Apparently, the visions Elias experienced after getting “electrocuted” in his Symphony of Destruction match with Jeff Hardy told him to hire an enforcer.
And that enforcer was Jaxson Ryker - recently of NXT’s Forgotten Sons, formerly known as Gunner in TNA. He was most recently in the news when he used his kayfabe catchphrase in a pro-Trump tweet at the height of tensions about racial justice, which earned a swift rebuke from several other WWE wrestlers. Reports of locker room heat followed, and Ryker disappeared from booking sheets (along with his Sons teammates Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler, despite their clarifying he didn’t speak for the group on social media).
Blake & Cutler reappeared on SmackDown last week as King Corbin’s henchmen. Now it seems Ryker will follow a similar path back to screens this week... if you watch Main Event, that is.
Jaxson Ryker is back. Looks like he's going to be teaming with Elias moving forward.#WWEMainEvent #WWEThunderDome pic.twitter.com/B544plgRW1— Rob (@RobODonnell93) December 8, 2020
From ThunderDome attendee reports, there doesn’t seem to have been much fanfare for the new pairing. The segment also didn’t really go anywhere, with R-Truth interrupting to insult Elias’ music, Ryker moving to confront Truth and... that’s it.
Main Event Spoilers: It lead to R-Truth coming out and saying he likes his music more than Elias' music...This ended leading up to NO match....#WWEThunderdome #WWERAW pic.twitter.com/oJnkm59SpV— Xylot Themes (@XylotThemes) December 8, 2020
This could be because WWE’s not committed to either the pairing or Ryker’s return in general. Fightful Select described the segment as a “dry run” for an Elias/Ryker team.
Main Event this week will also feature a match between Keith Lee and Angel Garza, which actually sounds fantastic and is something I’d like to see on Raw. But that’s a whole nother subject.
Let us know what you think of Jaxson Ryker’s return in the comments below.