Recently released WWE Superstar Heath Slater was hesitant to return to last weeks’ Raw, revealed the man who petitioned to have him return.
Slater’s appearance on the opening segment of Raw with former 3MB stablemate and current WWE Champion Drew McIntyre happened due to a lot of lobbying on McIntyre’s part, not only with WWE but also with Slater.
McIntyre told talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy that he was indeed behind the segment but one of the toughest parts in getting it done was talking Slater into it.
“The moment at the end was very special and I was very much pushing for that idea to happen,” McIntyre said about the segment which saw the two men hugging in the ring.
“I played a big part in making it happen and to be honest, Heath was a little bit against it and I spoke to my wife right before the phone call I made to Heath to try and convince him to come onto the show for the segment. She reminded me how I felt at the time when I was released and sure enough, he felt the same,” he said.
According to McIntyre, Slater had mentally “moved on” from the WWE and wasn’t sure that going back even for a short segment was what was best for him.
“He’s ready for the next stage and he’s not sure about going backwards, so I made it clear to him like, ‘Trust me, this isn’t going to be like anything you’ve done’,” said McIntyre.
McIntyre also addressed the criticism of the segment that McIntyre dominating a man who recently lost his job wasn’t exactly a “babyface” champion move.
According to him, it added an interesting layer to his current character and builds on his and Dolph Ziggler’s storyline going into their Extreme Rules match.