After weeks of anticipation and build-up, the WWE Universe was finally treated to the re-debut of Brodus Clay. Surprising everyone, the former "Suplex Machine" who hailed from Planet Funk, came out to back-up dancers and was officially introduced as the "Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay. He danced his way down to the ring and then easily defeated Curt Hawkins on his debut match.
The Former Brodus Clay
Last year, Brodus Clay served as a bodyguard to Alberto Del Rio during his lengthy feud with future Hall of Fame Inductee Edge. He used his large force to defeat opponents and after he was drafted to "WWE Raw," he quietly disappeared.
The Internet community has been buzzing for weeks about his return. The rumors were that Clay would come back as a monster wrestler who destroyed wrestlers much like Mark Henry. Instead, they went to the complete opposite, showing a new personality for Clay and dropping the cliché large wrestler gimmick.
Brodus Clay is not the newest large wrestler with a funky style, but he's the first one in a long time. In the past, the WWE has had superstars like Rikishi, The Godfather and Flash Funk. Clay is a blend of all three wrestlers with the in-ring skills to boot.
During his short match with Curt Hawkins, Clay showed some impressive moves and quickly squashed his opponent. He'll likely have a huge impact during the Royal Rumble PPV where he will enter the match against 29 other WWE Superstars.
The Future of Brodus Clay
Adding Clay to the "WWE Raw" roster will keep some comedy in the mix. Currently Santino Morello and Zack Ryder are some of the only forms of comedy on the show and adding Clay will enhance the product.
Future feuds with Clay include Kane, Wade Barrett, The Miz, Jack Swagger and other stars on the "WWE Raw" roster. If used correctly, he can have some great mid-card feuds and become a mainstay on the show every week.
Going with the Funkasaurus character is a lot better then the "monster" character. For the past six months, Mark Henry has played that role and continues to do so. It would be pointless to feature the same type of character on "WWE Raw" and trying out new gimmicks will help branch the show out and keep viewers. The Funkasaurus will roar on for the future of "WWE Raw."
"WWE Raw" airs on USA Mondays at 9 pm ET.