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 Posted: Sat Sep 21st, 2013 01:06 am
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I mentioned Buddy Landell in the Ron Bass thread. 

There is alot of debate out there on whether this guy had the potential to be a good to great performer in the ring if he had not been addicted to getting polluted. 

Some say that looking back on it that he has been overrated, and he really had nothing more to offer for him to be raised to higher level. 

Others believe he was the total package for that era and could have been in main events. 

I am not sure, because I only saw him for a few months. 

What is your opinion on this guy?




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I liked him and he should've done more, but he was never going to be the top guy. He was doing Ric Flair while Flair was still in his prime. There was nowhere else to go from there. Flair didn't take over the "Nature Boy" gimmick until Rogers was semi-retired. But Landel tried to do it while Flair still had another 10-15 years of being a million times better than Landel. That was never going to work.



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srossi wrote: I liked him and he should've done more, but he was never going to be the top guy. He was doing Ric Flair while Flair was still in his prime. There was nowhere else to go from there. Flair didn't take over the "Nature Boy" gimmick until Rogers was semi-retired. But Landel tried to do it while Flair still had another 10-15 years of being a million times better than Landel. That was never going to work.

Agree 100%. He was a blander wrestler personality-wise regardless.

 

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To be honest, I never thought of him.



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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.

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Could have consistently been the anchor heel in a small territory like Smoky Mountain or Continental, but was going to look and be out of place in a national promotion.

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A low-rent Flair, but a good chickenshit heel for a southern territory (Mid-South, Memphis). His stint with Crockett showed he wasn't "superstar" material.



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I liked him.



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pjstef wrote: srossi wrote: I liked him and he should've done more, but he was never going to be the top guy. He was doing Ric Flair while Flair was still in his prime. There was nowhere else to go from there. Flair didn't take over the "Nature Boy" gimmick until Rogers was semi-retired. But Landel tried to do it while Flair still had another 10-15 years of being a million times better than Landel. That was never going to work.

Agree 100%. He was a blander wrestler personality-wise regardless.

 

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Thought he was jobber material back then. I appreciate his work now more, still don't think he was main event caliber, solid middle of the card guy. His mic work is better than his ring work.

Also thought he was much older than he really was. He appeared to be in his mid 30's when in fact he was about 10 yrs younger.



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managed him a bunch on the indies, my wife hates him because of how he acts. I enjoyed his work in Crockett land in the 80's.



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Count Grog wrote:
managed him a bunch on the indies, my wife hates him because of how he acts. I enjoyed his work in Crockett land in the 80's.

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Quattro wrote: 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.



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I liked him best when he was Butch Reed's lackey.  Entertaining on the mic,  a bit better than average in the ring. 



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As a wrestler in the Mid Atlantic, which is the only area I really saw him at he was pretty good, but not nearly as great as he thought he was, the fact that he was managed by JJ Dillon and facing off vs Ric Flair (who was mega popular those days) didn't hurt his status, but once the Flair feud ended it was clear he as a solid midcard guy, nothing better.

He's also or at least used to be a complete asshole, I was at a Charlotte fanfest many years ago where he got drunk and started to insult all kinds of people especially the female fans and was escorted from the event, and later that night he made some crude remarks to some other female fan at the bar and got his ass whipped by her man.



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