Brian Damage, Benjamin Trecroci and Craig Wilson
The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestle or tag team barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook The Revival.
Brian: The tag team of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder aka The Revival had a pretty strong run while competing down in NXT. The duo were and as of now still the only two-time NXT tag team champions. They are a real throwback to tag team wrestling back in the days of The Midnight Express, The Rock N Roll Express, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard etc.
When they were initially called up to the main roster…they were given a pretty strong push feuding with the New Day and beating them. Then a couple of unfortunate injuries to both Dawson and Wilder happened seemingly back to back and were off television for a while. Now that both men are at a 100%, they seem to be a team lost in the shuffle. They are barely used on Monday Night Raw and it looks like they aren’t being pushed at all.
Now that the superstar shakeup has occurred, the Authors of Pain have joined the tag ranks of Raw and are getting all the hype and attention. Is it too late for the Revival to recover from on Raw? Should they have been sent to Smackdown Live instead? Would you Book or Cook The Revival?
Benjamin: Is it me or does it seem like tag-teams are right now in Vince McMahon’s bored pile? The Revival is a great “throwback team” that looks just like The Brain Busters and can’t wrestle with the best of them. But in 2018, some fans and the powers that be probably see them as boring.
The tag-team division is pretty deep-ish if you put them all on one show, but that’s an argument for another day.
I’m all for them, but like others have said the injuries definitely were at the wrong time for them. Not sure if they can be Revived.
So, unfortunately, it’s a hesitant COOK for me.
Craig: Despite being a huge fan of tag team wrestling – am sure I’ve mentioned it on here – and a lover of the throwback style deployed by the Revival, I think I’m going to surprise people by also going for cook. Much like how Benjamin has outlined, the tag team talent pool is deep and modern fans don’t seem to really be getting behind the Revival, which is a shame. They were one of the ones I thought would translate from NXT to the main roster but it just hasn’t been the case, sadly. So, yeah, it’s a cook.
Brian: I am going to cook them as well. They are a great throwback team, but the fact is they might never get past the logjam of tag teams in the division. It’s a shame but I don’t see them as being WWE material.
They are more suited for a Southern-based promotion or maybe Impact or maybe Ring of Honor or even New Japan. They have an abundance of talent but I think it’ll be wasted in WWE. So it is a begrudging “cook” for me as well. Let them go and let them flourish somewhere they can be truly appreciated.
Worryingly for the duo, it was fairly quickly that the three of us reached a ‘cook’ decision on their future. What do you think, readers? As ever, leave your comments below.
You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook’ pieces here.