The Different Directions of the Dynamic Dudes

Those that remember the pre-WCW days back when WCW was still NWA, and you’d have to be a truly hardcore fan to remember this team, remember the Dynamic Dudes.  Shane Douglas and Johnny Ace composed the team and the gimmick was being a couple of surfer-type guys and they even used skateboards in the entrance. Both guys different directions in their careers.  Shane Douglas played major role in the rise of ECW from the second he threw down the NWA World Title and said that guys like Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat could kiss his ass.  Johnny Ace reached no stardom whatsoever in the states, was only successful overseas and was only known for being in the shadow of his brother in one half of the Road Warriors, Animal. Beyond that, he went from being a professional wrestler to being a suit and some would even go as far as to say “Corporate Scumbag.”  Despite never truly reaching the main event levels in other companies, Douglas had the skills and abilities that Johnny didn’t.  That being said, I have no idea what the hell Douglas’ thing at Raw was all about.

I’m one of those guys that was Pro-ECW back then.  There were a lot of matches and moments in wrestling that I found to be entertaining and still stand amongst some of my all time favorite moments as a wrestling fan.  One of my favorites to come out of ECW was “The Franchise” Shane Douglas.  There was something about the guy that I liked from the day he threw down the NWA World Title to his feud with Taz.  The whole thing on Raw with him unmasking and wearing his Franchise shirt and trying to stir up the crowd in Philadelphia, I didn’t get it.  I didn’t get it then and I don’t get it now.  It pains me to see it for a lot of reasons.  One of the reasons being is hat I’ve been a fan of The Franchise and that I always felt the difference between himself and Johnny Ace is that Douglas had the charisma while his partner Johnny Boy didn’t.

Douglas was trying to call it an Extreme Revolution and I don’t know which word had less effect with me, extreme or revolution. Mark Madden said in a piece on Wrestlezone that the word extreme has been played out and I don’t disagree.  The word “extreme” in wrestling has lost almost all meaning.  From WWE butchering it by naming a PPV “Extreme Rules” to the so called extreme rules matches that they used in that fake ECW Vince tried to puke up.  As for the term “revolution” this may be a revolution that was 10 years too late.  ECW tried to be that revolution a long time ago and it lost.  Some say that it was because it didn’t draw money but I think the biggest problem was that ECW tried to move too fast for its own good and ended up trying to compete before it was even ready to be a contender against the other two.  I loved ECW and I still will and will remember some of the talent that came out of it and some of the matches I witnessed. And to those that hate on ECW, if it weren’t for ECW, we’d have never seen guys like Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, The Dudley Boyz, Rob Van Dam so to those haters that seem to forget that, you’d be better off going to Paul Heyman and saying thank you.

Here’s the difference between Johnny Ace and Shane Douglas.  Johnny Boy wasn’t able to become big here in the states and any success he did have was overseas and the rest of his career was spent putting on a suit and being a brown-nosing asskisser. Why? Because Johnny Boy didn’t have any kind of charisma whatsoever while Shane Douglas was not the ass-kissing type. The tragic thing is that the character of “The Franchise” could’ve made it anywhere .  Douglas made a character that could get over anywhere, but he didn’t get any of the opportunities because he burned bridges and pissed off a lot of people. Yeah, Douglas was in WCW, but there was no way Bischoff was gonna let him go up into main event status because Douglas pissed off Ric Flair one too many times. And as far as the WWE goes, Douglas had been there twice and the most recent was a stupid teacher gimmick where he scratched the chalkboard a lot.  Needless to say after his departure from that, Douglas was on Vince’s blacklist along with Lex Luger.

As for Douglas’ thing on Monday, why? What does it prove? What did you think was really going to happen when you pulled that? It was mentioned that Douglas got little to reaction when he pulled this and if that was true, than my best guess is that it was because many wrestling fans and especially the ones in Philadelphia have accepted that you can’t duplicate that revolution that ECW was when it was around.  Sometimes the problem with revolutions is that they don’t always work.  ECW tried it and it didn’t work in the end.  It had a loyal following that still exists to this day, myself being part of that, but not a big enough one to overshadow WWE or WCW when it was around.

So, once again, a barely memorable tag team split up with one doing his own thing regardless of who it may piss off and the other carrying a legacy of either being in his big brother’s shadow or jumping through hoops, bending over backwards, and kissing the boss’ ass and calling it ice cream. Say what you want about Shane Douglas, but at least with his career, he did his way.  And even when he was a heel, you didn’t have people repulsed to the point of changing the channel.  In the case of John Laryngitis, people want to see a face or a heel in the ring, not corporate sleaze.

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