I see your point about Carlito, but Carlito isn't the first guy who lost steam.Take MVP for example. He rarely gets injured. As a heel, he had a great connection with the audience, his in-ring ability was average (but doesn't need to be higher, look at Great Khali or Big Show). Charisma is what gets over in WWE, and MVP had all the charisma you could ask for. He had a great feud with Matt Hardy, then when he lost the U.S. Title instead of moving him up WWE did a stupid losing streak thing. That just took all the wind out of his sails. Moving him to Raw didn't help, unless you're "in" with the son in law you don't move up on Raw.MVP is a perfect example of how WWE misuses people. I see Carlito as a very similar type of guy. After he was main eventing in the Elimination Chamber in '06, he teamed with Chris Masters and slowly slipped down the card. Then he feuded with Randy Orton, he lost and WWE didn't follow it up. Then he was with Ric Flair and, instead of taking the chance to move him up, WWE let him slip again.You could argue that Carlito never gave it 100%, but all outward appearances seem that WWE were hesitant to push Carlito too far. Vince McMahon got him to stay before the 15th Anniversary special, then had him job to Jeff Hardy. I mean, as much as he was never the best wrestler in the world, he was kinda screwed around with by WWE throughout his career.I think it's a case of 6 of 1 and half a dozen of the other. Neither side are completely to blame, but neither side are faultless. To be honest, this actually highlights a bigger issue: the travel schedule. Guys need more time off to heal up!
I'm not arguing that WWE doesn't misuse people, I could go down a long list of guys they have dropped the ball on, but I wouldn't say Carlito is one of them. That's not to say Carlito was used right 100% of the time, but I do think the guy got numerous chances and never really made anything of them.
Though I do agree that guys need more time off. It's a tough situation because it could be a momentum killer for a lot of guys, but wrestlers should at least get a 2-4 week break once a year.
Hey Razor,I fully support the better wrestling media. Keep up the great work you're doing to clean up the internet wrestling community - one dirtbag at a time.- Matt Saye.