Bo Dallas' Character Is WWE Poking Fun at Generic Characters

Justin LaBarFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2014

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The Bo Dallas character is WWE making fun of it before the audience can.

We've been seeing these vignettes air with video of birds flying, people running, space rockets taking off, marriages and kids getting wisdom from grandpa as Dallas narrates how you just need to “BO-lieve.” It's so bad it's comical.

I wish WWE would put old footage from the XFL in one of these vignettes. 

The WWE Universe had a two-week experience with Dallas back in January 2013. He eliminated Wade Barrett from the Royal Rumble, and the two had another scuffle on Raw. Dallas then disappeared back to NXT.

When I saw Dallas for those two weeks, I viewed him the way WWE is forcing me to view him now: a young, generic-looking wrestler who I couldn't pick out of a crowd. A guy with great family pedigree, but someone I really couldn't summarize in one sentence.

It's always harder to get over as a babyface than as a heel. Easier to be hated than loved. Every wrestler deals with this. It takes something special to get a true babyface reaction. WWE could have tried to push Dallas as a face, but it likely would have been met with resistance from the audience anyway.

By doing these promos, they've created an identity for him already and should have some heat built up for him when he finally makes his on-camera debut.

He walks out with his plain white boots, pointing his thumbs with the video of an eagle soaring behind him. It's a simple thing to understand and dislike. I can picture Vince McMahon in the back chuckling at the ridiculous level of positivity the Bo Dallas character has.

A Dolph Ziggler would be a fitting babyface opponent for him. Ziggler is very much over as a babyface with any audience. Anyone opposing him can get simple heat. Ziggler has come a long with his ability to call a match and would be a good leader in the ring with Dallas. Plus, Ziggler will sell better than anyone at the right time, and that can only help the entire match presentation with Dallas.

Dallas being given this cookie-cutter, cheesy-words-of-motivation gimmick is like a modern-day Rocky Maivia; except this time, WWE's doing it on purpose.

I think it's a smart move for WWE to try and stay ahead of a predictable audience. I'm certainly not suggesting Bo Dallas is going to become “The Bo” in a few years and take over Hollywood.


Justin LaBar is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the creator of the "Chair Shot Reality" video talk show and "Wrestling Reality" radio show.