Much to the chagrin of former United States champion Santino Marella, The Encore played one last song on last night’s episode of RAW.
Unfortunately for Marella, that tune was played on his beaten and defenseless body.
The group, consisting of Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal has been terrorizing their opponents for several weeks now, normally ending in a gang beating from the three superstars. With last night's match between Slater and Marella, very little changed.
Once the Milan Miracle seemed to be in firm control of the match, McIntyre and Mahal entered the fray and the beatdown began. The group looked dangerous, looking to carve a path through whatever, or whomever, stood in their way.
But until recently, no one would have believed that this could have happened. In fact, these three superstars had recently fallen on hard times.
McIntyre, once thought “the Chosen One” by Vince McMahon, had seen his push completely halted and had been subjected to various low level storylines and embarrassing losses.
Mahal, for all of his potential, had also been relegated to very low on the card, and the losses have piled up for some time now.
And let’s not forget Slater. Yes, his numerous losses to WWE Legends were incredibly entertaining. But most of them were just that: losses.
However, his good nature towards the program, along with Mahal and McIntyre accepting their low statuses, have seemingly led to the company banding them together to form one collective force. One bent on domination and revenge.
Sure, the three originally brought to mind old memories of Al Snow’s J.O.B Squad, a group of down on their luck wrestlers banding together for a common purpose. The difference here is that all three of these men are still young, hungry and full of potential.
As mentioned, McIntyre was once thought to be the future of the business. He has great size and agility, which coupled with a vicious streak that he has exhibited lately, could make him a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.
Even recently, Mahal was viewed as a possible top heel for the company in the future. He has a unique look and background, and like McIntyre, shows unrelenting aggression when provoked.
As for Slater, who seems to be the leader of this group of underused talent, his run with the legends likely gained him favor backstage. He may not be the biggest, strongest or fastest superstar, but he has a certain intangible that not every performer possesses. He is charismatic in a somewhat dorky way, which makes the anger and brutality that the group has been perpetrating seem almost confusing.
Slater has been viewed as somewhat of a comedy act by many, so seeing him not only participating in, but actually leading the charge in these attacks has been somewhat off-putting.
But it also seems to be getting over, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.
Singularly, these men would likely continue to get lost in the shuffle that has become the WWE roster. But together, they create an unlikely, but impressive force.
One that could continue to create problems for many people, for many years.