Okay, admit it.
How could one not laugh when, week after week, Slater has had his hopes dashed by a returning legend?
From Vader to Road Warrior Animal, "The One Man Band" has earned a badge of notoriety as a heel who, despite never winning, has come into his own.
It just so happens that by being brash and oblivious, Slater has warmed our hearts to the point where we can't wait to see him face down in a puddle of his own bravado.
Regardless of how many times Slater has been disappointed, though, he has admirably picked himself up and dusted off his misfortune to reveal a new glow of foolhardy optimism.
And if a report by The Wrestling Observer Newsletter (reported by WrestleZone.com) is to be believed, Slater will likely have the opportunity to test his luck on a weekly basis against another procession of WWE legends:
The WWE is considering a weekly segment on Raw that features legends according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Reportedly, the numbers were consistently strong over the past month when WWE featured legends on the program, so the company feels it could make sense to work legends in as a regular part of the three-hour show.
If the WWE writers are serious about pursuing this, they must not be afraid to take chances; it is the only way to ensure that the integration of legends does not become a failure in the long run.
For instance, if Slater is to continue his interaction with returning wrestlers, he should do so in a way that isn't reminiscent of the repetitive formula of the past several weeks.
Unfortunately, WWE has gotten into the bad habit of doing the same thing over and over again with no advancement or end in sight (i.e., perpetual Brodus Clay "squashes").
Thus, the key to capitalizing on Slater's character-driven momentum and his rivalry with the legends is to either change or expand upon the stakes and motivations.