The Revival is a Professional Wrestling Tag Team composed by Scott Dawson (David Harwood) and Dash Wilder (Daniel Wheeler), who perform in WWE in the Raw brand, and debuted in 2014 in NXT as "The Mechanics".
Together, they're 2x NXT Tag Team Champions, 2x Raw Tag Team Champions, 1x SmackDown Tag Team Champions, and one time co-24/7 Champion.
No dopes, just tropes:
- Arch-Enemy: Enzo and Cass, Lucha House Party, The Usos and The New Day.
- Boring, but Practical: It's not said this way, of course, but this seems to be the general ethos of the Revival, who pointedly eschew flash and even technical window-dressing in favor of out-brawling opponents. Their mantra is "no flips - just fists."
- Beard of Evil
- Deep South: Both of them hail from North Carolina (Dawson is from Whiteville and Dash is from Old Fort), and Dawson's Southern work ethic is heavily emphasized as a part of his character, having been part of various redneck/Southern boy tag teams. After coming together with Dash, they formed a hard-working, dirt and grime, smash-mouth tag team originally called the Mechanics (hinting at a clear willingness to get down and dirty), now the Revival, and they've got a Southern metal anthem called "Southern Proud" for a theme song.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Despite cheating profusely otherwise, they still show respect for the rules of tag team wrestling and call out Lucha House Party for using "Lucha House Rules".
- Finishing Move: The Shatter Machine (a Flapjack into Facebreaker combo).
- Only in It for the Money: Cathy Kelley interview them that their wrestle only for the money to feed their family and not having fun.
- Took a Level in Badass: After teaming up, the duo were mainly used as enhancement talent until they both took a huge leap in the mentioned trope and scored their first victory over the incredibly over Enzo and Cass.
- They advanced to the semifinal round of the Dusty Rhodes tag team tournament, and although they were beaten by Finn Balor and Samoa Joe, they proved that they're here to stay in the tag division.
- Their badass leveling was completed when they destroyed The Vaudevillains to win the NXT Tag Team Championship. They eventually became the first two-time champions in NXT, defeating American Alpha to get their tag titles back. In NXT they crafted a resume as expert heels in highly-acclaimed top notch matches against teams like American Alpha, Gargano & Ciampa, and TM-61.
- Action Dad: He has one daughter.
- Bald of Evil
- Can't Catch Up: Straight up invokes this toward the new Performance Center prospects in a WWE web video posted in February 2017. He tells them their goal should be as good as him and it'll never happen, then explains in an interview on the side that he worked harder than any of 'em to get here and he'll continue to work harder than any of 'em. Meaning he will continue improving and outworking everyone, so no matter how hard the new prospects try they will never reach his level.
- House Husband: Dawson had to become the "man of the house" at a young age.
- Flaw Exploitation: His WWE.com bio states he had to do this in order to survive up in the mountains of his hometown. Shown extensively during points in certain matches, such as crawling underneath across the ring to stop a hot tag from the other side during the Revival's tag team title defense against American Alpha at TakeOver: Dallas.