Could Carlos Danger ever be a WWE superstar? The easy answer is no, and many would say the PG era is what prevents a character like Carlos Danger from being used in the WWE today. What fans don’t understand, is that there are characters in the WWE right now that are pushing the envelope on what should be considered PG. Making it seemingly possible that there would be a job for the now disgraced New York mayoral candidate in the Sports Entertainment industry.
For those that think this is ridiculous, look at current WWE superstar, Fandango. Before WWE finally settled on the annoying dancing gimmick for the NXT rookie, the creative team had Fandango as a male stripper in their developmental territories. Imagine your kids watching that grown man bump and grind on his way to the ring in tights, and tell me if a disgraced wannabe mayor is that farfetched a concept.
If you think that idea is only an isolated occurrence in the PG era of WWE, you’re dead wrong. The freshly debuted Wyatt family may look like a harmless creepy sideshow of country boys on the surface, but a closer look reveals that they are nothing more than a dark Charlie Manson style backwoods cult. The leader, Bray Wyatt, even preaches incomprehensible psychotic babble to the audience on a weekly basis.
Politics and social issues are even at the forefront of the WWE today with characters like Jack Swagger and his manager, Zeb Coulter. The group, known as The Real Americans, cut very polarizing promos on their way to the ring, centering on race, immigration, and even the United States Constitution. Does that seem like an appropriate subject for a kid friendly audience?
The WWE is the best company of its kind for one reason and one reason only, they continue on weekly basis to create intriguing and polarizing storylines to keep fans attention and hook them on the product. The fact that the WWE has created characters like Fandango, Bray Wyatt, and Zeb Coulter doesn’t make them a menace needing to be shut down by whatever watchdog group takes the most offense to the product. Instead the WWE should be celebrated for pushing the envelope on a weekly basis.
And what better way to keep pushing the envelope then for WWE creative to tie in current events into their weekly programming. If you think the WWE has ignored the outside world in the past, you obviously haven’t been following current events very closely. Last year during the replacement referee fiasco in the NFL, WWE started making storylines featuring goofy referees that would make poor calls during main event matches, much like their real life counterparts did on the football field.
Another example of the WWE mixing current events with their programming, was during the 2012 presidential election, when WWE announced former wrestler, John Laurinaitis, as the new interim general manager of Raw. The new General Manager wasted little time announcing that it would be a new era, an era of people power. The message was clear that the WWE was having a little fun with the upcoming presidential election, and why shouldn’t they? It was funny to watch and entertaining for fans. With that being said, the Carlos Danger character would have to be toned down in a few areas before it would be ready for takeoff, not to mention the WWE would need a superstar that was capable of selling such an angle.
For a character like Carlos Danger to be used by the WWE, it first must be toned down a considerable amount. We can’t have him come to the ring nude and snap pictures of himself in weird and awkward poses. Instead maybe the character could come down the ramp with a cell phone in his hand and snap photos of woman in the audience, and later go back to them after the match to get their numbers.
As for clothing, again we can’t have the man running around a WWE event naked. Instead Carlos Danger should be dressed up in a little sombrero with a tiny mustache above his lip, and of course his trusted cell phone at the ready to take pictures of the woman in the audience.
It still takes a lot more than that to create a plausible and PG friendly superstar, and still keep up with what the original idea for the character was .The main thing Carlos Danger would need is a conflict that he is forced to overcome, either comically or seriously. What a better way to add conflict then to give Danger a wife or even just a girlfriend that he repeatedly cheats on then lies about it. He can even have a catchphrase like, “the only thing I’m in danger of, is getting served divorce papers.”
Of course you would have to add some theatrics, make an awesome opening promo, build a storyline, and get some entrance music ready when Mr. Danger heads to the ring. But despite what some in the WWE Universe would think, a character such as Danger is possible. It is clearly shown in the history of this business that the WWE has made storylines reflecting real world current events before, and could certainly do it again. Although Danger would probably have a very short shelf life in the WWE if he ever did appear in the squared circle, it is still possible for characters like Danger, to exist in the WWE. Not likely, but still possible.