In the tradition of Dude Love and Santina Marella, Titus O'Neil created an alter ego named Rufus "Pancake" Patterson, but how did WWE fans respond?
Monday's Raw opened with The Prime Time Players interrupting John Cena. O'Neil came to the ring decked out in an afro wig and a set of coveralls. He told the Pittsburgh crowd that folks call him Pancake because he flattens people.
Was the act hilarious or a flop? It depends on who you ask.
Like with most things WWE, the WWE Universe both loved and hated Pancake Patterson. Either way, it trended on Twitter, creating enough buzz for WWE to consider continuing the character.
A fan known as Bearded Theo helped explain why Pancake was so good.
Best thing on Raw tonight was Rufus Pancake Patterson. @titusoneilwwe comes from a great gene pool obviously.— Theo Luzader (@BeardedTheo) March 19, 2013
Several fans discussed giving Pancake more airtime. O'Neil would certainly be happy to be a bigger part of Raw regardless of which role he played, Pancake included.
Christopher Walder, a Toronto Raptors fan and sportswriter, even proposed that Pancake wins a title.
If Pancake's momentum continues to grow, that idea may not be so far-fetched. The Intercontinental title isn't too prestigious at this point to go to a comedy character. Refer to Santino Marella's title run for proof.
New Age Outlaw, Road Dogg chimed in on the Pancake character as well.
I worked w/ Pancake Patterson in Puerto Rico... But I think he worked under the name Waffle Washington! I worked as Crepe Carson! #breakfast— Brian G.James (@WWERoadDogg) March 19, 2013
His made-up backstory is a part of the fun that fans and WWE stars alike are having, thanks to Pancake. It's certainly not a character in the vein of Steve Austin or Randy Orton, but could be an entertaining part of Raw in the future.
Not everybody was thrilled with WWE's newest goofball character. Not everyone was having fun with it on Monday.
Rowdy Roddy Podcast was among the many folks who just didn't get the joke.
So Rufus Pancake Patterson?I'm still trying to find what this was all about.The humour of it was completely lost on me.Anyone? - Phil— Rowdy Roddy Podcast (@RowdyRoddyPodUK) March 19, 2013
It's not complicated. Pancake is just a silly bit of fun, a touch of comic relief in a world of anger, revenge and violence. We'll have to wait to see how WWE handles its newest character or if he fades out of the picture.
Judging by the buzz Pancake's appearance created, we haven’t seen the last of the elder statesmen of The Prime Time Players.