Make Darren Young great again.
So, it’s worth asking a fair question. Outside of the obvious play off of a 2016 US Presidential campaign slogan, does Darren Young actually have a chance to be great again? So, let’s take a look.
On one hand? I want to be the wise guy who asks the question: when was he ever great? And while it would be a wise guy-ish question to ask, it’s a fair one, and one which I believe is answered by saying¬† “he wasn’t yet great”. Harsh? Perhaps, but also accurate. Yes, he won tag titles, but he’s done relatively little of note in the singles world. His name was made either as the above mentioned tag team specialist, or as part of the initial group of NXT graduates who destroyed John Cena. And, for being the first openly gay WWE Superstar, if you choose to count that. But none of that makes him great, so this tag line is looking rather dubious.
On the other, forget that he was not yet great. Can he be made great? I have to think there’s a chance, but I don’t feel all that confident about it. I love the idea of bringing Backlund in as a crazy old life coach. I love the vignettes and the gifting of the cross-face chicken wing. But before I really get behind D-Young, I need to see this act function, live on TV, for a bit. Seriously, if he can come out, week after week, and dispatch legitimate talents in convincing fashion? I’d love to see him get a push. Especially if WWE has gotten Backlund to serve as a recurring manager type role for Young? I think the duo could be entertaining and effective. I would say the jury is still out, but I could imagine Young being a better received champion than a couple currently holding belts.
Is he great yet? No. Am I really curious to see how great he could be? Count me in.