The WWE's Intellectual Savior: A Look at Damien Sandow
A New Talent with Potential
For weeks we saw promos from a man named Damien Sandow who claimed to be the WWE Universe’s “Intellectual Savior”. He then went on to explain how entertainment in the modern age is substandard and riddled with the silliness of pop culture and non-intellectual themes (unfortunately he might have a point there). Even after the first promo, we knew that this newcomer was going to be a heel as making such declarations implies that we are all stupid and ignorant. That’s a firm first impression for this guy, however, as he was quickly established as someone the WWE Universe was going to enjoy disliking (wrestlers that claim to be a superior to everyone else in such a way really can get over as a successful heel). In the promos, we could tell that, in addition to his beard and long hair, Sandow was wearing a robe. He was also extremely well-spoken and fluent in his speech. I knew right off the bat that this guy was going to be interesting in one way or another.
Sandow finally debuted on Smackdown where he was scheduled to face off against Derek Bateman, someone we all knew would stand no chance against him. Then he did something we didn’t expect: he refused to wrestle his opponent because he thought that exposing the audience to such a travesty of a match would not help their intellectual transformation (I’m inclined to agree). Sandow then exited the arena while we all sat around saying “what the hell?”. The following week he was set to wrestle Yoshi Tatsu and, yet again, declined to face such an unworthy opponent. As he was walking away, however, Yoshi called him a “chicken”. This insult enraged Damien who in turn tossed his robe to the side (at this point we had yet to see his physical physique, and we now know that Sandow is a good-sized athlete, not huge, but well-built and defined), dashed to the ring, and proceeded to decimate the Japanese Superstar using a rapid series of powerful knees to the face. The moves that Sandow used on Tatsu during this segment were impressive to say the least. The precision with which he executed the moves and the moves themselves finally showed us all that Damien Sandow was going to be someone to contend with. The only problem I had was those pink shorts he was wearing (c’mon can’t he wear something a little more manly, I mean, a guy with long hair and a beard in pink shorts is a little weird). Sandow went on to compete against the likes of Ezekiel Jackson, where he again refused to fight someone he felt was beneath him. Ultimately, however, the match did take place and Sandow managed to pull off the win with those same impressive moves (and pink shorts).
This new character has potential as far as I’m concerned. To me he resembles someone out of the old school days of wrestling with his pompous attitude and technical moves. The fact that he initially refuses to face his opponent is something different, and something to piss the fans off and thus gain Sandow more notoriety as time goes on. Two other unique things about him are how he holds the microphone like a snobby person holds a wine glass and how instead of saying "tonight" he says "this evening". These are typical snooty characteristics, and they work well with Sandow to enhance his persona.
Now it is time, however, to get Damien involved in a rivalry. Personally, I think the near future should hold a feud between Sandow and the powerhouse newcomer Ryback. Both men are undefeated, and Ryback has proven his dominance by ripping apart all comers. As for Sandow, he has shown us he has the ability to take down a large athlete like Big Zeke, so who’s to say he couldn’t best Ryback in a one-on-one contest. In fact, I believe Ryback’s first defeat should be at the hands of Damien Sandow. It should be done so in an underhanded way, however, so that Ryback’s legitimacy can remain in place and give him a reason to seek revenge on the “Intellectual Savior”.
Sandow is also future championship material. Perhaps a feud with Christian for the Intercontinental Championship should take place in the coming months. Even a rivalry with Santino Marella for the U.S. title would work. I will even go so far as to say he may be World Champion one day, but he still has a ways to go on that one.
Overall, if the WWE handles this talent properly, Damien Sandow is a rookie with great potential. He has the attitude, the mic skills, and the wrestling skills to establish himself as a significant presence in the WWE. You're welcome.