WWE re-tweeted a tweet from John Cena and Joey Styles today that linked to a YouTube video called “USA Guy I” which seems to be a promo for a new WWE Superstar. I thought it might look like Derrick Batement, a former competitor on NXT when it was the never-ending online show, and a quick Google search confirmed my suspicion. The tweet from Joey Styles was accompanied by the message “We need a new All American hero in WWE to deal with the likes of @AntonioCesaro,” so I assume when Batement debuts with this character it will be to feud with the new United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. Frankly, I have three problems with this concept:
First, these videos have not been shown on WWE TV nor are they anywhere to be found on the WWE website. While did tweet out the video to its 1.6 million Twitter followers, the tweet did not even originate from them. So the first question one has to ask is this even a legitimate debut or just something that Joey Styles threw together? For the sake of argument, let’s assume that this video and others like it will eventually show up on TV and that they are real.
Second, I would care a lot more about someone taking the United States Championship off a European Superstar like Antonio Cesaro if his first two weeks as the champion were not spent feuding with Santino Marella and his cobra sock puppet that we are supposed to believe is alive and real. Instead, Cesaro should have faced Marella in the mandatory rematch immediately after SummerSlam and then solidified his victory by trashing the US Title and replacing it with the revived European Championship. Then he should have gone on a tear through an onslaught of WWE Superstars before finally one emerged to save us and restore the United States Championship.
Finally, my biggest problem with Derrick Bateman debuting as “USA Guy” is that there is no need for a new Superstar to come in and claim to be a super American when the WWE already has one on the roster – the All American American Jack Swagger. If you look at the video carefully, it looks like Bateman is wearing a USA fanny pack, so given this detail and the fact that Bateman was not a serious character before, it leads me to believe that “USA Guy” is going to be a comedic character. This is a shame because we just spent five months with a comedy character as the champion and we all know how well that went over. Furthermore, with Jack Swagger already on the roster, already over with the fans and being a former world champion and one of the best wrestlers on the roster today, he would be the perfect fit for this role.