On last week’s edition of SmackDown, Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler made their first appearances on WWE television since May when they were introduced as King Corbin’s bodyguard-like associates.
The two had previously been part of the Forgotten Sons faction in NXT and briefly on SmackDown earlier this year alongside Jackson Ryker.
The trio had been in line for a big push until they were unceremoniously pulled from television in the wake of Ryker making some extremely questionable comments on Twitter in the aftermath of Floyd George’s murder by a police officer in Minneapolis.
I’m thankful you posted this because I’m now aware of what you stand for. When black brothers and sisters are crying, you praise someone that refuses to acknowledge their hurt. https://t.co/O4xm5L3Rpl— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) June 2, 2020
These comments were met with a furious backlash from serveral colleagues at the time including Mustafa Ali and Kevin Owens. Speculation last week after his colleagues re-emergenced suggested he was still under fire from those comments and his release was just a matter of time.
The freedom you speak of entitles you to speak your mind all you want. I’m not here to argue that. I just really need to tell you that I think you pushing your shitty wrestling catchphrase as all of this is happening is absolutely fucking pathetic.— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) June 2, 2020
Good night. https://t.co/d34xdOXZr6
Not so it seems.
On this week’s Main Event, Ryker returned as an accomplice of Elias as he backed up the singing superstar in an undetermined role.
His new look bears striking resemblance to Jackson Maine, Bradley Cooper’s redneck rock star character in ‘A Star Is Born’. Given the shared name, the similar look and the singing connection, it seems a fair bet that his new character may be patterned after this movie character.
The segment was interrupted by R-Truth which suggests an angle or feud between the three is incoming.