WWE Gimmick Flops: Solely Vince McMahon's Brainchild

WWE's 2006 saw unexpected alliances and unforgettable confrontations.

by Atia Mukhtar
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WWE Gimmick Flops: Solely Vince McMahon's Brainchild
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In 2006, the WWE Universe was taken by surprise when five spirited male cheerleaders donning green and white uniforms made their way into the ring. This eccentric group, known as the Spirit Squad, comprised Mikey, Kenny, Nicky, Johnny, and Mitch.

These unexpected stars became the center of attention, both charming and vexing WWE fans and superstars. Their prominence was punctuated during an escalating tension between wrestling icons Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels.

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However, the real limelight shone upon the Spirit Squad during the much-anticipated DX reunion, as Triple H reunited with Michaels. This iconic moment witnessed The Heartbreak Kid standing alongside his longtime ally against a daunting 5-on-1 attack led by the Spirit Squad.

This collaboration of cheerleaders even tasted championship gold with Kenny and Mikey securing the World Tag Team Championship in April 2006, though their victory was short-lived, lasting just seven months. But, where did the inspiration for such an unconventional group stem from? Mike Mondo, better recognized as Mikey during his Spirit Squad days, spilled the beans in a candid conversation with Steve Fall of WrestlingNews.co.

He revealed, “That concept was purely a brainchild of Vince McMahon. He woke up one day, craving to see cheerleaders on WWE. That simple!" Interestingly, the initial group formation had names like Kenny Doane and even Dolph Ziggler.

Elijah Burke was slated to join, but he decided to go solo, a decision Mondo respects. Describing his own inclusion, Mondo reminisced, “Around the holidays, I received a call from Tommy Dreamer. He mentioned a place for me within the Spirit Squad, instructed me to change my hair color, and make an appearance for Monday Night Raw at the Continental Airlines Arena”.

Once there, Stephanie McMahon’s nod sealed his place in the squad. Mondo cherishes the era, “Wrestling with legends like Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Triple H, and others was like living a childhood dream”.

Despite its buzz, the Spirit Squad's stint was brief. Their downfall began at Survivor Series 2006 when they faced a crushing defeat against WWE legends. This led to a subsequent loss on Raw, which eventually marked their exit.

Their exit, quite literally, was packed into a crate labeled “OVW, Louisville, Kentucky” by DX, signaling the close of their main roster chapter.

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