Dash Wilder Discusses Reported Release Request, Pushing Tag Team Wrestling
Dash Wilder spoke to Matty Paddock of The Mirror, discussing The Revival’s reported release request in January, pushing the tag team division to be better, and not wanting to be a singles star.
Dash on The Revival’s reported release request earlier this year: “Hmm, I won’t touch on it too much, but what I will say is that it was lost in translation. There were some things that got out there that I don’t think people knew the full story about. I don’t think it aggravated us, it kind of gave us… again, we like to be angry. We like to be mad at things and have something to fight for. So that gave us more fuel for the fire and we were like… ‘we’ll have fun with the internet over that, as they don’t know what’s what, so we’re not going to tell them otherwise.”
Getting the Raw Tag Team Title match on the WWE Fastlane main show: “I feel like our work is just beginning now. We feel that winning the championship means nothing, it’s about what we do with them while we have them, and what we do to elevate their standing in the company. It’s about what we do with the rest of the division to elevate it, and make everybody reach their potential.
We’ve felt for a very long time that the Raw tag team division has some amazing talent and some great characters, and they need the right platform and the right platform to show that. I think, with us as champions, we’re going to do everything possible to do that.
For instance – and this might not sound like that much of a deal – last night was our first time on the main card of a pay-per-view since our call up to the main roster in 2017; we’d only done Kickoff shows. It was the first time that the Raw tag team titles have been defended on the main card of a pay-per-view for almost a year. We wanted that – to say we were on the main card. That was a step for us. So we’re finding life at the top as more work than ever, if that answers your question in the longest way possible!”
Always wanting to be a tag team wrestler: “Me and Dawson both grew up as huge wrestling fans, and tag team wrestling was always something that appealed to us. We spent a lot of time getting into fights we shouldn’t have been getting into, so we worked as a tag team even when we weren’t wrestling. We were always side by side.
He got here a bit before me, but we would talk every day, week and month about how, when I got here and we were both under contract, that we wanted to be a tag team. On my first day when I got here, we went and sat with the coaches and told them about our idea and our vision, and they ran with it.
We don’t have any aspirations to be singles wrestlers or stars. Maybe it will happen some day, but I have zero interest in it – I am very happy with what we’re doing and we have so much more that we want to accomplish, that I have no timetable as to when that would even be possible.
I don’t think I’d even want that. I want to be the Rock N’ Roll Express, The Midnight Express. I want to be the guy that always had his tag team partner by his side and went down as one of the best.”