Brian Damage, 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 Lars Sullivan.
Brian: I know it seems odd to choose Lars Sullivan as the subject for the latest Book or Cook, but recent reports might suggest otherwise. It was reported by Dave Meltzer and a couple of other sources that Lars either showed up to WWE television tapings and refused to wrestle a scheduled dark match or stayed home altogether due to anxiety attacks. If either is true, that would really be a red flag for WWE to invest anymore time into this wrestler. I am by no means saying that having an anxiety attack is a bad thing. People in everyday life suffer from them. The thing is, Lars was expected to be pushed as the next monster heel of WWE and this could potentially be a lingering problem.
Does the WWE invest and continue to advertise the arrival of Lars Sullivan and risk him not show up or worse? Can they fully trust that Lars will be a reliable hand? What does everyone think?
Benjamin: When I first saw Lars Sullivan getting a push on NXT I said, “Uh oh this guy is going to be loved by Vince” and sure enough it sounded like he was set for a big main roster debut.
For me, however, thought he looked really generic. Looked like someone you would see on a 90’s episode of WCW Saturday Night in a non-descriptive against P.N. News. Sullivan looked like a bootleg Nathan Jones if you don’t remember him look him up. Sullivan’s NXT Takeover match against Aleister Black really exposed him as “not ready” for the main roster.
Now as far as these new reports of Sullivan having “anxiety” that would be a huge blow to his future. As we all know the WWE doesn’t mess around if someone isn’t up to their standards. We will see if the show any vignettes this week on Raw or Smackdown, if not then we will have the answer of COOK.
Brian: For me, Lars has the potential to be a mega heel in Vince McMahonland. He has the size and the look. He reminds me of Maurice Tillet aka The French Angel. He was a wrestler from the 1940s, only meaner looking.
The potential is there, but if what is being reported about him is true, that cannot be overlooked. WWE depends on their rosters to perform roughly 300 days a year. Can WWE trust that Lars Sullivan will be reliable? I have my doubts but if it was just a momentary situation, then, by all means, BOOK him.
Craig: Late to the party here but let’s celebrate the fact that I made it at all! The rumours around Lars are very interesting indeed. If true, the vast majority would be very sympathetic and whilst I don’t doubt Vince McMahon and WWE will also be, I do wonder if they also now have doubts over whether he can really cut it as a big player. There’s absolutely no denying his physique is one that Vince would like and the same goes for his aura but will doubt have cropped in? I can’t help but think that it will have.
I’m ambivalent, at best, about Lars Sullivan. I have never really gotten that excited about a monster but I wouldn’t cook him solely for reasons of anxiety etc. It’s a book for me. The guy deserves a shot.
There you have it, our thoughts on the future of Lars Sullivan. Got an opinion on him? Leave your comments below.
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