Last night’s WWE draft special of SmackDown was one of the most noteworthy in years. The biggest shock was the chain events started by a beloved return early in the night.
That monumental moment wasn’t the only shock on SmackDown though. At the conclusion of a fun bout pitting the teams of Matt Riddle and Jeff Hardy against The Miz and John Morrison, none other than Lars Sullivan made his return to WWE and laid waste to Riddle, Hardy and Miz.
Sullivan was last seen in June 2019 when he suffered a knee injury in a three-on-one handicap match against Lucha House Party. The injury seemingly kept him sidelined for a year and there had been very few rumours rumbling about an expected return.
Sullivan’s time in WWE has been beset by controversies and rumour.
A debut in early 2019 leading to a WrestleMania match with John Cena was reportedly nixed when Sullivan apparently suffered an anxiety attack just before he was due to make that debut. In May of the same year, he was forced to make a public apology when homophobic and racist comments he had made on a bodybuilding forum surfaced. He was also fined $100,000 by WWE.
Even during his injury absence, photos emerged that seemed to show Sullivan had a prior career in an industry that would not be considered compatible with WWE’s current values.
This is seemingly water under the bridge as Sullivan is back on the active roster and it has been announced that he will be added to the pool of superstars eligible to be drafted on Raw this coming Monday night.