The Headbangers, Mosh, and Thrasher have discussed their short-lived comeback to WWE on SmackDown in August 2016.
The former WWE Tag Team Champions made a brief return to WWE after last competing in the company as a tag team 16 years earlier. Speaking to The Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast, the duo talked about their return and how it came to be.
“Well, how it originally came was I actually got a text from Road Dogg,He said, ‘Are you guys are available to do SmackDown Tuesday?’ And I went, ‘Yeah, that’s funny. Who’s this? Why are you ribbing me?’ And then immediately after I sent that back, he called me, and they actually wanted us the week before, but they were up in Boston or whatever it is. The casino where you had to have blood work done, a physical, the whole nine yards, so we wouldn’t have had time to get all that done.”
“So Brian said to me, ‘I don’t know if we’re going to be able to hold off this angle for another week. So I’ll call you next weekend,’ and I was like, ‘Okay.’ At that point, it had been 15 – 16 years since I’ve heard from anybody, and one of the things I always wanted to do was, my son at that time was 12, but one of the things I always wanted to do was — he’s seen us do so many indie shows that he’s bored, and he falls asleep during our matches. It’s amazing. One of the things I wanted was for him to see me in an actual WWE ring, so they do a lot of house shows around here, I couldn’t get on it.”
“When I saw Brian a couple of times, Brian knew about it. So I said to him, ‘Hey, appreciate the thought.’ No big deal but anyway, end up calling the next weekend and they flew us into Dallas, and we did it. It was amazing to be back, it was amazing to see everybody. It was an awesome feeling, and my son got to see me not only in a WWE ring but live on TV, which for me, made it even better.”
The Headbangers returned to SmackDown as part of the tournament to crown the first WWE SmackDown Tag Team Champions. The Headbangers would take on eventual winners Rhyno and Heath Slater in the match. Thrasher explains how the match didn’t go as planned and they expected their return to be cut short afterward:
“We waited 16 years, and then what do we do? We leave them in a ring bloody in a mess. And then we’re like, ‘Oh Jesus Christ. It took us 16 years to come back. We’re never coming back again.’ It was almost less than a month, I think, we got a callback for that in the tournament for the Survivor Series stuff, and that one was in New Jersey where we’re from. So it was really cool for me. That time, my oldest kids, actually got to come to the arena and see it live. Now, my oldest daughter’s 27.”
Credit: The Wrestling Inc. Daily