Craig Wilson, Brian Damage and Russ Morgan
The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely or poorly used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we Book or Cook Bo Dallas.
Craig: I was somewhat surprised that we’ve managed to get this far in the ‘Book or Cook’ series without taking in Bo Dallas already…
Bo Dallas fits neatly into that growing list of NXT superstars that we just starting to get over with the crowd but were pulled up to the main roster far too early and then almost forgotten about and left just to get on with it. That’s resulted in a guy just floating about aimlessly waiting for something to break in his favour.
We’ve seen him thrown into the Social Outcasts, a stable equivalent of a modern day J.O.B Squad but without any of the nuance of that foursome. The recent drunken indiscretion won’t have helped his cause, particularly those higher up in the WWE who have the most say over how his career with the company pans out.
But there is something there with Dallas, right? I mean, even if it is just in the genes there’s a wrestling talent in there. So are the WWE just misusing him or what? Is there a future for Bo Dallas or have the WWE tried and tried again so should cut their loses? After all, he did get a very quick and dominating win over a jobber last week on Raw. Maybe the WWE do bo-lieve in him?
All that is up for discussion in this latest Book or Cook.
Brian: Yeah, I have to admit it was extremely odd seeing Bo Dallas get a victory on Raw considering his lack of use and the fact he got in trouble on a plane ride. Maybe, just maybe that story was blown out of proportion? Either way, Bo Dallas if used correctly can still be an effective heel.
It is hard to “Bo-lieve” that Bo Dallas was once over with the WWE fans as a sort of inspirational wrestler. For whatever reason, the WWE decided to pull the rug out from underneath him and he became a glorified jobber. With that said though, I really think Dallas can still be an asset to the main roster. I really don’t get this new gimmick with him coming to the ring a sign and then becoming this vicious wrestler…but I am willing to see it play out.
Russ: I’m finding it odd that WWE are letting guys seemingly get away with breach of discipline. Not so long ago, guys would be buried or released!
Craig: Russ is right, it is odd that the rules appear to apply more stringently to some, more than others. That said, if getting drunk was such a serious offence how many of us would have survived beyond our respective Christmas parties?
Brian’s point is interesting. Despite it’s naffness, if you will, “Bo-lieve” did get over yet the WWE, inexplicably, yanked it away from under Dallas.Why did that happen? We didn’t think he’d become this generation’s Rock or Stone Cold with it but it had gas in the tank to, at least, make him an entertaining mid-card act. Right? It seems bizarre, then, that the WWE would instead move him in the direction they did. The inspirational stuff had all that was needed for heat and would have, to a certain extent, gotten him over.
I too, after his very one sided win last week, willing to give him time. After all, he looked very impressive in his demolition of a jobber. Considering it is a tactic deployed to get both Nia Jax and Braun Strowman over, do the WWE have more in mind for Dallas than we are giving them credit for?
Brian: I really don’t know what the WWE has planned for Bo Dallas, if anything at all. Maybe that match was just filler because they had some lingering time they needed to kill? Bo Dallas is very hard to take seriously as a strong heel because of all the silly comedic stuff and constant jobs. Maybe Raw was the company’s attempt to try and bring him out of that?
Getting back to Dallas’ punishment or lack thereof. I don’t know if it was as bad as some of the dirt sheets suggested. Who knows? Maybe because his dad Mike Rotunda is a member of the WWE’s staff? All I know is I use to like Bo Dallas in NXT and his initial WWE run as an inspirational heel, now not so much.
Craig: Prior to last week’s Raw I would have said cook. But based on that win, and the way it was achieved, I am now more curious about Bo Dallas. I don’t envisage it being the sort that will thrust him into the main event picture but it is interesting and does give him a role. I say continue to book this new thing and see where we are in a few months.
Brian: I agree, I say book him and see where this goes, if anywhere at all. Bo Dallas isn’t the talker his brother Bray Wyatt is, but Dallas is a solid worker and if given the proper chance he can succeed.
There’s our take on Bo Dallas, there’s curiosity as to where the WWE are heading with the new booking of Bo Dallas on Raw. What do you think? Leave your thoughts below.
You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.