Saturday, November 14, 2015

Maddox











I don't think anybody can possibly look more Southern than wrestler Brad Maddox, 5'11", 207#. What does "Southern" look like? For me it starts with an oval, highly expressive face, full lips and bedroom eyes that easily glaze over under the influence of love or Jack Daniels, skin that flushes bright pink, but low on the cheeks, roundness where we usually expect slimness or angularity. 

Playing off equally dubious stereotypes, Southern gentleman or inbred redneck, Brad, born Tyler Kluttz in South Carolina, can be convincing as a babyface or a villain. One third Brad Pitt, a third Butch from The Little Rascals, and a third early-'90s Buff Bagwell, Maddox can look  dimwitted one second and calculating the next, all aw-shucks modesty then all of a sudden he's rhinestone-encrusted narcissism, clownish hick then savvy as a velvet tuxedo.

I haven't followed his WWE career--as I haven't followed ANY wrestler's WWE career--but in the bits and pieces I catch now and then, he blends the charms of wet-behind-the-ears amateurism and sharp professionalism, without tipping far to either side. I'm not sure he's cut out for any one ring gimmick or style; I imagine he's a "hard to place" talent, but I find Brad Maddox always watchable.

6 comments:

  1. In any form, he is bewitching. Wow!

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    1. P.S. DON'T follow his WWE career--it only leads to heartache.

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  3. As do SO many WWE careers. Big money, well deserved, but usually lousy wrestling...

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  4. WWE was totally wasting him as a suited ring announcer. But even in a suit you could see that his body was buff. In looking on Cagematch I see that he's back to ring action since late March. But I've never seen so many dark matches. 15/36. And they seem to have relegated him to jobber status. 1W/36. That's perfectly lousy. He deserves much better.

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  5. Based on his general record, he should have won 12/13 matches.

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