7 Reasons the 3 Man Band Gimmick Should Be Scrapped
Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre, Jinder Mahal formed a faux-rocker trio last year and the 3 Man Band just hasn't been a hit.
It's not a lack of talent that has made the group a flop but a lack of care from WWE's end and a lack of development. Sometimes misguided ideas turn out for the best in spite of themselves, but not in 3MB's case. The group has made little noise in WWE, musical or otherwise.
Here are seven reasons that WWE should disband 3MB and set Slater, McIntyre and Mahal on another journey altogether.
Lack of Heat
If fans were feverishly booing Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal every time they came out to the ring, all of the other group's flaws wouldn't matter.
3MB is designed to use arrogance and ridiculousness to incite the crowd, but the crowds have largely gone minus incitement. Too often there is little or no reaction to 3MB's antics.
There is something to be said about sticking with something to see if it catches on, but it looks like this trio won't be doing so even with the utmost patience. Fans boo Ryback, Jack Swagger and Big Show appropriately, while 3MB receives far too impassive reactions to justify having them stick around.
John Cena is more hated than them.
Unless WWE can invigorate the group's momentum with a number of heinous acts or turn them face and see how the reaction shifts, 3MB's lack of heat makes it the wrestling equivalent of empty calories.
Heel Factions Abound
There is little room for 3MB in the WWE landscape with so many other heel groups in the company.
The Shield has dominated in the ring and in terms of airtime. It is WWE's most powerful trio now having won the Tag Team titles and United States Championship. Dolph Ziggler, Big E. Langston and AJ Lee further crowd the heel scene. Paul Heyman's group just added Curtis Axel. Bray Wyatt and his Wyatt Family are on their way to the main roster as well.
Where does that leave Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal?
It leaves them on the bench and out of the spotlight. WWE only needs so many pairings and groupings of bad guys, and it has plenty without 3MB.
Drew McIntyre Is Capable of Far More
Drew McIntyre is wasting away in 3MB.
Putting someone as well-rounded as McIntyre in the ring, someone as athletic and compelling in a comedy wrestler role is a misuse of talent. 3MB is never going to have long, quality matches that showcase McIntyre's ability. The group will only hold him back.
WWE's decision to have McIntyre play a punching bag and goof is like having your best starting pitcher play third base.
There is a multitude of ways to maximize McIntyre's talent and 3MB is not one of them.
Lack of Commitment
3MB has the potential to work, but it's an angle that requires time that WWE is seemingly not willing to put in.
The obnoxious musician character has been done perfectly before with the Honky Tonk Man. The difference was how often fans saw the Elvis wannabe. 3MB's appearances are sporadic and short while Honky Tonk Man held the Intercontinental title longer than anyone in company history.
Were Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal asked to put on grating concerts or become as consistent a part of WWE Raw as Slater was leading up to Raw 1000, perhaps fans would despise them more. As it stands, the trio is not around enough to make an impact.
It’s hard to imagine WWE cutting out other folks’ segments and matches to commit more time to 3MB, so the group will end up like an uncared-for plant, withered and forgotten.
WWE needs its comic-relief and musical acts, but the music-themed silliness is at capacity even without 3MB's presence.
The Great Khali dances after his victories with Hornswoggle and Natayla at his side. Tons of Funk do a humor-based dancing shtick as well. Add Fandango to that mix and it seems there's little room for Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal to play air guitars.
You can't build a roster with a bunch of Disco Infernos and Too Cools. The company has to balance the light and the dark, the intense and the humorous. If WWE got rid of one of its other dancing/singing acts, 3MB would make a bigger impact.
For now, the three rockers represent overkill.
3MB's "Behind the Music" segment was a fun start for the group, but the trio didn't go anywhere from there.
Jinder Mahal called himself "the fun one" and fans didn't see WWE play that joke up at all. The group teased at a debut single, but little came of it. In the end, the group has been forced to play the same note again and again, that of playing air guitar in annoying fashion.
No one was expecting Shakespeare from 3MB, but a lack of development has rendered them ineffective. It would be the equivalent of WWE having Antonio Cesaro still do the "five languages" bit or have Fandango still refuse to perform when people mispronounced his name. Those men have moved on from those bits while 3MB is still playing the same single chord.
An Awkward Fit
From the beginning, the 3MB gimmick fit Heath Slater and did just the opposite for Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal.
The move felt forced and random. Mahal wore a turban with a leather jacket. The outfit and the gimmick was ill-fitting for McIntyre as well. While not as bad as John Wayne playing Genghis Khan, the 3MB gimmick is a case of bad casting.
McIntyre and Mahal have done their best to embrace the role, taking it on with exuberance, but it is still too much like Steve Austin in the Hollywood Blondes—the wrong gimmick to maximize talent.