Stick a camera in the face of a WWE Superstar during talking head duties for a DVD documentary and they'll fart out the same platitudes every time. Amongst a "that's why he's one of the greatest of all time" for the mushy closing montage or the "nobody knew if he'd be the same after the injury" soundbite to build up to a heroic return, everybody from Steve Lombardi to Stephanie McMahon will unleash the company-mandated favourite.
"It was just who he was for real, but with the volume turned up".
It's odd that the company would champion such a philosophy so frequently. It undermines Vince McMahon as the all-conquering star-maker if he can take a performer and tell them just to ramp up their own personality. It undermines Vince McMahon the man-manager for insisting so many of his former charges portray something so different when the 'up to 11' formula is apparently so successful. Most of all, it undermines Vince McMahon the boss for not realising he's been undermined in his own productions.
It's obviously not as cut and dry as the squawking heads would have viewers believe, but out-there personas have had mixed blessings over the years. It takes a good performer to get any gimmick over. It takes a great one to thrive with a mismatched one.
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Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.