Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart died yesterday morning at the age of 63. He was a beloved figure in the pro wrestling community, and written tributes came pouring in all throughout the day. The Revival, who were wrestling The B-Team and The Deleters of Worlds in a Raw tag team title match on Monday Night Raw, decided to pay tribute in another way:
This one's for The Anvil.#RAW @ScottDawsonWWE @DashWilderWWE pic.twitter.com/GGolgGkUSg— WWE (@WWE) August 14, 2018
That would be the Hart Attack, the Hart Foundation’s finisher. Bully Ray was watching, and was upset with how they went about doing it:
Ugh...— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) August 14, 2018
They used one of the best tag team finishes of all time as a mid match “spot” ... WTF?!?
FTR#RAW #TagTeamTitles @BustedOpenRadio https://t.co/T6dL0Aumch
His issue seems to be that they didn’t win the match with it and instead used it simply as a “spot” during the match. He explained it a bit more later when someone brought up the fact that he used the Doomsday Device with D-Von:
After Hawk passed away, the 1st match Devon and I had on Raw, we used the Doomsday Devise to WIN the match.— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) August 14, 2018
Over time it became a “tribute” move we used during important parts of the match and even WON w/ it many times.
We gave the man and the move the respect it deserved. https://t.co/sJtYHfb99C
This ignores the fact that they were in a title match they were not booked to win. I suppose, then, by Ray’s standards, they simply shouldn’t have paid tribute? It seems silly, especially considering how much pro wrestling has grown since that was used as a finish, not to mention how many times it’s been used since then by a number of different wrestlers, and not as a finish.
Here’s how The Revival responded:
Thanks, Bully. Always appreciate your input. https://t.co/DS0mXjEswF— Dash (@DashWilderWWE) August 14, 2018
August 14, 2018
“UGH” seems about right.