There is nothing innovative or ground-breaking about Damien Sandow’s character, nor is it original. The gimmick of a self-obsessed, intellectual narcissist has been one that has been all too many times. In fact a similar gimmick was used for ‘The Genius’ Lanny Poffo, although he mainly spoke in rhymes and acted in an effeminate way, Sandow speaks deeply about subjects such as entertainment and sophistication.
Hopefully this will allow the ‘Self-professed Intellectual Savior of the Unwashed Masses’ to be taken more seriously and not become a jobber like Randy’s brother. But there’s something about the way Sandow carries himself and speaks that makes you believe that this isn’t just a character he is playing, but an extension of his actual self.
It’s these kind of wrestlers that usually make it big in this industry as the fans can believe in them as individuals they can relate, although Sandow probably not trying to do that with his gimmick. When Damien speaks you don’t get the sense that there is any smoke an mirrors going on and that he is actually that well-spoken and articulate. If this isn’t true he has quite a good career in acting ahead him.
In the ring he is also very gifted, although he sticks mainly to very basic moves such as elbow drops, neckbreakers, knee smashes, etc he always add his own style of flair or aggression to the moves that makes it seem unique, and the arrogant covers make him easy to hate (or love in my case). When you compare this to the composed, intellectual Sandow that you hear outside the ring it all adds to what looks like is going to be a well-rounded character.
For those that were unconvinced by his wrestling ability should now understa d the hype surrounding him after his recent match against Sheamus on Raw recently, which shows that he certainly has what it takes to compete at the very top level of this industry.
He also stands an excellent chance of making something of himself in WWE as some of his biggest supporters backstage include Vince McMahon and Triple H, the latter of which has apparently considers him to be his ‘next big project’ if dirt sheets are anything to be believed. And it is easy to see why. At 6ft 4in tall and weighing around 250lbs he fits the mould big athletic guys they usually invest most of their time and money in, coupled with his impressive mic skills make him a safe bet when devoting TV time to him develop hone his craft.
What also works in his favour is his characters quest to “cleanse the WWE of its ignorance” gives the WWE plenty of choice when it comes to wrestlers to put him in a programme with e.g. Zack Ryder, Brodus Clay and after RAW 1000 even Triple H himself.
Sandow’s star is only going to continue rising and will make him a big time player in the WWE for years to come I’m sure, and you what, he’s welcome.