The One Man Band is back—but for how long?
Heath Slater is set to appear on tonight’s episode of WWE RAW, according to a report from PWInsider.com. Slater (Heath Miller) was released by WWE on April 15 but he’s still technically under contract with WWE since his 90-day non-compete clause has yet to expire.
The report did not state the capacity in which Slater will be used on the show, but mentioned he is clear to wrestle anywhere he’d like on July 18 unless he were to come to terms on a new deal with WWE.
IMPACT Wrestling has teased bringing Slater into the promotion since his WWE release, including when Rhino referenced having a tag team partner that “has kids” during a promo on their AXS show.
July 18th Watch the hell out. pic.twitter.com/jCNdHdn8vY
— HEATHXXII (@HEATHXXII) July 6, 2020
Slater told Lilian Garcia back in April that he essentially got tired of hearing ‘no’ and gave up on moving forward in WWE. He added that sooner or later you start to believe in that negativity, but he know feels like he needed to be released because it reignited a fire in him.
“Getting fired—I really believe that I needed this. The times are crazy, the times are weird now because you can’t go out and make money, all that. But I really believe that I needed this to get the fire, get the hunger, focus. I can honestly tell you out of the last 4-5 years,” Slater said, “besides me and [Rhino] winning the [SmackDown] Tag Titles, which was an awesome little run, I have just been so burned out and not even really caring. It’s to where I have to say thank you for lighting that fire under me and giving me that [sense of] ‘What? I can spread my wings and fly a little bit?’
“I thank WWE for every year I was there. Every damn year I was there, I thank them. I went so many places that I never dreamed of ever going. I made so many relationships with so many amazing people and best friends—Drew [McIntyre] is one of my best friends, period. He was the second person to text me when I got released. If I didn’t work there as long as I did, I wouldn’t have those experiences. So there’s that, but every job is like a relationship where you’ve got ups and downs, and it’s about how you handle it.
Despite all of his experiences in WWE, Slater told Lilian that he never believed he was ever going to get a shot at being world champion. He says the opportunities were never there and mentally he wasn’t either and compared himself to “that puzzle piece” to a faction every once in a while.