What could have been. Earlier this month, WWE released nine wrestlers from their contracts, which offered quite the shakeup to the company’s roster. These releases came fairy out of nowhere though and that means there were chances for something else to happen. Now those plans will not be realized, but we do know what one of them might have been.
According to Fightful Select, prior to his release from the company, WWE was considering reuniting Wesley Blake with his NXT tag team partner Buddy Murphy. The two had been meeting with WWE creative to come up with a way to reintroduce them to WWE programming but nothing ever took place. The idea came about after Blake’s other partner, Steve Cutler, was released from the company in January.
Blake and Murphy appeared together in NXT, where they were managed by Alexa Bliss. The two won the NXT Tag Team Titles in January 2015 and held them for over seven months. Following their loss, the two failed to recapture their titles and ultimately split, with Murphy being moved up to 205 Live. Blake had been appearing as part of the Knights Of The Lone Wolf with Cutler before being released from the company.
Opinion: This is something that could have been interesting and it isn’t like the team was unsuccessful. If nothing else, it would have been nice to have Murphy doing something again as he has been sitting around waiting for months now. At the same time, if WWE could not think of anything for Blake, I can understand why he was released from the company outright.
The other thing that this illustrates is how much of a disconnect there is between NXT and the main roster. In NXT, the two were paired together, given a manager, and then allowed to see what they could do. That is not what happened on the main roster, as they were regularly thrown out there with seemingly little idea of what to do. I don’t understand the change, but it has been a problem since NXT TV became a big deal. They might want to work on that.
What do you think of the idea? How would you have presented the team? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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