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Brodus Clay is a Refreshing, Standout Gimmick that Will Do the WWE Some Good

Updated on February 9, 2012

The Funkasaurus is Here!

The “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay has brought a wonderful element of fun back to the WWE product. His funky (and catchy) music, his sexy dancing valets, and his overall ability to entertain is a joy not seen in the WWE for some time.

Now I will admit I was a little uncertain at first. For weeks fans had been taunted with the return of Brodus Clay, a mammoth monster built around destruction and “the fall of humanity”. His re-debut was postponed, however, due to him causing some displeasure among WWE officials. Anyhow, I figured (along with countless other fans) that he would soon make his appearance and would show us a brutal, uncanny display of domination much like that of stars such as Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. Well, we did end up seeing a big man with fierce power and strength, but not so much in the way we expected.

On the January 9, 2012 edition of Monday Night RAW, we were told that Clay would finally be making his debut later on the broadcast. I was excited and, again, expected him to charge out to the ring like an angry buffalo and demolish some low-card opponent in a typical squash match. Instead, the ring announcer introduced him as “the only living, breathing Funkasaurus in captivity” right before some swinging disco music started playing. One again I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed upon the realization that the WWE had decided to make Clay a funny character rather than a monster heel. I like a big, monstrous bad guy as much as the next person, and that’s what I was geared up to see that night. I watched his match and was pleased to see that once his opponent slightly agitated him, the fun and games were done and the real nature of the monster was unleashed. Still, after Clay had finished his match and the show went to a commercial break, I was left feeling somewhat insulted by what I had just seen. I felt that the WWE needed a superstar that meant serious business, not more silliness and antics that took more time than even the match itself. I was not impressed to say the least.

As each week has gone by, however, the Funkasaurus has gradually grown on me. I have come to the realization that the WWE does need a star with such a gimmick, and that as long as Brodus dominates inside the ring, the dancing and happy-go-lucky shenanigans are just fine. In fact, those shenanigans are now making me cheer when I know that he is about to make an entrance!

Each week since Clay returned he has participated, as could be expected, in nothing but squash matches. His respective opponents get a hit or two in at first, but Clay quickly takes control and puts them down with a series of powerful moves. This is good as it firmly establishes that Brodus is a legitimate force beyond the likes of the low-card individuals he’s faced. We see more and more each week that this guy may be one of the most powerful men in the WWE right now. That being said, however, the squash matches need to come to an end in the very near future. They will start to get boring and overly predictable sooner than later, and that could be detrimental to the evolution of the big man. I’d say within the next month it would be wise to have Clay take on a more formidable foe. The Great Khali, Jack Swagger, and Mason Ryan are three people that come to mind. More importantly, I’d like to see Clay in an actual rivalry soon, perhaps even for a championship like the United States title or Intercontinental Championship. All of these things will help Clay grow into more of a high-card status and will just be flat-out entertaining. Brodus Clay is good, but exactly how good is he? It’s not that difficult to overcome the likes of Heath Slater and Tyler Reks, so we just don’t really know. Put him up against more challenging foes and we’ll have our sure-fire answer. It would be quite interesting.

So, in a nutshell, Brodus Clay’s new gimmick and persona is working so far. It is fresh and it stands out. The WWE just needs to make sure he continues to evolve and doesn’t just remain someone that’s all show until he finally fizzles out. As for now, I like it. I can dig Brodus Clay, and if that’s a bad thing, well, somebody better call my mama.

Is Brodus Clay better as the heel monster or the face Funkasaurus?

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      Allen 5 years ago

      You could not possibly be more wrong. The character is an abomination and a total rehash amalgam of Flash Funk, Akeem, Big Daddy V and a few others. It's painfully unentertaining and the worst personification of safe, PG programming the WWE has introduced in a long time. The protracted waiting period before his re-debut lost me weeks before it happened and the result was worse than WCW's Blood Runs Cold misfire that culminated with the very ordinary debut of Glacier about six months after the promos first began. I hated the Funkasaurus gimmick when it debuted and it's been stuck in neutral the last month. He's had the same match about ten times and it hasn't improved. I have no idea where the character can go. Probably the same route as Santino Marella, but without the funny. I genuinely hope you've changed your mind from when you wrote this because every single point you made about the character is dead wrong.

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      Well I must say that I respect your opinion. I too have my doubts about his character feel and can easily see why someone would have negative feelings about him. I just feel it could possibly be a good thing

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      Allen 5 years ago

      Well, I respect your opinion, too, though I'm at a loss to try and explain it. I can see no good coming from this, for the fans or for Brodus Clay. While there wasn't a guarantee he could be sold as a monster heel, it would've been far better for his career if the WWE had tried. If he'd been built up right, and a lot sooner, he'd have had a chance. But this? He's a sideshow and the punchline to an unfunny joke. I see absolutely no good coming out of this because the WWE can't promote him as a viable headliner. He isn't even a diversion. At best, he's a distraction, though my initial assertion of being an 'abomination' is more accurate. Most of the crowd is indifferent, with only a handful of less-discriminating fans seeming to care. The WWE completely blew it, but haven't figured that out yet. I just lower the volume or change the channel when he's on. They can't even promote the Funkasaurus in their 'WWE 12' game because, while Brodus Clay is downloadable, the gimmick isn't. In short, a complete failure in every way possible.

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      athomashub 5 years ago from United States

      I feel like this character is great for WWE as well. There are (and have been) way to me angry, mean, monsters in WWE. Brodus Clay shows me that he can go in a different direction than just being some big monster in the company and it shows that WWE is still willing to try something different.

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      Justin Bailey 5 years ago

      Brodus Clay is a clown and a desperate attempt by the WWE to maybe invent some sort of humor? Just a speculation. Personally I laugh at his stupidity and think he is a joke. But from the fact that I laugh does that mean the WWE has achieved what they are searching for? Do they want him labeled as a comic of sorts?

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      Well you see, wrestling has always had characters with these types of gimmicks. They're supposed to be fun and I guess not taken very seriously. I can understand why someone would see him as a joke. In fact there are times when I still do. I believe that with the right handling of the gimmick it can become something a little more impressive. Maybe, maybe not.

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      David 5 years ago from Northern California

      I don't really pay that much attention to the crazy characters the WWE writers come up with. If a character is just too weird for me I kind of find something else to do until that character leaves the ring.

      I will say I find myself being a little bit uncomfortable when he starts doing the sexual antics because it appears that he is struggling with it.

      I can almost live with the antics but watching his whole body jiggle when he dances is tough to watch.

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      Yea the sexual stuff is a bit much

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      Brian Lawson 5 years ago from Windsor, Va.

      I will now have to admit that I'm sick of seeing Brodus in these squash matches. Step him up or get him out!

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