Jay's Ways - Sink Or Swim Time
Submitted by Justin Watry on 05/04/2017 at 02:49 AM

"I have been reading your stuff on 411mania and for the longest time now and I have never felt inclined to email in. The general consensus of you not being most popular is harsh at times but also can be well-founded too. But I still read your stuff because I do enjoy your articles and find your perspective interesting most of the time.

That said, your article about your friend Megan and trip to Wrestlemnaia was the greatest thing you have ever wrote. Forget about the predictions you brag about getting right. This is your crowning piece. Maybe it is because I can relate as going to Wrestlemania is my ultimate dream and it will be happening next year. But I genuinely loved your article.

Thank you for the great stuff."

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Sink Or Swim

Quick topic today just looking at a few past talents who have been given the same opportunity as Jinder Mahal.

Bradshaw - Maybe the best example. WWE as screwed after WrestleMania XX with the blue brand. Smackdown was in a tough spot. The company had a chance to make up for that with the draft special but did nothing major.

Big Show needed surgery. Kurt Angle was injured. Brock Lesnar had just quit. Bill Goldberg was done with WWE and not coming to Smackdown under a new deal, which was a rumor at the time. Mick Foley, The Rock, and Stone Cold were all departing soon. Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Kane, Edge, Batista, and Randy Orton belonged to Raw...not a whole lot of options for WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero on Smackdown.

Thus, when your back is against the wall, you go to guys you trust. Enter long-time WWE talent Bradshaw. A mid-card/tag team wrestler for so long and always loyal to Vince McMahon but somebody who was now free to be on his own with Ron Simmons on the way out.

One promo later, and "JBL" was born. Instantly thrown into the main event mix, feuded with Eddie Guerrero, and barely two months later in June, he was the new WWE Champion and went onto to hold the gold until WrestleMania 21 (to John Cena). Clearly, this was a massive success in taking a chance on a mid-card/tag team guy. JBL took the ball and ran with it. Eddie was his biggest fan behind the scenes and pushed for him HARD! Despite all the doubts and cynicism, the three people who mattered most (JBL, Vince, and Eddie) won out...and were proven to be correct.

Kozlov - Well, WWE tried. They put in a solid effort in creating a new foreign heel who defeating major names. However, it just wasn't meant to be. A clean win over The Undertaker? Yep, Kozlov did that on an episode of Smackdown. A featured WWE Title match at Survivor Series versus Triple H? Yeah, that too.

Needless to say, it tanked pretty badly. Fans wanted nothing to do with the main eventer in the making. Lots of oddball chants during his infamous bout against HHH that night. WWE kept it going for a little while afterwards, but the writing was on the wall. It was not long until he was moved back down the card and in a comedy role...then gone.

Titus O'Neil - Not a main event push but something note while all the same. In 2016, fans were ready for Titus to be given a spotlight. His run with The Prime Time Players was winding down, and he wanted a solo run. Heck, even Batista started chiming in to support his buddy.

Then WWE gave him a live microphone, and just like that - it was over. In a sink or swim situation, he sank. On the mic was one thing, but during the match, it was a very similar outcome. Not good. Currently, he is doing his 'brand' gimmick and doing awesome work outside of the ring. I will take that away from Titus; the dude seems like a genuine human being who loves helping others. Stick to that.

Real quickly: I actually thought his former tag team partner Darren Young did a GOOD job on his own last year.

The Best Of The Rest - Honestly, I could go on forever with wrestlers but am going to call it a day here. Bobby Lashley was treated like an absolute rock star for well over a year, but fans never cared. Drew McIntyre was the Chosen One and even hailed by the boss as a future WWE Champion but stalled out barely six months later. Jack Swagger had mixed results as World Champion. Ryback was hit or miss in his main event run. Heck, one could argue Alexa Bliss is the best example right now of taking a very unproven wrestler and shooting for the moon with a quick call up from NXT. Paying off big time right now, on both Smackdown LIVE and RAW.

That is where we sit with Jinder Mahal. Is he likely to going to lose his WWE Title match at Backlash? Yeah, probably.

Is he likely to be moved out of the main event scene after? Yeah, probably...

Is the recent downswing in ratings partially his fault? Yeah, probably...

Is this entire Jinder experiment going to be laughed at in a few years? Yeah, probably...

...but what if it succeeds? You never know.

Bradshaw lost to Scotty 2 Hotty on an episode of Smackdown before WMXX and in three months was WWE Champion headlining pay-per-views. Remember that.

No Soda/No Pizza

I made it another week without soda or pizza. Considering I basically lived off that stuff for my entire life, I would say quitting cold turkey was a drastic move. Very little chocolate or candy as well. Only water, protein drinks, and vitamin/health smoothies for me. I know I am going out for pizza soon, so this is not a 100% forever kind of thing. Just knowing that I CAN do something if I really put my mind to it is what's important right now. Staying strong!


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