WWE Raw Tag Team Champion Dash Wilder of The Revival reflected on the rocky road that the team had when making the move from WWE NXT to the main roster of the company in 2017. The Revival answered an open challenge by The New Day on Raw and defeated them in their main roster in-ring debut.
After having a successful run in the yellow brand, they had to climb uphill once placed on the flagship show of the WWE, Monday Night Raw. Part of this is due to the fact that they had to battle injuries.
First, Wilder suffered a fractured shortly after their in-ring debuts against The New day that saw him out of action for eight weeks. Then, more bad news followed them as Dawson tore his right bicep a month after Wilder’s injury, which forced him out of action for five months.
While speaking with Talksport, Wilder admitted that these setbacks caused a delay in the casual crowd getting behind them.
“I feel like the injuries back-to-back – one to me, one to Dawson – that obviously put a big bump in the road for us and took away a lot of the momentum, but at the same time, the crowds are a little bit different. NXT, for the most part, their crowds are a little more die-hard and a little more ‘in the know’ I guess? Whereas Monday’s and Tuesday’s, they reach out to a broader audience, a more casual audience. They still come out and have fun and enjoy it, but they don’t know as much about NXT or TakeOver: Orlando as they do about the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. So it’s just getting those guys established and things going the right way.”
“And then Dawson tore his bicep a month after I came back. So within three months, we had two pretty significant injuries and that really hurt. The first one, we were still around, we were still on TV. The second one was a little bit longer, more rehab for Dawson and that one hurt a lot because we were going to work The Hardyz at SummerSlam and get that opportunity the NXT guys are getting now and there’s nothing you can do about it – it’s out of your hands.”