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Dear WWE Creative, The Slater Story Continues To Wow

Dear WWE Creative,

I could write about the Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles program, how Carmella is working her feud with Nikki Bella, or I could talk about Triple H turning on Seth Rollins and potential feud on the horizon for these two; but this week, I’m talking about Heath Slater.

To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of Heath Slater, but as of late, you’re turning me into a believer. The Social Outcasts faction was a good start to help this superstar connect with a fans, but branching out on his own as of late, has provided the WWE audience a true chance to connect with him, one-on-one.

What I love about this story, is that it doesn’t involve another superstar; Slater is evolving all on his own, and no one else is really needed in the process … well, Rhyno on a small scale now, but nothing major. The storytelling centers around Slater’s plight: from realizing the WWE forgot him during the draft, to at first being cocky about the situation, to sheer desperation, to a light at the end of the tunnel. Mixing comedy with Slater’s (somewhat) reality underdog/loser complex has been brilliant.

I don’t usually like cheesy promos that are base (loosely) on reality. Whenever we head to a so-called home of a superstar, I tend to roll my eyes. Even in the most heated of feuds, I find the very idea of one superstar going to another’s simply ridiculous. I even hated when they did interview house visits in the late ‘80s (Mean Gene at Macho Man’s house with Elizabeth comes to mind). Well, not Thursday night. I loved the segment with Renee. It was funny, it was entertaining, it told a story: right from the opening sequence of the front of the trailer, to Rhyno chowing down on spray cheese and crackers.

What comes next for Slater? While it does seem predictable for he and Rhyno to win the titles – or alternative for them to lose, but Slater still get signed – I think you need to be careful with Slater, after he does get signed. He’s not destine to become the next Ric Flair or John Cena, but the unique thing about what he has accomplished to date is the fact that he is connecting with the fans, both at live events and on social media. People are chanting for Slater during WWE programming, hashtagging #SignHeathSlater, and fans that once were not, are now wanting to see more of Heath … and you can include me on that list.

Should he and Rhyno become the first SmackDown LIVE tag team champions, and you do go that route (which I think you should), the continued evolution between these budding BFFs might just be an interesting watch. Perhaps a feud or program with a heel tag team is in order. Either way, what I would not like to see is less of Slater, or the character being forgotten, creatively. The anticipation of him being signed, and to which brand, has been nicely executed; the aftermath needs to be another unique chapter to add to the Heath Slater story.

Thanks for reading!




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