Over the next month and a half, I will be profiling Superstars from the WWE's Developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling. This will not include guys who have been on WWE TV for an extended period of time, with the exception of WWE NXT.
These FCW Superstars have stood out from the rest of the pack, and many will become future WWE Superstars. You may have heard of many but may not be familiar with others. Thursday night, I began the series with FCW tag team The Los Aviadores. To read that, click here.
For today, I will be profiling a man we have seen on WWE NXT, Percy Watson.
Percy Watson (real name Nick McNeil) graduated from Western Carolina University. He was a three-time all-conference football player.
As a sophomore, he led his team with 10 sacks. Then the following year, he led the entire conference in fumble recoveries. And lastly, he finished his college career by finishing fourth all-time in tackles-for-loss in WCU history. Now I'm guessing you're asking me why he didn't play in the NFL, right?
Well, he did. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, before bouncing around with numerous other teams. However, McNeil would soon find himself out of the league, like many other small-college, undrafted rookies do.
After disappearing from the spotlight for a while , McNeil would sign with WWE developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling.
Several gimmick changes later, McNeil would find himself with a new ring name, Percy Watson. Watson would join fellow former NXT rookie Darren Young and form a tag team known as the "South Beach Party Boys."
Isn't it funny that FCW has better teams than the WWE? However, I digress.
Watson would soon find himself at a loss of a tag-team partner, when Darren Young joined the Season 1 cast of NXT. But not to worry, Watson would be on the next season of this odd mix of scripted and reality television.
Under the same gimmick, Watson would immediately connect with the fans. He was a fun-loving guy, who had an easy-to-remember catchphrase: Oh yeah!
Watson would also prove he wasn't half-bad in the ring, especially considering he'd only been wrestling since 2009.
His WWE pro was MVP, who displayed his scruffy-vet type gimmick and had good chemistry with Watson.
Despite this, Watson finished fifth on NXT and would be called back to FCW.
Now, what does the future hold for Percy Watson?
He has proven he can get over with the crowd, even if just with a small audience on WWE NXT. And with the roster cuts coming, Watson could be one to fill a mid-card role when called up.
He could reform the "South Beach Party Boys" with Darren Young, who is back on WWE NXT Season 5 (redemption), battling for a spot on Season 6..
Speaking of tag teams, it isn't out of the question that MVP could return to the WWE sometime soon. MVP is said to be on good terms with WWE and has hinted at a return after his stint in Japan is over.
If this were to happen, Watson could team up with MVP or even have a nice feud with him. Either way, the two have chemistry that if in the same place at the same time again, should be capitalized on.
If going the singles route, Watson could easily be placed on Smackdown and be placed in the Intercontinental Championship picture, as Smackdown could be low on faces.
We have seen similar gimmicks work. Just look at Kofi Kingston, who is also a fun-loving face. Now that is really where the similarities between the two end, but you get my point. Gimmicks like Watson's have worked before.
So, enough of me. What do you think of Watson? Do you like the idea of him reforming a team with Darren Young? Or if he returns, could a program with MVP suit Watson well?
Perhaps you like the idea of Watson going the singles route on Friday Night Smackdown. Or possibly you don't like Watson at all and think he should never reach the "big leagues."