Thursday, February 2, 2012

Black History Month - February 2

February 2 - New Jack
Paul Heyman has a reputation for hiding someone's weaknesses and highlighting their strengths and there's perhaps no greater example of it than New Jack. New Jack is not a good wrestler. Please don't tell him I said that, I don't need a Sega Saturn bashed over my head, but despite that, New Jack became one of the most beloved characters of the original ECW.

If there's one thing that made the character work the most, it's that it felt real. I really felt like New Jack was a borderline crazy person who would fuck you up just for looking at him wrong. Emerging at the height of gangsta rap, New Jack had a definite coolness about him too, it fit the era so well. The constant loop of "Natural Born Killaz" during his matches is something I hadn't seen in wrestling before or since, and perhaps for good reason, but for New Jack's constant assaults on the Dudley Boyz, it worked.

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