3MB are every smart marks favourite team. They have that loveable underdog factor, even as a supposed heel team. The problem with the faction is that they do jobs every single week without fail, and have been doing so for a very long time. They are constantly buried by everyone in the ring, and on the mic. Even the announcers like to get involved. JBL regularly makes comparisons with the Mean Street Posse, Brooklyn Brawler, etc. The only love they do seem to get comes from the stands. That love is usually emanating from a group of 30 year old dudes being ironic. I’m not hating or “slating”, I do the exact same thing whenever I go to a show and they come out.
I think they are an entertaining bunch of guys. It’s completely random that these three totally different characters would be hanging out in this fictitious rock band. It’s great! I get why it’s so hilarious and enjoyable. My only concern is with the big picture. Can any of these guys now launch a credible singles career off the back of this? It’s like the effect of The Shield, only in complete opposite mode. The Wyatt Family are another three piece which may well sprout a couple of World Champions. The three man band just don’t look like ending up that way.
It’s great that these guys are getting paid a lot of money to do what they love. I mean, you could let Great Khali destroy me every week for ten minutes. I would do that for free, just to be a part of the show. I’m sure these guys feel the same way to an extent. They could be marched off to developmental, or just languishing in the locker room, but no they are on TV every week and have been in the ring with some great workers and big stars. If any of the three were childhood wrestling fans, they are now living the dream.
Nonetheless, these guys have grown to become men, and professional athletes at that. I’m sure they want to be given an opportunity to show what they can do, achieve things and earn real respect, to have a legacy. After biting that apple, you would surely want to invade more of the fruit basket. Drew McIntyre is the only guy I see with some remaining potential. Despite the unforgettable toll this charade will have taken on his character, I think he still has enough upside to possibly make a go of it in the future. That’s still a very slim chance. I don’t think the other two could even get to Kofi Kingston’s established mid-card status. That’s a bit sad, but a bit true. Which Headbanger or Mean Street Posse member went on to win the big one again? I thought so.
I think the idea has done a lot of good for the three guys, and for the fans. In the long term though, it’s a worrying burden to carry for Slater, Mahal and McIntyre. We will have to see if any of them are capable of shaking it off. Let me know what you think, by leaving a comment.
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