Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, better known as the two-time NXT tag team champions, #TheRevival, made their WWE main roster debut with a win over former tag team kingpins, The New Day. The trio made an open challenge to any team and NXT’s “Top Guys” answered the call.
It was a great showing for Dawson and Wilder, who hit the Shatter Machine - which is probably the best name for a tag team maneuver - on Xavier Woods for the win. After the match, The Revival put a beatdown on Kofi Kingston. For The Revival to pick up a win over a team as high caliber as The New Day, who hold the record for longest reign as tag team champions, on their first night as a main roster team is a pretty big deal.
This RAW debut is long overdue but a welcome one nonetheless. Dash and Dawson had the run of the roost in NXT’s tag team division, winning the belts twice. The duo have had classic matches with the likes of #DIY - Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa - America Alpha, Authors of Pain and Enzo and Cass, when the two were in NXT. Their two-out-of-three falls match with #DIY at NXT Takeover: Toronto earned praise from fans, as well the "Match of the Year" in the NXT Year-end awards, and WWE.com's 2016 Match of the Year.
What makes The Revival stand out from other teams is their style. Many tag teams in this day and age are known for high spots and high-risk maneuvers. The Revival, whose motto is "No Flips, Just Fists" have a hard-hitting, smash mouth way of working in the ring that harkens back to the likes of The Minnesota Wrecking Crew and The Brainbusters - both teams which featured Hall of Fame Arn Anderson.
The Revival isn't as highly touted as say the Young Bucks or the Hardyz, but there are industry veterans who love their work, including legendary manager Jim Cornette and WWE Hall of Fame "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
I think Smackdown Live could have used The Revival more, but Dash and Dawson have some pretty good tag teams to work with on Raw. On the babyface side, there’s Enzo and Cass, Sheamus and Cesaro and the New Day - as well as current tag team titleholders The Hardy Boyz, who made their WWE return at Wrestlemania. You’ve also got heels like Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, as well as the Shining Stars.
If The Revival can create the same success on Raw as they had on NXT, they'll go down as one of the the WWE's greatest tag teams.
To view more of The Revival's work, watch the following matches: