The Spirit Squad made a couple surprising appearances in 2016 and then just seemed to go away. Kenny and Mikey showed up on SmackDown Live where they jumped their old partner Dolph Ziggler.
Some fans really hoped they would get picked up on a more regular basis, but it just didn’t happen for the male cheerleaders.
Kenny Dykstra recently spoke to the List and Ya Boy podcast where he talked about why his latest run with WWE didn’t turn out the way some people thought it would.
“I got a phone call one Monday, I got home from work and the phone rang, and it was (WWE Senior Director of Talent Relations) Mark Carrano. I didn’t answer it cause I thought, ‘Oh great, they found something that I must have broken from before.’ Like I owed them money. Something ridiculous, I don’t know why I thought that. Then he text me and said, ‘Call me as soon as possible.’ So, I call him and he says, ‘Hey, next week, can you be in San Diego for SmackDown?’ I said, ‘Sure, I guess so. Yeah, I’ll do it.’
“Then (Mike) Mondo texts me and is like, ‘Dude, we’re going to Smackdown as The Squad.’ I was like, ‘Ok, lets do it. Who knows.’” Originally, they said ‘We’re going to bring you in for one week.’ That was it. Just that one SmackDown. We did it and Vince liked it and he came up to me afterwards and said, ‘I’ll see you at the pay-per-view at No Mercy.’
“Every week, we would fly home on Wednesday, then Thursday they would email us with our confirmation that they need us on TV next week. We never had a contract. It was just a handshake deal.
“They trusted us to do business right and we just kept doing business by them, and one day they just stopped calling. But, that’s just how the business works, I guess”
Even though it was a handshake deal with WWE, you would think they would have been able to use The Spirit Squad.
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