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A super-cool reveal, the impending WWE draft and behind-the-scenes reports surrounding the Money in the Bank briefcase dominate this week in sports-entertainment overreaction.
But is any of it warranted or are WWE fans, as they tend to do from time to time, jumping to conclusions and reacting instinctively rather than thinking of the long-term effects of the company’s short-term booking decisions?
Find out as we dive deeper into those topics.
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WrestleVotes reported Tuesday night that multiple storylines have been pitched regarding Otis losing the Money in the Bank briefcase, but since he is a personal favorite of Vince McMahon’s, it’s a “no go” for now.
The responses ranged from “I like Otis but…” to “Otis can’t be taken seriously,” with the one constant theme being he never should have won the thing in the first place.
And he shouldn’t have.
Otis got over as a lovable midcard babyface who gyrated and did his Caterpillar finisher to roars from the crowd, like Scotty 2 Hotty or Rikishi before him. And as we found out in 2000 when it came time to push Rikishi to the main event, it fell flat. Why? Because he was perfectly acceptable as a crowd-pleasing comedy act but lacked the tools to hang with the top stars on the show.
Does anyone believe Otis stands a chance against Roman Reigns? Does anyone think for a second that he could stand toe-to-toe with The Fiend and win the Universal Championship? Braun Strowman? Those three characters are totally different beasts. Their credibility is so much higher than Otis’ that it’s almost inconceivable he could share the ring with them, let alone cash in Money in the Bank for the title.
None of this is his fault, though.
It was, ironically enough,