Adam Rose has been handed a 60-day suspension for reports that he broke WWE Wellness Policy for reported drug abuse. Rose has since claimed he's done nothing wrong and that he did not abuse the use of the prescribed medication.
Nevertheless, Rose’s future has come into question with the WWE and relations have surely taken a hit after this recent incident. Rose had found a regular role on television recently as a part of the Social Outcast, but since his suspension, the remaining members have been searching for a new recruit, only to have failed in their quest to get Apollo Crews on side.
This could be an interesting angle for the WWE, so let’s take a look at five guys who could replace Rose and be members of the Social Outcast.
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At the moment, Cody Rhodes/Stardust is really doing nothing in the WWE. He has gone from having a captivating feud in the fall of 2013 with the Authority, to having the pleasure to being put through a ladder at WrestleMania by Sin Cara.
Stardust is lacking direction, so maybe a transition into a faction like the Social Outcast would be best for him.
It is obvious that a wrestler that is willing to dress and act the way Stardust does is an outcast. It would be an intriguing element to his character if WWE played off a split personality angle with Stardust/Cody, as he began to lead the charge as a member of the Social Outcast.
This could have some comical moments with a guy like Curtis Axel becoming visibly frustrated with Stardust, thus leading to some tensions within the group. Rose would eventually return, and then there’s an opportunity for Stardust to breakaway and begin his own faction (e.g. The Cosmic Wasteland).
This way the Social Outcast continues its lower card status, but the introduction of Stardust for a brief period adds a meaningful storyline to the group and doesn’t leave quality superstars doing absolutely nothing on the main roster.
Along with Adam Rose, member of the Ascension, Konnor, also broke the Wellness Policy and has been suspended for 60 days. This leaves Viktor in a spot of bother as its highly unlikely that WWE will allow him to continue with the Ascension gimmick on television minus his partner as that would be adding more hype to the suspension.
WWE shouldn’t punish Viktor for Konnor’s slip up, therefore him joining the Social Outcast would be the perfect solution.
Viktor is an accomplished singles competitor who was the FCW Heavyweight Champion at one point before joining NXT. WWE shouldn’t shy away from throwing him back into the mix as singles competitor and a two month period in the Outcast, could be enough for him to shine.
When Konnor and Rose return, they too could join the Social Outcast making almost a super group; or alternatively, Konnor could return so the two could turn face and reform the Ascension.
This gives Viktor something to do at the moment, but also sets up a potential reboot of the Ascension as a face tag team.
R-Truth is an almost 20-year veteran who spends his time on television doing terrible comedic relief with the likes of Goldust and Fandango. Truth has been babyface for the majority of his second run in the WWE, so a heel turn could be beneficial.
Truth’s character is a bit psychotic and comedic with his role to provide five minutes of humorous television. He has successfully done that, but it’s time for him to revert back to his TNA days where his Ron Killings character was an aggressive boy from ‘the hood’.
WWE did trial this in 2011, but ruined it quickly turning him into a nutjob with an imaginary friend.
The Golden Truth tag team angle has been running for far too long now. It’s switched between Goldust wanting Truth as his partner, to it now being the other way around, in what has been a pointless and confusing angle.
If Truth was to stab Goldust in the back and join the Outcast, than the WWE audience would give him some real heat as they would feel for Goldust. There would be an opportunity for the group gain a real mean streak and it could be quite interesting, however, the WWE probably would want use a gimmick around his music just to bore us some more.
This sounds like it would be a downgrade for the newly promoted superstar, but it could be a great way to utilise the lone wolf.
Corbin is an enigma who sounds the beat to his own drum. WWE could play off him being an outcast his entire life who never got the recognition he’s deserved, because he’s different.
If he was to join the Outcast he could be able to manipulate the members into them helping him finding some success in the WWE. The other members could help Corbin capture the United States Championship and then Corbin could leave the group and become a true lone wolf.
Darren Young hasn’t been seen much on WWE television since SummerSlam of last year. He remarkably finished within the final three of the Andre The Giant Battle Royal after having no storyline in months.
So what do you do with 'Mr No Days off'…you let him be a Social Outcast.
Young is the first openly gay superstar since Chris Kanyon. Tragically Kanyon is no longer with us and ‘openly gay wrestler’ has been a subject of taboo ever since.
It’s time that WWE let it be a part of Darren Young’s on screen character. This could result in the Social Outcast turn face where Young could lead the charge cutting promos about equality in general.
His promos could also focus on him always being an outcast for his sexuality, and how homophobia still exist and the other members of the Social Outcast have been great supporters of his. This is just generally good public relations by the WWE, and would be a great way for them to send another positive message to its fan base.
Who would YOU like to see join the Social Outcast? Let us know in the comments sections.