Guest Matt Black Posted June 16, 2014 Share Posted June 16, 2014 I wonder if this is the case at the moment for two reasons, the first being the odd and confusing direction in which WWE creative has decided to take Antonio Ceasaro over the past few months. When they initiated the split it seemed that Ceasaro was destined for a face turn, but then he was repackaged as "Paul Heyman Guy", as if confidence had been lost in the turn or else someone figured out a good reason to keep him a heel that was not obvious to those unaware of the long-term plans being kept under wraps. The second was that I just didn't think The Real Americans had been taken as far as they could have gone. When they first appeared it was obvious that they were more than a pair of floundering singles competitors put together for the sake of having to find two different ideas for them. I mean they were on paper, but the whole appeared to be more than the sum of the parts and the addition of Zeb Coulter was enough to make them stand out as actually having a gimmick that could go somewhere as well as the pair being sufficiently able in the ring. I'm ignoring the unpleasant aspect of the xenophobia that was a part of the act to begin with, as it was pretty clear the WWE backed off on it when it didn't go down well and instead downgraded Coulter's rants to clownish levels. And that change in tone was what really made me think the tandem had longevity, the chance that they could win the fans over as a talented, if somewhat misguided pair that eventually learned the error of their ways and actually turned on more sinister and unpleasant heels such as Rusev or the Wyatts. A run as tag champions didn't seem impossible before the eventual Swagger heel reversion and Ceasaro emerging as the former hater who learned to love the US and the fans. Anyone agree? Or am I just delusional? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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