With the WWE brand split occurring nearly three months ago, WWE reached out to released talent in hopes to add depth to the rosters of both sides. While Raw received Jinder Mahal, SmackDown received Rhyno and Shelton Benjamin (although he later suffered an injury and never had a chance to debut). Another outside talent who was drafted to the SmackDown Live brand was former WWE star Curt Hawkins. With weeks of self-absorbed promos, it was finally announced that he will make his televised in-ring return at the SmackDown-exclusive No Mercy pay per view. While Hawkins was never a top talent, he is a very solid competitor in the ring, and fits well with SmackDown’s emphasis on actual wrestling.
Here are five facts about Hawkins’ WWE career.
5. Mystery opponent at No Mercy could be based on his recent WWE Live matches
After a two-year absence, Curt Hawkins will make his television return to the ring at No Mercy in an impromptu surprise match. In actuality, he has competed in a series of house show matches against Apollo Crews on October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Hawkins is already starting off on the wrong foot, as he went 1-2 in those three matches losing two straight. While Hawkins was not expected to be a major player on SmackDown when he debuts, he may just be returning to put over risings stars such as Crews. Hawkins’ opponent has yet to be announced, and it more than likely will end up being Crews.