According to World Wrestling News, on WWE Superstars Tyson Kidd was accompanied to the ring for his match against Trent Baretta by a very familiar figure from the Tag Team Division. This person is none other than Michael P.S. Hayes, formerly of the Fabulous Freebirds.
Most fans today consider the name of Hayes synonymous with either the SmackDown creative team and/or racism within the company. Hayes has in recent years gained a reputation for supposedly holding down talent from non-white ethnicities such as Kofi Kingston and Mark Henry.
Before that he was a top draw as part of the Fabulous Freebirds for organizations such as WCCW, WCW and the NWA. The group (also including Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts) revolutionized tag team wrestling by popularizing 6-Man Tag matches and the Freebird Rule.
Most notably, the Freebirds' feud with the Von Erichs arguably remains the bar which tag team rivalries should aspire to.
His in-ring work for the WWE, in the past, has been limited. For a short while he worked for Vince McMahon in 1984 but left after a dispute. Rumor has it that McMahon wanted Hayes to split from the Freebirds and work as a singles competitor.
He re-joined the company in 1995 playing the role of Dok Hendrix, who merely interviewed Superstars backstage. In 1999 he reclaimed his Michael Hayes name and began to manage the Hardy Boyz. This only lasted a short time before he started to work backstage with creative.
He has sporadically been used as a wrestler on TV since 1999, most notably taking part in WrestleMania X-Seven's gimmick battle Royal and being attacked by Edge in 2005, then the Nexus in 2010.
If Hayes returna to an on-screen role what does this mean? Has WWE finally realized that many of their Superstars need a manager to act as the mouth? Or is this a sign of a revived tag team division?
Either way, I look forward to seeing how this turns out.