What was WWE thinking when they formed Encore? This is supposed to be a credible stable?
Come on. Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal are nothing more than three mid-carders thrown together because the Creative Team could not think of anything else to do with them.
Did you see their most recent appearance on Raw? They came out just after the Tag Team Tournament semifinal match between the Rhodes Scholars and the team of Santino Marella and Zack Ryder. They beat on Marella and Ryder for a few moments and then played air guitar.
They do not look like a stable of pro wrestlers. They look more like a group of geeky high-school buddies who get together each week in a “man cave” (also known as mom and dad’s basement) and pretend they are the second coming of the Scorpions.
Think Nexus out on a school night. Think Wayne’s World with creepy 20-somethings acting like teenagers.
I cannot imagine what the C-Team was thinking putting this group of guys together. The only thing that comes to mind is the fact that here are three budding stars who morphed into low-card/midcard jobbers at best.
Each one of them is a prime example of potential gone down the drain.
As a member of the fearsome Nexus, Slater was at the top of his game as a former tag-team champion. Following the breakup of Nexus and The Corre, the “One-Man Rock Band” was reduced to calling out (and losing to) WWE legends.
McIntyre was Vince McMahon’s “chosen one” whose potential was supposedly limitless. He seemed to be on his way, winning the Intercontinental and Tag Team championships. But the way down was just as fast as the way up, and McIntyre soon found himself engaged in storylines where he would have to win matches just to keep his job.
Mahal, the mystery man from India, also seemed to be on the rise. He convinced The Great Khali to go heel, only to see Khali rebel against his cruel direction and go back to being a face. He had the chops to be a decent singles wrestler, but after jobbing to Sheamus and other top stars a few times, Mahal’s stock soon dropped.
Individually, they stink. Collectively, they…well, they stink. The Creative Team is going to have to pull a rabbit out of their hat to get this stable over.
I know the group is still in its infancy. And who knows? Maybe in time, they will grow to be a decent midcard heel stable.
But for right now, their act is not worthy of an Encore.
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