WWE News: Brodus Clay Described as 'Unsafe and Reckless' by Vince McMahon

Drake Oz@drakeozbrSenior Writer IIFebruary 23, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

Brodus Clay must have called his momma and asked to go home because he’s been completely absent from WWE TV for the last few weeks. 

After returning to the WWE a couple of months ago with a repackaged gimmick as the goofy, dancing “Funkasaurus,” Clay seemed slated for a decent push as a comedic character. But his push completely died suddenly and without warning, and he’s now sitting back by himself on Planet Funk. 

There were rumblings that Clay was taken off of TV because of struggles in the ring, and now comes a report that Vince McMahon used some harsh words to describe his in-ring work. 

From the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestleNewz.com)

It was reported last week that Brodus Clay was removed from television due to Vince McMahon’s unhappiness with the voluminous grappler’s ring work. To add further detail, the WWE head believes he’s unsafe and reckless in the ring; he doesn’t want him competing until his ring work is brought up to par. 

Eyebrows were raised backstage about McMahon pushing forth talent safety since Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes competed on this week’s Raw SuperShow hurt. 

If Vince thinks Brodus Clay is “unsafe and reckless,” then I wonder what he thinks about Alicia Fox’s ridiculously sloppy ring work? 

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I never really noticed Clay’s in-ring work to be any more dangerous than anyone else on the roster, and if he was a little stiffer than most superstars are, it seems like we would have heard some sort of complaints about him by now. Not to mention that the dude is almost 400 pounds, and he’s probably naturally a little bit rougher in the ring. 

Assuming I’m wrong, though, and that Clay really is a liability in the ring, I just don’t understand how Vince didn’t notice it before bringing him back to the main roster. 

If Clay was unsafe in the ring once he made his way back to the main roster, then he was obviously unsafe before then, and his return and subsequent push probably never should have happened in the first place. 

Now, I wish it didn’t. 

Clay’s “Funkasaurus” character was a fun and unique gimmick that got over incredibly quickly, and I was excited to see where it would go and how it would evolve. 

But it turned out to be nothing more than a tease, and we don’t know if we’ll ever see the only living, breathing Funkasaurus back in a WWE ring.

Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter and ask him any wrestling-related questions on Formspring.