I thought Landell was mediocre. Never seemed to have what it took to be a top guy.
Could be decent in the right spot but was too "southern" to have national appeal, IMO (and I am a Southern boy).
NEVER seemed to get that the Nature Boy gimmick Flair and Rogers was supposed to be a superior talent, silver spoon in his mouth, aristocratic type that had real athletic talent and should be able to beat anyone. Landell came across as a "poor" boy trying to act like the aristocratic heel, but having neither the talent, nor the aristocratic background to pull it off. Basically he seemed like a parody.
"The too southern" argument never cuts it with me.
Steve Austin is as southern as it comes. Jerry Lawler, too..
If he'd had the talent to be a top guy, he would've gotten there regardless of where he was from even with his addictions.
Landel was a good worker, could've fit in the midcard of any national promotion. I don't see him as the main event, though.
Sorry but Austin ain't Southern. He's Texan. There's a big difference.
Was going to say the same thing. Even Lawler is more Ohio Valley than Landell 's East Tennessee hillbilly.
If you hear Steve Austin or Jerry Lawler speak and don't think southern, you need your ears fixed.
Either that or you live in a part of the country where conversing with those accents is commonplace.
Lawler I'll give you, although he's from Ohio and is far from being as big a hick as Landell. Austin is Texan, big difference. You just aren't familiar, so it's all Southern to you.
I'm no Southern boy, but even I can tell that Lawler doesn't sound like a hick at all. If you want to hear someone born and raised in Tennessee, listen to Tommy Rich. Lawler's slight accent, if one exists, is fairly benign and indeterminate. Even JR sounded a million times more southern.
Yes, Tommy Rich is a Southern Hick. No doubt. Johnny Rich, too.
Last edited on Wed Sep 25th, 2013 07:05 pm by BayouBoogie