During the advent of the pandemic, WWE released more than 100 employees back in April 2020 – making it the biggest mass exodus in company history. Interestingly enough, a released WWE star turned down a new deal to return to the company.

WWE released a lot of talented stars during the pandemic, including Heath Slater. He found a home in TNA Wrestling, and he had a solid time there. However, he parted ways with the company earlier this year.

Heath Slater worked in WWE from 2006 to 2020, where he was released during the COVID-19 budget cuts. However, he made a one-off appearance on the July 6, 2020, episode of RAW as part of an angle with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre.

While speaking on Rewind Recap Relive, Heath Slater revealed that higher-ups wanted him to return to the company after that episode of RAW and offered him a full-time deal. However, he would decline their generous offer in the end.

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“What was crazy is after I left I got a phone call from TR [talent relations] and they were offering me a deal again. I told them no, of course, but it was just one of those things. They were like, ‘Yeah, man, it was a great performance. Everyone was impressed. We were wondering if you could come back.'” 

Heath Slater also recently made it clear he is more than willing to make his WWE return at the Royal Rumble Premium Live Event on January 27th, 2024. It remains to be seen if he will actually make his comeback to WWE.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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