Liam Hoofe takes a look at seven other ex-superstars the WWE should consider signing…
With Kurt Angle and The Hardy Boyz having returned to the WWE this past week, and Drew McIntyre re-signing with the company too, it would appear as though the WWE is entering a new era of rehiring old superstars to add to their current roster.
Since last year’s brand split we have also seen the return of Curt Hawkins, Shelton Benjamin (well, not yet), Jinder Mahal and of course, Goldberg. The company’s willingness to reach out to old stars has opened the door to many possible returns and here is a look at seven other stars the company should consider reaching out to.
With WWE’s cruiserweight division finally beginning to get some momentum behind it, there would be no better time to add some real star power to the division than now. Mysterio has been working on Lucha Underground and on the independent scene for the last few years, and with WWE’s seemingly renewed policy for bringing back old talent, now would be the perfect chance to offer a branch out to the former World Heavyweight champion.
A feud with the reigning King of the Cruiserweight’s Neville would really help establish the former NXT champion as a force to be reckoned with, and would create some real fan interest in the division at the same time.
The rehiring of Drew McIntyre kind of feels like WWE admitting that they made a mistake first time around. Over the last few years, the company has let go plenty of wrestlers with real potential and one of the biggest of them was John Morrison.
The former tag, intercontinental and ECW champion never failed to deliver in the ring but was seemingly getting some heat backstage due to his real life partner Melina. With Melina out of the picture, Morrison could prosper on Smackdown now, adding some quality to their sparse mid card division at the moment.
Fans have wanted this one for ages and with the current roster expanding in size 2017 feels like the perfect time to bring back the former Mr Caribbean Cool.
With The Shooting Stars currently doing a whole load of nothing, Carlito could easily come in to help them with their failing gimmick. The guy was great in the ring but even better on the mic, and a run as a wrestler/manager might prove ideal for him at this stage in his career.
Okay, so before you all sound off at me in the comments section, I’m well aware that there is as much chance as me appearing on Raw on Monday night as CM Punk doing it. CM Punk left WWE under very bad terms in 2014, but stranger things have happened in the WWE and if Vince can patch things up with Bret Hart then maybe, just maybe he could sort things out with Punk as well.
Punk would be perfect in the WWE right now – just think of all the possible feuds he could have, the likes of AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens and more would all be queuing up for a match with the guy. His UFC career is failing miserably and eventually, I believe he will return to the squared circle. Whether it is for the WWE or not though, is a different matter.
If this were a list of superstars that WWE failed to utilise to the best of their abilities in the mid to late 2000’s- Montel Vontavious Porter would be very close to the top.
The former US champion was thrust right into an upper mid card feud with Kane upon his arrival in the WWE, before going on to feuds with the likes of Chris Benoit, Ric Flair, Matt Hardy and Rey Mysterio in the latter half of his career with the company.
Despite his obvious talents in the ring, his awesome entrance and his undeniable charisma, MVP never quite broke through the glass ceiling in the WWE and was released from the company in late 2010, following a disappointing year.
Seven years on and MVP has gained some valuable experience working for several other companies, including TNA, New Japan and Lucha Underground, from whom he was released last year.
While MVP is probably past working as a top-level star for the company right now, he would certainly add some experience and depth to the mid-card division and could help but over some of the struggling athletes on either brand.
Cody Rhodes has been on fire since his release from the WWE last year, putting on some incredible matches on the independent circuit and winning some serious gold along the way.
The grandson of a plumber has been rather vocal about his anger at the Stardust gimmick though and this could certainly have rubbed several people inside the WWE the wrong way. Plus, he is still signed with Impact wrestling.
With Drew Mcyntire having been called back after such a short period away though, it looks as though the WWE is willing to admit to some of their more recent mistakes and with Rhodes still at the tender age of 31, four years younger than Finn Balor, there is still plenty of time for him to climb back up the mountain in the WWE.
Damien Sandow, along with Mr Kennedy (Kennedy) is the very definition of a missed opportunity by the WWE. Sandow’s genius gimmick when he made his debut in the WWE was magic and the guy had a huge future ahead of him.
Unfortunately, the company dropped the ball with the former Intercontinental title, having him become the first man to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase and lose – a booking decision from which he never fully recovered.
Sandow’s release from the company, like Rhodes and McIntyre, is still fairly fresh in the memory and the wounds may still be quite sore. The star, however, has recently left Impact wrestling and is a free agent, opening up the door to a possible WWE return.
Like McIntyre, another man who was destined for bigger things, Sandow should resign with the company and return to NXT. The brand has had a lot of major stars plucked from its roster in the last few weeks and will need some serious star power if it is going to continue to grow. A move to NXT for Sandow right now would be a great deal for all involved.
What other former WWE superstars should the company sign? What do you think of Liam’s suggestions? Let us know in the comments below, and let Liam know on Twitter, here- @liamhoofe