Triple H Repackaging Forgotten WWE Raw Star?

From NXT standout to masked jobber, this wrestler could get a boost from new regime.

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Don't start tossing your T-Bar merchandise, but it's possible that the former RETRIBUTION heavy could be in line for a gimmick change.

Responding to a question about "re-casting" some of the existing WWE talent, PWInsider's Mike Johnson reported that the former Dominik Dijakovic is the name he's heard most prominently as someone who could be slated for a gimmick change.

Johnson noted that he saw T-Bar work at Madison Square Garden a few weeks ago for a Main Event taping, and he performed so well that fans started chanting for him.


T-Bar getting a makeover makes perfect sense when you look at the roster. He's the only former member of the doomed faction RETRIBUTION still using a persona closely resembling the one he had as part of the group.

In NXT, Dijakovic wowed fans in his matches against Keith Lee and others, showcasing an athletic prowess you don't see from a 6-foot-7 superstar. But upon being called up to the main roster, he was thrust into a masked gimmick as part of RETRIBUTION - a stable seen by many as a distaste Vince McMahon attempt at social commentary. The group was a tremendous flop, with members eating losses left and right.


T-Bar (as Dijakovic was renamed) teamed mainly with Mace, though the towering duo still lost a bunch. Even after the group disbanded, T-Bar and Mace lost a lot as a tag team, and T-Bar has been relegated mostly to Main Event during the past year. Mace was drafted to SmackDown last fall and rebranded ma.cé as part of the Maximum Male Models stable. Meanwhile, T-Bar's last singles match on Raw was a 40-second loss to Omos in February.

With Triple H now in charge of creative, you've got to wonder if the former godfather of NXT will try to resurrect one of his former standouts.

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Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.