WWE appears to be all in with the cobbled-together faction of Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater.
Regardless if "3MB" sounds like an Internet startup company and if the concept of delusional rockstar wannabes as a gimmick is so odd that it seems like a joke, WWE needs to follow through with this.
Survivor Series is the perfect chance to do so.
It allows 3MB the chance to forge chemistry in the glow of the spotlight and to help gauge how successful this whole idea can be.
Gene Mrosko of Cagesideseats.com says of the gimmick, "This has to be a rib, right?"
Like putting Dusty Rhodes in polka dots, this could very well be a joke at these guys' expense, but that doesn't matter. Three guys who were treading water in their careers are involved in an angle.
This is probably not the way McIntyre and Mahal envisioned getting TV time, but a goofy premise is better than sitting in the backstage area watching everyone else perform.
WWE has to allow 3MB to accomplish something more than attacking a vulnerable Santino Marella. We don't necessarily ever have to see them perform music, but we do need to see them in a ring together.
Tossing in two extra guys to make a traditional five-wrestler Survivor Series team would be a mistake.
There's no need to mess with chemistry that has only barely begun to percolate. 3MB can have a six-man elimination tag instead.
Perhaps Zack Ryder and Santino want revenge and enlist the help of another WWE jobber.
No matter who their opponent is, Slater's leather-clad gang has to be given a chance at the November pay-per-view. This angle could very well be a failure in the end, but WWE needs to see where it goes.
WWE owes that much to McIntyre, who has been stuck on the sidelines for so long, morphing from "The Chosen One" to "The Never-Used One." Even if their segments are silly, this new alliance can give McIntyre a chance to remind fans of his in-ring skills.
As for Mahal, F4Wonline (via Wrestlezone.com) reported that WWE has high hopes for his future.
This is a low-pressure situation for him to prove himself in the ring and perhaps eventually offer an opportunity for him to turn on his allies, helping him climb another rung or two on the WWE ladder.
Predicting what fans will latch onto is impossible.
WWE fans have become enamored with a puppet named Mr. Socko and chanting "yes" at a guy who chants "no" back. Maybe 3MB catches on, maybe it doesn't.
If fans don't buy into it, they can just scrap the idea.
There's no need to make a long-term commitment to Slater, McIntyre and Mahal's union. WWE can use Survivor Series to better judge just what they have in 3MB.
From there, they can decide if the band deserves an encore.