INDUCTION: Adam Rose and The Bunny – Going Down a Truly Crappy Rabbit Hole

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WWE, 2014-2015

Since day one here,  we’ve maintained the wrestlers who are forced to portray ridiculous gimmicks or be thrust into awful storylines aren’t at fault for their predicament.  Rather, they are the victims in this business.  They are men and women who are trying to put food on the table by doing the best they can with whatever absurd situation in which they are placed by those in charge behind the scenes.

To wit: poor Adam Rose.

It appeared, when he first came to the main roster, he had an absolute cannot lose gimmick.  He was the life of the party, surrounded by friends, lackeys, and hot chicks.  A super catchy song blared as he came down the aisle with his hot chicks.

Did I mention the hot chicks?

Remember when Mandy Leon showed up in his entourage?

You don’t?

You will now.

Me-OW indeed.

But while Rose appeared to have a gimmick where he’d be set for life (seriously, could you imagine a WrestleMania entrance with 80,000 strong singing and dancing along?????), it simply wasn’t meant to be.

Poor Adam had it all, and poor Adam lost it all.

And he lost it all to a guy in a stupid bunny costume.

In April of 2014, WWE fans were treated to a look at something called “The Exotic Express”.   I’m not quite sure if it was a bus, an abandoned warehouse, or just some shots of a room backstage at a random Raw.  Pretty sure it was the latter.  Also, pretty sure we were supposed to think it was a bus.

And hey, WWE and buses…have they ever done us wrong?

Oh, right.  

I guess they have.

Anyway, Rose introduces us to lots of his pals, such as his current ex-girlfriend (ha!), his soon to be ex-girlfriend (ha ha!), and a midget (wait, what?).  “I learned a long time ago,” Rose philosohpizes, “if you want a big party, you have to have little people!”

Really – this was said just four years ago on Raw.

Also, I am pretty sure that the “little person” he had at his party may have just been some random kid he grabbed off the street.  Either way, it’s kinda creepy and disturbing and not the kind of party I want to go to personally.

Then he heads to the back of this shindig.  And there…there…he finds a bunny.  He explains that he LOVES bunnies, and hops around like a goofball to illustrate said point.

And that, friends, is where our story begins.

Our long, seemingly never ending, eternally painful story.

Now as anyone who has been a visitor of this site for, say, two weeks could tell you, I am a HUGE fan of hyping a guy’s arrival.  Show us what he’s about, show us what he wants to do, show us why we should care.  And they did a pretty good job of that with Rose.  Well, save for the fact they planted the seeds for something completely idiotic from DAY ONE.

Honestly, once he headed to ringside for his first match, he was utterly and completely doomed anyway.

Doomed by this idiot:

Let’s face it – Michael Cole proclaiming something is “awesome” and then dancing and scatting the theme song is death to anything.  You could bring out in her prime Trish Stratus, and if you saw Cole doing that, you’d never want to see her again.

I mean, I never agree with anything JBL says ever, but the look on his face in that GIF is identical to mine right now.

In fact, let’s freeze frame it for posterity.  Maybe we’ll use it going forward for anytime we reference something idiotic Cole says here.  I could see it on here a lot, couldn’t you?

What, you don’t want to share the spotlight?

I guess I should note that while I was a fan of the Rose vignettes, parts of them were actually kinda dumb.  For instance, they always showed folks on/in/whatever the Exotic Express “partying” by playing Hungy Hungry Hippos.  If I was ever at a party where that was the go to, I’d have bolted.  And I am like the lamest guy ever.  There was exactly one time when Hungry Hungry Hippos was cool – when we mocked Ken Patera 10 years ago.

Actually, that may have been stupid too.  I grade myself on a curve.

So Rose piddled around in the midcard for the next few months, seemingly driving his party bus directly to Nowheresville, USA.  Eventually, the crack writing team came up with a brilliant idea to turn his fortunes around.

Remember The Bunny?

You know, the one we mentioned like 200 words ago?

Well, they decided to have him TEAM with The Bunny.

Again, we should have known from day one this wasn’t going to end well – as the pair danced their way to the ring for the very first time together, we were immediately greeted by a HELL IN THE CELL logo.

Seriously.  I can’t make this stuff up.

I will say this – while I found Rose to be more than acceptable in the ring, the Bunny was pretty freaking good.  He would do all kinds of high flying crap that you wouldn’t think a dude stuck in a giant outfit like that could pull off, and he did it in a very entertaining manner.

Here he is kicking Heath Slater in the face as he vaults off the top rope.  The pair had their first feud against Slater and Titus O’Neil, collectively known as Gator Slater.  Really, that’s what they were called. I legit had zero recollection was ever a thing that happened.

I cannot possibly be the only one.

The Bunny kept up his high flying antics, and did a good job of impressing the crowds.  So much so that on Halloween night, as the pair were trick or treating (backstage at Smackdown – probably best not to ask), they ran into R-Truth who asked Rose what it was like to be continually overshadowed by a guy in a rabbit outfit. As you’d suspect, Rose wasn’t too thrilled with that question…and things started going awry in a major way.

The following week on Smackdown, Rose showed up to take on Truth.  Truth did his usual “What’s Up!” schtick with the crowd, and the crowd responded in kind.  Yay Truth.

Deciding he may be alright being upstaged by The Bunny, but he sure as heck wasn’t going to be by R-TRUTH (!!), Rose attempted to the “What’s Up!” himself.

Boo Rose.

But that was just the start.

Soon enough, Truth was doing his shucking and jiving, which inspired someone else to do the same.

Sadly, no, not her.

I meant of course The Bunny…

…who went so far as to start twerking.

Think about that for a second: we had the choice of a giant rabbit or a chick like Mandy Leon dancing, and THAT’s the one WWE gave us.

Apparently Rose was as annoyed as I was, as he absolutely waylaid the stupid rabbit right into next week as the Rosebuds looked on in abject horror.

Seriously, look at those girls.  That’s better acting than we see on these shows 99% of the time.  They look to be traumatized.

But then Rose quickly calmed down, collected himself, and offered The Bunny the chance to come back and join the party.

And sure enough, the next time we saw Rose, the Bunny was in tow, the party was continuing as if nothing ever happened.

Why it was just like when Paul Orndorff turned on Hulk Hogan, and they just came out hugging the next week.

You remember that, right?

So this continues on and on, same stupid story every stupid week.  Bunny does something dumb or overshadows Rose…

…and Rose kicks The Bunny right in the lemons.

Ok, back to that reference to Orndorff-Hogan above…remember when a guy used to turn on someone, and that would be it?  They’d just feud?  Is there a reason WWE had to change that?  Isn’t that a primary aspect of storytelling, not just in wrestling, but in ANY medium?

I mean, this stupid angle was bad enough, but now I’m forced to endure WWE doing this all the freaking time.  This year alone, we’ve had months and months and MONTHS of Sasha and Bayley turning on each other then tagging up then hugging then turning on each other again.

We deserve better, don’t we?

Back to this stupid storyline, Rose and Bunny were back together so they could team at the Survivor Series.

Let me repeat that – Rose and Bunny teamed at one of the BIG FOUR events.  Not in a pre-show match – on the MAIN CARD!

Care to guess what happened?

Well, Bunny got the pin…

…while Rose looked on sadly, never even getting tagged in.

Seriously, how can you not feel sorry for the guy?

And Rose didn’t beat up the Bunny on this night!  Instead, he just walked sadly backstage, with the pair transitioning into a feud with Kane.

Which, of course, did not end well at all.  Here the two get double choke slammed…

…and then The Bunny took the lewdest tombstone pile driver you ever did see.

I mean, for sure he cut one right in Glen’s face while in that position, right?

The Bunny would continue to come to ringside, but now he was injured and was forced to wear a horse collar around his neck.  Ah, the old Bobby Heenan gimmick.

Except, you know, not funny at all, because some doofus in a rabbit suit sure as heck ain’t no Bobby Heenan.

Finally…FINALLY…Rose has enough of the stupid rabbit, and beat him to pieces.

And this time, he didn’t hug him or invite him to a party.  Just left him for dead.

He also beat up the Hot Dog Guy for good measure.

Can’t say as I blame him.  Dude had mustard on him instead of ketchup!  Have some taste, geek!

Finally…FINALLY…the party was officially over once and for all.

We’d see Rose months later on Main Event as a nerd who hated parties and fun.  Eh, if you hate fun, Main Event would be the logical place to be.

But just in case you thought this was turning into an Adam Rose solo induction…

…the BUNNY SHOWS BACK UP AGAIN.

This time, however, the Bunny was completely black.  And he looks sad.  I was going to be sad too, as I thought this never ending saga was going to…ummm…never end.

Sorry, kids, my brain is just shot at this point.  The thought of continuing to write about this has turned from funny into an inane and bizarre type of torture.

Which makes me glad to report that Evil Black Bunny showed up one week, then never again.  Let’s not question why, let’s all instead be thankful.

But hey, maybe you are a total weirdo who wants to celebrate this induction?  Then why not buy the Adam Rose and Bunny BATTLE PACK.  Seriously, it exists.  Buy it on Amazon, we get like two cents if you do!

Which is far more than this stupid storyline was worth!


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41 Responses to "INDUCTION: Adam Rose and The Bunny – Going Down a Truly Crappy Rabbit Hole"
  1. Chris V says:

    Actually, Evil Dark Bunny could have been pretty cool if the WWE decided to make it an homage to Donny Darko. That would have been great.

    I had no idea about the “Dark Side Bunny”, well obviously, because it was on Main Event, which no one watches. I thought that Rose pretty much disappeared after Kane beat him.
    Until he came back as part of the Social Outcasts, of course.

    • Si says:

      Dark Bunny was actually in Raw vignettes for two weeks before that one appearance that wasn’t on Raw, which shows how well that did.

  2. Alfonzo Tyson says:

    Wasn’t the bunny the Cape Town Werewolf, Justin Gabriel?

    • Si says:

      Yes it was, and Gabriel later said he and Rose pitched an idea that the Bunny would go hardcore, going through ladders, covered in blood etc and would eventually be revealed on camera as Vince deciding to enjoy himself undercover.

      • phillip sanders says:

        I also remember him pitching the dark bunny idea to creative because he wanted it to be like donie darko. Im not sure if when they did the dark bunnys appearance if gabrile was still under the mask though.

  3. Guest says:

    “You could bring out in her prime Trish Stratus, and if you saw Cole doing that, you’d never want to see her again.”

    Considering this was the same Trish Stratus who had some really awful matches in the first six….eight years she wrestled in the company which includes the Jackie Gayda match that’s a bit unfair to Cole if not a bit revisionist.

  4. dennett316 says:

    While the Adam Rose entrance was top notch, the rest of his presentation left a lot to be desired. He was better as Leo Kruger, imo. He had a cool, creepy promo style as Leo, and was better to watch in the ring too.
    Adam Rose pretty much saved his WWE career for a while though, so it wasn’t a total loss…unlike the Bunny stuff.

    • Philip says:

      I suspect the Leo Kruger gimmick might have got over better with Vince than the Adam Rose gimmick, purely because it didn’t involve confusing things like young people doing crazy dances. You know Vince hasn’t got time for the hipping and the hopping and the bipping and the bopping.

  5. #OPC says:

    Also they appear to be fighting Heath Slatter, with two t’s.

  6. Big Jilm says:

    I just zoned out on that Mandy gif for about 10 minutes. My godless.

  7. CF says:

    If this rabbit hole could be wiped away, it would bidet best thing which ever happened to pro wrestling.

    And another thing: “*Nobody* puts ketchup on a hot dog.” [Harry Callahan] 🙂

  8. Guest says:

    “Let me repeat that – Rose and Bunny teamed at one of the BIG FOUR events. Not in a pre-show match – on the MAIN CARD!”

    Don’t be too surprised this is the same company that thought the unification of the Raw and SmackDown titles was not important enough for Wrestlemania but was better suited for a pre-show…..and no this would not be the last time they did something as stupid as poor Neville…..and depending on how you feel about him Austin Aires with regards to their cruiserweight title match would find out.

  9. Guest says:

    “Deciding he may be alright being upstaged by The Bunny, but he sure as heck wasn’t going to be by R-TRUTH (!!), Rose attempted to the “What’s Up!” himself.”

    At the very least tell me Truth didn’t go over since WWE has something of a habit of using Truth to humble people as John Morrison, Bo Dallas, Damien Sandow & Wade Barrett will attest to.

  10. Guest says:

    “Here he is kicking Heath Slater in the face as he vaults off the top rope. The pair had their first feud against Slater and Titus O’Neil, collectively known as Gator Slater. Really, that’s what they were called. I legit had zero recollection was ever a thing that happened.

    I cannot possibly be the only one.”

    Guess it’s not a good time to point out they had Hornswoggle with them…….who dressed up in a alligator costume.

  11. Sean Bateman says:

    A member of the Exotic Express was Becky Lynch. Yes Deal, our favorite Ginger was on it with Braun, Little Miss Bliss, Jimmy Jacobs AND Simon Gotch

    • Andy PG says:

      Well, yeah — the basic rule of the Exotic Express was that everyone on it was someone who hadn’t been formally introduced to NXT yet. Which led to the fun situation where Paige borrowed one partygoer’s outfit… namely, Leva Bates’, as Blue Pants wasn’t more than a one-off joke at the time!

    • Ivan TW says:

      2018 WWEUK winner Zack Gibson was a member of the Express during a UK tour too.

  12. Mighty Vastardikai says:

    I am pretty sure everyone involved with Adam Rose got a serious push at some point EXCEPT Adam Rose.

    • phillip sanders says:

      EVEN SIMON GOTCH?!?! well he did get a coulple of tag title shots against the new day so i guess ur right.

  13. Rebel says:

    I was one of the few who hopped on Exotic Express. Adam Rose gimmick is goofy, silly, and fun. I hoped it would get bit over but never did. I feel the fans were lemons for not wanting fun just want something just same old “I’m serious!” type gimmick and matches

  14. Si says:

    Man, there’s so much to go into with post-prime Rose. The way various developmental people would appear among the Rosebuds before getting their NXT launch which means looking back at the non-Mandy members is a case of going “hey, there’s Braun/Alexa/Becky/Carmella/um, Simon Gotch/Jimmy Jacobs somehow!” That right after he turned heel he fired his entourage so he could hang out, and steal Joey Ryan’s lollipop-sharing gimmick, with Rosa Mendes for about a month before Rosa found out she was IRL pregnant (I’m not saying the two things are necessarily connected, but…) The Party Pooper Adam Rose, which only ever really appeared on Main Event and once at NXT, where he cut a promo that included the word “poop” about ten times in two minutes, didn’t even have a match out of it and never set foot in Full Sail again.

  15. aceldamia says:

    The bunny in the neck brace was all sorts of awesome.

  16. JimbobJones says:

    Wait a minute… you think ketchup on a hot dog is GOOD? And, since I’ve been reading your site since its original design, I can assume that you aren’t 8 years old.

    Daaamn. Now I’ve got to rethink everything. I thought you had taste!

    Maybe… maybe this site isn’t about the worst of pro wrestling, but actually the BEST. Maybe this site should actually be named WrestleAwesome, and Cole vs Hornswoggle is the new Flair vs Steamboat.

    I’m conflicted now. Thanks, RD!

  17. paul roma says:

    Great induction. Poor Adam… You forgot to mention his intense encounter with the Oculus mirror. That was pretty painful.

  18. Bill Kaufman says:

    I have always always hated the stupid gimmicks made to embarrass legit wrestlers. Ive watched wrestling for 50 odd years and WWE has become nothing but buffoonery at best. Ill always hate when one of my all time favorites Dusty Rhodes made the career suicide mistake of going to the WWE and they took one of the greatest ever and lowered him to wearing black with yellow polka dots! OMG How disrespectful and humiliating!?

    • Si says:

      So disrespectful that both his sons and several of his fans and proteges have used the same color scheme and design in tribute.

  19. Thomas Moffatt says:

    I loathed Adam Rose from day one as he was supposed to be based on Russell Brand. The only thing worse than a Russell Brand wannabe showing up would be Russell Brand himself…

    • MattyC says:

      The only advantage of Russell Brand showing up on a wrestling show would be that he may get absolutely battered by someone at some stage. Otherwise I entirely agree with you!

  20. Andy says:

    Wow. I don’t remember the dark side bunny at ALL.

    I DO remember the figure set, which hung on a peg in my local Walmart for months un-moved while all the other figures around it changed.

  21. Christopher Haydu says:

    Great gimmick, just botched execution. (Really botched.)

  22. Rich says:

    I always got the sense that Rose getting over down at Full Sail was, in part, down to the massive contrast between the character and Leo Kruger. Much in the same way that people got on board with Brodus Clay as the Funkasaurus, because it was such a departure with what had been presented beforehand.

    When you get a main roster audience who haven’t seen the change (especially in 2014 when the Network was still in it’s infancy), all you see is just some arrogant party guy with no real reason to cheer for him. Even though heel Cole was done by this point, getting him to dance is basically Vince burying the face chances of the gimmick from the get-go.

    Maybe “fun” gimmicks are just ultimately better suited to smaller, regular audiences. Stuff like No Way Jose seemed to do well in NXT, but seemingly hasn’t translated to the main roster.

  23. Thomas Moffatt says:

    I do remember Slater-Gator. I remember them feuding with the Puerto Rican bullfighters and employing Shiteswoggle as their mascot. I recall a Shiteswoggle dressed as a gator taking on El Torito and those in attendance chanting “This is stupid!”…

  24. Ryan says:

    Maybe the bunny can return and join the Hispanic Adam Rose, No Way Jose.

  25. TheGreat31 says:

    “Slater Gator”

    Not Gator Slater.

    Like, “later, gator!”

    Bruh…

  26. Broken Kahn says:

    “Put da bunneh back in da bawx”…
    Lol just brought back memories of con air. It was a drag, this storyline. Braun strowman was a rosebud. He wore a tutu. Imagine that.

  27. Q says:

    The Bunny was killed off screen. During the New Day s pot luck dinner. Rose appeared with rabbit stew. If you listen carefully you can hear Big E say “is that what happened to the bunny?”

  28. KatieVictoriasSecret says:

    No Way Jose is proof that a gimmick like Rose’s can work, if given the right shot. Oh well!

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