People have been speculating the debut of Brodus Clay for a while now. Some were anticipating seeing McMahon's newest Frankenstein while others were less than enthused. Personally, I haven't given Clay much thought other than he looks like a kid I went to high school with that used to wear nails through his ears. Cute right?
So last night was the night and most of us were thinking we'd see him tear through a superstar or two, making his presence known. So, show of hands, who predicted "Funkasaurus" and two backup dancers in catsuits? Anyone? Yeah, didn't think so.
I almost spit out my Diet Coke. I'll say it, I was shocked. McMahon pulled one over on me.
At first I was like, "WTF is this?" Surely this was a joke. However, being a lover of funk music and all things goofy, I kind of dug it.
People have speculated that this was some kind of punishment for Clay for tweeting a spoiler for his original debut against Morrison. Punishment or not, this is brilliant for a few reasons.
1. Over-the-top, in-your-face, goofball-to-the-extreme gimmicks have been absentee as of late. Sure, we have Zach Ryder and Santino Marella, but it used to be a prevalent part of the business. McMahon built the WWE on gimmicks. It was what set his promotion apart from the others. I am happy to see a crazy gimmick again, it spices things up.
2. WWE already has monster, unstoppable forces on the roster. Sure, Mark Henry, Big Show and Khali are not getting any younger, but do we really need another huge guy running around, just being big? This sets Clay apart from his older, bigger co-workers.
3. Vince pulled one over on us. Everyone was saying his debut was coming, it would be predictable; but nobody predicted the "Funkasaurus" and this wrestling fan LOVES being surprised, it is part of the magic of wrestling.
Albeit odd and a tad ridiculous, I am looking forward to seeing where the "Funkasaurus" takes us. Good one, McMahon.