The Revival (professional wrestling)
The Revival is a professional wrestling tag team in WWE, consisting of Scott Dawson (real name David Harwood) and Dash Wilder (Daniel Wheeler). The team competes on the Smackdown brand where they are the current SmackDown Tag Team Champions. They are the first tag team to hold all three of WWE's global brand tag team championships (NXT, Raw, and SmackDown).
The Revival (Dawson on the left, Wilder on the right) wearing the NXT Tag Team Championship belts in 2016
|Name(s)||Dash and Dawson|
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
|446 lb (202 kg)|
|Billed from||Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina|
|Debut||July 17, 2014|
WWE bookers originally paired Wilder and Dawson up in 2014, using the name The Mechanics, and later billed them as Dash and Dawson when they made their television debut. The team finally adopted the name "The Revival" in early 2016, referencing "reviving" the classic tag team wrestling style of the 1980s, which has led to the two being compared favorably to The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard) - one of the top teams of the 1980s. The team uses the phrase "No flips, just fists" to convey their more traditional, ground based in-ring style in contrast to the more high flying style of some contemporary teams.
In 2014, after returning from injury, Scott Dawson teamed up with a debuting Dash Wilder with the two performing extensively at live events under the ring name The Mechanics. The two made their debut on the July 17, 2014, episode of NXT, losing to Bull Dempsey and Mojo Rawley. They made only one further televised appearance in 2014, losing to Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady on the October 23 episode of NXT, but continued to wrestle extensively at live events.
The duo resurfaced and picked up their first televised win on the July 29, 2015 episode of NXT, defeating Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady. At NXT TakeOver: Respect, The Mechanics were defeated in the semi-finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic by eventual winners Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe. In the following weeks, the team name was changed to "Dash and Dawson". On the October 28 episode of NXT, Dash and Dawson would attack Amore and Cassady before their match, completely laying out Amore while decimating Cass' knee, leaving him unable to compete. Due to an earlier non-title victory over NXT Tag Team Champions The Vaudevillains, Dash and Dawson earned a title match on the November 11 episode of NXT, and won the match to become the NXT Tag Team Champions for the first time. They made their first successful title defense two weeks later, defeating The Vaudevillians in a rematch. Afterwards, they successfully defended their titles against Amore and Cassady at NXT TakeOver: London. Beginning in February 2016, Dash and Dawson began performing under the team name The Revival.
The Revival made their first appearance on WWE's main roster at Roadblock, successfully defending their championships against Amore and Cassady. On April 1 at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, The Revival lost the NXT Tag Team Championship to American Alpha (Chad Gable and Jason Jordan). On June 8 at NXT TakeOver: The End, The Revival regained the titles from American Alpha, thus becoming the first team to win the NXT Tag Team Championship twice. On the July 6 episode of NXT, The Revival defeated American Alpha in a two-out-of-three falls match to retain the titles. At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II, they retained their titles over Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. In a rematch against Gargano and Ciampa (now called DIY) at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, The Revival would lose their tag team titles in a two-out-of-three falls match after scoring the first fall via pinfall. The match was later named "WWE Match of the Year" for 2016. At NXT TakeOver: Orlando, The Revival would lose to The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) in a triple threat elimination match for the NXT Tag Team Championship that also featured DIY.
Main roster promotion (2017–2019)Edit
On the April 3 episode of Raw, The Revival made their main roster debut, defeating The New Day. The following week on Raw, they defeated The New Day once again. On April 14, Wilder subsequently suffered a fractured jaw during a live event, and was estimated to be out for eight weeks, putting the team on a temporary hiatus. On the July 10 episode of Raw, The Revival attacked The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) after their match against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and became embroiled in a three-way feud; however, shortly afterwards, Dawson suffered a ruptured bicep, putting him out of action for an estimated five months.
The Revival returned again on the December 18 episode of Raw, defeating Heath Slater and Rhyno. At Raw 25, The Revival lost to Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, marking their first defeat on the main roster. On January 28, 2018 at the Royal Rumble pre-show, The Revival defeated Gallows and Anderson. On SummerSlam pre-show, The Revival lost to The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) in an attempt to become the Raw Tag Team Champions. At Survivor Series, they were part of Team Raw, but lost to Team SmackDown in the 10-on-10 Survivor Series tag team elimination match. The Revival were the final team eliminated in the match.
Following this they began a feud against Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado) and suffered various losses in handicap matches labeled "Lucha House Rules". On the December 17 episode of Raw, The Revival defeated Lucha House Party, The B-Team and Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) in a fatal-4-way match, earning a shot at the Raw Tag Team Championship. Throughout the next two weeks, The Revival faced Bobby Roode and Chad Gable for the titles, but Dawson and Wilder were unsuccessful in winning the titles in controversial fashion each time. Shortly after, Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer reported that the duo asked for their release from their WWE contracts. This information was reported following their bout against Lucha House Party on the January 14, 2019 episode of Raw.
Tag Team Championship reigns (2019–present)Edit
On the February 11 edition of Raw, The Revival finally defeated Roode and Gable for the titles, marking their first tag team championship win on the main roster. The following two weeks on Raw, The Revival were booked to lose to two different teams from NXT. This string of losses included against DIY and the team of Ricochet and Aleister Black. The team successfully defended their titles against Black and Ricochet and Roode and Gable at Fastlane, when Dawson pinned Gable. At WrestleMania 35, The Revival lost their titles to Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder ending their reign at 55 days. The following night on Raw, The Revival fought Hawkins and Ryder in a rematch, but failed to regain the titles. At The Shield's Final Chapter, The Revival once again unsuccessfully fought Hawkins and Ryder for the tag team championship in a triple threat match also involving Aleister Black and Ricochet.
After being drafted to Raw in the Superstar Shake-up, The Usos began a rivalry with Dawson and Wilder where The Usos would repeatedly embarrass The Revival on numerous occasions. On the May 20 episode of Raw, The Revival defeated The Usos. At Super ShowDown The Revival lost the rematch. On the following episode of Raw, The Revival defeated Hawkins and Ryder, and The Usos in a triple threat tag team match to win the Raw Tag Team Championships for a second time. The Revival defeated The Usos at Extreme Rules to retain the tag titles. On July 29, they lost the titles to Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson in a triple threat match that also involved the Usos. On the August 12, 2019 during a scheduled tag team match at Raw episode post-SummerSlam in which The Revival were facing Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik, with Kalisto), the 24/7 champion R-Truth ran out from backstage, being chased by several wrestlers. The match was called off and The Revival performed a "Hart Attack" on Truth and simultaneously pinned him to become the first co-champions of the 24/7 Championship. However in the same night R-Truth pinned Dawson, with the help of Carmella, and regained the title..
The Revival began to align themselves with Randy Orton in a feud against The New Day. On September 15 at Clash of Champions, The Revival defeated Xavier Woods and Big E for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, making them the first team to hold the Raw Tag Team Championship, SmackDown Tag Team Championship, and NXT Tag Team Championship.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship (1 time, current)
- WWE 24/7 Championship (1 time)[a]
- NXT Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- NXT Year-End Award
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