With the unsuccessful World Heavyweight Championship debate, in addition to the unfortunate Ryback botch, Vince McMahon was not in good spirits during Raw. The pressure is on by the network for the three-hour Raw format to improve, primarily due to the consistent drop in ratings (h/t Wrestlinginc.com).
In the midst of all this, McMahon has apparently decided to halt the investment of the resident "Funkasaurus," Brodus Clay.
Late last year—during the authoritative reign of John Laurinaitis—the return of Brodus Clay was a buzzworthy topic, second to the "End of the World" promos which later resulted to be Chris Jericho. Each week, we would hear Laurinaitis on his cell phone speaking to someone about a return. We eventually found out that he was communicating with Clay, and the monster heel was on his way back.
But in the words of college football analyst Lee Corso, "Not So Fast, My Friend."
On Monday, January 9, Justin Roberts introduces Brodus Clay "after weeks of anticipation." But we hear a recycled version of Ernest "The Cat" Miller's WWE theme song?
Indeed we do. Not only that, but Clay appears in a total 180 compared to what was expected for his return; even to the point where he tells fans, "Oh you didn't see that coming." After the shock was over, though, as well as the swarm of critiques, his gimmick actually started to catch on.
However, he eventually was a victim of the "squash complex"—week after week beating random people, with no character direction.
He had an opportunity to redeem himself with a mini-feud with the Big Show. Unfortunately, this was too little, too late.
On Monday Night Raw, we officially saw the push derailed after Clay got squashed by US Champion Antonio Cesaro. This was indeed one of the biggest surprises of the night.
This occurrence is reported to be as a result of McMahon having no more interest in pushing the "Funkasaurus" character. Moreover, he may return to his old monster gimmick (h/t WrestlingInc.com).
If the old Brodus Clay returns, we most likely will see the end of Cameron and Naomi, one less person on the Saturday Morning Slam show, and a monster heel who will be built up for a short period of time, only to fall victim to the Tensai Effect (yes, I've coined that phrase).
So the question posed is—do you think returning to the old Brodus Clay is worth the risk?
Civilly comment below.