By Eddie McDonald, Columnist
By now, it should be no secret that Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, aka, The Revival, are unhappy being in WWE. The hashtag of #FTR can be construed in a myriad of ways, but one comes to mind in the waning days of The Revival’s time in WWE.
Now, let me preface all of what is about to be said by saying I am a huge fan of the tag team. To me, for my money, I’d say they are the best tag team on the planet. I would love for them to stay with WWE, but sadly, it looks like that will soon come to an end.
The Revival have been a team since 2014, when they first teamed up in NXT. Originally, they were known as The Mechanics, before it was switched to Dash and Dawson prior to their television debut, before eventually getting to The Revival. This name stemmed from the duo revitalizing tag team wrestling, similar the 1980’s style they grew up watching.
While in NXT, Dash and Dawson won the tag team titles twice, becoming the first team to ever do so. They went on to have absolute wrestling classics with American Alpha (Chad Gable and Jason Jordan) and #DIY (Tomaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano). They have the moniker of “no flips, just fists” which applied great psychology in matches that featured risk takers and high fliers.
Fast forward to 2017 and The Revival are called up to Raw, when they answer an open challenge from The New Day, and then won the match. Set to do battle with the likes of the Hardy Boys and The Club (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson), injuries derailed the momentum. Wilder suffered a fractured jaw, sidelining him about eight weeks and Dawson suffered a ruptured bicep, putting him out of action for around five months.
On two separate occasions, The Revival captured the Raw tag team titles, but the reigns weren’t very long, or even all that memorable. And that sucks. I disliked how they were booked and can see where they are coming from for wanting to leave, but more on that a bit later. The two reigns lasted a combined 104 days.
The superstar shakeup landed Dash and Dawson on SmackDown, where they would defeat the New Day in September of 2019 at the Clash of Champions pay-per-view. This made the team the first and only triple crown tag team champions in WWE history.
It was reported that The Revival were offered anywhere between $500-700 thousand each, multiyear contracts, with reduced dates. The tag team wants the company to focus on the tag team division more as well as creative control. That’s a hefty price to pay, but this team is worth it, but if Vince McMahon doesn’t see it that way, then the duo is free to go. Fightful.com has The Revival’s contract expiring in April, thus potentially making them free agents who can go anywhere at any time as they won’t have to wait for a 90-day no-compete clause.
If I were the WWE, I’d work with the duo, but maybe use them in NXT or NXT UK, much like Finn Balor has been used. However, I do not make those decisions and that scenario likely won’t play out. Now what is likely to happen is the two “jump ship” to All Elite Wrestling. The Revival going to AEW would be huge for that company, as they’d have a plethora of options to book against them. The likes of The Young Bucks, Lucha Bros, “Hangman” Adam Page and Kenny Omega, Proud and Powerful (Santana and Ortiz, fka LAX) and SCU among others.
The #FTR originated as a running joke on the Elite’s YouTube series Being the Elite, when Cody and The Bucks would say “Fuck The Revival.” Now, if this move were to occur, fans could finally get that dream match that has been clamored for over the past few years.
WWE did everything imaginable to keep The Revival, maybe outside of stipulations they want, but now it’s time to accept the fact that the partnership is soon ending. It would be great for the team to stay with WWE, get booked in NXT and NXT UK and have a revival of their career so to say. Even if the team does not re-sign with the WWE, that does not rule out a return down the road. Dawson is 35 and Wilder is 32. In pro wrestling, much like in everyday life, sometimes a change of scenery does a person good. Look at Drew McIntyre for example. He was dubbed “The Chosen One” by McMahon himself and then never panned out the way many envisioned. He left WWE, wrestled all over the indies and with Impact Wresting, and now he is back and facing Brock Lesnar in the main event at WrestleMania.
While it would suck to see The Revival go, there is only one #FTR to go with:
Farewell The Revival.