wyatt Family are billed as standing at 6’6 and 6’8 with each being over 260 lbs. That’s mighty impressive for a tag team that moves so quick and fluidly in the ring. While their move set doesn’t set my world on fire, they have their “power moves” down to perfection. The Wyatt Family really makes a beat down look believable. To be honest I don’t think I’ve ever heard Harper or Rowan speak while under the Wyatt Family gimmick, so I can’t really attest to their promo abilities. But with Bray Wyatt as their mouthpiece, they should remain the strong, silent and scary as hell types. These two big men have just captured the NXT tag titles, and would pose a massive threat to the entire WWE tag team division. They could easily be booked to run through The Usos and Primo & Epico on their way to gold. The Evil One salivates at the thought of a 6-man tag match between the Wyatt Family and The Shield (hey, a man can dream).
Well, Conor finally got it right this time. After two unsuccessful appearances on two unsuccessful seasons of NXT (and some horrible rat jokes), Conor O’Brian has found his niche. That niche just happens to be the best supernatural gimmick the WWE has seen since The Undertaker. The Ascension started as a tag team with O’Brian and Kenneth Cameron (a team that the Evil One once had huge hopes for), but Cameron’s release from the company allowed O’Brian to really run solo with “The Ascension” gimmick. And while O’Brian hasn’t been buried alive nor had lightning bolts crash in the ring, he definitely is in the realm of the supernatural. His promos are macabre and some of the best since the late, great Paul Bearer’s words sent chills down all our spines. O’Brian just looks plain evil (and reminiscent of Ministry Deadman) when he makes his entrance, sporting that wicked robe of his. He may not be the biggest, but definitely has the size to be an intimidating force. The Evil One knows it’s blasphemous to speak of The Undertaker’s retirement and the days after Taker is gone, but O’Brian fits the role of supernatural heel that straight out gives you the willies that Taker will be leaving behind. And while I’m not (yet…?) advocating that The Ascension be the one to end the streak, perhaps a Buried Alive match between the two? A match that would end with O’Brian finally bringing about the ultimate demise of the Deadman. It would be an instant push to main event stardom for the Ascension, and that passing of the torch we’ve been talking about for years…
My favorite of all of the NXT stars. Perhaps it’s because I’m covered in tattoos like Graves is, or the connection to punk music that we share. Or maybe it’s because Corey Graves is the most unique looking character we’ve seen in the ring since CM Punk. His punk rock gimmick gives him the feel of an anti-hero; a badass who doesn’t play by the rules. His “stay down” tattoo and catchphrase fits his persona perfectly, and the Evil One can picture it plastered all over T-shirts and hoodies when he finally gets called up. We’ve seen Graves have some great matches with Shield member Seth Rollins, so it seems like a no-brainer to keep their feud going on RAW. When Graves makes the main roster, perhaps he should be the one to bring an end to the Shield’s reign of terror. He could bring Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose his own form of punk rock “justice.” The Evil One is a fan of Graves’ “13th Step” submission finisher because it makes sense that he’d want his opponents to literally stay down. The only thing I could possibly see being held against Graves is his size, as he is average in build. But CM Punk has proven that the every day guy look can still get over as a champion, so hopefully Graves won’t be overlooked. If the WWE bigwigs have any idea about what makes a Superstar, Corey Graves won’t “stay down” (cheap pun, I know) in NXT long…
There you have it, tomorrow’s Superstars, as predicted by the Evil One. That’s all the time we have for this “no negativity allowed” edition of Evil Talk. One last thought as Mother’s Day approaches; let us not forget all the great things that our moms have done for us. All of the PPVs they ordered for us, even though they didn’t watch one minute of them. All of the $1’s they gave us for our WWE bars when the ice cream man came cruising around the block. All of the time spent driving from Toys r’ Us to Toys r’ Us looking for that elusive Macho King figure. So lets all take a few minutes this Sunday to thank mom for all the amazing wrestling related memories that she has given us (okay the non-wrestling related memories too). And for any moms that may be reading this article (that includes you Mama Evil), from the bottom of the Evil One’s heart: Thank you for all the hard work you do. We’ll be back to our evil roots next time as we’ll be discussing the Extreme Rules PPV and why it’s probably not going to be worth the price they’re asking. The Evil One will also be giving his PPV predictions, so tell a friend and join us next time to see just how wrong my picks are. Please leave any feedback or comments below. Tell me how I’m doing, and feel free to write your own ‘5 reasons why Evil Talk sucks’ article. Whatever you do, just keep on talking wrestling.
And as always, Stay Evil Kiddies…