Don’t believe all the rumors circulating recently that The Revival will leave the WWE any time soon to join the powerhouse tag teams set to work at new rival upstart promotion, All Elite Wrestling.
For starters, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder have contracts with the WWE that run through April 2020. Consequently, they have been told they will not be released from them. Furthermore, the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting that WWE plans a push for tag team wrestling. As part of that push, The Revival is set to be one of the faces of the division as its “Top Guys.”
Additionally, the report states that the initiative from WWE management to push tag team wrestling in the coming months may be a strategic move. Since AEW is a promotion that will have a major focus on tag teams centered around The Young Bucks, it would be hurt by the WWE strengthening its tag team division. Because other recent reports have stated The New Day also had interest in joining AEW to work with The Young Bucks, the WWE may have felt forced into action to keep such talents happy. As a result, fans of Wilder and Dawson who have participated in their social media campaigns like the petition to stop Lucha House Party rules or issuing tweets with the pro-Revival hashtag #JusticeForTheRevival can take heart as it appears The Revival feature prominently in WWE’s plans moving forward.
It’s no secret Dawson and Wilder have voiced their displeasure with the state of tag team wrestling in the WWE recently. They have been the victims of weak booking in recent months, first falling victim several times to Lucha House Party rules before most recently losing three different title matches to RAW Tag Team Champs Bobby Roode & Chad Gable with various referee botches to blame as the story angle. The Revival’s concern for the lack of emphasis on tag team wrestling has led to several rumors, including one that Sasha Banks was interested in going to AEW with Dawson and Wilder. However, none of them appear to be true.
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It will be interesting to see how the WWE puts the tag team push in action. Recently, none of the tag teams which were NXT success stories such as The Ascension, SAnitY, Authors of Pain or The Revival have made much of an impact on the main roster and Heavy Machinery just made its debut.
RAW barely even had traditional tag teams hold the belt in 2018. After Sheamus & Cesaro moved to SmackDown in the Superstar Shakeup, the RAW Tag belts were held by Braun Strowman and a kid out the crowd by the name of Nicholas, Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose and most recently Roode & Gable. There was only a brief interlude where AOP were champs this winter.
Meanwhile, SmackDown has three powerhouse tag teams – The Bar, The Usos and The New Day – but have rarely branched out in feuds outside of that group. That’s led some fans to criticize frequent matchups between those teams as getting stale. This despite having other strong teams on the SmackDown roster such as Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson and SAnitY. Compounding the frustration, most of the recent TV time for tag teams on Tuesdays have included lengthy segments or matches with The Miz and Shane McMahon, who have a strong chance of winning the SmackDown Tag titles this weekend at The Royal Rumble.
In a related note, the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that the WWE is considering a new stable for SmackDown featuring Latino stars. The plan would call for Andrade to become a babyface, join Rey Mysterio and team up with Sin Cara to form a group that could also work in the new revitalized tag team division. It’s not clear yet how Andrade’s business manager, Zelina Vega, would fit into the equation of this stable.
Given that the WWE also recently announced that the women’s division will get tag team belts again for the first time since 1989, expect to see a lot of tag team wrestling from WWE coming up in 2019. WWE has already announced the “first” Women’s Tag Team Champions will be crowned at February’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view show at Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, February 17. For those unfamiliar, the WWF had an initial Women’s Tag Team Championship run from 1983-89 but abandoned the belts with the Glamour Girls, Leilani Kai and Judy Martin, the last team to be champion at that time.
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