Managing Unrest: My Take on the Reasons Behind Goldust's Release from WWE
On Monday, I wrote something of a tribute to Goldust after his recent release from the WWE. However, at the time, the reasons behind his release had not been disclosed and thus, I did not take them into consideration when writing my article. Had I known the reasons, my article probably would have had more curses.
From FWOnline (via WrestlingInc.com):
The belief is that Goldust was responsible for coming up with the spot on SmackDown where Yoshi Tatsu took a double-team powerbomb finisher from Darren Young and Titus O'Neil. Tatsu landed bad and the bump was said to look even worse live than it did on TV.
Young and O'Neil were not in action on the May 4th SmackDown but did work this week's tapings, using a different finishing move.
I'll admit, I would have to see the spot in question in order to know the full details. There are a lot of moves that could be considered a "double-team powerbomb." However, there is not a single variation I can imagine or find on YouTube that shouldn't be manageable for two 250-pound men working for the company that's supposedly the premiere wrestling organization in the world.
There are 190-pound guys, or smaller even, on the independents who can pull off double-team spots the average fan wouldn't ever imagine. It isn't even wholly a matter of strength, but also the ability of the dude taking the spot to bump or assist in the lift, whether through jumping or posting off the opponent. Therefore, some of the responsibility would have to rest on Tatsu as well.
That doesn't mean that things don't go wrong on the independents. Hell, given indie wrestlers' free reign to utilize a much wider arsenal of moves than is allowed in the WWE, things probably do go wrong for them more often.
But why would the blame fall on a backstage manager who only came up with the spot? If you're a professional wrestler on the WWE's main roster, you should be able to handle even more complex moves than a double-team powerbomb.
I also don't understand why the WWE would stick with a pair of wrestlers who are greener than guys they have down in FCW who are chomping at the bit for a shot at the main roster. They have good charisma, I'll give them that. But why set the standard of ring work so low when they have so much more at their disposal?
Honestly, I don't think anyone needs to be punished in this situation. They botched a spot—big deal. Accidents happen. It doesn't sound like Yoshi Tatsu's been injured, or at least no news has come out to that effect. Just change the finisher (they reportedly already did for last night's SmackDown taping) and move on.
I'll make a few concessions: I don't know and I don't think anyone else quite knows the particular finisher in question. So for all we know, Goldust could have concocted some crazy new move that would make even the highest flyer take pause. However, knowing WWE's limitations on moves and having a pretty good grasp of what "double-team powerbomb" could mean, that doesn't seem likely.
Hopefully, Goldust can find whatever he's looking for professionally on the independents. Or perhaps he'll just take this as an opportunity for some R&R. Either way, I hope this incident doesn't muddle his or anyone else's career any further.
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