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Old 22 Aug 2004, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyways, I like him a lot. He's a strong big guy that has potential to dominate. He definitely isn't in the same class as recent big guys such as Nathan Jones or Tyson Tomko where he botches every move. He isn't in the same class as Kane or Undertaker where he's being built that he can't be stopped.


I view him more like a Batista (not how he is now, but more like several months ago). I do see him with a TON of potential to develop. I know on this week's SD! as well previous SD!s they have hyped him as being mentored and trained by Kurt Angle. I think that if they didn't see potential in him, then they wouldn't have aligned with someone like Angle.


He moves pretty good in the ring, has a lot of intensity, has some ring psychology, a GREAT finisher, and a badass look. The only thing I have yet to see of him, is if he can wrestle a longer match that isn't of the tag variety.


I do see a tremendous future for him and I think he'll be up in the SD! main event before long. I look forward to seeing what else he's capable of.


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Old 22 Aug 2004, 10:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hes alot better than i thought he was. He is definately above jones or botchkick by far. I have to admit that Luther's talent suprised me.

i give him a thumbs up and im anxious to see what they can do with him.
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Old 22 Aug 2004, 11:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have no idea if that heild any relevence or not....

Luther is a great asset to SmackDown! in the coming future, After all If you wanna make it to the top you gotta have someone already up there to help and Kurt Angle was a God Send for Luther. If it wasn't for angle Luther would probably fueding still with Cena getting beaten week in anbd week out. So I'd say they're doing the right thing so far with Luther and I don't mind to watch this guy wrestle.....

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When i first saw him, i was like "oh shit, another poor worker". then i kept watching his work, and week by week, he's impressed me. he still has a way to go, but he could be smackdown's true monster.
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Old 23 Aug 2004, 05:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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He's very solid..probably SD's answer to Barista in the near future..Hell..WWE might try to spark a feud between them somehow..
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Old 23 Aug 2004, 06:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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He's big, and he throws people far. Other than that, I haven't seen much of him. Which isn't bad since I like it when he throws people. Especially people like Rey "I can beat people 7 times my size with the same four moves" Mysterio. God that little shit get's on my nerves. So yeah, I like Luther
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Old 23 Aug 2004, 06:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Like alot of the fellow padders have said here, I too thought Luther was gonna be another one month mega push worker who would first be built as an "indestructible" specimen and one month later becomes buried underneath the entire roster because his ring skills would lack a load, but his first televised matches and since on have suprised the Hell out of me, in fact I'm sure alot of people who first saw him on his first match went and said "Oh shit here comes ANOTHER muscle bound asswipe who couldn't throw a punch without falling on his ass" but I'm not hearing that type of feedback, to tell the truth alot of ppl are right that this man may have some pretty good potential as long as his status doesn't get neglected and scrapped onto the street, I'm looking foward to seeing some more feuds from Raines, I too have't seen that much of him yet, but I'm already getting pretty impressed with what I've seen even if not a bunch YET!
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Old 24 Aug 2004, 11:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I havn't seen enough of him to have a solid opion on him. But when he was The over-protective bodygaurd of Angle. I thought he played his part very well. Inside of the ring he is agile and very strong, he hits his moves when he is suppose to and thus far I have no complaints about him. Adding in the fact that he is by Angles side helps, I wouldn't mind seeing him team with Charlie Haas....

But all in all I think like Stick said he is better then Jones and Botch Kick and he does have a future



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I liked him when I first saw his first match on Smackdown(don't remember who it was with) and I think teaming him with Angle will also help him a great deal,I don't think he's as great as Batista but he will be in the future if WWE uses him right.
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Old 25 Aug 2004, 02:04 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I admit to thinking Raines would suck rocks but he has pleasantly surprised me.
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he seems like another Batista
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He's in a perfect role as Angle's bodyguard. He can throw guys around and not really worry about botching moves.
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I was kinda disappointed they made Luther reverse his spin on his "Roll of the Dice / TestDrive" Finisher....

First time he did it it was a Clean TestDrive on Funaki, but know its just Reversed, I don't think it looks that effecticve either......
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