I have read several online reports that former WWE creative team member John Piermarini has started a blog. I tried to get on the site today, but it just has the message: "Be Back Soon" so I can't confirm what I'm reading in these reports with his actual site.
But anyway, the claim is that Vince McMahon at some point saw or sees Skip Sheffield as the number 2 babyface in the company, behind John Cena. Wow. Really? I find this claim hard to believe. I can't imagine anyone in their right mind thinking Skip Sheffield should be the company's second highest profile figure.
Of course, maybe they're talking down the road, I don't know. What I do know is what I saw of Skip on the first season of NXT I was not impressed. To me, he seemed to try to hard to be like Stone Cold Steve Austin. The look, the talk, even his finisher is similar to the Stone Cold Stunner. I know they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but we've been there and done that. And I do still have the t-shirt.
One reason I believe this online report may be true is due to the fact that Skip was listed pretty high on the WWE.com list "the Top 11 to Watch in 2011." In fact, he was fifth, and that's saying a lot because he's been out with an injury since August.
I think if creative could come up with something for him and repackage him, he'd be a legitimate threat, but right now I just see him as another Stone Cold wannabe. I'll be curious to see if he ends up in the Corre or with Nexus upon his return. Or will he end up like Darren Young and Michael Tarver lost in the shuffle?
I'm also curious to know what you think? Am I too harsh? Am I missing something here? I'm sure my thoughts were similar back in 2002 when a fresh faced John Cena was on the scene and look where that took us...