– WWE SmackDown and ECW Superstar Ryan Braddock (Jay Bradley) was originally booked to come to the main rosters as JBL’s cousin. JBL saw Braddock work a few dark matches for WWE and felt he projected himself too much like a midcarder and then nixed the idea.
Braddock has been in WWE developmental for a long time and the feeling was they needed to bring him up to justify the investment. WWE feels they can try to get some guys over by giving them wins over Braddock since he’s a big guy. Braddock actually did a gimmick like JBL’s in developmental for a few years, complete with the white towel and short black jacket like JBL. While in developmental, Braddock held the OVW Heavyweight Championship twice and the DSW Heavyweight Championship three times.