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Who would benefit with a manager?

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With managers becoming more prominent as of late, this blog will look at which current Wwe wrestlers could find a manager beneficial and why.

Dolph Ziggler with… Ric Flair

Dolph Ziggler reminds me of Flair in many ways and I think they’d work well together. I think Flair could help Ziggler to become a more vicious/serious heel, which would make him look like more of a threat when facing the likes of Sheamus, Randy Orton etc. They could share their promos (ala Flair/HHH promos in Evolution) as Ziggler is great on the mic. I also think Flair would be a good person to turn on and become face as I see Ziggler as a potential face of the company based on how he handles the media, his work rate and his (current) fan support.

The Miz with… Michael Cole
Although Michael Cole’s has tuned down as of late over his love of the Miz and improved his commentating, I still feel he could be the one to get The Miz’s career back on track. If this were to happen then Michael Cole would have to give up his commentating duties to make the role truly work. He could announce that he had a huge announcement to make that would worry everyone in the Wwe including the (WHC Champion). The night could come and The Miz could return and have a no 1 contenders match, which he would win after a distraction by Cole. Cole would then announce himself as the Miz’s new manager.

Alex Riley with… Natalya
Alex Riley has the look, the mic skills and the wrestling ability to make it to at least the upper midcard level. I think adding a female valet/manage would add a bit more personality to Riley, as he hasn’t really got a character yet. I’d keep him as a face though as he gets a great crowd reaction unlike most of the wrestlers in Wwe today. Adding Natalya to the mix would be a good way to keep her relevant and give her some Tv time as she’s not been on Raw in a while.

Kofi Kingston with… Abraham Washington
Kofi Kingston’s been a face far too long and it’s become stale. I’d like to see Kingston and Truth lose the titles only for him to attack R-truth and later Evan Bourne. He could blame them for his position in the company saying they were the ones who held him back. He could then join AW’s stable and claim that AW was going to take him to the next level. After defeating R-Truth and Bourne he could move on too feud with Santino before finally having a big main event push around December-January.

Mark Henry with… Teddy Long
I'll admit this isn't likely but if Teddy Long is to stay around he needs to go back to being a manager. Id like to see Henry snub Aw and reunite with Long (remember Thuggin' And Buggin' Enterprises?). He could form a stable maybe although to begin with he should solely focus on Henry.

Damien Sandow with… William Regal
I know Sandows promos are amazing and you may argue that he doesn't need a manager but in a lot of ways Sandows character resembles William Regal. I think they'd work quite well together, they could go after the tag team belts (The Intellectual Saviours) as the other belts are quite crowded at the moment. I'd give them their own talk show where they'd try and save their rivals. Santino and Ryder would be a good rivalry to start off seeing as they're the main comedy characters at the moment. I think they'd be a very entertaining duo and they'd likely get good heat from the audience.

If i were to go with any of these options I'd go for the Sandow/Regal pairing (Kingston/AW a very close second) as i think they'd be very entertaining, both are good wrestlers and on the mic. In my opinion, they'd really freshen Smackdown up and would help to make it a more entertaining show.

Thanks for reading and make sure you leave a comment below on whether you agree/disagree or if you have any suggestions as to who could manage who.

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Updated 07-09-2012 at 05:45 PM by Callum

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  1. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Callum

    I'm a fan of Dolph because...
    a) He's good in the ring
    b) He's probably the best seller in the business atm
    c) He's entertaining on the mic (watch Wwe download)
    d) He's a hard worker - to make yourself credible after sending time in a male cheer leading group takes a lot of effort

    I don't think he'll be anything like Cena if he becomes the face of the company but he's got the fans support ('let's go Ziggler' chants at NWO) and he handles the media well based on the few interviews I've seen of him. Being the face of the company requires a lot of work and I think Zigglers dedicated enough to make it work.

    Just out of interest why aren't you a fan of Ziggler?
    I always give him his credit where it's due. He is good in the ring. He can sell a move. (best in the business? IDK, AJ Styles is pretty damn good too), and I'm sure he's a hard worker. And you're absolutely right. To rebound from a joke of a male cheerleader gimmick, takes a lot. A lot of guts and perserverance.

    As for the "let's go Ziggler" chants, I think you can credit about 10% of the live crowd who just happen to be more vocal than the kids and older people. Look at the crowd reaction when he comes out and when he fights. It's very miniscule. When he wins, like 30 people stand up and cheer.

    And finally, why don't I like Ziggler? Again, bearkg was absolutely right. I find him overrated. But I'll elaborate.

    He's good in the ring, but that doesn't make him a Ric Flair or a Shawn Michaels. I see him more as a Mr Ass. And if you look back, Mr Ass was never a main eventer. I remember making a huge mistake by bashing another blogger for making the statment that he's Ric Flair, Mr Perfect, and Rick Rude all rolled into one. And while I shouldn't have outed the blogger the way I did, I think making that statement is a little outlandish.

    I feel Dolph's following stems completely from the fact that WWE just can't create anyone anymore. They've lost their touch in a major way. Can you see Dolph Ziggler, in his form today, getting this sort of following in the mid to late 90's? No. Because there was HBK, Bret Hart, Stone Cold, The Rock, HHH, Undertaker, Mankind, etc. Where are these stars today? They're making special appearances to save this company because WWE lost the ability to replace them. I'm not just Attitude Era marking out here either.

    I feel Dolph Ziggler is a stupid name. I feel his finisher is even more stupid. And every bit of reaction he gets, (until recently) is a result of Vickie Guererro. And if you put Flair in as his manager, he'll just be going from a person who can't draw so he's with Vickie, to a person who can't draw so he's with Flair.

    I don't think this response was long enough. LOL.
  2. Callum's Avatar
    I agree with you on the name, he should.just use his real name (Nick Nemeth). His finishers are ok, The Zig Zag looking credible depends on the height he gets and the Sleeperhold would be ok of his opponents didn't counter it everytime.

    As for whether or not he'd of made it in the 90's, I think it would be unfair to rule him out straight away, Shawn Michaels was never supposed to make it but he got their by perseverance and determination. To me, Dolph has the same determination as Shawn which is where I think the comparison between them comes from.
  3. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Callum
    I agree with you on the name, he should.just use his real name (Nick Nemeth). His finishers are ok, The Zig Zag looking credible depends on the height he gets and the Sleeperhold would be ok of his opponents didn't counter it everytime.

    As for whether or not he'd of made it in the 90's, I think it would be unfair to rule him out straight away, Shawn Michaels was never supposed to make it but he got their by perseverance and determination. To me, Dolph has the same determination as Shawn which is where I think the comparison between them comes from.
    I personally think the Zig Zag is very weak. I'd rather him use Jeff Jarrett's move. That reverse Russian leg sweep thing. That would just come off as a better finisher. Forget the sleeper. He'll never put Cena, Punk, or any top guy away with it.

    As for his determination matching Shawn Michaels...perhaps. But he doesn't have HBK's charisma. He doesn't have HBK's mic skills. He may develop them over time, the way HBK had to. I just don't see it now.

    He is a good wrestler. I never doubted that. But being a good wrestler doesn't equal world champion. Christian's a good wrestler, how long did it take him? Dean Malenko, phenomenal wrestler...never champ. Ken Shamrock, I thought he was a very good wrestler, but not champion material. And the ultimate in Dolph Ziggler comparisons...Curt Hennig. One of the great wrestlers, but never the champ.

    So, I think he should go the HBK route. Feud with top guys, but not for the title. See how he can stand being in that "next to last" match that has the potential to steal the show. Feud with Christian. Feud with Randy Orton. Feud with Rey Mysterio. Build up his cred, with more than just selling moves. And don't hide him behind Ric Flair. Please.

    That's pretty much all I got.
  4. PhEonYx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DK Wrestling Savior

    So, I think he should go the HBK route. Feud with top guys, but not for the title. See how he can stand being in that "next to last" match that has the potential to steal the show. Feud with Christian. Feud with Randy Orton. Feud with Rey Mysterio. Build up his cred, with more than just selling moves. And don't hide him behind Ric Flair. Please.

    Finally the blogging world can put reasoning as to why "The Savior" doesn't care for Mr.Ziggles. Hell after reading your comments, I figured they were blog worthy LOL.

    As for the "quote" I'm replying about; I'll agree fully with you. Many people believe Dolph is ready for main event status. Some people think he deserves the gold right now. Others stating a "face" turn is what is needed to give him that push. Personally, Ziggles is still in a "transitional phase". He still has a lot of work to put in, along with improving his mic skills, and building up his credibility.

    The HBK route is ideal. I'd hate to see Ziggler hiding behind Flair. If anything, The Nature Boy would overshadow him.
  5. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PhEonYx
    Finally the blogging world can put reasoning as to why "The Savior" doesn't care for Mr.Ziggles. Hell after reading your comments, I figured they were blog worthy LOL.

    As for the "quote" I'm replying about; I'll agree fully with you. Many people believe Dolph is ready for main event status. Some people think he deserves the gold right now. Others stating a "face" turn is what is needed to give him that push. Personally, Ziggles is still in a "transitional phase". He still has a lot of work to put in, along with improving his mic skills, and building up his credibility.

    The HBK route is ideal. I'd hate to see Ziggler hiding behind Flair. If anything, The Nature Boy would overshadow him.
    Very much true...I'm definitely not a Zigglite. LOL

    And that's always been my point with Dolph. People want to see Flair manage him, but don't realize that, 1) Flair is old and not as good with his mic skills and his charisma anymore. He's more of a legendary presence who would get stale very quickly. 2) All it would be is Vickie Guerrero all over again. All of Dolph's heat would come from Flair...not on his own. And he's not a main eventer until he can stand alone. Face or Heel, he needs to do it himself.
  6. PhEonYx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DK Wrestling Savior
    Very much true...I'm definitely not a Zigglite. LOL

    And that's always been my point with Dolph. People want to see Flair manage him, but don't realize that, 1) Flair is old and not as good with his mic skills and his charisma anymore. He's more of a legendary presence who would get stale very quickly. 2) All it would be is Vickie Guerrero all over again. All of Dolph's heat would come from Flair...not on his own. And he's not a main eventer until he can stand alone. Face or Heel, he needs to do it himself.
    Going back to your HBK/Ziggler analysis. Re-wind back in time, and take a decent glance into Michaels' list of managers (bodyguards) before he hit main event status. Sensational Sherry (Dolphs' equivalent to Vickie), Diesel/Nash or Sid Vicious (I'm not comparing either of them to Swagger, just calling them tag partners). I'm just saying before Dolph can be considered as Champion material, if he were to take a path similar to HBK, he still has a lot of establishing to do.

    Even up until the moment Michaels captured gold, he was alined with Jose Lothario as a manager. Hell, if you analyze it, when D-X was formed, he had HHH and Chyna by his side.... It took quite a few years before the Heartbreak Kid established himself as a sole wrestler.

    I do agree with you on a side note; Face or heel I'd like to see Ziggler break out on his own.
  7. ToiletBowl's Avatar
    Ziggler currently has the best manager in the business. Vickie gets massive heel responses and is probably the most over female in the entire industry. My only request for Ziggler would be to actually take the other direction and go without a manager. As it stands, he couldnt ask for a better manager.
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