In a recent enlightening episode of "Oh You Didn't Know," WWE aficionado and Hall of Famer "Road Dogg" Brian James delved deep into the world of wrestling talent. When quizzed about potential additions to the WWE roster from other promotions, James offered insights that are bound to get wrestling enthusiasts talking.
Always one to prioritize marketability, James remarked, "When I think about prospective talents for WWE, I’m keen on identifying who could be the most marketable." He was candid in admitting that no one currently stands out as a must-have for WWE.
This sentiment speaks volumes about WWE's current talent bank, especially given the impressive WrestleMania 40 ticket sales which indicate their stronghold in the wrestling universe. However, a name that notably surfaced in the conversation was CM Punk of AEW.
Having had a significant nine-year stint with WWE from 2005 to 2014, Punk's potential return was of keen interest. James conceded, "Punk rejoining WWE would be a seismic event. But my inclination towards him is not just based on his wrestling prowess but rather his controversial stature in the current wrestling narrative." He believes that Punk’s current image and reputation would be "good for business," likely sparking debates and pulling audiences.
Punk's Unique WWE Appeal
Drawing comparisons with other talents like The Young Bucks, MJF, and Matt Cardona, James was somewhat reserved. While acknowledging their skills, he said, "None of them possess that unique 'blow my mind' factor." Similarly, FTR’s return was discussed.
James posited, "FTR's return would create a buzz in the wrestling community, but I'm skeptical about a significant spike in ratings." He believes CM Punk operates on a distinct pedestal, a cut above the rest. Emphasizing his point, James said, "Were I in a position to pick, Punk would be my first choice.
While FTR is commendable, especially in strengthening the tag team division, my eyes are set on the bigger picture with Punk." James rounded off his thoughts with a nod to Nick and Matt Jackson's work, but added a candid caveat: "Their wrestling style is commendable, but personally, I wouldn’t invest to see them in WWE." For WWE fans and pundits, James’ perspective offers food for thought.
As the wrestling landscape constantly evolves, it'll be interesting to see how these discussions shape future decisions.