Are The Revival NXT’s greatest tag team of all time?
Following the NXT Tag Team Championship Match at TakeOver: The End…, there were two predominant emotions exuding from the hallway leading back to the locker rooms. On one end, a feeling of heartbreak and disappointment as American Alpha’s Jason Jordan & Chad Gable were forced to part with their identity as NXT Tag Team Champions. The other? Exuberance and triumph as Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder accomplished what no other team has ever achieved in NXT, becoming two-time Tag Team Champions.
“There’s a reason we're called The Revival,” a beaming Dawson told WWE.com. “It’s not a cute name to slap on a T-shirt. We’re bringing back the art of team fighting. When I say we’re the absolute best tag team on this planet, I postivitely mean it, 100 percent.
“Now, being the only team to be champions twice over, we’ve proven we’re the best team ever in NXT history — official ‘top guys,’” Dawson added. “Soon, we’ll prove we’re better than The Midnight Express, The Hart Foundation or The Brain Busters ever were.”
Though Dawson’s aspirations of legendary status may seem farfetched to some, the motiviation for his attitude is legitimate. Once deemed a tag team that was destined for opening matches and little else, The Revival found a way to ascend to the top of the Tag Team division. Yet, following their loss to American Alpha nearly three months ago at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, doubts were once again levied about Dawson & Wilder’s ability to achieve consistent success.
“What people think carries no weight or influence. They do not matter to us,” Wilder yelled. “They do not have any effect on the outcomes of our matches. They can believe or feel whatever they want — that won’t change things. We’re the top guys, and we have the potential to be one of the best teams of our generation. People said we’d lose the titles to American Alpha and that we’d never have them again. Now we get to look at their faces every time we walk out with our championships.”
One might surmise that the new two-time champions could be even more dangerous than before. After all, The Revival have already displayed a willingness to injure and disable their opponents, all in the spirit of winning. The question is, to what lengths are they willing to go to keep those titles? Dawson provided some insight with what he refers to as “The Revival’s Rules for Success."
"One, never deviate from our plan," he explained. "Two, never care whether we please the fans. Three, show zero remorse. Four, walk back thorugh the curtain and straight to the pay window."
For a team that fashions themselves as the “best on the planet,” could those rules of success very well create the perfect recipe for the greatest tag team in NXT history? Will American Alpha once again regain the crown, or will another team rise from the shuffle to steal the thunder of the NXT Tag Team Champions? For those would-be challengers plotting to spoil The Revival’s reign, the titleholders have a stern warning.
“This ain’t a fantasy world,” Dawson said. “This is our real life. This is how we feed our families. Big money goes to big winners, and The Revival fight to win. Anyone who tries to take food off our families’ plates will be dealt with accordingly.”