Cease Fire!

With the recent roster cuts and the impending return of Brock Lesnar, we here at InsidePulse decided to give our opinions on everything going on. So, here is our…

The Dudleyz

Dan Hevia – This is the one shock of it all for me. Seeing how they seemed so on and raring to go at One Night Stand, I didn’t think they would be cut. It amazed me that creative had nothing for them at all, seeing as how they are one of the most successful tag teams of all time. I think they will be back at some point, but until then, TNA here they come!
Judgment: Bad Cut

Tom Pandich – D-Von Dudley/Bubba Dudley: Granted, these two haven’t been on TV at all over the past few months but they could have served a great role as enforcers in a new mega stable which the E is sorely lacking right now. They’re one of the few established tag teams that could play either faces or heels with two weeks of build and they’ll be the biggest names in TNA especially if they do a TLC match with the Hardys and AMW.
Judgment: Bad cut

Eric S (Including Spike Dudley)- Shame they couldn’t come to terms over a renewal. It seems to be a departure on good terms, though, so they may be back sooner than later, depending on those all-important ECW DVD sales. Meanwhile, all three will land up in TNA within weeks, and Spike will get to go to town in the X Division.
Judgment: Bad cut, but if they couldn’t come to terms on a contract, inevitable

Bambi Weavil – Can’t get more insulting then having them work the ECW PPV, shill the ECW DVD out there and fire them in the same week. Really disappointed, these guys were multi-tag team champions and could work their asses off. If TNA gets on TV, this would be a great buy for them.
Judgment: Extremely bad cut.

Michaelangelo McCullar (Including Spike) – On the one hand, their act had grown stale. On the other hand, Steph has a better chance of immaculately conceiving than coming up with a decent tag team, so I guess this is the true end of the tag team division.
Judgment: Bad cut.

Davis Brashear – Gotta group these two together. I really hate to see them go, since they were one of the few true tag teams that the WWE had. They’d been stale for a while, true, but I would’ve thought that Paul Heyman and the renewed interest in ECW would’ve kept them safe.
Judgment: Bad cut.

Joy Giovanni

Dan Hevia – Anyone ever see Be Cool? Vince Vaughn tells the secretary the following: “A nice ass will only get you so far in life. When you turn 30 you better have a personality!” Joy had both, so this is a little troubling to me.
Judgment: Bad cut

Tom Pandich – She’s the blond one, right? Wait, most of them are blond aren’t they. The diva search is bringing in at least three, maybe four new divas, some of which might be able to wrestle. Her one role with JBL flopped and she hasn’t added anything to make her a more well rounded personality.
Judgment – Good Cut

Eric S – Showed a lot more personality than almost every diva on the roster. Had a good feud with Weber. Seemed like the type who’d do anything. Their reason, I guess, is that SD now has Candice Michelle, who’s better known, and they’ve discovered that Michelle McCool can wrestle. Can someone tell me why Torrie Wilson, the Ten-Buck Tramp, still has a job and Joy doesn’t? She costs a helluva lot more and has done less over the last year, plus her hubby got the axe.
Judgment: Bad cut

Bambi Weavil – She had a look that was good wholesome girl but in a almost exotic Ashley Judd/Marisa Tomei sorta way. I felt they could have used her better and I know she did a lot of WWE publicity work in making public appearances. I hate it how they can her and keep that dimwit Maria. I think she could draw money in indies if she wished.
Judgment: Bad cut.

Michaelangelo McCullar – No idea who this chick is, other than one of the many useless Diva skanks. Cut them all, as far as I’m concerned.
Judgment: Damn good cut.

David Brashear – Totally useless (like most of the Diva Search bimbos), in my opinion. I didn’t even know who she was. I had to go search for a picture of her and still have no idea who she was.
Judgment: Good cut

Kenzo Suzuki

Dan Hevia – This is where not really being a fan of Smackdown comes in to play. I have heard some great things about how Kenzo played his character and a few good things about him in the ring. It seemed as though he was getting over to an extent, but that dreaded black lung (“You’ve been down there one damn day Derek!”) comes into play. I just don’t understand trading him to Raw.
Judgment: Middle: Releasing someone when they get injured is messed up.

Tom Pandich – Mostly everyone thought he’d be tagging with Tajiri within a few weeks, myself included. I thought this was a bad cut at first but then I went back and remembered how terrible Suzuki was in the ring. Time does cloud things. He was a rather piss poor worker and Hiroko was the only good thing about him.
Judgment: Good Cut

Eric S (Including Hiroko) – I don’t like cutting a guy while he’s injured, but WWE has no compunction about it. He was also trying his best to get over when he was healthy, and it was almost clicking, but not enough. Just not good enough a wrestler to compete with his mid-card peer group.
Judgment: Good cut on Kenzo, less so on Hiroko, because she was actually over

Bambi Weavil (Including Hiroko) – I was entertained by them but they weren’t using them for much and could have done more with them. This release wasn’t a surprise however.
Judgment: Good cut.

Michaelangelo McCullar (Including Hiroko) – This one kinda makes sense, as Kenzo was hurt and really wasn’t over. But Hiroki could have only added to a wafer-thin Women’s division, rather than the escort service rejects in the current Diva Search. A shame.
Judgment: OK/Bad cut.

David Brashear – I’m kind of torn on this one. Kenzo was starting to get over with his “pro-American” gimmick, but he’d been out for a while with that lung infection. You know, the WWE’s really turning into WCW these days in regards to cutting guys when they’re hurt.
Judgment: Undecided

Matt Morgan

Dan Hevia – Well, that didn’t last too l-l-l-long. Carlito’s move was the kiss of death for him, as was Lesnar’s impending return. Looking at the “didn’t try hard enough to get themselves over” comment, I would make the argument that he didn’t have the chance. I think he does have the talent, but needs to be allowed to showcase it. Always said, never reality, I know.
Judgment: Bad Cut

Tom Pandich – Sorry but Morgan should have stayed around. He was an intimidating big man was getting over with his antics with Carlito and Show. Brock will need someone to eat before jobbing to Batista at the Survivor Series and who better than the man that stole Brock’s finisher. Also Morgan is a helluva lot more intimidating than Tyson Tomko and would have worked great as Christian’s new enforcer. Morgan had too many avenues open for him as enhancement talent for him to be a good cut.
Judgment: Bad cut

Eric S – Totally ruined by the stuttering gimmick, but was very bland without it. Getting over on size alone has a long-established history in WWE, but they have enough of those guys in there right now. The only way I’d question this cut is if WWE picks up Lance Hoyt.
Judgment: Good cut

Bambi Weavil – I thought they were trying to give him a push because of his size but nothing about that character interested me.
Judgment: Good cut.

Michaelangelo McCullar – Wasn’t getting over at all, even with Carlito.
Judgment: Good cut.

David Brashear – You’ve got a guy with a great monster look. What do you do? Give him a stuttering gimmick! Brilliant! That gimmick was just destroying Morgan. He’d be better off going somewhere to rebuild himself.
Judgment: Good cut.

Charlie Haas

Dan Hevia – Talent. Charisma. FIRED!? That’s an unwelcome honeymoon present, don’t you think? He could have had a chance if he went to Raw. This is another TNA gain.
Judgment: Bad Cut

Tom Pandich – Haas should have been traded. Pure and simple. With that being said though, he has been wasted by the WWE ever since Team Angle broke up. Haas should and will have a nice run wherever he ends up. He never deserved to be the Mart Jannetty of Team Angle, but has. This is a responsible cut by the E as far as I’m concerned, as Haas will have a brighter future working the Indy circuit.
Judgment: Good cut

Eric S (Including Jackie Gayda) – Neither of them were over, despite Charlie’s incredible wrestling talent and Jackie’s looks and enthusiasm. Charlie just had no place on either show’s roster outside of a tag team. But cutting them while they’re on honeymoon, that’s a little cold.
Judgment: Good cut

Bambi Weavil (Including Jackie Gayda) – Getting let go after you just got married is pretty shady. I felt they could have done more with these two. I think Charlie could have been with Shelton again or had a good feud with him and Jackie had a unique look and genuine excitement to be involved with the sport that most divas outside don’t have. I hope they can make good money on the indy circuit, I would definitely drop money to see these two in my area.
Judgment: Bad cut.

Michaelangelo McCullar (Including Jackie Gayda) – This one flabbergasts me. How do you cut people on their HONEYMOON? Haas was one of the best workers on the roster. He may not have been too charismatic as a singles wrestler, but plug him into any tag team and he would flourish. Look at how he was doing with that jagoff abatross Hardcore Holly for proof. Just another sign that tag teams mean dick-all in today’s WWE.
Judgment: Horrible cut.

David Brashear – I really hated to hear about this one. Charlie’s got the talent, and a good look. I was really surprised that Shelton was the one of the World’s Greatest Tag Team to really break out in the singles’ ranks. And cutting the guy while he’s on his honeymoon is just low.
Judgment: Bad cut

Jackie Gayda

Dan Hevia – Why this wasn’t done after the tag debacle of yesteryear, I don’t know. The most interesting thing this girl has done in WWE is cheat on her boyfriend on Tough Enough.
Judgment: Good Cut

Tom Pandich – Who kept who in the WWE longer? Jackie was a nice looking girl and a decent valet, but she was Charlie’s girl and it makes sense for her to leave with him on both parties’ parts.
Judgment: Good cut

David Brashear – She wasn’t doing anything. Still, getting fired just after she and Charlie got married isn’t going to win the WWE any good publicity.
Judgment: Bad cut

Marty Jannetty

Dan Hevia – Apparently he was arrested before making it to OVW, so this doesn’t surprise me. He did bust his ass for a week, but then again I bust my ass every day and don’t get paid highly for it.
Judgment: Good Cut

Tom Pandich – His match with Angle was one of the best that Smackdown has put on this year, and he looked to be in great condition. Sure, he probably could only go a few years at best, but he could of and should of had a few decent runs at the US Championship. Lame lame lame.
Judgment: Bad Cut

Eric S – Fired for a domestic dispute and arrest, huh? Just goes to show you how hypocritical WWE actually is by keeping Wife-Beater available for “special” appearances. Disgusting. And where’s Michaels to stand up for his buddy?
Judgment: Bad cut

Bambi Weavil – I didn’t know he was officially signed. I’m not sure what the plans were since HBK had turned heel on Monday but it’s a moral blow for Marty so in that sense he was getting a second chance in life so bad cut.
Judgment: Bad cut

Michaelangelo McCullar – The guy gets a WWE contract and celebrates by buying an 8-ball, pimpsmacking his wife, and winding up back in the chink. Class act, that Marty.
Judgment: Good cut.

David Brashear – This is another one I hated to hear about. Marty goes out and pulls out the stops to put on really good matches against La Res and Kurt Angle, and ends up like this. Rumor has it that his personal demons caught up with him again, but I still hate to see what’s quite probably his last chance at the big time end like this.
Judgment: Good cut (but I’m not happy about saying it)

Dawn Marie

Dan Hevia – Snitsky should have made this cut out of principle. At the very least, they should have paid her through the birth of the kid. Rumor has it they left on good terms, but I doubt she’ll be back. She should just be a mom now and let this wrestling scene behind.
Judgment: Fucked Up Cut/Bad Cut

Tom Pandich – The collective goat of the group. Should of been cut a long time ago.
Judgment: Good Cut

Eric S – As I speculated in the super-secret writers’ forum, she was canned because of her pregnancy, according to 1bullshit Junior. Yes, the parting was allegedly on good terms and all, but it still leaves a very, very bad taste in one’s mouth.
Judgment: Bad cut. Bun in the oven or not, she contributes a lot by her presence. It’s not her fault they can’t think of non-diva things for her to do.

Bambi Weavil – Extremely pissed about this. The woman has more talent than any of the new divas in working a crowd as a heel woman; she’s pregnant and gets cut. Another one of those, we’ll use you to sell ECW memories but we’ll let you go soon as the DVD is out in stores. Apparently having children as a working female isn’t a good idea for WWE superstars, and that’s sad.
Judgment: Pissed. Bad cut doesn’t even say it.

Michaelangelo McCullar – If you thought cutting 2 people on their honeymoon was f*cked up, what do you call cutting a pregnant chick? Granted, she’s most likely spawning the Antichrist, but still, show a little class, OK, Vince?
Judgment: Fucked-up cut.

David Brashear – Just when you think you couldn’t get any lower than firing a newly married couple on their honeymoon, we reach Dawn Marie. Sure, she hasn’t been doing anything for months, but she’s also reportedly pregnant. I hate to say it, but I think that the fact that she’s not “road capable” right now heavily figures into her release.
Judgment: Bad cut.

Mark Jindrak

Dan Hevia – So close to being in Batista’s shoes. Close but no cigar. Hasn’t been useful in a while anyway.
Judgment: Good Cut

Tom Pandich – There were two things that hurt Mark in the WWE. Bad gimmicks and no gimmicks at all. People have fond memories of him for being a great tag team wrestler. I don’t. See you the next time I’m getting my oil changed, Mark.
Judgment: Good cut

Eric S – This one was expected as long ago as Sean O’Haire’s departure; a LOT of people wondered why O’Haire was cut and Jindrak wasn’t. Not even Kurt Angle could get him over.
Judgment: Good cut

Bambi Weavil – Nothing personal but again, nothing about him clicks with me. Best wishes to him.
Judgment: Good cut.

Michaelangelo McCullar – Once O’Haire was gone, we knew this was just a matter of time. He didn’t bring anything to the table and won’t be missed.
Judgment: Good cut

David Brashear – And the last of the New Blood Thrillers bites the dust. It’s just as well. Jindrak’s never gotten over, even as a part of Team Angle V 2.0. He looked like a million bucks, but just couldn’t bring it in the ring. I get the feeling the WWE’s going to be learning that lesson again sooner or later (coughChrisMasterscough).
Judgment: Good cut.

Maven

Dan Hevia – With every contestant from Tough Enough 1 and 2 that made TV gone, you can classify that show as a bust for WWE. Maven had the charisma, but his move set was almost as limited as Hogan’s is. He’ll catch on somewhere, but I wouldn’t call TNA a lock for him.
Judgment: Good Cut

Tom Pandich – Come on everyone. Maven’s lame and always was lame. He was kept way longer than he should have been mostly because of being the first Tough Enough winner. Sure Maven was badly booked most of the time, but he never ever showed any promise or character in the ring. I mean come on; his finisher was a stinking dropkick. I’m glad to see him go.
Judgment: Good cut

Eric S – They finally gave up on this little experiment, huh? Too bad it wasn’t done before the audience lost its collective sanity watching him try to wrestle.
Judgment: Very, very good cut

Bambi Weavil – I felt he had something going with Simon Dean. I was entertained by his work and his strives over the years of being able to stick around past the mandatory year. I think he will do well in the indies.
Judgment: Bad cut.

Michaelangelo McCullar – Maven, to me, was everything wrong with the WWE. Not Maven himself, as I liked the guy. I thought he had decent charisma, and could hold his own in the ring when given the opportunity. People will say he had multiple chances and blew them. Really? Name some. They have him eliminate Taker from the Rumble, then immediately job him out. They tease putting him in Evolution, and then don’t pull the trigger. They put him in the winning SurSer team, then waste his shot and bury him by making him lose to Trips even with half the locker room cheating for him. They turn him heel and then don’t do anything with it, except for a match against Shelton at NY Revolution, where the man cuts the promo of his life, pulls enough heel heat to damn near send Puerto Rico into a full-island riot, then job him out to Benjy TWICE IN 10 SECONDS?!?!? Then, to add insult to injury, they pair him up with Simon Dean, a gimmick that was DOA. You say he didn’t take advantage of his opportunities? I say they never gave him any real opportunities to take advantage of.
Judgment: Very bad cut.

David Brashear – Maven’s a funny one. First Tough Enough winner, and a real standout through the whole season. Gobs of charisma, but his ring work never really got up to WWE level. I’d say that Simon Dean heading over to Smackdown and reuniting with his old friends doomed him.
Judgment: Good cut.

Shannon Moore

Dan Hevia – Since WWE has no interest in a cruiser division, this makes sense. How it affects them in trying to get Hardy back is another thing.
Judgment: Good Cut

Tom Pandich – Ack, Moore was a decent cruiser who did some stupid stuff. His latest prince of punk gimmick was awful. He’ll be a nice fit in TNA and I am glad to see him go so he won’t have to be around making my life miserable on Velocity.
Judgment: Good cut

Eric S – Shannon Moore: Just too damn weak a personality not to get over without a gimmick, and the one they chose for him…well, let’s just say that 1979 is glad to have the gimmick back.
Judgment: Good cut

Bambi Weavil – Well, I guess if Matt Hardy doesn’t return, he can work indies with Matt. They’ve done some strange things gimmick wise with Shannon, I think it’s the best thing for both parties, I just hope he can earn a steady paycheck.
Judgment: Okay cut.

Michaelangelo McCullar – It’s sad to see the Prince of Punk go, but there was really no place for him in the WWE other than as an MFer.
Judgment: Good cut.

David Brashear – This is another one I hated to see happen but can’t say I was really surprised by. I really thought Shannon had what it took to make it when he was in Three Count. He just never could get locked into another great angle like that again in the WWE. The closest he came was as the #1 Mattitude Follower. He never showed any charisma as the Prince of Punk (or whatever they were calling him this week), although his ring work stayed consistent. But in the WWE, you walk if you can’t talk.
Judgment: Bad cut.

James Yun (Akio)

Dan Hevia – See Shannon Moore, subtract Matt Hardy.
Judgment: Good Cut

Tom Pandich – Dead in the water as soon as Tajiri got shipped over to Raw. It’s a shame too because he was a good cruiser who had a good look to him. I still think he could have played a good role ethnically balancing the newly Latino heavy cruiser division.
Judgment: Bad cut

Eric S – Proof positive that talent isn’t enough, I guess. Couldn’t cut a promo, so couldn’t get out of the Epilepsy ghetto despite possibly being the best wrestler among the cruisers.
Judgment: Bad cut

Bambi Weavil – Were hardly using him, hope he can do well in the indies.
Judgment: Good cut.

Michaelangelo McCullar – You tell me you’re serious about the Cruiser division, and then you cut arguably the best worker from that division. This would upset me more, but it didn’t surprise me, as Vince could give a flying f*ck about anyone on his roster under 220. And don’t give me this “Akio didn’t speak English” argument. Tajiri didn’t, but they gave him Regal and got him over. Creative was too damn lazy to find something to get Akio over.
Judgment: Bad cut.

David Brashear – Akio falls into the same category as Shannon. Cruiserweight with gobs of talent, but never shows much charisma on TV. His best gimmick was as part of Kyo Dai, and he’s just kind of been there since Tajiri headed over to Raw. I hate to see him go, but I see him fitting perfectly into TNA’s X Division or a workrate-based company like Ring of Honor.
Judgment: Bad cut.

David Heath (Gangrel)

Dan Hevia – Honestly, what could they have done with him? Now that Viscera has become the mack daddy, there really isn’t a way to reintroduce Gangrel to the crowd.
Judgment: Good Cut

Tom Pandich – Gangrel was a cheesy gimmick, but heck, I liked him. He could have played a good role in house shows pulling the whole bloodbath gimmick and doing dark matches.
Judgment: Bad cut

Eric S – He was still under contract?
Judgment: Good cut

Bambi Weavil – I didn’t even understand he still had a contract.
Judgment: Good cut.

Michaelangelo McCullar – Were they ever planning to reform the Brood? Then he had no place on the roster.
Judgment: Good cut.

David Brashear – Let’s face it. Gangrel was under a developmental deal, but he was no 20-year old. I’m not sure of his age, but I’d put him somewhere in the neighborhood of 35. I was glad to hear they were giving him another chance like they did Viscera, but this one just didn’t pan out.
Judgment: Good cut.

Billy Kidman

Dan Hevia – I agree with everyone who thought he would have a job as long as Torrie was showing her thing in Playboy for WWE and looking good in a bikini. But when you can’t even do your own finisher, you suck. Plus, with all the whores they are bringing in now, Torrie will become passe and get her walking papers too.
Judgment: Good Cut

Tom Pandich – He’s done nothing as of late other than take up a spot in those cruiserweight clusterf*cks. With the Mexicools around, those spots are now taken. Hopefully this’ll be a good wake up call for Kidman.
Judgment: Good cut

Eric S – Everyone knows how much I loathe Kidman, so I can’t really make a rational judgment on his cutting. So let’s just summarize: no personality whatsoever. “Beneficiary” of the worst heel turn of 2004. Way past his prime. Outclassed by most of the cruisers on the roster.
Judgment: There is a God

Bambi Weavil – I was kinda surprised, they keep his wife who in my mind, has ran her course in the WWE, but let him go. It’s extremely interesting they aren’t leaving as a pair. I wonder how that will affect their relationship. Good luck to him.
Judgment: Good cut – because he hasn’t been marketed correctly and doesn’t seem to connect like the other cruiserweights.

Michaelangelo McCullar – Eric S. likes to talk about “Mount Perpetually Over”. Well, Kidman was King of “Mount Perpetually Never Over”. No matter what they did, whether it be here or WCW, it just seemed like Kidman could never fully connect with the fans. The closest he got was when he tagged with London, and in their infinite wisdom, they broke the team up WAY too early when Kidman almost killed Chavo with his SSP of Doom to turn him heel. He’ll be fine in the X Division.
Judgment: Good cut.

David Brashear – Kidman was a shocker. I would’ve figured that Torrie would have been able to keep him safe. Still, Kidman’s never shown much charisma on the mic and they haven’t been able to come up with anything for him since his feud with Paul London ended.
Judgment: Good cut (only since I’d say that Juvi, Psicosis, and Super Crazy are taking his spot)

Spike Dudley

Dan Hevia – I always liked Spike, as I always think he makes things look nasty as all hell. When he takes a bump, I feel it at home. That’s what got him over for me. But, according to his comments, he wasn’t having too much fun there. So good luck to him.
Judgment: Bad for WWE, Good for Spike

Tom Pandich – The boss gimmick didn’t work without the Dudleyz and he’s worked the heavyweight style for so long that it’s tough to see him as a cruiser anymore. He’s grown stale as hell. Hopefully a change of scenery will make him a bit better.
Judgment: Good cut

Bambi Weavil – Another case of working hard in ECW then WWE and being misused generally in the last year and used briefly for ECW purposes and being let go after WWE gets what they want. I’m sure he will do well in the indies
Judgment: Bad cut.

David Brashear – Again, I’d have thought that Heyman, the other Dudleys, and the renewed ECW interest would have kept him safe. Having said that, I was never a big fan of the whole “Boss” character and I have to admit that Spike just doesn’t have the skills needed to be a WWE cruiserweight.
Judgment: Good Cut

Kevin Fertig

Dan Hevia – He was dead in the water the moment Mordecai died. The fact that he was still getting paid up until now is a testament to the fact that Jim Ross needs to take his old job back and get that skateboard riding bitch Johnny Ace out of there.
Judgment: Good Cut

Tom Pandich – Who? Seriously though… who? Mordecai was dead in the water once he stepped into the ring. He’s been pretty worthless so I’ll be shedding no tears for this one. Ok maybe one… I’ll miss you Kev…
Judgment: Good Cut

Eric S – You know, I feel sorry for the guy. He was absolutely destroyed by the Mordecai gimmick. Terry Taylor could barely survive the Red Rooster because he had a long career already established. This guy didn’t have that advantage. I hope he does well in the indies, I really do, because no one deserves to suffer like he has.
Judgment: Good cut.

Bambi Weavil – Who? Okay I just looked him up – yeah, good cut, only because WWE can’t write out of a paper bag anymore, so I hope he does well in the indies because he has a decent look. Mordecai the character however never clicked with me.
Judgment: Good cut

Michaelangelo McCullar – Will be best remembered for laying quite possibly the biggest egg in recent memory with Mordecai. I have no clue what the guy can really do, but it wasn’t going to be for Vince.
Judgment: Good cut.

David Brashear – Sorry, guy. You blew your chance when you came up as Mordecai. I do have to admit, I wonder if this and the Dudleys aren’t related to the issues they’d all had with Jim Cornette. Could talent relations be sending a message?
Judgment: Good cut.

Hiroko

Dan Hevia – I’m not racist, but other than partner her up with Tajiri, what could they have done with her now that Kenzo’s gone?
Judgment: Good Cut

Tom Pandich – One of the few non-cookie cutter divas on the staff as far as I’m concerned. She could have easily served as a vallet for another wrestler or maybe with a little work, could have served a purpose in the woman’s division. The diva line-up is way too similar to cut one of the few ethnically diverse workers on staff.
Verdict- Bad cut

David Brashear – Let’s face it. When Kenzo went, so did all her reasons for being with the company.
Judgment: Good cut

Thoughts On Brock Lesnar

Dan Hevia – Brock Lesnar’s return has me baffled. Not from a business point of view though. WWE would probably get raped in court for their no compete clauses, and they would lose a ton of money to boot. It’s a good move because the guy has boatloads of talent and he seems resigned to the fact that wrestling is where it’s at for him. I do think that he will have to do some work to get a good spot back, but that depends on where he goes. If it’s Raw, he has to fight the demon that is Triple H. He’ll have an easier go of it on Smackdown. The thing that baffles me is that WWE is using the internet to get the message out. I’ll go in depth on my thoughts on this in the Thursday Pulse.

Tom Pandich – I’d hire him despite being a complete asshole. He’s a great big man, and can serve as great enhancement talent for the next two years before Vince tosses the title back on him. He’s got the look, he’s young, and he’ll have huge heat when he gets back. Plus, since his ass is on the line, expect him to be motivated as hell. If he comes back, expect the entire IWC (with the exception of a few writers on this site) to be giving him verbal felatio by the end of the year.

Eric S – I don’t want to see him back. I never bought into him the first time. Now we have an instant upper-carder on the Smackdown side, which doesn’t need another one at this point, even a heel, which Lesnar couldn’t help but being. Total waste of space and airtime. This isn’t a good thing for WWE, because this one will get through to even the marks that Vince will do anything for money. It’s exposure of the business at the highest level. It’s almost as disgusting as bringing Wife-Beater out to pop the crowd. As for what’s going to happen to him, it’s irrelevant, really. If they plug him in as a face, he’s going to get booed out of the building. If they plug him in as a heel, he’ll get X-Pac Heat. Let’s just hope that he’s gone by Survivor Series.

Bambi Weavil – Bad, bad idea. I have no desire to see him return because wrestling fans don’t have that short of a memory. He goes to football, refuses to sign wrestling items because he was ashamed to be associated with wrestling, fails at football and here he comes back with a new attitude? When he was here for the first run, he didn’t even appreciate it then – and he didn’t work his way up like other guys have to. If he comes back, he goes straight to the bottom, I think there is something to be said about having to earn your way back in. WWE doesn’t need him back at all, there was no demand for him to return and I feel you cut all of the crew that were let go in the past two days, no matter where they were on totem pole they at least worked, and you let a guy back in based on his actions as a poor decision in how you respect the sport in general. Apparently you can sue WWE and still be let into good graces.

Michaelangelo McCullar – I’m all for it. I know people will complain he doesn’t deserve it, that he showed no respect for the business. So what? Brock did what a lot of people that have too much too soon handed to them do: he imploded. But with the myriad of multiple chances Vince has given to guys with drug habits and guys who show their spouses the backs of their hands, you’re really going to argue with me that Brock coming back is objectionable? Let’s look at what he brings to the table. He’s easily the best big man worker they would have. He can work a mat classic with Angle or Benoit, and he can brawl with Batista and Taker. He’s got the charisma and mic skills. He can be plugged into a number of scenarios that would generate matches people would want to see. I don’t think Vince needs to put the belt on him when he walks through the door. But I hope Vince isn’t bringing him in to job him out to the Brooklyn Brawler. The guy took his shot at the NFL and missed. I don’t think that’s grounds for a lifetime ban from the ring.