Road Warrior Animal was interviewed by Chair Shots to the Cranium over the weekend. As one half of the legendary Road Warriors/Legion of Doom, Animal felt it was necessary to call out the WWE for how they’ve handled the Revival and AOP, two teams that were highly praised during their runs in NXT.
While AOP has captured the Raw Tag Team Championships, many feel that Drake Maverick’s new “piss joke” gimmick could ruin the dominant duo. Though they’ve run through most of the competition, Akam and Rezar have also been pinned a few too many times, which may make them weak in the eyes of some.
As for the Revival, Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson reminded many fans of old school wrestling teams like the Brainbusters. However, after two injuries back-to-back following their debut on Raw, the WWE cooled off on the team.
When the subject of Raw’s tag division was brought up, Animal didn’t hold back.
They don’t establish who the top dog tag team is and they don’t ever establish who the heel team is. Everyone can’t be equal. That’s not life. That’s not reality. That’s not tag team wrestling.
They started off with The Revival being strong and now they kill them. The Authors of Pain, yes they just beat one guy, Seth Rollins, to become tag team champions…but what have they done before that? They’ve gotten beat!
You can’t keep beating teams and then have them get a token win every now and then. You have to establish who’s the dominant guys. There’s no team that stands out as being the dominant team today. That’s the problem.
Does Animal have a point? WWE’s 50-50 booking has been heavily criticized in the past, and the Road Warrior believes it to be one of the main reason the tag team division is failing.
It doesn’t help that for the past few years, Raw’s tag team division has more or less been used to keep the Shield in multiple storylines. Last year, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins were helping Roman Reigns in a feud with Braun Strowman, The Bar, The Miz, and the Miztourage. In 2018, Dean Ambrose returned to even up the odds when the Shield faced off against Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler. With booking like that, it’s not surprising that the rest of the tag division was left by the wayside.
AOP will defend their Raw Tag Team Titles against Bobby Roode and Chad Gable on Monday Night Raw tomorrow night. Last week the duo picked up an unexpected win after Gable caught Akam with a sunset flip from the top rope.
What’s your opinion on WWE’s booking of their tag teams? Has AOP already lost too many times? Can The Revival be saved? Sound off in the comments below.
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.