Heath Slater was among the several Superstars and staffs released earlier this year by WWE in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, he did return one last time on WWE RAW to face the reigning Champion Drew McIntyre.
In a recent interview with TVInsider, Slater confirmed the speculation that it was indeed McIntyre himself who pitched the match to WWE.
Heath Slater on Drew McIntyre and WWE return
Slater initially did not want to come back to WWE. But The Scottish Psychopath requested to let him pitch the idea of the segment with him and Dolph Ziggler to the company.
“That’s exactly what that was. McIntyre called me a month or so in advance. I told him I wasn’t going back, and I didn’t want it. Then literally two weeks before Slammiversary he pleaded with me to let him pitch working together. He was sure they would go for it. Then when he called me back and said they went for it I was like, what?! It was one of those things where Drew is one of my best friends inside and outside the ring.”
Slater took this opportunity to cut a heartfelt promo and “hit a home run”, and also to show WWE what they would be missing out on.
“We just clicked 12 years ago when we met. I’m in the ring with him and Dolph [Ziggler], who is a friend too. I thought to myself, “I’m going to hit a home run and speak from the heart and let you know how I feel.” Thankfully, it was one take and came off great. I wanted to prove to them that I could have been doing this the whole damn time if you gave me the opportunity. Now you give me the opportunity to come back one day to show what I can do, I’m going to spread my wings and fly to other companies and give them my talent.”
Slater is currently working with IMPACT Wrestling and is a main star in the company.