- Stunningly quick and agile
- Great connection with the crowd
- Still a bit green
- A little short for guys of his type
- Unclear how good he can be in an extended match
Get ready for a long entry, because this guy is something special.
There's a feeling you get when you see certain guys where it just seems like they not only have charisma but have the ability to channel it into something that excites the crowd.
It's not something I see very often, but when I watched the Sept. 26 episode of NXT, the first match I'd seen of Langston in months, he completely and utterly had it from the second he walked out of the curtain until he left.
The crowd went absolutely nuts for his five-count gimmick, chanting for it in the middle of the match, and it just worked tremendously well.
The majority of big muscular dudes don't pan out because, even though they may try their best, they just never move with enough confidence and aggression to convince you that they really are wrecking machines. A lot of big guys are like that because they're usually afraid that they'll hurt people since they're so big all the time every day and it seeps in.
Ezekiel Jackson had that issue, Bobby Lashley had that issue and overcame it towards the end, and Tensai has it big time in WWE (likely afraid to hurt main-event guys by being too stiff).
But Langston just looks great and convincing in the role. He's not tall, but he's built like a tank, and he moves unbelievably fast. Really, in charisma and style, he reminds me of a more muscular Monty Brown, and that is very much a compliment. And, apparently, Cena has taken him under his wing, which would certainly explain the progress.
He's already up on the main roster right now, acting as AJ Lee's tough and lovable bodyguard, and he is splitting his time between NXT and the main roster as they ostensibly prepare him for his in-ring career in the big leagues.
He may not be ready to be on his own just yet, but as he's already shown, he's more than ready to mix it up with the big boys. And that's just a taste of what's to come.
Prospect Grade: A
Ready For Main Roster: Yes