Heath Slater has revealed the original names he pitched to joined him when he evolved from a one man band into a three man band in WWE.
Slater was appearing on Such Good Shoot when he discussed his 3MB group and how it came to be after Vince McMahon initially wanted Slater to be a solo star.
“He wanted me to be the one man band. No, it was the one man rock band. The one man southern rock band. The one man country band or I don’t know, he had me doing so much stuff to where I was like, ‘Man, can I just be the one man band?’”
Heath Slater then went on to name who his original picks to join him were, three men that are also no longer part of WWE:
“I ran with it, ran with for a while. Then it wasn’t going nowhere and ran its course. I was like, ‘Come on. I need a band now. I’ve been a one man band. Let me have a band.’ They’re just like, ‘Oh, who are you thinking?’ I pitch [Dean] Ambrose, Fandango, and EC3. And this is before any of them are on TV. Fandango and EC3 were on NXT season three or something. So I pitch for those three. And then they were like, ‘Okay, let me get back with you.’ And this is Michael Hayes the whole time I’m talking with. The month goes by — nothing. You know, like, ‘Hey, baby, what the hell, man? I need this band!’”
Slater was told that he was getting his band but none of his picks were available, instead he got to partner up with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre:
“I’m like, ‘Alright, well, who’s in the band?’ He responded, ‘Jinder [Mahal] and Drew [McIntyre].’ I said, ‘That sounds like a bad joke, man: a Scotsman, an Indian, and a redneck walks into a bar.’ Well, when he told me that I first said, ‘Drew’s gonna be pissed, man.’ Because Drew always wants to be that badass, serious dude, you know? He legit is. Yeah, he wants to be that dude and him in 3MB is just was literally like one of those things.
“And Jinder is that guy that’ll be like, ‘Alright, man, let’s go, let’s try this.’ Drew, on the other hand, was more like pulling teeth a little bit. But we finally got him comfortable. And he said, ‘Well, I wanted to be a rock star and a wrestler. So I might as well do both.’ When he got on board with it — but still, we were the first three man group, then New Day, then Shield. We started that sh*t. You know, they copied us.”
The group came to an end in June 2014 when both Mahal and McIntyre were released from their WWE contracts. According to Slater, he phoned the WWE office himself after thinking they’d forgot to call and release him as well.
“It was also just like how it all ended — we had a calendar. We were booked for three months, every week. We got our calendars again, booked three months out, and then they got fired. And we’re like, ‘The hell? What happened?’ Jinder gets fired. He calls me. Drew gets fired. He calls me I’m like, ‘Guys, I’m next. let me call you back.’ Never got it. So literally, I called [Former Senior Director of Talent Relations] Mark Carrano and said, ‘Dude, you forget to call me?’”
Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre both returned to WWE in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Both men have since won the WWE Championship leaving Heath Slater the only 3MB member without that accolade.
During his appearance on the podcast, Heath Slater also discussed going off-script in a famous Raw moment with Brock Lesnar.
Credit: Such Good Shoot