Having been absent from WWE TV for nearly six months, Shane Thorne debuted a new gimmick prior to this past Friday's WWE SmackDown.
In a dark match that saw Thorne defeat Austin Theory, the Australian revealed what appears to be a Steve Irwin and Crocodile Dundee-inspired gimmick.
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Of course, the former TM-61 member was most recently working as Slapjack as part of RETRIBUTION. Since that faction disbanded, Thorne - still as Slapjack - was moved to SmackDown earlier in the year. Following that move, his only TV appearance was in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal on the 1 April edition of WWE's blue brand show.
While Thorne has worked several dark matches in the months since that SmackDown outing, he has yet to be featured on TV in that time.
For those grumbling about WWE handing a talent a bizarre new gimmick, Thorne has taken to Twitter to confirm that he is the one who came up with the idea for this fresh lick of paint. As he put it, he took inspiration from Nikki Cross' relatively recent change of character to become Nikki A.S.H. - a move that saw the Scot become Raw Women's Champion.
Just to let yous know what I'm trying now is all me and my ideas 🤠A huge inspiration for me is @WWENikkiASH and you can't deny that she is doing incredible!Wrestling can be fun!So relax mate and let's have a good one 👍 pic.twitter.com/Rsmu9VOxX2Advertisement— Shane Thorne (@WWEThorne) September 25, 2021
Suuuuure Croc Dundee isn't cool... 👍 pic.twitter.com/CUKdlc0bgg— Shane Thorne (@WWEThorne) September 25, 2021
Tell me more about how Steve wasn't one of the most badass people on the planet 💁♂️ pic.twitter.com/QYVjkhkaHE— Shane Thorne (@WWEThorne) September 25, 2021