Evan Bourne: A Dead End Superstar?
This isn't so much a well planned, thought out article, more of an out of the blue rant. Enjoy.
Ever since Evan Bourne debuted on ECW as Matt Sydal, I have watched his career closely.
I watched every ECW match, night after night, amazing performances against the likes of Tyson Kidd and John Morrison and I remember saying to myself "Wow we're going to have a world champ in a few years with this kid", now over two years on, he seems no close to that preidiction.
Further away if anything.
Now in wrestling I favour the little guys, arguably HBK, Rey Mysterio, X-Pac, Billy Kidman, and arguably Eddie Guerrero were always my favourites and for years we seen nobody with real talent in the cruiserweight division.
Sure Paul London and Brian Kendrick brought a unique spark to wrestling but no major talent. Chavo Guerrero is always fun to watch but he's been buried into the ground.
Then I seen Evan Bourne, during a lack luster period of wrestling, Bourne, Swagger and Tyson Kidd revamped ECW into a great show all about youth but Bourne was the one who stood out for me.
The three guys had the perfect mix of Speed (Bourne), Power (Swagger), and Technical Ability (Kidd) and I still feel they should be the three main guys in the company in a matter of years.
But every time Bourne enthusiastically made his entrance, I could sense we were in for another amazing performance, and he never failed to deliver.
He takes huge bumps, he sells well, his high flying athleticism is jaw dropping, what's not to love?
Granted he's had limited mic time so that may be a problem, but what's stopping his push?
Is he lazy? No, reports say he's one of the hardest workers backstage.
Is he not willing to take the hits? Of course he is, he takes massive bumps from guys like Sheamus and sells them exellantly.
Then what? I honestly tried really hard to find a reason and all I could come up with was experience.
If that is the problem, then give him the damn experience, throw him into a heated feud, push him towards the US Title, team him with a established star.
Say for example some Raw we're having yet another Face vs Heel tag match as the main event, throw him in it with two of the main faces as a way for him to work with the big dogs.
Personally I would like to see him feud with Kane, in a "overcome the odds" kind of feud, maybe involve a diva. This would give him exposure to PPV's, as well as getting him more over with the crowd if he saved a damsel in distress.
Next I would move him to the Intercontinental Title, (Draft impending) feud with Drew McIntyre, hold the title with numerous defenses against established opponents.
Feud him with a mid-top card star, such as a proper feud with Sheamus not just squash match. Or possibly be involved in a face stable to take on the SES?
Gradually working his way towards facing off with Swagger for a world title someday.
I can't see any reason for Swagger deserving the title more than Bourne because neither have had meaningful pushes yet Bourne gets stuck facing the liks of Chavo, Zack Ryder and Paul Burchill.
This guy has massive talent and if WWE don't use him soon, I could see a move to TNA were honestly he could walk into the main event scene with his talent, and that would be a huge huge loss to WWE.
So, the ball's in your court creative staff, you have the talent, do something with it.
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