News broke today that WWE NXT Season 2 winner Kaval was released.
Kaval, formerly known as Low-Ki, was an immensely successful wrestler on the indy circuit and has wrestled for TNA and ROH. While the man was incredibly talented, his release is no surprise.
The beginning of the end was clear when Drew McIntyre buried the little guy in a squash that came out of nowhere and really did nothing to advance McIntyre at all. I was surprised by this, as old Drew has had nothing for him since this legal issues and release of his wife, Tiffany.
Why is Kaval's release not surprising? The man just wasn't WWE material. Plain and simple. I had the pleasure of seeing him live in a dark match at a Smackdown taping and I know how good he is, but that doesn't really matter.
They say small guys have a tough time getting over in WWE. That's certainly true, and even truer when we look at how tough it is for young faces to get over.
What do guys like Sheamus, Wade Barrett and The Miz have in common? Huge? No, they're all heels.
Kaval also lacked mic abilities. I enjoyed him on NXT, though he had a fairly boring personality. His strong work ethic is something that's suited more for Ring of Honor and not for WWE.
Kaval is a wrestler who thrives on long, drawn-out matches. Daniel Bryan is very similar in that aspect, though he seems to be growing a personality.
Is WWE going to give him long matches? Nope. Kaval should go back to Ring of Honor where guys like Homicide, Christopher Daniels, Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin went after their respective companies told them to get lost.
So here we have Kaval, a small wrestler with no mic skills who also happens to be a face. Is his release shocking?
No, not at all.