Lower midcard; the famous 'grey mass' of WWE
by, 03-01-2012 at 05:37 PM (3614 Views)
It's widely knowledged that WWE's lower midcard and jobber division has some of the most underrated performers and a wide spread of talented wrestlers who for some reason can't get over. Their wrestling ability doesn't get between them and stardom, whereas does their mic-skills and lack of personality. The biggest problem in the lower midcard is that the guys are not so rememberable (even though we have our fair share of dull wrestlers or in better words, dish rags in the midcard.)
So what is the 'oh so grand' mistakes that lower midcarders have made during their path onwards and upwards? The little personality and interaction with the crowd is forced and it only comes across a little awkward. For example, we have Tyson Kidd vs. Michael McGillicutty @WWE Superstars. Tyson gets his fury of offence and showcases his innovative moves. The crowd gets a little fired up. Then it's the faces turn to interact with the crowd. Tyson gives a little scream: "yeaah, lets go!" which gets the crowd fired up a little but the reaction itself falls flat. Sure the amount of exposure is extremely small with these lower midcarders and the knowledge about these performers is almost nonexistent amongst the mainstream WWE audience.
Then we get to the atmosphere that I feel during these matches. These guys perform always well, they have solid matches with nice finishes. But the lack of personality can also be explained with the situation these wrestlers are in. The uncertainty about what future holds, it's almost they're wrestling on razors edge. Creative has nothing going for you, youre stuck in Superstars or NXT having nice lenghty matches but still, breaking through is extremely tough (it shows with the 'trying to get over' by social media).
Sure these guys don't have great personality and their mic-skills are subpar at best but what is a damn shame it's that the lower midcard helds some of the best in-ring performers in the WWE right now. Tyson Kidd, Curt Hawkins, Joe Hennig (I refuse to use the other name, eventhough it sometimes has a nice ring to it), Justin Gabriel, Tyler Reks, Heath Slater and even Trent Barreta, who can have a good match with almost anyone. It would be a mockery to pro wrestling as itself to let these guys slide without giving them a decent shot, gimmick to work with and airtime. If WWE went on to push Brodus Clay with some squash matches and video packages only to see that it didn't go anywhere, why not to take a leap of faith with some of these guys?
The problem is simple; lower midcard are like huge grey mass. Nobody stands up, nobody is simply given a chance to stand up. If someone tries to show some character it comes across a little clumsy and forced. But I'm sure that somewhere in the midcard there are two, three, four or hopely five guys who are willing to grasp to something bigger than NXT or Superstars. Honestly, these guys can give it a go and what is more nicer than a good' ol Cinderella-story?
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