Give me an S. Give me a P. Give me….. OK, I won’t go as far as to spell out Spirit Squad, but am I alone in thinking it’s great that these guys are back? Am I alone in seeing a future for these guys on the main roster?
The Spirit Squad returned to WWE earlier this month as part of the ongoing storyline between Dolph Ziggler and The Miz. Of course, Ziggler himself used to one of the green-clad male cheerleaders, going by the name Nicky, which helps tie into the angle WWE chose to use. However, it’s unclear at this point how long they’ll be back.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Spirit Squad and their first run in WWE, it was over a decade ago that they debuted on the main roster. Initially, the group was placed in some of the most important storylines on television, which helped lead to a run with the World Tag Team Championship.
Eventually, the group dissolved and WWE tried to do something with a few of the guys as singles wrestlers. Dolph Ziggler was the only one to find success in that role. As a result, it seemed that those cheerleader uniforms were stuffed in a box forever.
At one time, Spirit Squad was a five-man group. It’s now just two. Apparently, Kenny and Mikey were the only members of the group interested in a reunion when WWE reached out to the former performers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Kenny appears to be in excellent shape. Mikey may have added a few pounds to his frame, but he’s an accomplished wrestler that has been in the business since 2002. There is a place for these guys in 2016.
Now that WWE has gone back to having split brands, there is room to add Superstars to each roster. The Spirit Squad make up an excellent heel tag team, one that brings experience to help the young teams on the roster such as American Alpha and The Ascension. On the most recent edition of SmackDown, Spirit Squad teamed up with The Miz to get a win over Ziggler, Heath Slater and Rhyno in a six-man tag team match. If you’re going to get a win in a match that involves the Tag Team Champions, there must be bigger plans for you then just a short program, right?
Since the brand split and subsequent WWE Draft, we’ve seen the likes of Jinder Mahal and Curt Hawkins rejoin the company. You can’t say that there is no room for Kenny and Mikey with that being the case.
After they’re done being stooges for The Miz, Spirit Squad could be instantly inserted into the tag team division. In an absolute worst-case scenario, Kenny’s singles career could be revived. I, for one, never felt like he was given the opportunities as a singles competitor that he should have been.
After the Spirit Squad gimmick was dropped the first time, Kenny was kept around as a sign that he had the most promising career in front of him out of anyone in the group. That included Ziggler. Someone on the creative team felt it would be a good idea to call him Kenny Dysktra in reference to the former center fielder for the New York Mets, Lenny Dysktra. Aside from the horrible name choice, he had the talent to reach the top.
Though his singles run was short, it included three victories in a row over Ric Flair, arguably the greatest wrestler of all time. Clearly, WWE saw something in him at one time. What changed that?
Either way, the first incarnation of the Spirit Squad is history. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be another one. We’re here today advocating for there to be another one.