For the first time on Raw last night, the Funkasaurus got a spot in the main event.
Well, even though his match against the Big Show was billed as the last of the night, the bell never rang, and Show destroyed Clay, Kofi Kingston, and R-Truth.
At the beginning of the night, it was interesting to see Brodus finally get what seemed to be a match that mattered. The WWE is now touting his 22-0 win streak, but for the most part, the biggest name he has beaten is The Miz, who currently finds himself in the doghouse.
So the question remains: just how high up can the Funkasaurus climb on Monday Night Raw?
Over the first five months of Brodus Clay's new gimmick, he has provided a hell of a lot of laughs and an excessive amount of squashes. The man is entertaining in his look, jiggling around just about every chance he gets. But just how long will it be until the audience is tired of that? And will he have made any progress at that point?
In the past, the majority of successful main event talents have needed a gimmick alteration to get to the top. The Rock was originally happy-go-lucky Rocky Maivia, and the fans eventually hated him for it. Triple H started as Hunter Hearst Helmsley, the Connecticut Blue-blood who displayed fantastic etiquette. Stone Cold Steve Austin was "stunning" before he became the man.
For Brodus Clay, this is technically his second gimmick on television. Last year, he served as the menacing bodyguard for Alberto Del Rio and disappeared after suffering a brutal cut from a ladder at Extreme Rules. Now from Planet Funk, Clay has been doing as good a job as anyone could have asked with the gimmick he has been handed.
Still, if Brodus wants to make it to the top, which is what every superstar on the roster should have as an ultimate goal, it's hard to imagine a dancing Funkasaurus headlining a PPV. The delicate balance will soon begin a gimmick change once the fans decide they're not too hot about a 380-pound dancer.
Probably two of the most successful, yet ridiculous, gimmicks come in the form of Santino Marella and Eugene. Through all of his hilarious comments, Santino has managed to hold the U.S. and Intercontinental titles, and he came very close to winning the World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber. Eugene was given a gimmick as a "special" person and actually had a pretty prominent feud with Triple H after getting over huge with the crowd.
Still, the list isn't much longer, and the time in the main event just won't happen. For Clay, as long as his gimmick continues to get focus, he should run with it. In the long run, however, this is not the solution to moving towards the top of the company.
Let's enjoy it while we can. If Brodus Clay can adapt once the Funkasaurus gimmick loses steam, he has the potential to make it as a main-event talent down the road.
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