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Ah yes, the next wave of third-generation superstars, starting with Bo Dallas (aka Bo Rotunda), IRS’s other kid. We’ll have to see if he measures up to the considerable bar set by his brother.
The first thing I notice about him: These promos skills are going to need some serious TLC.
His opening promo: While the content was not bad (a little too generic babyface, a little cheesy, but it gave us a clear idea of who he is), the delivery is a little too…how can I put this?
A little too Rob Van Dam.
He needs to show some more emotion when he speaks—that opening promo was just begging to be cut by someone like Ric Flair or even Dusty Rhodes (especially the rhyming, which someone like Flair could make work).
However, Dallas delivered it in a way that made you think of a surfer dude lounging on the beach—I could almost imagine him ending it with a “cool, bro.” He needs to quickly resolve where his character is going, laid back or high-impact.
I think he needs to go the southerner, fiery route and pick up the emotion in his promos, because what you notice immediately about him in the ring is that this brother can go.
He is obviously a very good worker and technician, but he is not as good as Kaval, Daniel Bryan or even Alex Riley were early on, and some of his move set is a bit too methodical (and almost a bit too heel-ish), and he needs a more original finisher than a spear.
However, there is tremendous upside to Dallas when he steps into the ring. Regal and Ross commented a lot about his “fire” and “energy” and “temper” (though I didn’t see a ton of any of those three things in his debut match) and I think if he keeps going with that, he can do very well.
However, while he can do well, the matter of whether he will do well depends on how he tweaks his promo skills. If he’s going to fly high—and I think he will, seeing as how WWE loves to push guys with bloodlines—he needs to start making his personality a bit more energetic to match the rest of his persona.
If not, he seems like he might start going down the Rocky Maivia track, and that’s a place you don't want to go.