View single post by tamalie
 Posted: Thu Aug 9th, 2018 04:14 pm
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Ken Doane was only 18 when they brought him into development and still only 19 when he came to the main roster in the Spirit Squad. He was very immature, as most people that age are in general, and being a TV wrestling star with his looks, physique, and getting some money in pocket had to have made things worse. He'd have been better off being left in OVW for a while, even if he was ready from a talent standpoint to come up to the main roster. Just staying Louisville to grow up a bit while working in front of crowds of 500 instead of 15,000 would have done him good. He was seen as a guy who could have evolved into a Randy Orton equivalent.

Speaking of Orton, after the Spirit Squad were buried and disbanded, Doane remained on the main roster as Kenny Dykstra (really). He got a minor push at first and there had been an effort in the last days of the Spirit Squad to set him apart from the others and treat him slightly more seriously. He was aligned on TV with Orton and Edge, was given a televised pinfall win over Ric Flair, and worked house show main events with Orton and Edge against Hunter, Shawn, and Flair. However, it ended fast due to the attitude and maturity issues and soon he was in the low midcard and eventually gone.

He's still only 32. He's less than a year older than Xavier Woods, Dean Ambrose, and Bray Wyatt and is older than Seth Rollins by about two months. He's younger than Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Daniel Bryan, Miz, Fin Balor, Baron Corbin, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, AJ Styles, Cesaro, Sheamus, Big E, and Kofi Kingston. That he's never been given another real chance, as opposed to the brief comedy appearance, amazes me. He must have really made people mad the first time around to get completely left for dead considering how big of a prospect he was. He's the reason the WWE won't take anyone that young again barring exceptional circumstances.