HEATH SLATER made a shock return to Raw last night to confront Drew McIntyre just three months after he was axed by WWE.
The “One Man Band” was part of the huge number of cuts made by WWE chief Vince McMahon amid the coronavirus crisis back in April.
Slater, real name Heath Miller, was let go just days after an emotional tribute to his long-time friend McIntyre following the Scot’s WWE Title triumph over Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
Now he is back in business on Monday Night Raw and back friends with the champ despite attacking him.
McIntyre kicked off the show by calling out Dolph Ziggler and demanding he reveal the stipulation for their upcoming title match at Extreme Rules.
The challenger came out but continued to keep McIntyre in the dark, and instead turned the conversation towards the belt holder’s lack of appreciation for how much the veteran helped him during their team as a tag team.
Ziggler then claimed there were others who had assisted McIntyre on his journey to the top and had now been forgotten by him.
That led to the shock return of Slater, who teamed with the Brit and Jinder Mahal when the trio were known as the “Three Man Band”.
Speaking of a GHOST from @DMcIntyreWWE’s past…@HEATHXXII is here on #WWERaw! pic.twitter.com/B5W1DkF7gG
Wearing a shirt with “free agent” written on it, Slater got straight in his mate’s face and implied the champion did nothing to help him keep his job during WWE’s talent releases.
He insisted he needed his job for his kids and that it was not just a gimmick, but McIntyre had forgotten all about him and their friendship when things got tough.
Slater then slapped the taste out of McIntyre’s mouth and demanded a match against him.
But any hopes of a glorious return were quickly ended as the champ hit his devastating Claymore Kick to claim the win.
The frustrated Ziggler then attacked Slater after the bell, leading McIntyre to race back down the ramp to the ring and send Dolph packing.
That led to Slater and McIntyre then embracing as the duo patched up their differences.
Meanwhile, a brand new version of the United States Championship was also revealed on Raw by MVP.
The veteran will battle champ Apollo Crews for the title at Extreme Rules and he took the opportunity during the build-up to that showdown to show-off the new eagle design.
The new, vintage styled championship certainly got plenty of feedback, with fans torn between whether they like it or hate it.
The new WWE United States Championship title is okay. It’s not horrible.#USTitle pic.twitter.com/uDQNjUhpG9
Unpopular opinion – I love the new design on the #USTitle! It gives me the vibe of the NWA world championship. #WWERAW pic.twitter.com/kHwnbVcEqh
Oh no…. 😂#wweraw #ustitle pic.twitter.com/ZczQnVu8rW
Goodbye to this great US title, there are a lot of belts in WWE that need redesigning and this isn’t one of them. pic.twitter.com/TX0wnrzaBc
Nowadays it’s become a trait of people to complain.
What WWE gives us, they just want to complain.
This new US Title is amazing but still I saw a lot of people complaining.😏#WWERaw #USTitle pic.twitter.com/yar2w2HkFd