So Adam Rose is finally on WWE’s main roster. The star from NXT had been featured in vignettes over the past several weeks, hyping his debut on WWE programming. And as fans know, he finally showed up on the May 5 edition of Monday Night Raw.
The reason we expected it is due to a couple of reasons. The first surrounds the two hottest acts in WWE; The Shield and The Wyatt Family. All six men earned their stripes as WWE Superstars in NXT and all six men have now become big stars in the company.
Both factions come from different backgrounds and feature different characters. They could not be more different if they had to and yet they have both achieved more success in their short stints than perhaps anyone even dreamed possible.
And now Adam Rose has followed them to the fray. As Jerry Lee Lewis would say, ‘follow that, killer.”
Imagine the pressure on anyone coming from NXT that has to live up to the standard set by The Shield and The Wyatt Family. Adam Rose is a 19 year veteran of the business but as far as the majority of WWE’s fans are concerned, he may as well have just begun.
Will he be able to catch fire and catapult up the ladder like his NXT predecessors did?
On the flip side of that coin are guys like Fandango and Xavier Woods, who are doing a whole lot of nothing right now. Fandango came to the main roster with a lot of promise and a lot flash, just like Rose and with the exception of beating Chris Jericho at WrestleMania, he’s basically just treading water.
Xavier Woods on the other hand, is nearly drowning.
Don’t misunderstand me here; I’m not suggesting that the blame necessarily lies with either Fandango or Woods. Both men have done what they can to get over in the very competitive environment of WWE, which is no easy task. They are surrounded by first class talents that have managed to gain their own individual footholds in the company.
It would be a tall order for anyone to succeed in that world. And if you don’t believe that, just look back at the list of guys that could not make it in WWE. It’s a tough life to live and an even tougher business to live in.
All the pyro, big music and hyped gimmicks in the world do not necessarily equal success in WWE. That has always been the case before and that is most definitely the case now.
That is the game that Adam Rose has entered; a game of potential extreme highs or possible mediocrity. And make no mistake about it, he is surely very aware of how that game is played and what he must do in order to get where he wants to go. But what will WWE do to help him get there?
There are a lot of opportunities as it pertains to Rose’s gimmick. His character is unlike anything currently being featured on WWE programming and the company will certainly want to take advantage of that. Using Rose against various different Superstars and utilizing the party atmosphere to create some lighthearted entertainment is obviously the way to go here.
We’re seeing this right now as Rose has picked a fight with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. In many ways, heat with Swagger makes sense as Jack has just finished working a short program against the rising Cesaro. Jack has more than a little light on him and now Rose can capitalize on it.
But then again, Jack really does not do a lot for Rose’s forward progress. Of course it’s still early and anything can happen but when this potential feud is over with, WWE should move Rose right on to the next opponent that perhaps can help him along a little more than Swagger.
And truth be told, Rose’s character is so entertaining that putting him in the ring straight away is really not even necessary. Utilizing him in short, comical spots is likely the way that WWE plans to play this and honestly, it would be good to see what he can do in those types of spots.
As Emma’s beginning run on the main roster has proven, the Raw audience can be a lot more demanding than the NXT audience. That means Rose will perhaps have to work a little bit harder to get over in a big way. The mainstream WWE audience will be harder to please and the company is surely aware of this.
But I believe that Adam Rose has real potential. I think that he has the capacity do great things in WWE and the only question besides what will they do for him is how badly he wants it. Will he work harder than anyone in the locker room to prove he belongs like The Shield and The Wyatts?
Let the waiting game begin.
Tom Clark is a WWE Featured Columnist & Consultant for Bleacher Report, a Contributor for JBL’s Layfield Report and a Contributor for Whatculture.com
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