3MB Face Turn?, X-Pac Heat, PPVs Dedicated To Part-Timers, Why JBL Rules

With Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal working as babyfaces on the European tour does this mean that 3MB will turn face in the near future or was this just a way to fill in spots on the show?

For those unaware, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal have teamed with Santino Marella and Ted DiBiase on Smackdown live events overseas to face The Prime Time Players and Epico & Primo. I don’t see this as a face turn for 3MB as much as I see it as WWE trying to bank off the cheap pops generated from the overseas fans regarding Drew McIntyre. The match has been booked as comedy and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Over the years I have heard the statement that a worker or a segment has gotten “X-Pac heat.” I know what heat is defined as, but I was wondering if you knew where this specific term originated and exactly means?

The term “X-Pac heat” seems to indicate the worker receives heat because they aren’t a good in-ring worker, not because they are a heel character. The problem is that it is inaccurate as X-Pac was a good worker throughout his career. A better word for it would be “Great Khali heat” or who knows, maybe “Ryback heat.”

Update from WNW’s Jesse Sherwood: X-Pac heat originated when the fans got so tired of him that regardless of whether he was a face or heel, he’d get booed out of the building. It’s a nuclear heat that fans use to show their hatred of a character.

Part-time talent in WWE is obviously a huge draw for the company but PPVs that don’t have them can sometimes sell horribly, what if WWE were to have a large amount of part-time talent that they could book them so that they could have at least one part-timer on a PPV. Is this something that WWE has thought about? Could you see it happening? And could you see it being successful?

I am all for using the best talent available that will draw the most. It shouldn’t be forced nor should it be mandated that WWE must utilize a part-time worker. One of the reasons why part-time workers are so successful is they help breakup monotony and provide something different. The problem with this is, once they are utilized a few times, they fall back in just like anyone else. One could make an argument The Rock working a WWE match is no longer a “big deal” because he’s worked three just this year. It requires strategic booking to keep part-time workers hot and the worst thing WWE could do would be to over-utilize them by the rigid mandate you have suggested.

You’ve gone on record saying that you’re a fan of having JBL on commentary but I’d like to state what myself and others think on his work and hear your opinion on it. Though he does have talent at commentating, he’s very aggressive with his opinion and does a lot of shouting, making his partners at times uncomfortable, there were separate occasions where Josh Mathews and Jim Ross were noticeably silent on commentary because of JBL yelling at them. I feel he prevents other commentators from doing their jobs. Your thoughts?

“Everybody loves freedom of speech until someone uses it!” or when talking about The Shield, “These guys wrestle like they’re in someone else’s body.”   You can’t just come up with quotes like this or write them on a script. John Layfield is one of the best at what he does and just because you don’t agree with him (my political views are actually quite different), doesn’t mean he isn’t good. You speak of people being uncomfortable like it’s a bad thing. When JBL plays the role of an antagonist, he does it brilliantly. I love the banter he adds to announce and feel it brings a compelling element to broadcasts.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.sherwood.7 Jesse Sherwood

    Richard, X-Pac heat originated when the fans got so tired of him that regardless of whether he was a face or heel, he’d get booed out of the building. It’s a nuclear heat that fans use to show their hatred of a character.

    • cobra

      Yeah, that’s what I always thought it was too.

    • opie

      I’ve always thought Vickie and Ace had X-Pac heat (which is easy for the non-wrestler heels).

      • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.sherwood.7 Jesse Sherwood

        I agree there. Fandango started getting it too before WM29.

    • GODSENT68

      Wouldn’t that then be Cena heat???

      • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.sherwood.7 Jesse Sherwood

        Yes, Cena draws the same kind of heat from the male audience.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jayel.bee.3 Jay El Bee

        No because Cena still gets a huge positive reaction from the fans almost everywhere he goes.

  • Jaz

    I hate to question you, Richard, but I thought that xpac heat was a term interchangeable with “go home” heat, i.e it didnt necessarily mean they were a bad worker, it was just people who the audience plain didnt want to see anymore, regardless of work

  • sir-rusty82

    I also thought of stretching the part time talent all threw the year but the problem is there only there for the money which means they will prob only be on the big 4 PPVs and maybe afew around them but if you brought back a heap of part timers you will see even more full time wrestlers getting pushed to the side at WM, I dont think booking them the right to make them look hot is the problem I think booking them and making the rest of the roster look weak is the hardest thing creative has especially if we keep seeing them fight eachother or only the top faces in the buisness, I was hoping to see Sheamus, Orton, Shield etc have full fueds with the part timers to make them into stars like Cena

  • tomcatjerrymouse

    X-Pac heat really doesn’t have anything to do with disliking a wrestler’s in-ring ability. X-Pac heat is somebody getting booed because he’s genuinely disliked. It’s the same as John Cena heat. They dislike the person not neccesarily the character.

  • Connor

    I love JBL as a commentator, he’s great and he delivers his lines with passion that makes you pay attention to what he’s saying. To me King just sounds jaded and has done for years.

  • Batman

    “You can’t just come up with quotes like this or write them on a script.
    John Layfield is one of the best at what he does and just because you
    don’t agree with him (my political views are actually quite different),
    doesn’t mean he isn’t good. You speak of people being uncomfortable like
    it’s a bad thing. When JBL plays the role of an antagonist, he does it
    brilliantly. I love the banter he adds to announce and feel it brings a
    compelling element to broadcasts.”

    This brownnose answer brought to you by someone who writes for JBL’s website. Eyeroll.

    • GODSENT68

      Can’t just come up with it or write it is what made me laugh. It’s got to come from somewhere, either he made it up on the spot or he wrote it or creative wrote it.

  • Papa Burgundy

    I love JBL he reminds me of a present day Jessie Ventura!!

    • swifty

      Yes!!!! Yes!!!! Yes!!!!!

  • John

    The three man commentary team of JBL, Cole and Lawler is excellent. I like the fact that they know when to be serious and when to have a joke, often at the expense of themselves or the segment/match. Some of the lighthearted comedy moments are hilarious, which makes the commentary sound a lot less scripted.

  • Nox Stephonos

    Their needs to be Khali heat, it’s seems he’s on TV every single week.

  • Lrgetrout9

    If cloning was possible, I would love nothing more than to have 3 JBLs on commentary.

  • BlazeKing

    About 3Mb being faces:

    Believe it or not, they pulled off their face characters at Axxess so wonderfully, it was hilarious. I will tell you one thing, Drew can throw back Sugar-free Red Bulls like none other! This gimmick is is best thing to ever happen to Jinder because he gets to be more relaxed in his role. And Heath Slater is just a naturally goofy person. He’s the master of serious face/silly face. He’ll trick you so fast!!!

  • Mike Jones

    Richard I finally agree with you on something!!! JBL is probably one of the best on air talents they have on the mic. I think he is shining in a commentator role and is miles above guys like Josh Mathews and Michael Cole

  • Rich

    The problem is jbl rips into josh and josh doesn’t retaliate, and it’s all a bit awkward and not funny, like a bully. Either josh replies or jbl stops. I get the feeling jbl doesn’t llike or respect josh much away from kayfabe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angus-Wilson/1064577200 Angus Wilson

    I agree with what Richard Gray says about JBL. He’s awesome and totally reminds me of (although not quite as awesome as) Jesse Ventura who I believe invented the modern form of heel slanted announcing. Go and listen to those old broadcasts of Jesse and Vince on commentary. They had a vivid dialogue looking at the match. they were better though because there wasn’t the button to button script setting up the next pay-per-view. It was looser and more vibrant and Jesse really brought that action to the table!