Heath Slater has some lofty aspirations following his WWE career.
Heath Slater was released on Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 after a slew of cuts made by WWE in the name of cost-effectiveness. Haven't been with WWE for nearly two decades, Slader has been open about looking forward to the next phase of his career and spreading his wings.
Speaking to Chris Van Vliet, Slater name-dropped New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s "Ace," Hiroshi Tanahashi as somebody he would like to get inside of the ring with noting that they had a brief interaction when Hiroshi came for a visit to the FCW Warehouse almost a decade ago.
“I remember Tanahashi came to FCW and this was a decade or so. It was when FCW finally got into the warehouse. He came down, I want to say he was with Yoshi [Tatsu], but he came down for a visit, you know, and just talked and shook hands and stuff, but then left and then, he was huge in Japan,” said Heath. “But I remember there, me and him just talking and stuff and he had like his hair, you know, cut weird and wild and stuff. But then I remember seeing his clips and everything and people reminded me that was him. I was like, 'oh, crap! Then he became the megastar over there. I would like to go and work him over there. I feel like that would be cool.”
Another name Heath Slater said he would like to work now that he is free from WWE restrictions, is AEW’s Kenny Omega. Slater reveals that the two actually had a singles encounter when they were both in Deep South Wrestling.
“Another match is Kenny Omega. I worked him back in developmental days in Deep South and that was the only match me and him ever had. We were babies, you know, to where I like to work him again because this was only one time But then again, I feel like now, you know, with us being seasoned and matured and everything, I feel like we can kill it,” he’d say.
In an Instagram Q&A, Cody Rhodes would say he has no interest in picking up Heath Slater but would later reveal that that comment was made in jest.
These names are dream matches for Heath Slater but if you think they are too out of his reach, remember that he pinned both Chris Jericho and Edge in an elimination tag team match at SummerSlam in 2010.
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