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We’ve come a long way since Ucey Hot, or have we?

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Raw Tag Team championship match

The Usos vs. The Revival (c)

A late addition to the card could tell us a lot about the future of tag team wrestling on Monday nights.

The Road to Extreme Rules

While the match itself was unceremoniously added to Sunday’s pay-per-view (PPV) mid-week, a two-on-two title fight is a long time coming for these two teams.

Shortly after being moved to the red brand in this year’s Superstar Shake-up (back when that still mattered), Jimmy & Jey were set up as rivals for Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson. At the time, rumors were flying about the Top Guys. After their first Raw Tag Team title run ended to Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder on the WrestleMania 35 pre-show, word was The Revival wanted out. There was also talk of the duo turning down lucrative new contracts for WWE. All of that fed into the on-screen story, where instead of an epic battle between two of the best tag teams in the business, we got stuff like this:

Whether things were actually smoothed over backstage - or even needed to be - the story on television settled down. Dash & Dawson were able to get a win or two over the Usos (a loss at Super ShowDown not withstanding, but what happens in Jeddah stays in Jeddah) en route to winning their belts back from Hawkins & Ryder in a Triple Threat that also featured Jimmy & Jey:

Since then, The Revival have gotten even closer to Shane McMahon and taken great pride in living the Top Guy life. But, as so often happens in WWE, it’s meant a losses in non-title matches. The saving grace is that they haven’t been straight-up tag matches. First it was an 8 man elimination affair, then this past Monday a 2-out-of-3 falls trios bout:

With the losses have come the return of the rumors. To be fair, The Revival have stoked the fires with their Twitter game, so it could all be part of a work, or just messing with the dirt screens. But the fact is, after being left off the Stomping Grounds card altogether, they’re heading into their first PPV title defense in roughly the same place they were two months ago.

At least there’s no Ucey Hot.

What’s at stake?

The straps, obviously. But we may also get a sense of where each team, and tag wrestling in general, stands as we head into the Paul Heyman era.

Will an old school gimmick built on workrate like The Revival’s be a valued or featured piece of the scene on Monday nights? Or do the bosses see the legacy team who can do everything from rap battles to superfly splashes as a more marketable commodity to build the division around?

Whether The Revival’s second main roster title reign continues or The Usos seventh one begins could answer those questions.

Poll

Who wins?

This poll is closed

  • 52%
    The Revival
    (143 votes)
  • 48%
    The Usos
    (132 votes)
275 votes total Vote Now