Heath Slater is awake.
Slater had been in the WWE system since 2006 when he signed a developmental deal with Deep South Wrestling. He survived many cuts and even saw his 3MB mates Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre get released in 2014 while he stuck around.
Unfortunately, Heath was released on April 15 as part of the company-wide cutbacks.
With his non-compete clause expiring at midnight on July 18, Heath posted a new teaser video where he awakes from his WWE jobber nightmare along with a lengthy message to his fans.
When I was young, I dreamt of having a place just for me inside the squared circle. With the help of my Mom and Grandpa, I made that dream my reality. At 23 years old, my priority was me and only me. I lived the life that the old timers told me about and life on the road was everything I thought it would be at first. As the years went on my career evolved and so did I. I became a man, a husband and a father. Year after year, loss after loss my time in the ring became less and less fulfilling and my time at home became more and more precious but there was never a healthy balance between the two. Leaving WWE may have not been on my terms, but moving forward the choices I make regarding my career and my life will be ONLY on my terms. Over the last 14 years, I lost the man I thought I was... but Thank God I’m finding him again. I’m ready to reignite my fire. I’m ready to be the wrestler I was meant to be, while being the father and the husband that my family deserves. Now it’s my turn and I’m going to rise. So y’all better watch the hell out. Special thanks to @mauricio_jc0509 with @visualfirst_production for your time and dedication to this project. Thank you to Matt Mullins with @thebringdowns for my amazing new entrance music. Thank you to @latitude35cf for allowing us to use your space and kicking my ass into top shape over the last 90 days. Thanks to my wife @prettymotherpuckers for always having my back, even when I didn’t make it easy. My mom @ddtsrt for being my biggest fan. And of course a special thanks to my friends who have supported me through all of this change @natesiemon @emusukhbayar @emileesiemon @thomasculp88, @dmcintyrewwe @ganzo.u
Heath actually returned to WWE on July 6, appearing on Raw as a special guest of Dolph Ziggler to confront McIntyre. Though McIntyre beat him in short order, Heath and Drew stood tall together to close the segment.
McIntyre later revealed that he pushed for Heath to make the appearance. You can find his full comments by clicking here.
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