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Hall of Famer criticizes WWE for their misuse of The Revival and Authors of Pain

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.

  • Daniel Stockwell

    I find The Bar are one of the better booked teams in the company – outside of Usos and New Day, they are always booked as legitimate contenders and regularly win the titles. I’d be content if some teams like Revival and Gallows/Anderson we’re booked as well.

  • EVH

    The problem is that lately Vince likes putting single stars together (The Bar, New Day, Roode/Gable) and giving them pushes that way instead of having them waste away as single stars, but at the expense of established tag teams.

    The Ascension instantly buried, American Alpha split up, Gallows/Anderson are an afterthought; i fear for AoP. The Usos have been the rare successful tag team that has been around a long time and haven been split up, and only because of their refreshing a couple years ago.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    Well its wwe what do you expect? They constantly ruin tag team wrestling, (they even ruined rockstar spud while were at it)

    P*ss jokes are funny to vince and vince alone, nobody else is laughing

  • Mike the Ike

    Part of the problem is that they would do something like put Cena and Orton in a tag match against somebody like AOP and have Cena and Orton win. Cena and Orton are not a tag team, they are two successful single competitors. Two single stars, regardless who they are, should not be beating a mid to high level tag team. Tag team wrestling is supposed to have inherent differences that give the actual tag team and advantage over the singles wrestlers.

  • Kyle Abraham

    This booking ruined the Ascension’s feud with Roode and Gable! The Ascension were looking good on the main roster for the first time since I can remember, then the bookers flip the switch and they’re back to looking like the afterthought of WWE. No NXT tag team has survived the main roster. American Alpha, AOP, The Revival, The Ascension, Blake and Murphy, The Vaudvillains, and Sanity have all don nothing since being called up. I’m pretty grateful #DIY got split up, Gargano and Ciampa would have been relegated to jobbers on Smackdown for Samoa Joe to run over in a handicap match! If WWE could learn anything from WCW it would be how to book tag teams. Triple H does right by them in NXT, but Raw is terrible at booking, and Smackdown only books the New Day and the Usos. The Bar are being thrown a bone right now because of the injuries to the Bludgeon Brothers, and not wanting the New Day or Usos to run away with lengthy title reigns.

  • Mike the Ike

    He’s not wrong. And if WWE wants to do 50/50 booking, here’s how you do it: you have one guy win a match or two and then 18 months later, when it’s the other guy’s turn to be on top, he gets his wins back. But if I see Titus World Wide win one week over the Revival and lose the next to the same team, why am I supposed to care about either team? All you did was pose the question: who’s the better team? Answer? Neither. Thanks for wasting two weeks of my time, WWE.