Strange topic for a post like this I know, but would you expect someone to write about him without him actually doing something. That's why I am doing it because your not expecting it. This story has been told many times thus far in NXT with so many talents in a very short time. They start at the bottom and work their way up the card and get noticed by the fans and management as sort of a new face.
Following his repackaging as the "Drifter" many of us thought that this would be the start of his push and though it might be right now it's to early to really tell what Elias will be in the future. My early opinion of him is that he has the look of Damien Sandow and seemingly the personality of Curtis Axel. However, like I mentioned before it's a little too soon to make a judgment on Sampson as he needs a little bit more time to sink in. I think with enough time Elias may find his place in NXT I think we just really need to be able to make some sense of his gimmick before determining his potential.
Most wrestling fans make excuses why talent they don't like is getting a push and it's always any reason other then actual talent. Most of the time in that case it doesn't allow the fans to even given the talent a chance if they believe they achieved their success through less then "honorable" means.
Before I continue step this guy up for failure let me get to the point and I do have one, my point is that in wrestling matters more what talent the wrestler has and not who brought them to the dance, because ultimately they had to impress someone. Jerome Turner who recently signed a contract with the WWE had a big supporter in getting the deal done and his supporter is The Rock. As the story goes Turner was discovered by Pablo Marquez and Rocky Johnson which explains the connection to The Rock. In terms of background he has a big background in boxing and is being referred to as someone who could be "the next Big Show."
See what I mean some of you would just jump all over this and portray it as something bad even though its not like there are plans to put him directly on the Main roster or anything. Because having The Rock on his side could be both a blessing and detriment for a new signing especially one who is sort of green.