The introduction of the cruiserweight division on Monday Night Raw has brought a whole new dynamic to the show, with numerous big-name stars continuing the momentum of the successful tournament that ended earlier this month.
Guys like Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann, Gran Metalik and many more are bound to have long careers in the division, but it’s currently spearheaded by the champion, T.J. Perkins.
The Fil-Am Flash may not have been everybody’s favourite to win the tournament, but it’s clear the WWE see a lot of value him if they’re handing him so much success early on in his career.
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However, despite being in a great position right now, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer is reporting that there is backstage heat on Perkins already, and it’s for a very strange reason.
He noted in the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that people in the business are upset with him because he continues to talk about being homeless in the past because so many of the independent stars have been in similar situations and have lost their homes.
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We just need to look at Swann’s incredible backstory to understand that.
Meltzer said: “People are telling me that there’s too many guys saying ‘we were just like that too, what’s so special about that?’.
BIG PART OF HIS CHARACTER
Those that have seen Perkins in action will know that he references his past a lot, and uses it as motivation, it’s a big part of his character.
So, it’s quite odd to hear that he has heat on him for using that to make a better career for himself.
The criticism could be down to that he may opt to use this card every single week, which could, in fact, turn him stale on television, but we’re too early on in his WWE career to make that assumption.
The fact that it’s a true story does give him the right to integrate that into his persona on television, as it’s clear it’s something that motivates him to do better and he’s probably in the position he’s in today because of that.
Although there’s heat on him, it doesn’t seem like it’ll affect his push as the number one cruiserweight in the company at all.
Should T.J. Perkins have heat on him for this reason? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.