Reinvention is the key to Innovation
Let's play a little game here. I'll
name some people and you try to figure out what
everyone of them have in common. Okay ready here we
Johnny Polo, Dean Douglas, Terra Ryzing.
The Average Wrestling Fan:
Internet Wrestling Fan:
Well they are all former World
Champions of course Johnny Polo won was a former ECW
World Champion, as was the much heralded youngster
Shane Douglas as he threw down the NWA World
Heavyweight Championship to form ECW, and Terra Ryzing
is now Triple H perhaps one of the greatest WWF World
Champions of all time.
A cricket chirps as a ragweed rolls across the
William Ragne: OOOOOOkaaay. But not the correct answer.
Internet Wrestling Fan:
Of course I'm write I'm an
Internet wrestling columnist and they all are former
William Ragne: That's it I'm cutting you off!!! Why
don't you head back to 1wrestling.com buddy!!! Anyone
Southern Rasslin' Fan: There all rasslers!!!!
William Ragne: That is correct sir, but not the answer
I'm looking for. No one come on people! Some one out
there has to know. You don't okay well let me tell you
what all those fine men have in common with each
other. It's REINVENTION. Each one of those men
took there careers from the crapper and turned them
around by reinventing themselves as characters people
could believe in.
Just think about it if Raven never transformed himself
into the self possessed loner that was abused as a
child do you think he would have got anywhere? No
probably not, or if Shane Douglas would have been the
Dean for the rest of his career he'd probably be at
some Waffle House serving up the locals some runny
eggs. Not to mention I doubt "Terra Ryzing" would have
even got to wrestle in a pig slop match let alone have
a World Championship around his waist.
Where some can only see the negative sides of
situations some people saw something positive that
could come out of these awful gimmicks. Paul Heyman
was able to see that he could use something that
someone else had gotten exposure for. He looked at
Johnny Polo and saw that he could make him an abused
child, who even though he had all the wealth he
needed, he didn't have the love he needed so it made
him what he is. He wanted everyone to feel that anger.
I feel that this reinvention was absolute genius. It
worked on so many levels and was very believable and a
great angle to watch.
Once again Paul Heyman showed his genius by letting
Shane Douglas be Shane Douglas. He didn't make him be
a "Dynamic Dude", or the "Dean", but let him be a foul
mouth and abrasive heel. Shane Douglas played the part
perfectly. He became a huge heel just by doing what
came naturally too him. He reinvented himself from
being a joke into a World Class Competitor by just
getting away from those gimmicks. So sometimes the
genius of reinventing someone is in just letting them
Last but not least Terra Ryzing. WCW saw him but
nothing but a jobber to the stars, but Vince saw
something different. He saw him as the Blue Blood from
Conneticut, so Terra went from being the laughing
stock of the WCW to the laughing stock of the WWF.
However over time Terra then known in the WWF as
Hunter Hearse Helmsley was allowed to become more of
his natural personality and reinvent himself into the
Degenerate Leader of D-X. He cursed he swore and he
was raunchy. Just as people felt he wouldn't get any
further then upper mid-card Hunter once again
reinvented himself into the Triple H "The Game" the
sick sadistic mad man that will stop at nothing to get
what he wants.
These were tales of three very different men. All of
whom for differing reasons reinvented themselves in
hopes of becoming something better. Over the last few
years it seems people have seemed to stop reinventing
there characters which has led to the stagnation of
great wrestling persona's. So in a Pro Wrestling Porch
Exclusive I will be writing a five part series I like
to call the Reinvention of......
I will try to reinvent five talents to make them more
believable and interesting characters in the vast
scope of things. I'm not going to do it in just any
fashion however, I'm going to do it as a new promotion
might try to capitalize on a former WWF star coming
into there promotion.
The five men I'm going to Reinvent are......Christian,
Jonathan Coachmen, Rico, D-Von Dudley, and Matt
Till the Reinvention begins I bid you adue.
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