The former Steve Cutler says he tried to change up the gimmick for himself and Wesley Blake after The Forgotten Sons gimmick was dropped.
Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake had finally made it to the main roster following WrestleMania 36. The Forgotten Sons were being positioned as a top tag team on SmackDown until tweets from Jaxson Ryker saw the gimmick pulled from television.
Speaking on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast (via POST Wrestling), Steve Maclin, formerly known as Steve Cutler, opened up about what he and Wesley Blake were pitching to attempt to get back to television, specifically saying they wanted to be a modern version of the A.P.A., the half-comedy/half-badass tag team of Ron Simmons and John Bradshaw Layfield.
“Not until — we were out for about eight months and [Wesley] Blake and I were pitching ideas like I said, just week after week. I pitched an idea of us as a new version of A.P.A. where we kind of wanted to still be us, but we’d be doing things in the back and then we’re pitching ideas for Farooq and Bradshaw to even be there and obviously nothing came of it but just to get — you got the legends coming on TV at that time and just getting better airtime for having no crowds. I was [like], ‘Alright, how can we make this work? How can we make this work?’ And just nothing was sticking to them and it was keeping us off TV.”
Ultimately, Blake and Cutler were eventually brought back and paired with Baron Corbin very briefly before both were released.
Steve Maclin also spoke to Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp about his time in WWE. You can check out that interview here.