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THE RANT: Remember Vampiro? Why Didn't He Make It?
Submitted By James Walsh
|I recently was reading reviews of WCW shows from 1999 and 2000 and have seen countless, well probably about 4, reviews saying how WCW missed the boat with Vampiro. This usually leads to the "WCW was stupid" rule of thumb that everyone online seems to have. I don't happen to agree. And, I can tell you why Vampiro never made it.
Work ethic matters.
That is not a remark on his physical shape. It is a remark on his lack of heart - Mental fitness rather than phys8cal.
When Vampiro was red hot, he was being brought up as the younger version of Sting and the fans accepted that. I don't agree with the move to turn him heel and feud with Sting. But, that was a Russo thing and as we all know, Russo made his share of mistakes. That was a big one. But, that should not have been the end of Vampiro if he truly had what it takes.
The feuds between the older guys, the Millionaires Club and the younger guys, The New Blood petered out after only about 3 months largely because the company dicked around the high dollar stars in the belief that they had the talent to carry the company forward without them. How did that work for them? Where are they now? Oh, right. I digress. The feud did not last long. So, Vampiro could have come out the other end of it, swung back to being a face, and put that ripple behind him.
He started to. Then, his work ethic, or lack there of, kicked in.
After a killer match with Mike Awesome at Halloween Havoc 2000, Vampiro claimed to have a concussion and have broken his neck. Hey, a top rope powerbomb could do that, right?
So, how come that week he was on stage playing bass guitar for the Insane Clown Posse?
Because his work ethic sucks and he lied. Period.
Sometimes people don't make it because they don't have the mind to do so. Vampiro is that case. Period.
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