Around this time last week, it was being widely reported that The Revival asked for their release from WWE after appearing on the Jan. 14 edition of Monday Night Raw.
Fast forward one week, and the Revival were losing in a match for the Raw Tag Team Championship.
It really shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Revival might want out of their WWE deals. In NXT, the team of Dash and Dawson was one of the hottest acts in the company. An old-school tag team, they were getting notoriety outside of WWE.
But once they were moved to the main roster, like most tag teams under Vince McMahon, they floundered. WWE’s main roster doesn’t take tag team wrestling seriously enough, and teams like Revival, Authors of Pain and the Club, specifically, have suffered greatly for it.
I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that the Revival asked for their release just one week after All Elite Wrestling officially launched with a rally in Florida. AEW will almost surely have a focus on tag-team wrestling. After all, two of the founders are Matt and Nick Jackson … the Young Bucks.
The Bucks and Revival also had a social media rivalry a few years ago. The Young Bucks came up with the phrase “F— the Revival,” which they encouraged fans to yell at events.
Why the rivalry.
Well, indie fans were debating who was the best tag team in the world, and everyone came up with Revival and the Young Bucks.
So it would make sense, in an effort to make a splash, that the Young Bucks first AEW feud could be with the Revival. That would certainly get people talking.
The math would have added up as well. If, for example, the Revival were granted their release, it would almost surely come with the typical WWE 90-day non-compete policy. That would have theoretically expired in April, which is one month before AEW’s Double or Nothing show in May scheduled for Las Vegas.
But it’s all for nothing. WWE apparently won’t let the Revival out of their deals. On top of that, the Wrestling Observer reported last week that WWE is willing to offer significant dollars to wrestlers who can prove they have an offer, on paper, from AEW.
Why would they do that?
Vince is afraid.
Vince McMahon has more money than any of us would know what to do with. Tony Khan’s family has about seven times the money of Vince McMahon. His wealth dwarfs McMahon’s, and Vince is scared.
He should be.
Maybe what his company needs is a little creative Revival … get my point?