Dixie’s Decision for Bootcamp by Dustin T Hull

This season of British Bootcamp has proven to be a successful venture from a Television show stance. Jeremy Borash recently spoke with Dixie Carter in a great interview. One of the things that Dixie stated was that the numbers for Bootcamp 2 surpassed the expectations and results from the first season. She also made note of a few key facts that the 3 finalists are facing; most notably is Rockstar Spud element. His success is such a high bar to attempt to reach, but that means that Dixie must be very wise in her decision as to who will be this year’s winner. Here’s my view of the three finalists she has to choose from.

Mark Andrews

While his freestyle skills might have impressed the judges, the fast paced action of this 22 year old from Cardiff, Wales is equally as quick and impressive. What he lacks in height and weight, he makes up for with a high petrol injected style that is fully captivating. In the 8 man tag, his portion with Noam Dar seemed like a throwback to the original days of the X Division; the “don’t blink” mentality.

He has a natural charisma on screen and his ability makes me feel that he would be comfortable working with Tigre Uno as easily as he would work with a Low Ki or Manik. He has the building blocks to be a future mainstay in the X Division but I don’t see his stock – based off a small sample size admittedly – rising beyond that the way an Austin Aries & AJ Styles did in the past. That is not a bad thing to me because he has the ability to shine as a centerpiece of the X Division moving forward based on his impressive in ring style alone.

Rampage Brown

With the look of a man you wouldn’t want to cross, this 31 year old man from Leeds is explosive in the ring. After the first episode, a lot was left to the imagination for his ability to talk to the audience, but that was proven a fallacy when he purposely walked out and cut a promo for the live crowd. Brown has an impressive look, but is more than just a body. He has an explosive amount of power in his moves. If you don’t believe me, go back and watch that match with Mastiff. He fits in with the current World Heavyweight division and I feel he could have some great matches with the likes of an MVP, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, and Bobby Lashely.

His in ring will definitely get the purist wrestling fans behind him, but with a micro sample to work with, I am uncertain of his ability to hook those who are more captivated by the story with a microphone. Don’t get me wrong though; this man can tell a helluva story with his matches alone, but I am concerned that he could just as easily end up as the Bad Bones Klinger of this season. If given time, I think he has the ability to not only prove me wrong, but shove that comparison down my throat, stomp on my head, and laugh the entire time he is making me look foolish.

Kay Lee Ray

The first thing many noticed when they were introduced to the 22 year old woman from Glasgow, Scotland was the fiery red hair. Her kind hearted back story warmed people’s hearts further only to have them taking a step back when they watched her perform. Her 4 way match was definitely a highlight this season. Kay Lee Ray is one the internet fans have heard about, but those who might not be aware of a certain “Miss X-Factor” will still be impressed by the style she works. I hear people say she resembles Lita, but I would compare her more with Jeff Hardy.

Incorporating her style into the Knockout Division would be as easy as it was for Havok. Ray has a unique ability that sets her apart from the rest of the roster. Pairing her as the underdog against Havok, the rookie against Angelina, or even the student against Gail… Any of these potential pairings could prove successful. I feel the division is ripe for this addition and this young star has the talent to make it work. The biggest concern for many would be her accent when she is on the microphone. For me, I think she is young enough to catch onto the subtle nuances and her fan pleasing in ring action will automatically connect her with any crowd.

If it was up to me, I feel that Kay Lee Ray would be the person I picked. The Knockout Division has that position open for her to come in and make an instant Impact. With such a massive success in the character of Rockstar Spud from the first season, making this choice to pick the performer that is most needed gives them the best shot at continuing the success we have seen from this competition. Ultimately, Dixie will make the decision she feels is the best fit; which I am fully confident in. After all, she chose to bring in Rockstar Spud last season, and I DARE anyone out there to explain how that was not the best choice possible.
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