Craig Wilson & Brian Damage
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition Craig discusses the departure from the WWE of Adam Rose, Brian shares his weekly dose of the more interesting pictures and videos that he’s stumbled upon this week and our look ahead to next week on the blog.
The Demise and Departure of Adam Rose
2016 has been a memorable year for Raymond John “Ray” Leppan, better known to wrestling fans for his recent portrayal on TV of the Adam Rose character. But it’s certainly not been his best year…
Leppan signed for the WWE initially in 2010. So long ago, in fact, that the development system was still known as Florida Championship Wrestling and not NXT. It’s been a long slog, in fact, for him.
As an avid follower of NXT, I’ve seen much of his journey. I thought the early characters had something about them that the WWE should have made more of, particularly Leo Kruger. Maybe there wasn’t too much depth about him but there is, and likely always will be, a role for a big man ass kicker.
It seemed that he was finally getting momentum about him when they ditched that character and replaced it with Adam Rose: a comedic brat like character with an entourage of, quite frankly, bizarre and random characters.
Ultimately, the entire Adam Rose project was botched from the start. It was only a few weeks old when the WWE decided, in their wisdom, to promote him from NXT – where he was still finding his feet in front of small crowds at Full Sail University in front of crowds of up to 1,200 – and put him in front of thousands every week and millions watching at home.
History has shown that even those that have made a connection with the NXT audience sometimes struggle moving up to Raw – Emma being the prime example. What chance did Adam Rose have? Not that much and it wasn’t long before he became a glorified jobber.
The more recent addition of him to the Social Outcasts game him something to do but at the same time further highlighted the very serious issues his character, like others in the group, had.
The ins and outs of his suspension and attempts to clear his name are well documented. As are his other legal issues recently. What is a real shame here is that Adam Rose is a talented performer, he showed that as Leo Kruger. I doubt many people will lose much sleep over his departure wondering ‘what if?’.
Perhaps his recent actions made it very difficult for the WWE to keep him under contract and I’m sure some people, somewhere, will be suggesting he brought it on himself. Ultimately, he didn’t look like a guy that the WWE thought they needed to keep. But a lot of that has to do with them and their booking of him. It will be very interesting to see what is next for Raymond Leppan.
A classic photo of ‘Classy’ Freddie Blassie with the Skipper from Gilligan’s Island…
Well, it is prom season….so here’s a prom picture with the future ‘Hardcore’ Holly.
A young John Cena and Samoa Joe while training to become pro wrestlers back in 2000….Joe’s face still hasn’t changed.
Oh WCW, what might have been…
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Last Week on the Blog
Last Sunday we shared our thoughts and predictions ahead of Extreme Rules; on Monday ‘A Moment in Time‘ looked at the time Chris Jericho punched Shawn Michaels’ wife; on Tuesday we had another piece featuring Shawn Michaels as John’s ‘Alternative Wrestling History‘ looked at what would have happened had the Heartbreak Kid refused to lose at WrestleMania 14; on Wednesday it was Sin Cara who got the ‘Book or Cook‘ treatment and we rounded off the week with a ‘The Way We Was‘ two-parter with Thursday’s taking in Slamboree 1996 and Friday looking at Raw and Nitro from 20 years ago this week.
Next Week on the Blog
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.