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Rumours on why the WWE haven't been able to bring back former superstars

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The WWE has given itself a lot of time to fill with the recent brand extension as Raw and Smackdown Live have become rivals for the first time in nearly five years.

Two separate rosters trying to fill five hours worth of television is a challenge in itself; many fans bemoaned the product when they had both rosters covering just the three hours of Raw.

To help pad out the talent, it was reported a few months ago that the WWE had contacted a plethora of former stars with the idea of bringing them back post brand split.


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It's safe to say that the fans haven't managed to get the dream returns they were hoping for. While the likes of Kurt Angle, MVP, Jeff Hardy, RVD and Carlito were mooted, enhancement talents like Jinder Mahal and Curt Hawkins have returned instead.

Shelton Benjamin was one of the few big names actually set to return to Smackdown where he originally made his name back in 2002. However, a shoulder injury discovered in his WWE medical put paid to that nice idea.

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Wrestlinginc.com have reported that Dave Meltzer mentioned on a recent episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that a lot of the talent that WWE has contacted about returning are not going back because they're doing better just where they are.

The longtime wrestling journalist noted Ryback is charging $4,500 for indie appearances, and said that he found out what a "pretty significantly pushed person" was making right now in WWE, and that there were wrestlers in TNA making more than that person, despite working so few dates.

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One person that appears to apply to is MVP. Meltzer also noted in the latest issue of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter that talks between MVP and WWE "are now dead." He suggested on the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that the WWE didn't really want the former United States champion back that badly.

Has the WWE dropped the ball on these stars of yesteryear, or should they push forward with their talent from NXT? Let us know below.

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