YMMV: Damien Sandow

  • Awesome Music: His FCW theme (Antonin Dvorak's "New World Symphony") and main roster theme (George Frederic Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus") both qualify.
  • Badass Decay: He seems to be in the early stages of it. He loses a lot more than he used to. His segments with Cody Rhodes, while not terrible, are likely something that he would ordinarily disprove of during the summer of 2012 when he debuted.
    • As Mr. Money In The Bank, the badass decay got even worse. He continued to job constantly, was made to look incredibly weak in his feud with Cody Rhodes, failed his cash-in attempt by losing to a one-armed John Cena, and it was all downhill from there.
      • Considering that Sandow now plays the role of Straw Loser, this decay can be confirmed.
  • Critical Research Failure: Quoted Albert Camus in a segment on the February 1, 2013 WWE SmackDown where he and Cody announced to General Manager Booker T and Mr. Theodore R. Long that they were dissolving Team Rhodes Scholars to concentrate on singles competition.
    SANDOW: (quoting Camus) "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
    • These lines have also been attributed to George Sand. However, they also appear in a Jewish children's song called "Don't Walk in Front of Me, I May Not Follow."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Is more over than the man he's stunt-doubling for
  • Fridge Brilliance: His billing from Palo Alto, California seems random at first glance, until you do some digging and find out that Palo Alto, California has the highest percentage population with Masters' or Doctorate degrees in the United States of America.
  • Growing the Beard: In every sense. From "The Idol" walking to the ring with Beth Phoenix and Shelly Martineznote  in OVW to a member of the Teachers' Pets to his eventual evolution to "The Intellectual Savior of the Unwashed Masses."
  • Ho Yay: Arguably some with Cody Rhodes. Every time they'd win a match where they'd team together they'd always be wearing huge smiles at each other and hugging.
  • Love to Hate: Has gotten an entire arena to boo him within ten seconds of cutting a promo before a dark match.
  • Memetic Mutation: Rewording other wrestlers' catchphrases (or other wrestling stock phrases) in Sandow's signature Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness has become popular. Examples include, "The hour is at hand! The hour is at hand! The hour is at hand! The hour is at hand for Leon White's appearance!", and "Primary! Secondary! Tertiary! Victory!"
    • So, in a sense, he's the Joseph Ducreux of professional wrestling.
    • Became an Ascended Meme on the 3/11/13 edition of Raw, when he recounted the New Age Outlaws' catchphrase thus.
    • His unique Money in the Bank briefcase being made out of chocolate.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Especially in the eyes of the IWC.
    • His song about Randy Orton during the May 6 episode of Raw pointed out pretty much everything Orton's criticized for by the IWC.
    • The entire situation with Cody Rhodes. Cody is treated as justified because Sandow "betrayed" his friend to win the World Heavyweight Championship MitB briefcase... except the two openly agreed that it was may the best man win between them when it came to the match. It's even worse when you consider a similar storyline has been used before with Rey Mysterio & Batista back in 2009, but Batista is seen as the bad guy for being petty and snapping at his friend for not letting him win.