The Revival is back and is here to save the red brand’s most stale division.
One of the biggest knocks on Monday Night Raw lately has been the lack of diversity in the tag team division. It’s been the Bar vs the Shield on repeat ad nauseum for months now. As much as we like Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Cesaro and Sheamus — and as entertaining as some of their matches have been — there has been no other players to take seriously for quite some time now. No other threats. Just… those two teams over and over again.
The Club has experienced virtually no growth since being split away from AJ Styles, the Hardy Boyz were supposed to be contenders until Jeff was injured, and the days of Heath Slater and Rhyno being legit title threats are long gone. Unless you’re banging the door down and clamoring to see the Golden Truth reunited, it’s been Bar vs Shield repackaged and reshown constantly.
And that’s it. Which is a particularly glaring problem for a three-hour weekly television show.
There are only so many creative ways to combine the Shield and the Bar in wrestling matches, and it seems like those options were exhausted weeks ago. With Ambrose on the shelf for upwards of six months, suddenly Monday nights were left with just one established tag team with any kind of momentum in Cesaro and Sheamus.
At least that was the case until the most recent edition of Raw. The Revival made their surprise return to take on Slater and Rhyno, and their timing couldn’t have been much better. Scott Dawson has been on the shelf for months due to injury, but he’s back now and Monday Nights will be better off because of it.
Anyone who has watched the duo work on NXT knows what they’re capable of. At one juncture, they were in the conversation to be one of the best tag teams, not just in the WWE, but the world. Why else would the Young Bucks — and Cody — continue with their f— the Revival schtick?
The Revival, when at the top of their game, is capable of putting on remarkably compelling tag team matches. Which is something that Raw has been in dire need of since Summer Slam. Again, there are only so many different ways to have the Shield and Bar clash.
While creative might have preferred to slowly build Dash and Dawson over the next several episodes of Raw, their hands are somewhat tied now. With no Ambrose to lean on, the Bar is in desperate need of actual competition. It wouldn’t be surprising to see some sort of tag team tournament rolled out in response to the Ambrose injury as a way to kill time, but expect the Revival to be towards the top of the food chain on Monday night sooner rather than later.
And hey, when Ambrose is cleared and ready to return to action, Raw just might have three whole tag teams that can be viewed as credible title holders. Wouldn’t that be something?