Sunday, November 15, 2015
Handsome Stranger vs Butch Blackheart, Global Wrestling Federation (6 Sept. 1991)
Two great gimmicks in perfect contrast to each other: the masked romantic gentleman versus the caddish Hell's Angel wannabe. Two well built, evenly matched performers, innately hostile to each other. I'm guessing this was the launch of Buff Bagwell's new persona, and it's not bad at all. (Just my opinion, but "Buff Bagwell" and "Butch Blackheart" belong in the Great Alliterative Wrestling Monikers' Hall of Fame.)
Saturday, November 14, 2015
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.