WWE Chronicles: 5 Oversaturated Vignettes That Never Lived Up to the Hype
In order to really create buzz for a debuting superstar, it is important to garner anticipation, especially through vignettes.
Superstars such as Alberto Del Rio have benefited greatly from weeks of vignettes to promote their debut. Del Rio ultimately became a two-time WWE Champion and two-time World Heavyweight Champion, winning Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank in just a three-year span on the main roster.
However, even with a number of vignettes, some superstars simply do not live up to the hype of being worth the time spent on making the footage. Unfortunately, the hype dies down, and they no longer become relevant in the WWE.
Here are five superstars who fall into the category of: We cared for a split second, but only for a split second.
In 2004, Marty Wright had an opportunity to earn a WWE contract by trying out for Tough Enough. However, there were age restrictions of the prospects that were trying out. Wright, being asked about his age, lied and said he was 30 when he actually was 40.
Despite this, Wright was still offered a WWE contract less than a year later, and he debuted on SmackDown after weeks of creepy promos. During his stint, he somehow managed to have marquee matches at the 2006 Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 22, squashing two former world champions, JBL and Booker T, respectively.
After that, his career spiraled.
His only notable feud after his major push was against Finlay, culminating in a Boogeyman/Little Boogeyman vs. Finlay/Hornswoggle match at No Way Out in 2007.
Boogeyman was officially released in early 2009.
Gaining a fair amount of success in the WCW as "Dangerous" Danny Spivey—as a member of the Varsity Club and the Skyscrapers team along with Sid Vicious—he debuted for his second stint in the WWE in 1995. This time, he was known as Waylon Mercy.
Upon his debut after a series of weird vignettes, Mercy would shake people's hands, portraying a friendly gentleman, before attacking them and eventually winning the match.
But this only worked with mainly jobbers.
His bigger feuds with Razor Ramon, Savio Vega, and Diesel never managed to work out in his favor, and he was released from the WWE the very same year he debuted.
Billed as a strongman based on his success in bodybuilding competitions, Brakus become a WWE superstar in 1996. He targeted some of the top names to go after during promos on Raw, but that never came to fruition, as he was let go within a year.
He somehow returned to be a participant in the infamous WWE Brawl for All in 1998. This was indeed a terrible idea, as he was pummeled by Savio Vega in the first round.
After having marginal success in TNA in 2003 as a member of James Mitchell's Disciples of the New Church stable, he received a WWE contract a few years later.
After months of promos, Sinn—now named Kizarny—debuted on SmackDown, defeating MVP during his notable losing steak in 2009. However, this is as much noise as Kizarny would ever make in the WWE.
Just a couple months later, nobody cared anymore, and he was released.
"Hear me. Fear me."
Didn't last long enough to be feared.
In 2004, a host of vignettes promoting a character named Mordecai hit the WWE airwaves, leading to his debut at the appropriately-named Judgment Day pay-per-view. At the PPV, he defeated Scotty 2 Hotty. After that, nothing else blossomed from the character, other than sending some warnings to Eddie Guerrero that never manifested.
At least he came back as another character, Kevin Thorn, and had a match at WrestleMania 23. However, that didn't last long either.
With some of the hottest buzz of recent WWE history, The Wyatt Family is scheduled to debut on Raw. The hype of this group has been through the roof, even leading to the very last part of Raw being another vignette.
With the bar that the WWE is setting for this group, these three should be destined to be some of the top names of the company. However, as you saw from all the vignettes in this article, this is a promise that the WWE does not always keep.
Let's hope that The Wyatt Family does not fall into this group of former WWE superstars and actually gets properly booked to become a successful group for the years to come.
Do you think that all the promos have helped or hurt the expectations for The Wyatt Family? What other superstars did not live up to their debut vignettes? Comment (civilly) below.