Wrestling Flashback – Rufus “Pancake” Patterson

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Today on the Wrestling Flashback is the Prime Time Players. This is actually due to an appearance the Prime Time Players made on Chris Jericho’s podcast. On the podcast, they talked about coming up with the idea of Rufus “Pancake” Patterson as an alter-ego for Titus O’Neil.

Why did they call him pancake?

Because he flattens fools!

This gimmick ended up being a one time thing which they did on WWE television. They did film a couple of segments for the WWE App but it only ever appeared ONCE on WWE Television. What’s interesting though is that they appeared at one of the top time slots for a WWE show… they showed up at the start of the show during a segment with John Cena.

John Cena was talking about how he was ready to face The Rock for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 29. This kicked off RAW, so they were kicking off RAW to promote the main event of Wrestlemania 29 with Cena. This was interrupted by the Prime Time Players. They start to cut this promo and Cena cuts them off. He was about to introduce them but Titus cuts him off to proclaim himself as “Titus’ nephew”. His name was actually Rufus “Pancake” Patterson.

I always thought the debut of this gimmick as part of the program including John Cena and The Rock was very interesting. On Jericho’s podcast, Titus and Darren talked about the pressure of opening the show and I don’t blame them for being nervous.

This was a gimmick that was really hit or miss experiment. For me, it was either you loved it or you hated it. For me, it was a hit. Titus always had a great sense of humour and I think if this was given a few months, this gimmick could have gotten really over. Probably not to the status of an alter-ego gimmick like Dude Love or Mankind. However, Titus and Darren just had great chemistry that I think would of worked out for the best. If Titus was the manager of Darren (like he was during Young’s match with Cena after the above segment I was talking about) it could have helped both Darren and Titus. Titus would have been able to get over just by his mannerisms and mic work. Darren could have built up a good record in the ring and could have been elevated as a singles star.

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Let’s be honest, the original split of the Prime Time Players didn’t go as planned. However, I think the opportunity to have both them stand out as individuals first while still being a tag team could have been a success. When they split up, Darren and Titus weren’t able to create a unique identity for themselves before doing so. If they were to have this gimmick run on for a while on television, Titus and Darren can get over as themselves so the split means they didn’t have to rely on each other to get over.

I really wish we saw a bit more of Rufus “Pancake” Patterson. With enough screen time, I truly believe he could have been worth Millions of Dollars…

Hulk Hogan Removed From Everything WWE Related

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IN an unusual story, WWE has seemingly disassociated himself with everything related to Hulk Hogan and has seemingly parted ways with the Hall Of Famer.

Every mention of Hulk Hogan has been taken down from WWE.com as well as merchandise related to the Hulkster.

It also seems that Hogan’s days as a judge for Tough Enough are over too, as he is no longer listed as a judge for the on-going series.

It what is seemingly a response to the news, Hogan tweeted this out.

The reasons for WWE’s decision are still not clear, but rumours and reports began surfacing that either an audio or video tape has been leaked onto the internet with Hogan going on a racial tirade of some sort. However, these rumours still can’t be confirmed as of right now nor can’t be confirmed as the reason for Hogan’s apparent departure from WWE. However, it’ll be interesting to see how this story develops as it does effect a number of wrestlers on the current roster. Curtis Axel, whose current gimmick is parodying Hogan as Axelmania, has had his profile picture at WWE.com changed back to his normal persona. This will likely mean that the Axelmania gimmick will be dropped, which will also see the break up of the “Mega Powers” team of Curtis Axel and Damien Sandow (who currently parodies “Macho Man” Randy Savage). Well-known wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer tweeted that the website were told to remove all references of him in this tweet below.

Again, this story only broke a few hours ago on a number of wrestling sites.

Hopefully, we’ll know more later on in the day and we may possibly get an official WWE statement addressing the situation.