The SmackDown Live writers are doing a good job of utilising returning stars so far; Rhyno is one-half of the Tag Team Champions while a lot of importance is being given to Curt Hawkins with some entertaining video packages.
Fans were also looking forward to seeing the return of former Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin. However, his arrival was halted by a cruel rotator cuff injury, which means a 2016 return to the company is completely out of the question.
A NEW STABLE?
He’s still expected to come back, but they reportedly have an exciting plan lined up for him, and two of SmackDown’s biggest names.
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The Wrestling Observer are reporting that there is internal talk within the organisation of doing a 'shooters’ stable, with Benjamin leading the pack.
Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler are also said to be under consideration to form the group of wrestlers with a decorated amateur wrestling background.
It looks to be quite similar to the Varsity Club back in WCW, with Rick Steiner, Mike Rotunda, Dan Spivey, Kevin Sullivan and Steve Williams being part of that stable.
The Observer are also claiming that current American Alpha member and former London 2012 competitor, Chad Gable, was touted as a potential leader of the group.
Although that would have been on NXT rather than the main roster.
However, the idea never came to fruition because apparently Vince McMahon didn’t like the gimmick, and it would have hurt everyone involved.
In the end, it proved to be a wise move as Gable and Jason Jordan have gone on to become one of the most popular teams on the main roster.
This puts Ziggler and Swagger in an unusual situation. The idea, on paper, seems to be interesting which could certainly help them as they aren’t doing anything massively relevant.
Multi-man groups also seem to be doing quite well right now; the New Day have led the charge while The Club, The Wyatt Family and the Social Outcasts also proved to be quite entertaining.
It’s a gimmick that can work if booked correctly, and if it’s on SmackDown Live then perhaps this is how they can make two of the three men involved relevant again.
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