WWE have begun a storyline where on Raw and SmackDown, they show vignettes of WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund coaching Darren Young and trying to teach him some life lessons.
Young has really lost his way since the quite dismissal of The Prime Time Players and the idea of ‘making him great again’ is good in theory, but Backlund isn’t the man to do that.
First of all, the segments are supposed to be funny…but really there not. Secondly, today's WWE fan base doesn’t really know or care who Bob Backlund is.
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WWE loves to pay homage to its Hall of Famers and give them cameo appearances to remind fans who they are/were. Backlund was a staple point of the WWE in the late 70’s and 80’s, so his career dates back further than even some fans parent’s lifetime.
Yes, he is a former World Champion and deserving hall of famer obviously, but he is not relevant enough today to be a guy back on television.
He won’t make Young great again, but another Hall of Famer might.
Pat Paterson has come out to be openly gay (like Young) post his in-ring career. At the age of 75, he still works backstage for the company and is highly regarded as the finisher (the guy who comes up the finishes for most of WWE’s matches).
Paterson would be the perfect ex-superstar to endorse Darren Young rather than manage him like Backlund is rumoured to be doing. It could be a similar angle to the ‘Chosen One’ gimmick that was given to Drew McIntyre by Vince McMahon. WWE commentary can continually allude to the fact, but never actually put the two together on-screen often.
Young could play off the adversities he has faced to break into the business by being homosexual, and could become a strong positive role model for many fans. As a sign of good faith, he could even pay homage to a guy like Chris Kanyon (who tragically passed away in 2010) as a superstar who paved the way for openly gay superstars to break into the business.
It’s the strongest part of Young’s character, and WWE would be foolish if they didn’t utilise it in some shape or form during his run with the company.
Would this really make Darren Young great? Let us know in the comments sections.