Brian Damage, Jamie Lithgow, Benjamin Trecroci and Craig Wilson
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 used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook No Way Jose
Brian: Alright, I’ll admit it: No Way Jose’s theme song is catchy as hell. It’s just a shame that No Way Jose isn’t as good as his theme song. That still doesn’t mean that he couldn’t work out on the main roster. I mean, let’s face it, No Way Jose is better off on the main roster than he would be with all the talent down in NXT.
I look at a guy like Elias as the perfect example. He truly struggled in NXT but when he was called up to the main roster, just look at him now! He became a bonafide star. Could the same happen for a guy like No Way Jose? He certainly has the charisma. Should we book or cook him?
Jamie: No Way Jose has always annoyed me, but oddly not because of his entrance, theme song or antics. Rather, I’m annoyed at how close he is to being a really good character. His current gimmick of fun-loving, dancing babyface is on the money for me, apart from one aspect to this character; I’ve always thought this guy should be hardcore! For some reason, and especially when he was in NXT, I thought he would turn into Tommy Dreamer. Dreamer was originally a lame, white meat babyface in ECW – not unlike No Way Jose – until he got caned by The Sandman. At which point fans accepted him for being ‘hardcore’. I was begging for Jose to snap, bleed or do something ‘extreme’ in his feud with Austin Aries in NXT, but it never came. He should be a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky guy until someone really pisses him off, at which point he turns into a psychopath. Instead, he’s a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky guy and then he either loses or keeps dancing. There is still time for Jose, but I don’t hold out much hope. I say cook him.
Benjamin: Honestly all but forgot about No Way Jose until right now. Don’t get me wrong he has “something” but not sure what that is. He could have a Carlito Colon cocky, too school for school attitude but unfortunately, he’s stuck right now. Much like Fandango and Adam Rose before him; once they are pegged as a fun dancing guy, it’s really tough to shake that label.
Jose had no business coming up to the main roster, not because he’s lacking in talent but there is no way someone like him is going to find a place to excel on such a stacked roster like Raw. So it’s a COOK for me.
Brian: Good points by Benjamin and Jamie concerning No Way Jose. While I think his gimmick has a place somewhere on the main roster, it is really hard to stand out when there are so many talented wrestlers up here already.
He does remind me of a Latino Adam Rose with his gimmick so maybe if they tweak it a bit he could survive. I say book him for now and give him a chance.
Craig: Like Benjamin, I’d also forgotten all about No Way Jose. You kinda have to feel sorry for him in some regards. He was brought up from NXT after doing well down there but hasn’t really been given anything on the main roster, really. Just dropped in and expected to carry on whatever momentum he had in NXT. That often really doesn’t work and No Way Jose is the latest example of that.
In Levis Valenzuela Jr., the WWE has an entertaining wrestler who can make a connection with an audience when given the chance. It’d be unfair to cook him after not being given much of a chance. I say book him but do it properly.
What do you think, readers? Would you Book or Cook No Way Jose? Leave your comments below.
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