Book or Cook? The Booking of EC3

Brian Damage, Benjamin Trecroci, Craig Wilson and Padraic Toolan

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 EC3.

Brian: After getting a nice series of vignettes hyping his debut, EC3 seems to have been all but forgotten. Is he hurt? Did he piss somebody off? Is he simply being tossed aside for better talent being called up from NXT? I admit, when EC3 resigned with the WWE, I was convinced he would be a star.

While not the greatest wrestler in the world, he certainly isn’t horrible. As a matter of fact, he vastly improved from his earlier days in WWE as Derrick Bateman. He had a couple of matches, one of which he defeated Dean Ambrose on Raw and now he looks relegated to Main Event…which we all know is a throwaway show. So what gives? Do we book or cook EC3?

Benjamin: Honestly starting to feel like EC3 might be feeling some ‘tough love’ petty b.s. punishment for leaving WWE earlier in his career. EC3 was also quite vocal about the conditions of Hugh Morris’s NXT days as well. So almost feel like EC3 is getting the brunt of that as well.

But there is zero reasons he’s not involved in some major storyline. He obviously looks like a million bucks. If you saw him on NXT you know he can damn well talk. So not sure what this whole “mute thing” is all about.
Really feels like one of WWE’s burial of a guy who made his name elsewhere.

At this point, I feel like it’s too late. They missed their opportunity to make him a huge star that he really is for whatever reason and now he’s just another guy. What a shame. COOK.

Brian: Yeah, the whole mute thing did sound alarms for me. I mean you can say what you want about his wrestling skills, but it’s obvious that EC3’s biggest strength is his mic skills. So with that said, Ben might be on to something.

A shame really, if there was anyone from the NXT roster who I thought could have a significant impact on the main roster…it would be him. He has the look Vince McMahon likes, plus is extremely charismatic. I say it is still not too late to reboot EC3 and give him a legit opportunity. I say BOOK him.

Craig: It does seem baffling, or spiteful, to have muted EC3 considering his strength on the mic. I agree with Brian, after what felt like a cup of coffee in NXT, I assumed he was onto something pretty good when he was promoted onto the main roster. Instead, he’s been wildly wasted. However, I say book. He’s a talented worker who is great on the mic and has the sort of physique McMahon loves. Think he’s just needing a shot.

Padraic: Well not at the level of exposure given to Lacy Evans, we’re still seeing him admiring his physique backstage, keeping him in the minds of fans. I’m taking the optimist route and hoping that maybe being WrestleMania season, and enough big storylines already happening, they don’t want to throw him out there in a meaningless way and ruin him before the main roster crowd even knows who he is. As Triple H always reminds us, there’s only so many spots. It’s easy to say you could throw him out there with so and so and get him some wins, but Vince may actually be doing him a favor. He may have the awareness that he just doesn’t have the time to put into him right now, being focused on so many other guys, that he doesn’t want to hurt him. Of course, the response here would be: then why call him up? Well, he got his early win over Ambrose, so that could be in people’s minds, as well as Alexa drooling over him. Keep showing him, and make fans want to see him wrestle and hear him talk. BOOK THIS MAN!

There you have it, our thoughts on the future of EC3. Got an opinion on him? Leave your comments below.


You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.


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2 thoughts on “Book or Cook? The Booking of EC3

  1. BOOK HIM!
    But the real problem is that some, if not many, wrestlers should stay in the NXT instead of being lost in the shuffle and paid for nothing.
    In an interview, Triple H once spoke about a really interesting concept of creating an NWA-like territorial WWE/NXT with wrestlers spending their entire career in an NXT/WWE territory instead of going to the main roster.

    Here is the Triple H’s quote: ”There are some talent here that you might see come from the UK that might move straight to Raw, to SmackDown. I think right now there’s this sort of kind of perceived system where it’s like Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and then NXT UK or whatever. I don’t believe that. I believe that talent are talent, and I believe they’ll sit where they sit. I believe you’ll see talent over the next few years start coming up to Raw and SmackDown, and I think you’ll see them move back over into NXT or come back into the NXT UK system. I think talent will begin to evolve and rotate through territories, so to speak, and as this expands out to the rest of the globe, as you see this happening in the Middle East, or India, or Japan, or South America, you will begin to see that system take place, where talent can evolved. I think there will be some talent that will become incredibly successful, will be global names, will be global household names that will probably never leave the NXT system because that’s their home base and it’s where they fit. They’ll have incredibly successful, meaningful careers and probably over those careers they’ll gravitate to different locations within the globe, maybe without ever being on Raw or SmackDown but that not being any lesser to their careers.”
    Source: https://www.cagesideseats.com/wwe/2019/1/11/18179196/triple-h-selling-wwe-territory-system-video-interview-nxt-uk-performance-center

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