Stephanie McMahon has declared former Tough Enough contestant Daniel Rodimer as being “the next big thing” and she wants him to start on RAW by January at the earliest. And when he does come up, she wants “something big for him.” Internally, according to people who have seen him or worked with him, everyone believes (besides Stephanie) that even a January 2008 call-up would be pushing it for him. Rodimer has only been wrestling since August. Nonetheless, he has the look that WWE loves, moreso than anyone else in developmental, and perhaps some people already in WWE. Rodimer is 6-6 and nearly 300 pounds.
The company wanted Rodimer to win the 2004 Tough Enough, but he didn’t do much in the competition besides look big and cocky. Also, his promos weren’t too good and he didn’t stand out in the competitions, which is why he was eliminated fairly quickly. Although, he does have an athletic background as he played college football at the University of South Florida, but was not a star there.
Regarding his work in DSW, he gets over in personality there, but his matches haven’t gotten over too well – and DSW is considered to be the “easy level.” Then again, he just started last August.