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    Posted: 07/December/2017 at 22:23
Quote On a recent edition of the Wrestling Inc. podcast, former WWE and IMPACT Wrestling star Matt Morgan discussed his tim in WWE’s developmental system. Here are the highlights:

Being asked to wear a mask in OVW as one of the promotion’s top babyfaces:

“They put a mask on me, first they said because it was going to improve my body language. What? Anyways, you shut up and do what you’re told. So I went to wrestling practice with a hood and a mask, and then I’d be on TV with a mask,” Morgan explained. “So Jim Cornette was like, ‘How the hell do I explain this? You’re the top babyface, you’re the champion, what do I do?’ So I lost a Loser Leaves Town match, come back as The Blueprint and wear a hood and I’m not Matt Morgan anymore, I’m just The Blueprint.”

Almost being Kane’s brother, Abel:

“The cool part was they were going to turn this into, I was gonna be Kane’s brother Abel,” Morgan said. “And I would’ve killed for that! I would’ve worn a hood gladly for that just because I’m a huge ‘Taker and Kane fan. What leads to Kane leads to ‘Taker, right? Nine-year-old Matt Morgan inside was going bananas.”

Putting a mask on him was a stupid idea. Apart from being big not small, American not Mexican, it also hides facial expressions which is a big part of character development.
 
I wonder how the landscape of the business would have changed if he had become Abel.
 
He'd have made more money and be pushed more than he's been, in what is for me one of the most underachieved talents in the business.
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nah, a mask is a good idea, for exactly the reason stated to him, if it needs doing. his body language was off, so it was certainly something that needed working on, but yes, as a face, unless youre a lucha, there really shouldn't be a need to wear a mask in modern wrestling. if he'd been a heel, then yeah, but as a face, something was wrong there.
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Would have been interested to see Matt Morgan as the Abel character, he certainly had the right look and ring style for it, might have seemed a bit ridiculous another brother coming out of the woodwork though, but it would have allowed Morgan and Kane to become the Brothers of Destruction team while The Undertaker remained solo, this team would have been a good option for Kane who pretty much drifted into a mid-card enhancement role more often than not.

I always felt WWE missed the boat with Morgan, charismatic and athletic big man who could cut a good promo and could have a decent match with the right opponent.
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From what I understand of the guy he was a bit unprofessional though. I agree with Monkee that putting a mask on him while in developmental is a fine idea if the whole idea is to help him develop better body language.

KEEPING the mask on him seems a bit far-fetched unless they are going to turn him into Abel. Kane has worn a mask as often as not throughout his career and no one thinks less of him when he has the mask ON, most people seem to take issue to him taking the mask off. If Matt Morgan was going to be one of those types of character, then I doubt it would be much different.

Doesn't Abyss still wear the mask? I know he's got his other persona that doesn't wear the mask, but Abyss the character always wrestles with a mask to this day, right?
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yeah, Abyss, as far as I know, never took it off. I never saw the end of the Joseph Parks storyline when he was looking for Abyss, but since Joseph is still a character, I assume they went with Abyss not being a spate personality, but a completely separate person.
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Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:

yeah, Abyss, as far as I know, never took it off. I never saw the end of the Joseph Parks storyline when he was looking for Abyss, but since Joseph is still a character, I assume they went with Abyss not being a spate personality, but a completely separate person.


It was revealed that Joseph Park had a split personality and he and Abyss were the same person, he was just unaware of it.

Abyss in his prime would have been a good shout to be the third brother alongside The Undertaker and Kane if they had gone that route. Sadly his body broke down and he got out of shape later in his career. I really don’t like the recent version of Abyss, he became watered down and more of a friendly character unlike the hardcore Cactus Jack style character he once was.
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it has literally been years since I last watched Impact, though I do keep up every now and again with who is who, and what might be going on.

from what I understood, Abyss was still wanted by WWE a few years back.  I've read that his stuff in the Decay group has been his best stuff in years, so he does still seem to have something to him.

Morgan I remember getting lumbered with the old Hogan robe gimmick, as if that would do anything for him, in TNA, and for me, that was the start of the end for him, as it showed there were no plans for him at the time in much the same way that Jay Lethal became Macho Man, AJ became Flair, Shark Boy became Stone Cold and Petey Williams became Steiner.

he has shown over the years an ability to self-promote and get himself out there, the problem was that he used that to try and get back in WWE, who had no idea what to do with him, and TNA, who had shown they no longer cared to push him.

if he applied that years ago to getting out into the indies, I imagine he would be in a similar position to Cody Rhodes now.
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