Over the past two weeks, I've seen three Ashton Vuitton matches on video. The nineteen-year-old wrestler's early matches are impressive. I've got my five bucks ready for the fan club, in fact.
Despite a certain awkwardness in the ring, attributable perhaps to a disparity of physiques (the fights I've seen involved stockier, somewhat shorter opponents), Vuitton is able to take a lot of punishment. Needless to say, given his persona, he's been on the receiving end of brutal beatings, not quite squash jobs, but almost.
The persona he has adopted is the vain male model, with pretensions of class superiority. It's a winning heel formula, though Vuitton's Midwestern working-class accent, easy, genuine smile, and hungry good looks work against it. As familiar as I am with the cliche, Vuitton does manage to push my buttons, and as much as I'd like to see him more evenly matched in height, weight, youth, and skill, I enjoy the comeuppance the pretty boy invites and inevitably receives. Still, I hope to see him win a match soon and graduate from jobber to a more complex and dynamic role.
His strongest point right now, of course, is his youth and beauty. He also has impressive talent in "selling" his opponents' attacks and holds. He can fly off a turnbuckle with ease, too, as shown in these action shots.
Still, as this new photo attests, his ace in the hole is the way he wears those trunks.