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The Revival explain WWE’s ‘new’ tag team rules

They’re actually the rules that have always been around, but WWE says they’re going to enforce them now... maybe in part to keep Dash & Dawson happy.

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Fans were a little perplexed on Monday night (Feb. 4) when Raw’s tag team main event ended in a disqualification because Kurt Angle’s partner Braun Strowman attacked Baron Corbin, resulting in a win for Corbin & Drew McIntyre.

The idea that entering a match without being tagged and hitting the legal man on the other team is a violation of the rules didn’t surprise anyone. That WWE would actually enforce those was strange, because they never do.

This new adherence to the rule book comes at an interesting time. Rumors have been swirling about WWE putting a renewed focus on its tag teams as it prepares to compete with All Elite Wrestling (AEW), which will presumably focus on their tag scene seeing as company vice-presidents The Young Bucks will be competing in it. Specifically, there were reports Raw’s The Revival wanted out of their contracts - probably so they could go work with The Bucks in AEW - but WWE talked them out of it with a promise to emphasize pairs wrestling, and push them in their tag division.

Whether or not any of that scuttlebutt is true, Corey Graves definitely recently mentioned on commentary that each team is allowed one save per match. That and Monday’s DQ led to Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson of The Revival taking time to explain the “new” rules/old rules that will now be enforced on Twitter:

Dash also sings the praises of the 2017 book The Official WWE Book of Rules: (And How to Break Them), explains when closed fist strikes became legal in WWE (2008), reviews tape on The Revival’s match against Roman Reigns & Bobby Lashley from last July to demonstrate the rules in action, and throws some serious side-eye in the direction of Halftime Heat and TakeOver: Phoenix’s Tag title match between Undisputed ERA & War Raiders for their “Lucha House Rules”-like approach to the game.

Understand now?

Well, if not, just tweet at the Top Guys. They may not like us, but they’re here to educate.

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