The Spirit Squad’s Kenny Dykstra recently spoke to the List and Ya Boy podcast where he discussed his return to SmackDown and why it was so short-lived.

Dykstra says he got a call from WWE Senior Director of Talent Relations, Mark Carrano, asking him to make an appearance on SmackDown.

“I got a phone call one Monday, I got home from work and the phone rang, and it was Mark Carrano. I didn’t answer it cause I thought, ‘Oh great, they found something that I must have broken from before.’ Like I owed them money. Something ridiculous, I don’t know why I thought that. Then he texts me and said, ‘Call me as soon as possible.’ So, I call him and he says, ‘Hey, next week, can you be in San Diego for SmackDown?’ I said, ‘Sure I guess so. Yeah, I’ll do it.’

Then Mondo texts me and is like, ‘Dude, we are going to SmackDown as The Squad.’ I was like, ‘Okay, let’s do it. Who knows.’ Originally, they said ‘We’re going to bring you in for one week.’ That was it. Just that one SmackDown. We did it and Vince liked it and he came up to me afterwards and said, ‘I’ll see you at the pay-per-view at No Mercy.”

Dykstra reveals that The Spirit Squad didn’t have a contract. They had to fly whenever WWE told them to. “It was a handshake deal”, according to him.

“Every week, we would fly home on Wednesday, then Thursday they would email us with our confirmation that they need us on TV next week. We never had a contract. It was just a handshake deal.

They trusted us to do business right and we just kept doing business by them and one day they just stopped calling. But that’s just how the business works I guess.”


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