Former WWE star Shane Haste (fka Shane Thorne & Slapjack) has recalled his ‘comically bad’ time with the company.
Haste debuted for WWE with Nick Miller (Mickey Nicholls) as TM61 (fka The Mighty Don’t Kneel). He wrestled for NXT until he was called up to the main roster in 2020 as part of the RETRIBUTION faction.
Speaking with Fightful, Haste recalled his time as part of the stable. Noting that the group would often have their pitches dismissed, Haste said:
“I think just how comically bad things were. Like, we’d just keep pitching and they’d come back with something completely from, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah,’ and then, ‘Here’s something from a completely different.’
“For me, personally, I think I’ve told this story before about where we would do our promos backstage was the same area, there’d always be one building security guard there off to the side. That was his door.
“I got there to the area earlier one time just to lay out what I was gonna do. He comes over to me, he’s like, ‘Hey, man. Don’t want to interrupt you, but I just want to tell you, man. This is so cool, man. I love Slapshot.’
“I’m like, ‘Ahh, actually, the name’s Slapjack,’ and (he) just goes back to his door and stands there like we’d never (spoken). That was so good. Slapshot would have made sense. I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah. That would have been cool.'”
Addressing rumors that FOX wasn’t comfortable with the faction, Haste said:
“We hear rumors like that, but that’s above my pay grade, if that’s true or not. Sounds right. I think that’s maybe why they shifted to less of a mob, and it’s also because we couldn’t have extras because of COVID testing and what not.
“So we lost all our Putty Patrols, we called them. So that didn’t help. I think the shift from being a more realistic to being more monsterish. I was like, ‘Alright, let’s fully lean more into that then. Let’s go all the way with that then.’ It just hovered and fizzled out.”
Sharing his honest thoughts on Vince McMahon and whether he followed trends, Haste said:
“I don’t know. I don’t think Vince is on YouTube. I don’t know if he’s scrolling Twitter…. He’s vanity searching every day.
“The Peacock deal was for, what? Ten billion or million or something? I’m like, ‘He doesn’t give a s**t.’ What does he care anymore? He doesn’t care what you think. Which is pretty clear. He was a good guy.”
Since his WWE release in November 2021, Haste has wrestled for the likes of NJPW and PWG, but confirmed to Fightful that he is currently a free agent.
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