First and foremost, they appeared on the January 4th edition of Monday Night RAW. In a solid segment â€¦ and Heath Slater won his match against Dolph Ziggler. They announced their stable, and they have the WWE Universe buzzing.
In all seriousness, the night they debuted, I began wondering â€¦ where is all of this going? Will they be jobbers? Will they drastically change their characters to form a faction that can be taken seriously? That first night, when they passed around the mic, introducing themselves, I have to admit, I felt the promo seemed awkward, and I wasnâ€™t too impressed. Fast forward, I recently watched their interview with Michael Cole (the weekly sit down one he produces for WWE.com); and I was impressed.
I was impressed, because, I was genuinely entertained. I was impressed, because they are staying true to their Social Outcast name. Slater, Axel, Rose, and Dallas (Iâ€™m strictly talking characters, not real-life talent) are a bunch of meat heads, and they played these personas out flawlessly during the interview. If they continue with this shtick, they will achieve a level of success that may not have been attainable otherwise.
Listen, not every WWE superstar has to break history records, or win gold to be memorable, considered ground-breaking, or to stay in the hearts of fans. However, every WWE superstar should have a goal to entertain their audiences; and the Social Outcasts are just that, entertaining. More often than not, sports entertainment is such a farce, because everything is taken too seriously. So much so, that it becomes ridiculous. The beauty of the Social Outcasts gimmick is, they can walk that fine line, but add a humorous element to it; and we all need some comic relief within the WWE programming, from time-to-time. Iâ€™m thinking Goldust (2003ish on), and of course, Santino Marella are fine examples of this. Goldust to me, stands out for his innovative character, and taking a chance on doing something that was well beyond his time â€“ and heâ€™s WWE Hall of Fame material for debuting Goldust to begin with. Still, evolving that crazy character into something that was comedic, was truly unique, and entertaining (as well as HOF worthy), in its own right. In addition, Marella may have not broken any records, but his shtick, and brilliance when it comes to entertaining WWE crowds with his humor (rather than aggression) has truly helped him etch his way into the hearts of WWE fans. They say comedy is all about timing, and Marella proved this time and time again.
Do I think Social Outcasts will be a force to be reckoned with? No. Will they break WWE history records? I doubt it. Will they hold any type of WWE gold? Maybe, but probably not anytime soon. However, the good news is, they are entertaining. And if they are entertaining, fans will want to watch them; and if fans want to watch them, then they will stay on WWE programming, and perhaps get people to buy their merchandise. If all this happens, then they wonâ€™t fall into irrelevancy; which is what all four talents were on the cusp of, prior to all this.
My only question is, why wasnâ€™t Damien Sandow placed into this mix? #MissingSandow