After the Forgotten Sons were removed from television, Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler did everything possible to get themselves back on track, including pitching wrestling as Bray Wyatt’s puppets brought to life, before being aligned with Baron Corbin. While the Knights of the Lone Wolf faction was incredibly short-lived, Westin Blake told Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy about how he had a conversation with Daniel Bryan about the direction of his character.
When asked if anything had been pitched to him, as opposed to stuff he had pitched, Blake said it was a one-way system.
“No. Not a lot of stuff got pitched my way, it was actually the opposite. I pitched stuff and it kind of came back. With Corbin, that was probably the one where I had the least input to say. I mean, they’re like, ‘Hey, you’re with Corbin. Here’s your look. Here’s what we want you to do. Here is kind of how we want you to act.’ And of course, like I said, at that time, I just kind of wanted to put my foot in the door type thing. And so I was just kind of like, ‘Yeah, I’ll do whatever you need or whatever you ask.'”
The former NXT Tag Team Champion did say Daniel Bryan – who was working in a backstage capacity on the blue brand – asked him if he would be a comedy character as part of what ended up being his final run in WWE.
“I remember I even talked to Daniel Bryan about it a little bit when we were there and he even brought up and said, ‘Hey, do you think you could even make this a comedy type thing?’ And Steve and I, we were more than willing. I was like, ‘Whatever you want, whatever y’all see The Knights of the Lone Wolf being, I think we could be. So if we want all wanted us to be comedy and Corbin the more serious, we can do that’ Unfortunately none of it got to play out like that.”
Blake added that the character was the least input he had on a character, but noted the compromise between talent and company.
“But I would say Knights of the Lone Wolf was probably like the least input I had on a character or something like that. But most of the other times when you do pitches, you’re doing pitches for yourself and kind of what you see yourself as, a kind of character that you’re going to come up with. Steve and myself with the Forgotten Sons, we had a pretty clear idea of what we wanted and the tone and the theme that we wanted for our tag team. Then WWE or NXT creative just kind of sprinkled their stuff that they wanted, they would work with us in a way to where we kind of got both sides happy.”