Several WWE Superstars Releases (most notably Damien Sandow and Wade Barrett) were announced Friday. Whose fault was it really why they did not succeed?
WWE.com reported the following Friday:
“WWE has released Damien Sandow and Wade Barrett, highlighting a “future endeavored” list that also includes Alex Riley, Cameron, El Torito, Hornswoggle, Santino Marella, and Zeb Colter.”
Forbes’ Blake Oestricher said it best when he wrote the following:
“were once on the cusp of breaking out as top stars, and the WWE missed a number of tremendous opportunities to make that happen… it’s just too bad that Sandow and Barrett were released as a result because—make no mistake about it—they were two of the most misused characters in recent WWE history.”
As long as Vince McMahon is still active with the talent that is used in WWE, why does Triple H and those who enhance and groom the talent that continue to be “undersized”.
Let’s be honest with ourselves as fans about this, wrestlers like Damien Sandow and Wade Barrett are not the physical specimens that make you say they look like wrestlers if they did have their wrestling gear on.
Then again, while there are those undersized superstars that have excelled in WWE, like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. WWE and Vince McMahon prefer to push guys that more of the super heavyweight variety. That’s why the likes of Big Show, Kane and Mark Henry are lifers in WWE .
Wade Barrett is billed as 6’7″ and 245 lbs. Damien Sandow is billed as 6’4″ and 247lbs.
Stone Cold Steve Austin was 6’1″ and 272 lbs at his prime. The Rock was 6’5″ and 260 lbs in his prime.
The point is that with all the talent (that falls in the middle of the super heavyweights and the undersized wrestlers that can get over with their ability) whether being developed in NXT or have made it to the main roster, WWE needs to stop creating characters with gimmicks that are not so one-dimensional. WWE is not also letting talent grow into amplified versions of themselves. As long as this trend continues….who am I kidding WWE isn’t going to change their ways. -KOP