It has been a very strange year for want-away Raw tag team The Revival.
At the start of 2019 the story broke that the former NXT standout duo were deeply unhappy on the main roster and had asked for their contract release.
The belief was they wanted to jump ship to AEW – where tag wrestling is set to be heavily promoted – to work with The Young Bucks.
WWE rejected the request and made concessions in an attempt to make the pair happy, such as allowing them to wrestle long matches on house shows and giving them the Raw tag belts.
Despite Dash Wilder becoming a cult hero amongst the talent when he floored the ring invaded who attacked Bret Hart at the Hall of Fame with an uppercut, The Revival dropped the belts to Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder on the WrestleMania pre-show the next day.
When The Revival again refused to sign new contracts they were buried on television week after week, had “injury time” spitefully added to their contracts and were put in angles on Raw designed to embarrass them.
Who could forget that infamous back shaving skit with The Usos?
Speaking of The Usos, The Revival lost to the brothers on the Super Showdown pre-show, which naturally earned them a tag title shot against Ryder and Hawkins three days later on Raw. WWE booking is like that.
The Usos were added to the match to at least give it some logic, but it came very much out of nowhere. Hawkins and Ryder have been second only to The IIconics in the useless champions department of late, reduced to wrestling primarily on Main Event.
Last night on Raw, The Revival’s peaks and valleys 2019 took another upwards turn when Scott Dawson pinned Zack Ryder following a Jey Uso splash to win the belts for the second time.
Is this a sign that The Revival have re-signed with WWE? Is it another WWE attempt to get them to stay? Or are they merely keeping the belts warm for the next champions?