Heath Slater wanted Dean Ambrose and two more stars to be part of 3MB. In the end, the company decided to go with Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal instead.
Before Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal became WWE Champions, they were part of comedy stable 3MB. However, if Heath Slater had his way, the group would have had completely different faces in it. One of whom would have been Dean Ambrose.
In a recent appearance on Such Good Shoot, Slater recalled the moments leading up to the creation of 3MB and the superstars he originally had in mind for the stable. Instead, he was tagged along for quite some time before they decided to bring in McIntyre and Mahal instead.
Heath Slater wanted Dean Ambrose and two more stars to be part of 3MB
“I was like, ‘Come on. I need a band now. I’ve been a one man band. Let me have a band.’ They’re just like, ‘Oh, who are you thinking?’ I pitch [Dean] Ambrose, Fandango, and EC3. And this is before any of them are on TV.
“ Fandango and EC3 were on NXT season three or something. So I pitch for those three. And then they were like, ‘Okay, let me get back with you.’ And this is Michael Hayes the whole time I’m talking with. The month goes by — nothing. You know, like, ‘Hey, baby, what the hell, man? I need this band!’”
When Slater was finally told who his band members were going to be he thought of it as a bad joke.
“I’m like, ‘Alright, well, who’s in the band?’ He responded, ‘Jinder [Mahal] and Drew [McIntyre].’ I said, ‘That sounds like a bad joke, man: a Scotsman, an Indian, and a redneck walks into a bar.’
“Well, when he told me that I first said, ‘Drew’s gonna be pissed, man.’ Because Drew always wants to be that badass, serious dude, you know? He legit is. Yeah, he wants to be that dude and him in 3MB is just was literally like one of those things.
“And Jinder is that guy that’ll be like, ‘Alright, man, let’s go, let’s try this.’ Drew, on the other hand was more like pulling teeth a little bit. But we finally got him comfortable. And he said, ‘Well, I was wanted to be a rock star and a wrestler. So I might as well do both.’ When he got on board with it.
“But still, we were the first three man group, then New Day, then Shield. We started that s***. You know, they copied us.”
Mahal and McIntyre were eventually released by the company. They both ended up making triumphant returns winning the WWE Championship. Mahal became the WWE Champion in 2017 while McIntyre slayed Brock Lesnar for the same title in the main event of Wrestlemania 36.
As for Ambrose, he became part of the Shield instead. Won the WWE Championship as well before heading to AEW as Jon Moxley and winning the World Championship there too.
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