Yes stop rubbing your eyes, you did read that column title correctly. I really just cant reiterate enough how impressed I am with Heath Slater on every level of his wrestling game. Heath Slater oozes a charisma I just haven't seen in many wrestlers at all. As I was watching Slater wrestle R-Truth on Raw last night, I kept wondering, who does he remind me of? The only wrestler that came to mind was an early heel Shawn Michaels.
You remember the early heel Shawn Michaels don't you? Michaels had just broken off from his Rockers tag team partner and was so cocky and arrogant it was hard to tell him otherwise. It didn't hurt that Michaels was the most talented in ring performer of the business, he had it all and you really wanted to hate him for it. I get very similar feelings for Heath Slater when I watch him, he is damn entertaining and it's very hard to be bored when he's on TV. I went to a Smackdown event here in Omaha last year and they where doing a NXT taping before the show. When I saw Heath Slater wrestle I said that guys going to be the next guy, just watch.
Not a lot of guys come along like Slater, when I think of the NXT group I can't think of one guy that matched him in the charisma department, which is obviously one of the most important things you can have when it comes to creating a true star. I think back to something Triple H said in an interview and that was you can't teach charisma. If the WWE plays their cards right Slater is definitely big money for that company.
It's hard to say how Slaters career will actually play out, as of right now I think the WWE is doing a superb job of handling his gimmick. I really loved Slater doing the legends angle, even if he was losing he still got the rub from the legends and that could only help him. The WWE did a fantastic job with CM Punk last summer building him up to be a huge star and I hope they continue that trend with Slater, one thing I hope they don't do is try to make him a white meat baby face. Heath is a born heel and if he adds a few extra pounds to his frame I think he could be World Champion. Right now a lengthy intercontinental title reign doesn't seem to far fetched. I am begging the WWE not to drop the ball with the, as he would put it - "ooooneee maaaan baaaaand."